When Romy Schill and her husband Ryan took over Ryan’s grandparents’ farm some twelve years ago, they had lofty aspirations: to transform the place into a sheep farm that would some day have one thousand ewes. ‘Back then,’ Romy notes as we walk through fields covered in freshly fallen snow towards the main barn, ‘we had only about two dozens ewes.’ She stops, turns to me, and adds: ‘Today we’ve got eight hundred here at Circle R.’

Circle R Livestock Ltd is a one-hundred acre sheep farm located in the hamlet of Wallenstein, just outside of Elmira Romy and Ryan’s operation runs full steam year round, with different groups of ewes either pregnant, breeding, or raising lambs at any given time. Circle R sheep are bred for both meat and wool. ‘You can find our meat at local butchers across the region,’ Romy remarks, ‘and we alsosell wool at yarn and fibre festivals – as well as right here at our farm store.’

Like so many other remarkable farms and food businesses that dot Guelph and Wellington County, Romy and Ryan’s Circle R Livestock Ltd is a partner of Taste Real – a County of Wellington program that promotes local food and facilitates valuable connections among food businesses, consumers, and farmers.Farmers like Romy and Ryan – folks whose enterprise brings flavour to our region. To your plate. Learn more at circlerlamb.ca and tastereal.ca.