The Roost is a charming family farm with a storied history, peaked on the top of the hill in Dalrymple, Ontario.
The farm sits on original Chippewa Territory, which, post-colonization, came to be the site of an operational mill called Mill Valley. Mill Valley forested and cleared the surrounding land which was later parcelled and sold to start the farming community of Dalrymple and Carden Township.
Charlie and Gertrude Thrasher–first in the family lineage to own the farm–bought the land from Mill Valley and so planted the roots of the Stewart Family Farm. In 1946, Charlie Thrasher was killed in a tragic accident when his team of horses spooked and dragged him away. His daughter, Margaret, and her husband Garnet Stewart, had recently returned from the war, relocated from Toronto to help her mother manage the farm after the accident. The couple stayed on the farm indefinitely and built their family and business where they stayed until they died.
In 2016, Margaret and Garnet’s grandson, Matthew Stewart, bought the family farm with his wife, Shannon O’Donnell. Known affectionately as The O’Stewarts, the couple has worked to rebuild the farm, focusing on many of the same farming activities Matt’s grandparents built their livelihood on; and also integrating new ideas to diversify their farm business.
With their three kids and lots of help from their parents, family and friends, the O’Stewarts have brought The Roost to life with a simple philosophy of growing Good Food. For Real.
While the farm is not organically certified, The Roost is committed to producing good, ethical, wholesome food that is grown with environmental sustainability and integrity at the core of its operations.
Community is at the heart of The Roost’s mission and vision. It is our mission to share the bounty of our farm with our community, and it is our vision to bring the community to The Roost like it’s their own.