P. Y. O. Strawberries CLOSED for the Season!


The strawberry PYO season is over for 2024. We are picked out! We do not offer any other pick your own crops.

Next season, if you are planning a PYO strawberry outing, the following information may be helpful:

Bring your containers and drive to fields at 1264 Erb’s Road, St. Agatha. These fields are located on the opposite side of the road from our Farm Market. Drive to 1264 Erb’s Rd. and then follow the lane to the right, about 0.7 km to the parking lot which is in the field by the customer service shack. If you are being dropped off, or picked up, please instruct your driver to go all the way to the parking lot by the Strawberry field.

PYO strawberries are sold by weight, $3.10/lb or $6.82/kg. Cash, debit or credit are accepted. Bring your containers, weigh them and receive directions to the area of the field where we are picking. A field guide will lead you to a specific row and explain our flag system to you. We use a flag system so that everyone can have good picking (you are not picking where someone else has already picked!) Upon completion, return to the strawberry shack, to “weigh out” your berries and pay for them. Wireless debit/credit terminals are available in the fields.

Some reminders:

  • please drive to our PYO field, and park in the designated parking spaces
  • all PYO customers must be able to walk at least 1 km, as some rows are a distance away
  • children are welcome in the patch and must be supervised
  • if you forget to bring containers, you can purchase some in the field
  • there is no eating in the field – you may sample a few berries
  • please pick only in your assigned row, and not from the adjacent rows
  • please move your flag forward at the end of your picking to where you stopped picking
  • pets are not permitted on the farm. Service dogs are welcome
  • the field closes when we are picked out or in thunderstorms and heavy rains
  • please be courteous to all field staff, as they are there to direct, eliminate confusion, explain procedures and assist you in purchasing your berries.

Tips for picking: “Go slow, and stay low” – pick thoroughly. Lift the green foliage of the plant to find the clusters of berries below. Pick red and shiny fruit of all sizes. Leave the white, or orange berries, as they are unripe. They will ripen on the plant for future pickings. Be patient and enjoy the harvest!

We thank you for your cooperation.

PYO location:1264 Erb’s Road, St. Agatha.  Look for the large roadside sign.

Employment Applications

Thank you to the many applicants who were interested in working with us this year, in our 60th season! We received a record number of employment applications!

For those interested in an employment opportunity with us in the future, before you tell us more about yourself, we would like to acquaint you with our business.  We are a seasonal family business, open daily June to October 31, with weekends and holidays being our busiest times.  We hire both full and part time employees. The deadline for application submission for our 2025 season is April 1.

We are looking for responsible, friendly, and motivated employees who could capably work in a team environment for the entirety of our season.  All employees must have strength to do heavy lifting (15kg).

The Field – Field tasks include hoeing, weeding, picking strawberries, sweet corn, pumpkins, and other produce, as well as grounds maintenance. It is outdoor, strenuous, physical work. Applicants must have the strength to lift up to 25 kg; and freedom from severe pollen allergies.

The Market – Our market has 3 main departments: Cash, Bakery and Produce.  Bakery and Produce employees are also fully trained cashiers, ready to assist on cash whenever needed, but primarily responsible for tasks in the Bakery or Produce departments. As noted, strength for heaving lifting is required in all our work

  1. Cashiers –Cashiers are responsible for serving customers in a friendly and efficient manner, communicating well, operating the cash register accurately, stocking shelves, and maintaining Market cleanliness and appearance.
  2. Bakery  – Bakery staff team members are responsible for  preparing, packaging and serving baked goods and other food items, maintaining cleanliness and inventory organization in the Bakery.
  3. Produce – Produce staff team members are responsible for the preparation and presentation of produce, maintaining cleanliness and inventory organization in the produce areas.

If you wish to work with us, please complete our employment application form and submit it to us online at herrlesapplication@gmail.com, or by making an appointment to submit in person. Thank you for your interest!

Fresh Sweet Corn!

Our three sweet corn bins are brimming with farm fresh Sweet corn!

Coming from our own fields: Navajo is a Sugary Enhanced variety that is “sweet and tender” with 20-30% sugar and best eaten fresh. Vision – a yellow variety that is “very sweet and tender”.

Gourmet Sweet, coming from Simcoe, is a “very sweet and tender” bicolour variety.

Both Vision and Gourmet sweet contain 30-50% sugar content, and can be refrigerated for up to a week with no deterioration in taste.

We recommend cooking all corn in boiling water for 5-7 minutes.
You may select your own sweet corn from the bins in our Farm Market. It is $0.90/cob.
We have a husking station located outside on the east side of our Market where you can husk or remove the shanks from your corn.

Please bring your own bags or bins for your sweet corn. We do supply compostable bags, but the shank ends of sweet corn can easily pierce the bag if not packed properly.

Enjoy the sweet taste of summer!

Hours

With the start of sweet corn season, our hours lengthen on weekends to 6. You can find us open:

Monday to Friday 8-7/ Saturday 8-6 / Sunday 9-6

Tips for First time Strawberry pickers

If you are planning to pick strawberries, these tips may help you:

  1. Bring your own containers – bowls, baskets, small pails….. anything you want to place your fruit in. (If you forget, we have some available for purchase in the field.)
  2. Dress for the weather.
  3. Be courteous to field staff. They are there to direct you, eliminate confusion, explain picking procedures, assign picking spots and weigh containers and picked berries.
  4. Be courteous to other PYO customers. All are in the fields to enjoy time together and to pick berries.
  5. To pick berries, you need to get down, and push back the green leaves and foliage to see the berries underneath. Only pick the ripe, red and shiny berries, of all sizes. Leave unripe berries to ripen.
  6. Pick only in your assigned row, and move the flag when you have finished picking. The flag system enables us to give every customer an opportunity to pick in a spot that has not yet been picked in.
  7. Berries are sold by weight, so pick only as much as you want. Return as often as you’d like. We are open daily (unless picked out) until approximately July 4.

We are celebrating 60 years of fresh from the farm goodness!

Reminisce with us! We invite customers to share their stories, photos and memories with us at info@herrles.com. We will post submissions and also share them in our Market on our Memory board.

We Are Open!

Now open for our 60th season! We will be open daily Until October 31!

Pet Policy

Service animals are welcome in our Market. Please be sure to have them leashed and properly identified. We do not permit animals in our shopping carts. Thank you for your cooperation.

Sweet corn

In Waterloo Region, our farm is known for our fresh from the field sweet corn. It is our signature product. We grow over 120 acres of sweet corn and pick it fresh daily, because freshness makes the difference!

  • We grow only non GMO sweet corn
  • We harvest our sweet corn from mid July to mid October, weather permitting

We grow yellow and bicolour varieties that fall into two main classifications:

Sugary Enhanced: sweet & tender (20-30% sugar content) Best eaten fresh!

Gourmet Sweet: very sweet & tender (30-50% sugar content) Can be refrigerated for up to a week.

  • We recommend cooking our sweet corn by placing it in boiling water for 5-7 minutes.
  • All of our sweet corn bins are labeled with the variety name, colour and classification.
  • Orders of 5 dozen or more can be placed by calling 519-886-7576.