Our retail farming business began in 1964 when Howard and Elsie Herrle began growing a few acres of sweet corn and selling it from their garage. The Herrle name soon became known for its fresh from the field sweet corn.
In 1988, we built our Farm Market and extended our season to October 31. We also expanded our field production of sweet corn, peas, beans, cucumber, beets, spinach, zucchini, squash, and pumpkins. In the same year, a bakery was built in our Farm Market. Customers were greeted with the aroma of freshly baked pies, muffins, butter tarts, chelsea buns, and cookies!
In 1995, we expanded our Market with a beautiful post and beam addition that was hand notched, pegged and constructed by a team of local Mennonite craftsmen. The following year, we extended our season into June to include fresh strawberries, with a Pick your Own Patch for customers wishing to foray into the fields, or freshly picked berries for those enjoying the country atmosphere and convenience of our Farm Market.
With an indoor train to delight youngsters, and an outdoor corn maze and play area, a visit to Herrle’s is always a pleasurable family experience.
In 2005 we further expanded our cold storage and retail floor space to better support the growing array of fresh summer foods that we were offering. We extended our product lines into salads, cheeses, dairy and frozen barbecue meats such as sausages, hamburgers, and chicken. We focused on customer convenience by providing all the key products needed to create an enjoyable, and nutritious, fresh summer meal.
In 2015 we built a new entrance to our Market, complete with automatic doors to enable customers with strollers or walkers, or shopping carts, to more easily enter and exit our facility.
In early December, 2016, we said goodbye to Howard Herrle, co founder of our family business. He died peacefully at home, on the very farm where he happily passed his entire 86 years. His legacy of kindness and generosity; his love for the land and of growing produce; and his delight in fashioning items out of wood, will long be remembered.
Today our Farm Market is brimming with fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, breads and fresh baking, cold grocery and frozen meats, homemade jams and preserves, honey, maple syrup, fruit juices, snack foods, and decorative wooden crafts from early June to October 31.
Our family, comprised of Elsie, and her three adult children: Karen, James and Joanne, along with spouses Michelle and Trevor, and the grandchildren, invite you and your family to come and enjoy our Farm Market, in its beautiful agricultural setting that we are proud to call home.