Farm Gates in Waterloo Region

Plan Your Route

Use the map below to plan your farm gate stand tour through Waterloo Region. Find everything from fresh produce and meat to flowers and maple syrup.

Please note, many farm gate stands in the region are closed on Sundays.

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Tebe Farms

1459 Northumberland Street, Ayr | 519-696-2363

Faul Farms

1180 Wrigley Road, Ayr | 519-632-7678

Oakridge Acres

2132 Greenfield Road, Ayr | 519-632-7653

Shadynook Farm

1784 Northumberland Street, Ayr | 519-696-3060

Barrie's Asparagus Inc.

1236 Kings Road, Cambridge | 519-621-9409

Gillespie's Garden

1043 Brantford Hwy, Cambridge | 519-622-2294

1111 Three Bridges Road

1111 Three Bridges Road, St. Jacobs | summer sausage, maple syrup, eggs

Ament Line at Empey Road

3399 Waterloo Regional Road 17, Wallenstein | maple syrup, honey, eggs

Herrgott Rd at Broadway St

3700 Herrgott Road, Wallenstein | rhubarb, asparagus

Herrgott Rd at Lawson Line

3999 Regional Rd 10, Wallenstein | maple syrup, non-GMO eggs

4151 Herrgott Road

3866 Posey Line, Wallenstein | rhubarb

7232 Line 86

7232 Line 86, Wallenstein | asparagus, rhubarb

7180 Line 86

7180 Line 86, Wallenstein | honey

7155 Line 86 & Listowel Rd

7155 Line 86, Wallenstein | maple syrup, honey, summer sausage, apple butter

1722 Floradale Road

1722 Floradale Road, Elmira | eggs

near Bonnie Lou's

19 Ruggles Road, Floradale | Home-made tortillas

at Yatton Road

7279 4th Line, Wallenstein | free-run brown eggs

2931 Northfield Road East

2931 Northfield Drive East, Elmira | beef steak roasts, pepperettes, summer sausage

at Balsam Road

1551 Northfield Drive East, West Montrose | free-run Omega-3 eggs

6605 Line 86

6605 Line 86, Elmira | free-run brown eggs

6630 Line 86

6630 Line 86, Elmira | maple syrup

6658 Line 86 (honour stand)

6658 Line 86, Elmira | maple syrup, maple butter, “maple leaf sugars”

2077 Northfield Road East

2077 Northfield Drive East, West Montrose | rhubarb, apple butter, maple butter, maple syrup

1444 Northfield Drive East

1444 Northfield Drive East, West Montrose | eggs

1228 Northfield Drive East

1228 Northfield Drive East, West Montrose | maple syrup, pies, jams, jellies, relishes, apple butter

1180 Northfield Drive East

1180 Northfield Drive East, West Montrose | maple syrup, rhubarb, pies, potatoes, corn

at New Jerusalem Road3527

850 Northfield Drive East, Conestogo | maple syrup, brown eggs, jams

3527 Carmel-Koch Rd

pork chops and bacon

in the barn (honour style)

eggs, honey, and pre-ordered meat

The Kittels

fresh garden produce all year - asparagus, rhubarb, beans, tomatoes, corn, and more

3124 Lobsinger Line

summer sausage, maple syrup, pepperettes, honey, eggs

3312 Lobsinger Line

brown eggs

Nith Valley Apiaries

honey and honey products

2606 Lobsinger Line

strawberries (fresh and pick-your-own)

519 Katherine Street North

chicken, rabbit, duck, turkey, sausage, summer sausage, pepperettes, eggs, honey, bacon, flowers

Edwards Family Organics

certified organic chicken, pork, beef, eggs and farm fresh lamb

by Andrew Coppolino

You can’t drive very far in Waterloo Region, especially in Woolwich and Wellesley townships, without coming across hand-painted signs for brown eggs and maple syrup.

Farm gate sales and “honour stands” are a part of the countryside. The county lines and township roads are chock-a-block full of laneways which lead you to honey, summer sausage or sweet corn and where you leave your money in a box and “on your honour.” And just as visible are the signs “No Sun Sales,” a hallmark of local food fresh from the fields but which will not be sold on Sunday in the religious observance of farm families of Mennonite faith. It’s a unique aspect of Waterloo Region’s rural communities.

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Photo: Andrew Coppolino

Esther Weber has been selling extra produce from her farm that’s located between St. Jacobs and Elmira. She says over the course of 15 years it has continued to be a popular business venture that makes her a little additional money.

“It’s a small extra income,” she says. “And it’s nice to talk to visitors. They’re usually looking for fresh produce with no additives.”

Even just a short trip over a few hundred metres along Northfield Drive in Woolwich, which eventually takes you past Scotch Line Road and Line 86 and near West Montrose and Conestogo, can have a significant yield of a variety of farm gate goods such as maple syrup, maple butter, apple butter, rhubarb and summer sausage. Head west and pick up Herrgott Road and journey south and you’ll be in the area that shows signs for Wallenstein, Hawkesville and St. Clements: be on the look-out for asparagus, honey, pies, free-range brown eggs and pepperettes, among other goods depending on the season.

Weber says she usually sells strawberries, rhubarb, peas and corn. She adds that many other farms in the area do the same, often giving the children responsibility for the production and sales.

(One interesting note: at 19 Ruggle’s Road in Floradale, in Woolwich Township, a block or so from the popular Bonnie Lou’s Café, there’s a roadside stand for homemade tortillas, a foodstuff from 4,000 kilometres away firmly ensconced in the heart of Mennonite country. In the 1870s, traditionalist Mennonites from Manitoba moved to Mexico to establish traditional colonies; many eventually migrated to Canada, including as recently as the 1980s.)

Recently, the traditional farm gate sales stands and honour boxes have given way to more formal but small on-farm stores. Emerson Bowman has a 100-acre farm on Line 86 west of Elmira. He and his sister have run the “retail” side of the business together for about a decade.

“People come in looking for this and that. I’d say it is still very popular by the volume of sales that we do,” Bowman says.

They sell their own beef, summer sausage and free-range poultry and eggs.  “We get a lot of regulars from Elmira and K-W, but we also have people from Toronto, Oakville and Hamilton,” adds Bowman. As is the case with his farmgate sales, these are generally cash-only (sometimes cheque) businesses.

Check out Hessen Strasse Road, Ament Line and New Jerusalem Road: the names themselves conjure a less familiar era and geography where time moves a little more slowly – and where, in just a few square kilometres north of the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, the bustle of hundreds of thousands of people at work and play in an urban setting gives way to a relative calm, where the hay and soy beans blow in the wind alongside the gravel road that leads you to some of the freshest, purest food in the province.

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Photo: Andrew Coppolino

Contest Details

Explore Waterloo Region’s rural side!

  1. Take a photo of your farm gate finds
  2. Share the farm gate address
  3. Use the hashtag #ExploreWRFarmGates 

All entries that meet the above criteria will be entered to win a gift card for a 100% locally made meal at Jacob’s Grill in St. Jacobs, or Marbles Restaurant in UpTown Waterloo. Get out and #ExploreWR! Contest closes Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.