For more than 100 years, the Eckert family has been growing traditional apple varieties as well as introducing new types of apples.


 

TYPICAL SEASON:
Late Summer/fall (August - Early November)

AVAILABLE AT:
BELLEVILLE
Grafton
MILLSTADT
versailles, KY

 

Bring the whole family to Eckert’s and make memories that will last a lifetime. Pick ripe, delicious apples right off the tree, indulge in a tasty treat and savor the change of seasons at any of our four locations in Illinois and Kentucky. It’s the perfect way to welcome fall while teaching your kids about where their food comes from.

Apples typically ripen in mid- to late-summer or early fall. We offer Pick-Your-Own Apples at all four of our farm locations — Belleville, Grafton and Millstadt, Illinois, and Versailles, Kentucky — but check our Crop Updates page before heading out to make sure the fresh produce you’re looking for is ready for picking.are available for picking now at our Versailles, KY farm. Pick-Your-Own Apples are available starting August 17 at Eckert’s Belleville & Grafton Farms. Apple Picking will be available on August 31 at the Millstadt Farm.

To make your apple picking experience the best it can be, we provide a tractor and wagon ride into the orchard. A field access pass of $2 per person is required to enter our picking areas and helps maintain our vehicles and property. The all-day field access pass allows you to enjoy fruit samples, unlimited rides to the picking areas and fresh farm air. Come on Mondays for the best deal — field access is free on Mondays at all locations — or on Tuesdays through Thursdays for half-price field access, just $1 per person. Children under 2 can always join your apple-picking adventure for free, but even on holidays like Labor Day and Columbus Day (and anyone over 2 will incur regular fees on these dates).

Selecting apples is the easy.same, Regardless of variety, —choose apples that that are free of bruises, are fragrant,  and are firm to the touch and have no bruises.

When storing apples, keep in mind that apples ripen 6to 10 times faster at room temperature than when refrigerated, so store them in the crisper drawer if you’re not going to eat them within a day or two of picking. Apples that will not be eaten in a day or two should be refrigerated in the crisper and stored by themselves (the fruit emits ethylene gas, which can cause other fruits and vegetables to decompose, so keep them separated). To prepare apples for freezing, slice them and place the slices on a cookie sheet. Once individual slices are completely frozen, transfer them to a plastic storage bag. Frozen apples may develop a softer texture over time, but they’re great for baking for up to a year.

A field access pass will be required to enter our picking areas. The all-day field access pass will allow you to enjoy fruit samples, unlimited rides to the picking areas, fresh farm air and lasting memories. Field access is $2/person.  We do offer discount days. Monday* field access is free, Tuesday-Thursday field access is half price, just $1/person. On Labor Day + Columbus Day, field access will be $2/person. As always, children under 2 are free.

Since ripening schedules and crop availability are not an exact science, always be sure to check the Eckert’s Crop Update to find out what crop(s) are available.

GALA APPLES

Pinkish-orange stripes over a yellow background are the signature of this crisp, aromatically-sweet, snappy apple. Galas have gained popularity among consumers in the past 15 years. They’re eExcellent for eating, salads, pies and baking.

HONEYCRISP APPLES

Developed by the University of Minnesota, Honeycrisp has bright red and pale green outer skin and a cream- colored crisp yet juicy inner flesh. With a sweet yet slightly tart flavor, this variety of apple is great for salads, baking, cooking or eating as a snack, and it stores well. The Honeycrisp apple was created to grow well in cooler northern climates. It is a variety that stores well. Eckert’s Honeycrisp apples typically ripen late August.

JONAGOLD APPLES

Developed in 1953 in New York, Jonagold is a cross between the crisp Golden

Delicious and the blush-crimson Jonathan that was developed in New York in 1953. Jonagolds form a large sweet fruit with a thin skin. Because of their large size, they are now favored by commercial growers in many parts of the world. They are excellent for eating, salads, sauces, and baking and pies. Good for pies. Eckert’s Jonathan apples typically ripen in September.

JONATHAN APPLES

One of our most popular apple varieties, the Jonathan apple is a medium-sized sweet apple, with a strong touch of acid and a tough but smooth skin. Jonathans are excellent for eating, salads, pies, and baking and makingare good for sauce. Eckert’s Jonathan apples typically ripen in September.

PIXIE CRUNCH

Deliciously sweet, the Pixie Crunch is great for snacking. This mostly red apple’s is small size is (great for kids) and has a very nice, crisp texture.

GOLDEN DELICIOUS APPLES

It’s the all-purpose apple. Mellow and sweet, Goldens are the all-purpose apple, excellent for eating out of hand, baking and salads. Sliced iIn salads and other dishes, their flesh stays white longer than other varieties. They are also good for sauce and pies. Eckert’s Golden Delicious apples typically ripens in September.

RED DELICIOUS APPLES

This one’s a classic —– America’s favorite snacking apple. The heart-shaped fruit is bright red and sometimes striped. Crunchy with a mildly sweet flavor, Reds are excellent for eating, and in salads and; also good for baking. Eckert’s Red Delicious apples typically ripen in September.

SUNCRISP APPLES

The creamy white flesh of this fruit is coarse grained, and juicy, and quite firm and crisp. The flavor is even and sweet with just enough tartness. The old timers would call this “sub-acid;” because it’s a nice balance. This is the best apple for long-term storage. Eckert’s Suncrisp apples typically ripen in October.

FUJI APPLES

Fuji apples have it all: —super sweet, super juicy and super crisp. This Japanese varietyapple has American parents, Red Delicious and Ralls Janet, an antique apple that goes back to Thomas Jefferson in 1793. Excellent for eating, salads, pies and baking,. Eckert’s Fuji apples ripen in October.

GRANNY SMITH APPLES

The Granny Smith apple originated in Australia in 1868 and the fruit has a hard, light green skin and with a crisp, juicy flesh. Excellent for salads, pies and baking,. Ecket’s Granny Smith apples ripen in October.

GOLDRUSH

A hard, tart apple with a very rich flavor,. Goldrush is golden bronze in color with a long shelf life.

The fall season just might be our favorite time of the year, and lots of other folks enjoy it, too! Check out some of the experiences others have had during a fall visit.

 


 

GALA APPLES

Pinkish-orange stripes over a yellow background are the signature of this crisp, aromatically-sweet, snappy apple. Galas have gained popularity among consumers in the past 15 years. Excellent for eating, salads, pies and baking.

RIPENS:
MID AuGUST - EARLY SEPTEMBER

AVAILABLE AT:
BELLEVILLE
Grafton
Versailles, KY

 

 

Honeycrisp Apples

Developed by the University of Minnesota, Honeycrisp has bright red and pale green outer skin and a cream colored crisp yet juicy inner flesh. With a sweet yet slightly tart flavor, this variety of apple is great for salads, baking, cooking or eating as a snack. The Honeycrisp apple was created to grow well in cooler northern climates. It is a variety that stores well. Eckert’s Honeycrisp apples typically ripen late August.

RIPENS:
MID AuGUST - EARLY SEPTEMBER

AVAILABLE AT:
BELLEVILLE
GRAFTON
MILLSTADT
Versailles, KY

 

 

Jonagold Apples

Developed in 1953 in New York, Jonagold is a cross between the crisp Golden Delicious and the blush-crimson Jonathan. Jonagolds form a large sweet fruit with a thin skin. Because of their large size they are now favored by commercial growers in many parts of the world. Excellent for eating, salads, sauces and baking. Good for pies. Eckert’s Jonathan apples typically ripen in September.

RIPENS:
MID AuGUST - EARLY SEPTEMBER

AVAILABLE AT:
BELLEVILLE
MILLSTADT
Versailles, KY

 

 

Jonathan Apples

One of our most popular apple varieties, the Jonathan apple is a medium-sized sweet apple, with a strong touch of acid and a tough but smooth skin. Jonathans are excellent for eating, salads, pies and baking and are good for sauce. Eckert’s Jonathan apples typically ripen in September.

RIPENS:
MID AuGUST - EARLY SEPTEMBER

AVAILABLE AT:
BELLEVILLE
GRAFTON
MILLSTADT
Versailles, KY

 

 

Pixie Crunch

Deliciously sweet, the Pixie Crunch is great for snacking. This mostly red apple is small (great for kids) and has a very nice crisp texture.

RIPENS:
MID AuGUST - EARLY SEPTEMBER

AVAILABLE AT:
Belleville
Grafton
Millstadt
Versailles, KY

 

 

Golden Delicious Apples

It’s the all-purpose apple. Mellow and sweet, Goldens are excellent for eating out of hand, baking and salads. In salads and other dishes, their flesh stays white longer than other apples. They are also good for sauce and pies. Eckert’s Golden Delicious apples typically ripens in September.

RIPENS:
MID SEPTEMBER - LATE SEPTEMBER

AVAILABLE AT:
BELLEVILLE
GRAFTON
MILLSTADT
Versailles, KY

 

 

Red Delicious Apples

This one’s a classic – America’s favorite snacking apple. The heart-shaped fruit is bright red and sometimes striped. Crunchy with a mildly sweet flavor, Reds are excellent for eating and in salads; also good for baking. Eckert’s Red Delicious apples typically ripen in September.

RIPENS:
MID SEPTEMBER - LATE SEPTEMBER

AVAILABLE AT:
BELLEVILLE
GRAFTON
MILLSTADT
Versailles, KY

 

 

Suncrisp Apples

The creamy white flesh of this fruit is coarse grained and juicy, and quite firm and crisp. The flavor is even and sweet with just enough tartness. The old timers would call this “sub-acid;” it’s a nice balance. This is the best apple for long-term storage. Eckert’s Suncrisp apples typically ripen in October.

RIPENS:
LATE SEPTEMBER - EARLY OCTOBER

AVAILABLE AT:
BELLEVILLE
GRAFTON
MILLSTADT
Versailles, KY

 

 

FUJI APPLES

Fuji apples have it all—super sweet, super juicy and super crisp. This Japanese apple has American parents, Red Delicious and Ralls Janet, an antique apple that goes back to Thomas Jefferson in 1793. Excellent for eating, salads, pies and baking. Eckert’s Fuji apples ripen in October.

RIPENS:
MID OCTOBER - LATE OCTOBER

AVAILABLE AT:
BELLEVILLE
GRAFTON
MILLSTADT
Versailles, KY

 

 

Granny Smith Apples

The Granny Smith apple originated in Australia in 1868. The fruit has a hard, light green skin and a crisp, juicy flesh. Excellent for salads, pies and baking. Eckert’s Granny Smith apples ripen in October.

RIPENS:
MID OCTOBER - LATE OCTOBER

AVAILABLE AT:
BELLEVILLE
Millstadt

 

 

Goldrush

A hard, tart apple with a very rich flavor. Golden bronze in color with a long shelf life.

RIPENS:
MID OCTOBER - LATE OCTOBER

Versailles, KY

 

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The fall season just might be our favorite time of the year, lots of other folks enjoy it, too! Check out some of the experiences others have had during a fall visit.