Eckert’s sweet, juicy strawberries ripen in the spring and are our first pick-your-own crop of the growing season.


Strawberries are one of those fruits that once you discover you love them, you’ll never get enough of their sweet, juicy goodness. Here at Eckert’s Farm, we totally understand your love for strawberries. We love them too, which is why we devote a portion of our fertile soil to growing these wonderful berries. Each spring, when strawberry harvest season rolls around, we invite everyone to visit our farms for some good old-fashioned strawberry picking.


 

TYPICAL SEASON:
Early Summer (MAY-JUNE)

AVAILABLE AT:
BELLEVILLE

2018 PYO Pricing: $2.99/lb

Pick-Your-Own Strawberries is expected to open mid-May - check our Crop Update page for the most current information.

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.

View some of our favorite strawberry recipes on our Family Recipe Blog.

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.

 

 

Fresh Air and Strawberry Picking

Growing strawberries is a responsibility we take seriously, and we put a lot of time and effort into nurturing strawberry crops to ensure they grow healthy berries. By the time Eckert’s strawberry picking season arrives, berries are ripe and ready to be plucked from the plant. That’s how it works on our farm. We do all the major crop-growing work and you get to reap the benefits at harvest time when you come here to pick-your-own strawberries.

As a bona fide strawberry lover, you’ve probably seen strawberries at the grocery store. In fact, you can purchase fresh strawberries at Eckert’s Country Store. Yet, there’s something extra-special about picking your own. When you’re out in the field, you get to choose which berries to pick, and there’s an abundance of ripe berries, so you can be selective about the ones you want to take home.

Eckert’s strawberry season dates are typically May thru June. For information about season picking availability, please check Crop Update details.

Come Join Us for Eckert’s Strawberry Festival


What’s the Strawberry Picking Experience Like?

When you arrive, our friendly staff greets you and answers any questions you may have. We supply you with easy-to-carry boxes and then it’s time to hop in the tractor wagon for a leisurely tractor ride into the fields.

Picking fresh strawberries at our farm requires some mild exercise. Be prepared to do a bit of bending to reach the berries. Small children typically squat and reach into the plants. Whatever your berry picking style is, you’ll find that it’s easy to spot plenty of big, red berries. All ages can quickly find and pick berries, and you can pick as many as you want.

Before you know it, your basket is filled with beautiful strawberries. Enjoy eating your berry bounty raw, or sprinkle them over cereal or your favorite ice cream. Another way to enjoy fresh strawberries is to slice them and add them to a fruit salad. Consider whipping up a light dessert by making strawberry shortcake. Find delicious strawberry recipes at our Family Recipe Blog.

 

FROM THE ECKERT'S FAMILY RECIPE BLOG


Things to Do After Picking

After you’ve picked all the strawberries you can carry, you can stick around for food and fun activities. It’s common to work up an appetite from strawberry picking, and a great way to satisfy those hunger pangs is to enjoy some down-home cooking at Eckert’s Country Restaurant. Our country-style fried chicken has become almost legendary, and you can order a two-piece fried chicken dinner, or indulge in our chicken dinner specials. Either way, our chicken is lip-smacking good. We also offer salads, sandwiches, burgers and much more.

If you prefer a sweet treat, you can cool down with servings of Eckert’s creamy, delicious frozen custard. Yes, this tastes as good as it sounds.

Family-friendly activities for kids include pony rides, farm animal petting, carnival rides and a playground.