Take a break from everyday routines and come hang out at Eckert’s Country Store & Farms for a spell. Children of all ages and adults are welcome to visit our sprawling farm for some country-style good old-fashioned fun. While here, you can pick-your-own crops straight from the field, shop at our country store and participate in a range of fun outdoor activities.
Goodies and Gifts
Our Country Store is simple and offers the kind of homemade goodies that make your mouth water. Yes, we have fresh-baked pies in apple, pumpkin and other flavors. You can also find jams, jellies, salsa and a variety of treats to enjoy with family and friends. And don’t forget about our famous apple cider donuts! They’re a big hit with our guests and always available. Many of our items make delicious gifts for birthdays, holidays and special occasions.
Have Fun All Day
Eckert’s is more than a farm, it’s also a place to come for play and fun live entertainment. Kids absolutely love our playground, which includes a three-story Tree House, a Giant Slide and climbing to the top of Terry’s Apple Mountain. Gem mining allows kids to discover hidden treasures, and once they do, they can turn their attention to our other activities such as bouncing on the pumpkin jumping pad.
Everyone can enjoy riding the train around the orchard, walking through a corn maze or watching a real rat race. Festivals at the farm are always a blast, so keep an eye out for festival dates and times.
Pick Crops and Take Them Home
Where can you go in Versailles to pick fresh crops grown in lush farm fields? Eckert’s! The Eckert’s family has been farming land for over 100 years, and you can be a part of our long-standing family tradition of reaping the harvest once the crops are ripe. You’re invited to come visit our farm to pick fresh produce for as long as you like and pick as much as you can carry.
The nice thing about picking your own crops is that you can take everything you picked back home. If you love fresh fruit, our farm is an awesome way to enjoy farm-fresh peaches, blackberries, strawberries and over 30 varieties of apples. Fresh fruit contributes to a healthy diet, and you can also use your picked fruit to make any number of homemade goodies. We also offer pick-your-own pumpkins during the fall season.
This year we will offer pick-your-own crops including strawberries, blackberries, peaches, apples and pumpkins when in season. You can enjoy a tractor ride to the fields most days when we are picking.
We have a unique playground on our farm that kids just LOVE! Try our 90 ft slide, climb to the top of Terry's Apple Mountain, try your hand at gem-mining, and don't forget our 3 story Tree House under our Giant Slide. Have fun in our expanded Rat Human Rat Race Area and take a spin around the track at the Woodford 500.
The store is stocked full of delicious jams, jellies, preserves and honey as well as the cutest gift items and kitchen gadgets around!
Check out our upcoming events at Eckert’s!
Eckert’s Versailles Farm
Come Visit the Versailles Farm!
Less than 20 minutes from downtown Lexington.
1396 Pinckard Pike
Versailles, KY 40383
Learn how to blanch, peel, store and freeze peaches for later use with tips from Eckert's, your local you-pick family farm market.
There's nothing quite like a fresh peach. From July through August, Eckert's has pick-your-own peaches at our Grafton, Belleville and Versailles locations, plus peaches to purchase at our Kirkwood Farmer's Market. Please check our Crop Update Web page frequently to see what's ripe for picking, or contact us with a phone call.
Once you've picked or purchased peaches, you'll need some ideas on how to store them. We’ve put together helpful information to help you do just that.
Selecting and Storing Without Freezing
Choose slightly firm and plump peaches that yield somewhat to pressure. Remember that blushes indicate the variety of peach, but not its ripening status. Tree-ripened peaches need additional ripening once purchased, so place them in a paper bag and leave the bag at room temperature for two to three days. Do not refrigerate unripe peaches because this inhibits ripening. Once peaches are ripe, refrigerate for five to seven days.
Blanching and Peeling
If you want to keep peaches a bit longer than a week, you'll want to freeze them. You can leave the skins on, but if you want to bake with the peaches or put them in syrup, you probably need to peel them. The best way to do this is to blanch them in boiling water to make the skins come off easily.
Start by boiling water. If you have a pan large enough to fit all the peaches, use that. Otherwise, work in batches. While the water is boiling, score each peach by placing a small x at the base using a sharp knife. Keep the cuts shallow. Also prepare a large bowl of ice water.
Once the water has come to a boil, place the scored peaches into the water, making sure they're covered all the way. Leave them in for about 40 seconds, or up to a minute if they're under-ripe.
Use a slotted spoon to remove the peaches and place them into the ice water. Leave them to cool for about a minute. Drain them and pat them dry.
The skins should now be loose enough to peel off with your fingers or with a small paring knife. Peel them, and then take the next step to freeze them, or use them right away if you're ready to bake or can them.
You can freeze peaches without sugar, dry-sugar pack them or freeze them with syrup. To freeze them without sugar, blanch, peel and slice them. Then submerge the slices in a bath of water with a bit of lemon to prevent browning. Arrange the slices on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, place the slices in a freezer bag or other freezer-safe container.
To dry-sugar pack peaches, add 3/4 cup sugar to four to six cups of sliced peaches. Mix well. Then freeze as directed above.
To freeze peaches with syrup, make a syrup using four cups of water and one cup of sugar. Bring the solution to a boil and cool. You can do this a day ahead of time. You may want to add a teaspoon of produce protector like Fruit Fresh or Fruit Fresh Preserve.
Blanch, peel and cut the peaches into halves, quarters or slices as desired, placing them into a large bowl of ice water with three teaspoons of produce protector to prevent browning. Use just enough cold syrup to cover the fruit. Crumple a small piece of waxed paper on top of the fruit and press the fruit down into the syrup before placing the lid. Allow 1/2-inch head space for freezer expansion.
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.