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Chris and Angie Eckert

produce • pumpkins • Christmas trees

Chris and Angie Eckert

Bellville, IL

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It All Started With Apples

Our family has eaten from these same fields for more than seven generations. The Eckert farm started back in the 1800’s when Michael and his son Henry bought land and started growing fruit trees. Today, seven generations later, the land they bought in Bellville, Ill., is still our largest orchard where we grow apples, peaches, strawberries, blackberries and other fresh fruits and vegetables. This also is where you’ll find our Country Store and Restaurant.

Chris and I, as well as nearly all our immediate family members, attended the University of Illinois. Chris has a degree in Agricultural Economics and I have a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Agriculture Education. Both of us loved plants from a young age, so it’s fitting that we both continue to work with them every day!

Sustainable Before It Was Cool

Sustainability in agriculture means meeting the food needs of the present without comprising the ability of future generations to do the same. For more than a century, members of our family have labored in this soil to produce the finest, most nutritious fruits and vegetables possible for our local community, as well as our own family. Every day, we seek to find the best, most thoughtful answer to one simple question: how can we provide the most nutritious, delicious food for ourselves and ensure the same for future generations? While this answer has evolved over the years, our commitment to finding the best farming methods has not. And this commitment was made long before the term “sustainable” was ever coined.

Sharing Our Farm

The best thing about being a farmer is growing things to eat and sharing our farm experience with other families. We are passionate about what we do and dedicated to maintaining our family’s legacy. Our children are the eighth generation on this farm - our roots run deep. We believe it is our job to be good stewards of the land, keep up with modern farming techniques and help people connect with local food.

About my family

The Eckert family started growing apples in rural Illinois more than 100 years ago. Today the sixth and seventh generation – including Chris and Angie – work together to run Eckert’s Country Store and Farm.

My Blog Posts

Blooming Caramel Apple Recipe
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp