Get Peachy! Calhoun County Peaches Are Ready

Peach cobbler, peach tart, peach tea, peach ice cream, peach jam whatever the craving, the juiciest peaches to eat are Calhoun County’s.

Calhoun County is famous for its tree-ripened peaches and once you take a nice juicy bite you will understand.

a person offers up slices of fresh peaches and cool whip across a table filled with peaches from Calhoun County
It's time! Calhoun County peaches are in season and be sure to pick up a peck or two at area growers.

Odelehr’s Peaches

Calhoun County is situated between the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, creating a micro climate that helps peach trees thrive. During the summer there are many vendors and farmers that offer roadside peaches or market peaches.

The Alton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market provides a spot for farmers to sell their delicious peaches on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings on Alton's riverfront. Peach season is relatively brief and runs from July to early September, so get them while you can!

Odelehr’s has been practicing safety measures to help keep the spread of germs down by asking for everyone to wear masks and to not touch the produce. Right now, they have homemade ice cream fresh from their newly picked peaches.

“The rolling hills, dirt, and how close we are to the river makes our peaches so much more delicious than any average peach,” said Sandy Odeleher. Now you can put it to the test.

Pints of Ronnie's Peach sorbet and ice cream stacked between peaches on a table
Try some peach sorbet or ice cream.

Hagen’s Peach Ice Cream And Sorbet

Right by Brussels is Jacob’s Orchard and Farm where you can stop by and get a variety of peaches and jams made fresh from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Just three miles from the Brussels free ferry is the Hagen Family Orchard which is a family owned farm that has been in business for over 80 years. They have perfected their harvesting skills and can assure that their peaches are spectacular.

a little girl holds four large peaches while picking peaches at Eckert's Orchard in Grafton, IL
Pick your own peaches at Eckert's Orchard in Grafton

Eckert’s Country Store And Farm

Don't miss the popular Eckert’s Country Store and Farm in Grafton and Belleville. Eckert’s is a great place to experience a very interesting and fun way to buy and pick your own peaches. Visit their website for information on selecting, buying and storing your peaches.

close up of boxes filled with freshly picked Calhoun County peaches
There are plenty of peach growers and roadside stands in the region. Discover your favorite today.

Pearson’s Produce

Another vender offering mouth-watering peaches from Calhoun County is Godfrey’s Pearson’s Produce. Pearson’s has a large amount of fresh produce but they just recently, within the past few years, started selling Calhoun peaches. They are located right off of interstate 255 which could be an easy drive for anyone craving those specially grown peaches.

There are many different spots that offer these delicious peaches and once you try one of Calhoun County’s peaches you will never go back. So get out, buy some and be sure to enjoy that first juicy bite of a famous Calhoun County peach!

Calhoun County Peach Growers And Sellers

Eckert’s Country Store & Farms

*No U-Pick Peaches at Eckerts for 2024 Season - Peaches will only be available in the farm store.

The quaint comfort of picking a ripe peach off a limb on a warm, breezy summer day isn't distinct to Georgia -- that experience can be had right here in Grafton!

Eckert's Country Store & Farms, high up on the bluffs along the Mississippi River in Jersey County, specializes in hand-picked peaches and blackberries in the summer, and apples and pumpkins when the fall air turns crisp. The Grafton Country Store offers guest favorites, including Eckert’s fresh produce, apple cider, apple and pumpkin butter, honey, Amish salsas, jams and jellies and limited bakery treats from their Belleville bakery department.

During late September and October, entertainment is offered during the weekends and includes carnival rides, pony and camel rides, the Golden Goat Bridge, a petting farm and miniature golf. There is no admission charge to enter the farm.

U-Pick Schedule 2022: (All U-Pick Ends with first winter frost)

Apples: 8/19/2022 - Mid-October

Peaches: Early July - Late August

Blackberries: Early July - Late July

Pumpkins: Late September - Late October

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Odelehr’s Roadside Market

Open year round, Odelehr's offers fresh strawberries, blueberries, red, black and yellow raspberries, peaches, apples, tomatoes, corn, pumpkins, squash, and garden produce. Pick up flowering bedding plants and hanging baskets for summer color around your home. Apple cider, mums, Indian corn and fall gourds greet you in autumn. With over 30 acres of pumpkins, you'll love the latest new colors of white, yellow and even blue pumpkins. Enjoy summers bounty anytime with colorful jars of peach, pineapple, apple and tomato salsa they make themselves. Their homemade beer horseradish mustard makes a great gift too.

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About the Author

Cailyn Tegel

Cailyn Tegel is a senior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She joined the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau as its Summer 2020 Intern. She is an avid traveler and plans to pursue a career in travel or public relations upon graduation. She is planning a trip to Greece in the Spring of 2021 and has plans to visit all 50 states in the U.S. in the next few years!