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.
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. Because of COVID-19 many of these vendors are asking that those who come wear a mask and try not to touch all the produce.
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.
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.
Don’t let COVID-19 discourage you when visiting the popular Eckert’s Country Store and Farm in Grafton and Belleville. Eckert’s is still allowing the authentic pick-your-own peaches but with a limit to the amount of people. To secure your spot go online and pick a time slot for you and your family to experience a very interesting and fun way to buy peaches. Visit their website for information on selecting, buying and storing your peaches.
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 remember, stay safe!
Calhoun County Peach Growers And Sellers
Eckert’s Country Store & Farms
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
Blueridge Farms Market
Need a fresh pick-me-up to brighten your day? Blueridge Farms is more than a fruit stand- mosey down to Blueridge Farms and 4-Square Market for home-baked goods, crisp seasonal fruits and vegetables and home décor. Pick your own apples and renowned Calhoun County peaches- their orchard is ADA accessible. Choose that perfect pumpkin to carve for Halloween or seasonal fresh-cut flowers for someone special. Blueridge Farms also peddles local honey, eggs, pasture-raised beef, and locally-grown produce.
Hungry for more? Blueridge Farms 4-Square Market offers hot food, homemade baked goods, pizza, tacos, and soft-serve ice-cream! Grab a coffee and take a walk through the fruit groves, try creative pastries and pies like s’mores cupcakes, caramel-apple shortbread, and full-breakfast muffins, and choose a gorgeous wreath for your front door all at Blueridge Farms!
Hagen Family Orchard
Just 3 miles from the Brussels Free Ferry, Hagen's offers peaches, apples and pumpkins from mid-July through October.
You'll find delicious produce, fruits and even Christmas Trees at Krueger's Orchard. Spring is the season for fresh asparagus, then in mid-July through October 31 select from juicy peaches, melons, tomatoes, sweet corn, and other garden goodies. Pumpkins, gourds and autumn decorations are ready in fall, and after Thanksgiving, U-cut Christmas trees usher in the holidays. Bountiful seasonal delights await you and your family at Krueger's.
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.
Pick-your-own Calhoun County peaches and pick up some tomatoes while you're here from mid-July through the end of August.
Summer and fall vegetables, as well as peaches, melons, tomatoes, sweet corn and pumpkins can be found at Pearson's Produce!
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