Photo Courtesy of Eckert's
Sunflowers are in bloom over at Eckert's Farm in Belleville, Illinois.
Sunflowers have bloomed nearly a month early at Eckert’s Farm in Belleville (951 South Green Mount Road, Belleville; 618-233-0513)
and they’re ready for the crowds.
As we eagerly await Columbia Bottom Conservation Area’s field
, Eckert’s announced its sunflower patch has blossomed. Crowds can come to take photos or even pick their own flowers. The field stretches 2 acres, allowing plenty of space to stretch out and have a photoshoot or two.
“We plant these crops months in advance and can’t be certain of what will make it through the winter frosts or intense summer heat, so a surprise harvest of sunflowers, along with blackberries and peaches is very exciting,” Angie Eckert, vice president of retail operations, said in a press release.
The flowers bloomed early due to the heat and rainstorms the region has been experiencing, according to the release.
Tickets for the sunflower trail are $10 per person. This includes field access, so if you finish up with the sunflowers, you can head over and pick some blackberries or peaches when they become available at the Belleville location. The peaches aren’t expected to be available until July 8. The Grafton farm (20995 Eckert Orchard Road)
offers peaches now. Guests can pick their peaches in Grafton from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with a $2 charge per person Tuesday through Friday. Entry is $5 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Adding to the fun, Eckert’s has made a change to its sunflower trail this year. Post-photoshoot, guests can cut their own sunflower — or take multiple — for $1 per flower.
The chance to tour the field and pick some flowers will not be available this weekend after rainy weather, Eckert's Farm announced in a Facebook post
. The post said any tickets purchased were canceled and refunded. The farm is hoping to have guests tour the sunflower field next week. Reservations are highly encouraged for the sunflower trail.
This post has been updated to reflect Eckert's announcement about a change in its schedule.
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