Courtesy Eckert's Farms
Happy fall, y'all.
Fall is about to be in full swing. Pumpkin spice lattes, crunching leaves underfoot — it’s so close you can almost taste it.
To add to the fall spirit, Eckert’s Pick-Your-Own-Pumpkin patches are returning with a kick-off date of September 25. Big and plump or tiny but mighty pumpkins can be picked with a field access pass. The pass ranges from $2.20 to $5.50 per person at the Belleville (951 S Green Mt Road; 618-310-1962)
and Grafton (20995 Eckert Orchard Road, 800-745-0513)
Admission at the Millstadt farm (2719 Eckert Orchard Lane; 618-233-0513)
ranges from $2.20 to $16.50.
“Eckert’s is the perfect escape to get back to nature and have a great time with family and friends. In recent years, the farms have become increasingly popular getaways for couples’ date nights, family outings and everything in between,” Chris Eckert, president of Eckert’s Inc., says in a press release. “We can’t wait to welcome everyone back for a fun-filled fall season at Eckert’s farms and look forward to being a part of your memories for generations to come.”
Eckert says the farm works year-round to prepare for the fall. He also mentioned the organization hopes to bring exciting activities to guests each year. This comes with the announcement that the Millstadt location will fire up bonfire sites with reservations costing $75 for up to 25 people.
Guests can purchase the farm’s treats on site or can bring their own food to the bonfire. Eckert’s also won’t allow alcohol to be brought to the farm but will sell hard cider or beer to guests that are above the age of 21.
Also at the Millstadt location are haunted wagon rides on Friday and Saturday nights. One ride is free with the purchase of admission, but additional rides can be purchased for $6.
Millstadt’s admission includes pick-your-own-pumpkins or apples, a twelve-acre corn maze, a pumpkin cannon show, pig races on the weekends and a petting zoo. There is also a 70-foot underground slide, mini-golf and a playground there.
Pick your own pumpkins runs from September 25, Tuesdays through Sundays, until October 31. Bonfire rentals run from September 25 through October 30 on Friday and Saturday nights. Haunted wagon rides begin on September 24 until October 30 on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets can be bought on eckerts.com
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