Making Holiday Memories at Eckert’s
Belleville, IL: (STLRestaurant.News) Eckert’s Belleville Farm is a unique place to visit. It’s open year-round, and offers fun family friendly activities all four seasons of the year. They also offer seasonally available pick-your-own fruit and vegetables, such as strawberries, blackberries, peaches, vegetables, apples, pumpkins. The crops vary according to the seasons. They also have Christmas trees to cut down for the holidays.
The Eckert’s have nurtured and preserved their orchard business for seven generations. The retail operations began as a humble roadside farm stand in 1910 and have been transformed into state-of-the-art facilities. There is now a Country Restaurant, where you can get real down-home cooking, and a Country Store and Garden Center, which carry everything from seasonally fresh produce and plants, to home-baked bakery treats, gourmet cheeses, meats, wine, specialty foods and rare gift items.
The Belleville Farm also hosts year-round adult and kids cooking classes, seasonal festivals, free concerts, and wonderful holiday events. And, of course, they have popular holiday events and this time of year, two of the favorites are Breakfast with Santa and the Gingerbread Workshop.
This year, on November 26th, parents can bring the kids out for a special holiday meal with Santa on the farm. Besides telling Santa what they’d like for Christmas, they’ll also get a picture with Jolly Ole Saint Nick, and a special gift from the man himself. Each child will also have the chance to have their face painted and decorate a sugar cookie with frosting and sprinkles.
There’s more holiday fun that same day with a Gingerbread House workshop. Eckert’s provides all the supplies and you bring your own special creativity to the table. Create a beautiful display just in time for the holidays.
Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, November 26th from 8 am – 12 pm
Share a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, biscuits and homemade sausage gravy with Santa. It’s from 8 am until noon. Reservations are highly suggested. The cost is $15.00 for kids and $12.00 for adults.
Gingerbread House Workshop: Saturday, November 26th from 10 am – 4 pm
If you’ve always wanted to build a gingerbread house, this is your big chance. Whether you’re young or old, create a beautiful display for the holidays. All supplies and the direction are provided. You provide your special creativity! The cost is $14.00 per person and it all takes place in the Country Store.
951 South Green Mount Road
Belleville, IL, 62220
Phone (618) 233-0513