Harvest in Southern Illinois

Hello friends, I hope you’re having a good week! Angie here, and I wanted to share some photos I took about a week or so ago. A fellow blogger friend of mine encouraged me to find the beauty in my current surroundings during the pandemic. See, I had hoped Chris – the hubs – and I would have been in North Carolina by now, but I guess we were meant to spend a little bit more time in southern Illinois. I am always encouraged when I see people like my friend Derek – who is an amazing photographer, you should check him out here – sharing beautiful photos from around their town and all I have are boring farm fields…lol. Don’t get me wrong I love the country, but where I live is usually just wheat fields and food chains, not much to shout about. Yet despite this, I was encouraged to find the beauty in where I currently reside, even if it’s the local wally world and sub shop, or the local farmers store and restaurant.

Eckert’s Family Farm

Keep reading to see more pictures from my time at Eckerts.

Down On The Farm

A few weeks ago the hubs and I decided to go pumpkin picking – well it became more of pumpkin shopping, but we will get to that in a minute – at the local family farm and restaurant in town. Eckerts Family Farms is both a place to get home grown fruits & veggies, frozen custard, they have a restaurant, and pre-covid there were classes, events, and live bands that would come and play on the weekends and some nights during the week. Basically, it’s a great place to go to have fun either by yourself, as a couple, or with your family for a few hours. I personally like the restaurant and the annual hayride/bonfire events they have each year. Since it’s the time of year I begin getting my pumpkins for my cookie recipe I make around Thanksgiving and Christmas, I decided to go to Eckerts and maybe grab a few photos while I’m there. When we got there we ate some breakfast – sorry no photos to share -, and thought we would stop by the store to pick up some yummy apple butter. There was a bit of an issue online – user error – about whether we could pick pumpkins as well as the apple picking they were advertising, so I thought I would just buy it at the store. When we tried to find out about catching a ride on the wagon to the fields to get a few pictures however, we noticed they booked up fast and wouldn’t have another ride over until 4 pm later that afternoon! So, I didn’t get to go pumpkin pickin’ as we say down here, but I was able to snag a few photos. I hope you enjoy the pictures and who knows, maybe I will get another chance to take some photos next weekend and share them with yall.

Happy Harvest!

~ Angie