We all scream for ice cream, especially when the truck is teetering on the edge of the cliff. Scoop to the rescue with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $7.50 for $15 worth of frozen custard
- $15 for two Groupons, each good for $15 worth of frozen custard (a $30 total value)
Enjoy the shop's signature creamy vanilla custard in a regular one-scoop cone ($2), blended into a milkshake ($4), or served as the base of a concrete mixer ($4.75) or sundae ($3.50 for a regular) featuring toppings such as caramel, chocolate, bananas, and pineapples. Guests may enjoy cool treats throughout the summer, when free, family-friendly concerts take place outside of the shop on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In 1910, fourth-generation German immigrant Alvin O. Eckert set up a small produce stand on a roadside in Belleville, Illinois. More than 100 years later, that roadside stand has flourished into the expansive Belleville plot of Eckert's Farm: a pastoral acreage where orchards surround a country-style restaurant, bakery, and handmade-custard shop. The Eckert family's sixth and seventh generations ensure this farm remains a true family affair. Sixth-generation member Jim Eckert is the chief horticulturist, and his cousin-once-removed, Chris, oversees retail operations and the sale of the farm's homegrown produce and spare scarecrow parts. Chris's sister Jill helms the food program, and his wife Angie oversees the Country Store and colorful Garden Center.
Throughout the year, visitors arrive on the Belleville farm's grounds for a range of seasonal activities, including peach-, apple-, and pumpkin-picking. During the summer, a concert series features live outdoor music on Friday and Saturday nights, and in the fall, staff lead bonfires and evening hayrides through the orchards. Inside the farm building, instructors teach cooking classes for adults and children, as well as a wine-pairing class.
Family-friendly activities also abound at the Eckert family's other two farms. The Grafton farm, where public apple-picking began in 1964, offers daily animal feeding and miniature golf. The seasonal Millstadt farm is home to a workshop, haunted hayrides, and an array of warm-weather children's attractions—including a 70-foot underground slide.