If ever there were a true family business, Ecker’s Apple Farms is it. Originally started in 1945 by her husband’s grandfather, the Ecker’s Apple Farm orchards are now owned by Mary Ecker, who’s been hard at it since 1977.
Located in stunning, sun-dappled Trempleau Wisconsin, today the Ecker’s team also includes Mary’s daughters Sarah and Jess, as well as son-in-law Simon, who gave up his native Melbourne Australia to join the family. And they’re busy. Ecker’s Farm produces more than 20 different apple varieties, runs a busy pick your own orchard complete with tractor ride, a thriving home baked pie shop and Hog’s Back Brew Farm, a must-stop weekend craft beer garden popular with locals and visitors alike.