Allegre Farms

History

The farm house was built on top of Ehrck hill in 1907 by William & Caroline Ehrck who cleared the timber (with mules & horses!) to plant an apple orchard and 50 acres in hay, oats and wheat. Their deed was part of the homestead act and was signed by President Harrison himself.

In 1946 Elbert (Hap) & Myrtle Allegre bought the farm and added pears, cows & chickens. Myrtle raised five kids, never weighed over 100 lbs, and made the best chocolate chips cookies. Elbert loved the farm and worked outside every day. On his last day, Hap passed away while sitting near his truck waiting for bins full of pears to be loaded by his son Don.

In 1973, a social studies teacher named Alan Solle bought the land, planted strawberries and named it Berry City -which was known because of its flavor and quality. The years brought two daughters, cherries, peaches, pears and too many animals to count. Before Alan passed away, he passed on his vision to two of his favorite people: Jen and Pat.

Pat Allegre grew up on the farm and in 2019 purchased the farm from Bobbie Solle, to continue the care of the trees and vines with the help of Jen.

The original farmhouse still stands after 100 years -the home to three different families during that time- and still boasting one of the best views in the valley.

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