Farmer, Green Acres
Board Member, Chicago Green City Market
Green Acres, owned by Beth and Brent Eccles, has an unusual history. Beth’s grandfather, a Japanese immigrant, moved to Indiana in the late 1930s and began a small truck farm, selling Asian vegetables to restaurants in Chicago’s Chinatown. His son, Ben, took over the farming operation in 1969 and expanded his father’s wholesale business. Beth and her husband, Brent, bought a nearby farm in 1996 and helped Beth’s father. Meeting Abby Mandel at the Best of the Midwest market in the late 1980s inspired the Eccles' to bring their sustainably raised food to farmers markets in Chicago. The couple grows a variety of specialty greens and heirloom vegetables. With two daughters, the Eccles' are proud to continue the family tradition of farming.