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Hearing set for orchard permit

The new owner of Boyd Orchards has applied for a conditional-use permit to continue operating the agri-business at 1396 Pinckard Pike as an agricultural orchard enterprise. A hearing on the request is scheduled on Monday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the Woodford County Courthouse. In addition to being an on-farm market selling value-added products, the orchard will offer activities for the public's enjoyment and education. Eckert's Inc. finalized a deal to purchase Boyd Orchards from Terry and Susie Boyd on March 24. According to a deed filed with the Woodford County Clerk's office, the 30-acre orchard property was sold for $1.75 million. During an interview announcing that Boyd Orchards had been sold to Eckert's Inc., a family-owned company based in Belleville, Ill., Chris Eckert said he and his family would continue to operate the Woodford County orchard as an agri-tourism enterprise where families can experience an array of farm-related activities. "Boyd Orchards has been a successful part of the Versailles community and we want to continue that tradition," said Eckert. He said Eckert's had expanded its pick-your-own farm locations in the St. Louis area and wanted to expand into a new market. A fifth generation apple grower in southern Illinois, Terry Boyd and his wife, Susie, purchased Kaenzig Orchard, which they renamed Boyd Orchards, in October 2003. In retirement, Terry Boyd said he planned to spend a lot of time scuba diving in Florida with his grown children, Hunter and Ali. Also on the Board of Adjustment's May 1 agenda is a request for a dimensional variance. Mike and Heather Porter are seeking a 10-foot rear-yard setback variance in order to build a roof over a deck at 6012 Crabapple Road.

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