One of the best parts of autumn is the pick-it-yourself patches and orchards opening for public fun. Despite the 90-degree October and desert landscape, Arizona boasts some lovely farms for picking. However, most places close for the season on or around Halloween, so here's a few farms to hit up this week before all the goods are gone.
Apple Annie's in Wilcox is our first stop on the orchard tour. Of course there's some "family fun" opportunities, but there really is a lot more to you-pick-it farms than kid stuff.
Apple Annie's offers apple-smoked burgers on the weekends and homemade fudge. Also, if you're too exhausted from the hunt to make your own baked goods, Apple Annie's has fresh, homemade pies and apple bread.
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However, the best part of Apple Annie's is their wide variety of fresh produce. Pickers can choose from eight different kinds of apples (three of which are currently available), broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, peaches, pears, corn, tomatoes, squash, and more.
Like many other farms, there is of course a pumpkin patch and a corn maze, but the array of fruits and veggies offered at the farm is what is really impressive. In fact, chefs all over Arizona, including here in the valley, are excited to get their hands on Apple Annie's offerings.
But Apple Annie's isn't the only place to go to pick it yourself. Tomorrow we'll go over to Buckelew Farms and see what they have to offer.