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Nine Places in Arizona to Pick Your Own Summer Produce

If you think that you have to live in Portland or Northern California to participate in the gratifying experience of picking your own fruit off a tree (or bush) then you are wrong. Arizona has all sorts of places to pick your own produce -- apples, blackberries,artichokes, cucumber, peaches, and more are all available at farms across the state.

Take a trip to one of these family farms for some of the freshest summer produce. Some are right here in town but a few of the others might be a bit more of a day excursion.

Fenway Park Orchards, Morristown -- Allen and Carol Way have been growing desert fruit on their land just 23 miles northwest of Surprise for the past 39 years. Each of their thousand or so apple and peach trees are cared for by the owners themselves and are 100 percent organic. No pesticides here! The Fenway Park Orchards peach harvest begins May 19 and usually lasts until the beginning of June. The orchard grows red blush cling peaches and the larger white freestone variety, which normally ripen up toward the end of the season. Picking hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturdays and Sundays. Arrive early for the best selection.

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