From the first of July until the end of October, you can follow the food seasons at Apple Annie’s. Apple Annie’s is a fun day trip for the entire family. Head on out to Willcox, where the temps are normally ten degrees cooler than Tucson. Take I-10 to Willcox, Arizona, exit 340. Turn west on Ft. Grant Rd. and travel 5.5 miles to the Apple Annie’s sign; turn right and follow the apple signs with the arrows. It gives children and probably some adults, an opportunity to see how our food is grown. You can head out and pick your own or pay a few more cents per pound to pick your fruit from boxes. Today we’re off to visit the Orchard.
You can’t miss the sign for the Orchard. A few miles up the road is the farm. We will visit it on another day.
We planned our visit for a Monday. No crowds and a chance to take a few pictures to share with you. In the early 1980’s John and Annie Holcomb planted 6,000 apple trees, planning to grow apples commercially. However, in 1986 when the trees began producing fruit, they decided to sell their apples on a you-pick basis, and invited the public to enjoy their orchard. Southern Arizonans have been making the trip ever since.
Asian Pears were calling my name, please take a few of me home with you today. So we picked our own and added them to our bag.
The Gala apples, a favorite in our house, were ready to enjoy too. Sadly a major wind storm had come through the night before and the riper fruit was blown from the trees. This will all be cleaned up and composted to enrich the soil for next year’s crop.
A chalk board alerts you to what is available the day you visit, along with the prices per pound for You-Pick and We-Pick.
On the weekends. these shelves are filled with wholesome, just picked, fresh fruit. If you don’t want to experience walking into the orchards and choosing your own, this is a handy way to make it into your bag or box. Everyone should experience getting your own food at least once in your life.
This orchard was filled with O’Henry peaches awaiting our arrival. Some rows were restricted, the fruit wasn’t quite ready to be picked. The staff wants to make sure the fruit you take home is ready to eat, or just a few days away from the ultimate juiciness.
Before you head on out you may want to grab yourself a picker. Not all the fruit is within arm’s reach.
If you didn’t bring your own buckets or boxes, there are plenty to fill.
Before you leave, you need a picture or two of the little ones to share the memories in future years.
The people who work here are amazing. Even on a busy weekend, the customer service is friendly and helpful. One big negative about avoiding the crowds, you don’t get to enjoy the Burger Barn or fresh peach ice cream. Now that was a major trade off in my book. May need to head that way some weekend soon just for a taste of the ice cream. There are now generations who have enjoyed the experience of a day at Apple Annie’s. Share your memories of visiting Apple Annie’s or a you-pick farm where you grew up.