Everything is just peachy at Apple Annie’s Orchard in Willcox. If you are a peach lover and hungry for sweet, tree-ripened peaches grown locally in Southern Arizona, mouth-watering peach pies and peach ice cream, peach fudge (really?), or pancakes topped with peaches, then the 15th Annual Peach Mania at Apple Annie’s is where you want to be.
This year’s Peach Mania runs for six peachy weekends:
During the first two weekends, you can also you-pick sweet corn on the cob as well as other vegetables. Enjoy hot roasted sweet corn and a great day of family fun. Let your kids learn that vegetables grow on the farm not in a can or a freezer box. Also on August 4-5, the Country Craft Fair weekend happens bringing vendors from all over Arizona to set up with their crafts.
Peach Mania features tree-ripened peaches, picked for you at the peak of the season, homemade peach pies and family fun. This year’s crop of peaches is the best seen in the past couple years. “We spent many nights fighting frost this spring, but it paid off and the trees are loaded with beautiful peaches.” says John Holcomb, owner.
The delicious “All-You-Can-Eat” peaches and pancakes breakfast will be served from 7 to 10:30 a.m. and Apple Annie’s famous apple-smoked burger lunches will be served 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day of the event. There is something very special about sitting out in the orchard on a picnic table eating one of those juicy apple smoked burgers. From past experience, it’s the kind of moment that memories are built on.
Apple Annie’s is open daily through October 31. Parking and admission are free. Take I-10 to Willcox exit 340, turn onto Ft. Grant Rd. for 5.5 miles, turn right on Nickels Rd. and follow signs. For more information visit the website or call 520-384-2084.
A portion of the proceeds from all of Apple Annie’s events is donated to March of Dimes, Lupus Foundation of Southern AZ, Andrea’s Closet and Youth Haven Ranches. In recent years Apple Annie’s has donated more than $65,000 to worthy charities! (Now that is super peachy.)
If you haven’t been to Willcox recently, now is the time to go because during the summer the temps are a few degrees cooler than Tucson. After the peach fest, you can sample wines along Railroad Avenue and poke into the funky shops.