Willcox & Apple Annie’s Orchard
by Phil Scudella
If you grew up in the midwest like me, at summer’s end, fruit trees were everywhere, ripe and ready for picking and you could enjoy delicious apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries and more right off the tree in your yard or one of the neighbors.
What has this to do with Willcox, Arizona – and Apple Annie’s Orchard? Especially since I didn’t grow up there?
Well, I worked in Willcox, for a few months on KHIL radio when I moved to Arizona during the 4th of July weekend decades ago, so every July, my memory brings me back. So, from time to time we head back to southern Arizona to spend the day at Apple Annie’s Orchard and treat ourselves to some great apples, peaches, pears and lots more right off the trees along with fresh squeezed apple juice and fresh apple pies. It’s quite an experience – You’ll love it…So bring the family. Here are just some of the summer and fall events coming up.
Apple Harvest Celebration (at the Orchard – 2081 West Hardy, it’s easy to find – after all it is a small town)
Aug 27 & 28 and Labor Day weekend, Sept 3,4 & 5 (7:30am-5pm) Celebrate the peak of the apple season with tree-ripened Red, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty apples and Asian pears that you can pick yourself, if you’d like – so bring the kids!.
Come early for the “All You Can Eat” pancake breakfast (7:30-11:30am) served with hot apple topping or cider syrup. Enjoy Apple-smoked burgers from 11am-3pm. Apple pies are baked fresh daily along with homemade apple crumb pie ice cream.
There are lots of other special events like; My-Oh-My Apple Pie Weekend Sept 17 & 18, and don’t miss the Fall Pumpkin Celebration each weekend Sept 24 thru Oct 31 – Have fun in the 20 acre Corn Maze or an old fashioned hay ride at Apple Annie’s farm located at 6505 Williams Rd.
Apple Annie’s Orchard is located at 2081 W. Hardy in Willcox. Open at 8am – July thru October. Phone (520) 384-2084.
Annie’s also has two other locations – The farm (location above) and Apple Annie’s Country Store just off of I-10 exit 340, offering their famous pies, apple bread, fudge, jarred fruits and vegetables, gifts and other Apple Annie’s goodies year round!
During your visit, to the Old West, here are places and events not to miss: “65th Annual Rex Allen Days” in Willcox (Sept 29-Oct 2) along with historic places like; “The town too tough to die” Tombstone, AZ, The Chiricahua National Monument and Benson, AZ, to explore the famous Kartchner Caverns. And that’s just the start of so much to see in the Wild West of Southern Arizona