The Apple Harvest Celebration at Apple Annie’s Orchard takes place September 5-7, 2009 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The orchard, located in Willcox, Arizona, is approximately one hour east of the city of Tucson. The apple festival commemorates the peak of apple-picking season, and children and adults will enjoy this Labor Day weekend event.
The official celebration begins at 11:30 a.m., but visitors who arrive at Apple Annie’s Orchard can enjoy an “All You Can Eat” pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Pancakes come with hot apple toppings and cider syrup. The entire family can enjoy breakfast before heading to the orchards and picking their own apples.
The orchard is lined with Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Rome Beauty apples. Apple Annie’s gives visitors free wagon rides through the orchards, letting them choose the apples they want. Families can pick Asian pears during the Apple Harvest Celebration. Those how don’t want to pick their own apples can purchase apples at the orchard’s farm stands.
From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., visitors can order apple-smoked burger lunches. At their farm location, guests can get hot roasted sweet corn. Children will enjoy eating buttered corn by hand, holding the corn by pulled back husk. The orchard bakes homemade apple pies every day. People at the orchard eat fresh-baked apple pie with their “apple crumb pie ice cream,” made using an Amish ice cream freezer.
Visitors to the Apple Annie’s Orchard can purchase a variety of fresh-baked goods like pies, apple bread, cookies and muffins. Their apple bread is so moist that it’s hard to stop eating it once you start. It tastes good with a hot cup of coffee. The gift shop contains country-inspired gifts, gourmet foods and fudge. This apple festival is a family bonding experience.
Apple Annie’s, owned and operated by the Holcomb family, started their farm in the early 1980s, when they planted 6,000 apple trees on the Sulphur Springs Valley in Willcox. The valley’s 4,000-foot elevation makes it an ideal place for an orchard because of the warm days and cool nights in this region. In 1986, they opened their orchards to the public and began selling their apples on a pick and pay basis. The Apple Harvest Celebration and other fall festivals give the public a chance to pick fall fruits and vegetables.
Other produce at Apple Annie’s includes peaches, pears, pumpkins, sweet corn, melons, and other vegetables.
The Apple Harvest Celebration is free. The only price visitors pay is the amount of the apples they pick and other items purchased at the orchard. Part of the money accrued at this festival and other events goes to Andrea’s Closet, the Lupus Foundation of Southern Arizona, the March of Dimes and Youth Haven Ranch.
Apple Annie’s Orchard
2081 W. Hardy Rd.
Willcox, AZ 85643