9 Places to Pick Your Own Produce in Arizona
The spring growing season is well underway, but as much as we love our artichokes and onions, what we're really excited about is peach season. Very soon we'll be able to pick fresh peaches and soon after that apricots, melons, and more at farms all over the city and state. Here are nine places where you can get out and get your own produce right now and throughout the summer.
Andrew Pielage Peach season is just around the corner.
24810 South Rittenhouse Road
Queen Creek, Arizona 85142
As of this weekend peach season is officially underway at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek. The organic U-Pick gardens and orchards at the farm are open Thursday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Everything -- that includes peaches, strawberries, turnips, Swiss chard, and more -- costs $1.50/lb. Apricots, plums, and apples should be available in May and June. The farm will also host its annual Peach Festival from May 10 to 18 with live music, rides, crafts, and more.
Fenway Park Orchards
42610 Highway 60-89
Morristown, AZ 85342
Located nine miles east of Wickenburg, Fenway Park Orchards grows Yellow Cling Peaches and blackberries, though they won't be ready until mid-May. Call after May 1 for an exact opening date. White Peaches and Anna Apples will also be ready in early June. During picking season the farm will be open Tuesday though Thursday and on weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mother Nature's Farm
1663 E. Baseline RD.
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Mother Nature's Farm in Gilbert farm will host its own Peach Festival on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, during which time you can snag your own fresh peaches right off the tree. The farm will also allow guests to come out and pick their own apples starting in mid-May.
5726 N. 75th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85303
You'll find this family-operated farm in Glendale one mile south of Bethany Home Road on the west side of 75th Avenue. This year Tolmachoff Farms will be hosting U-Pick produce throughout the month of June on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Everything will be available for $1.75/lb. The farm grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, so call ahead to see what's available.
4011 S. Power Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
480-650-6606 or 480-650-6611
Located on Power Road between the US60 and 202 San Tan Freeway, Vertuccio Farms brings fresh produce almost right in the middle of the city. Started by Joe and Maria Vertuccio, this farm will have you-pick peaches in mid-May, but hasn't set an opening date yet. They'll also host Peaches n' Play during the peach season, which will offer the little ones an air pillow, pedal carts, hay maze, tube slide and train ride. Peach picking hours will be daily from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Peaches will cost $1.50 a pound -- don't forget to bring a basket.
1663 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert, AZ
24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, AZ
5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale, AZ
4011 S. Power Road, Mesa, AZ
2081 W. Hardy Road, Willcox, AZ
6405 W. Williams Road, Willcox, AZ
3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert, AZ
35838 W Buckeye Rd, Tonopah, AZ