By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Communication Director: A few years ago, during
Farm Bureau members, they launched their farm in the 1980s with a lot of faith, a lot of dreams and a lot of family participation. And, when I stepped onto the farm it was easy to sense the love and commitment this family farming operation exudes.
Owned and operated by John and Annie Holcomb, son Matt and wife Alicia, daughter Mandy and husband David Kirkendall and John’s father, Don, the 4300’ elevation of the Sulphur Springs Valley in southeastern Arizona provides the orchard with the warm days and cool nights that make Willcox the premier you-pick fruit and vegetable growing area in Arizona for pumpkins, delicious sweet corn, melons, pumpkins and many other vegetables.
John and Annie had originally planned to grow the 6,000 apple trees they planted commercially. But in 1986 when the trees began producing, they decided to sell their apples on a you-pick
They also grow peaches and pears, as well as grafting some of their original apple trees over to new apple varieties. Their goal was to have fruit available for their customers to pick throughout their 4-month season.
If you go, you’ll find a variety of activities including a Burger Barn serving apple-smoked burgers on weekends, Apple Annie’s Attic, their country gift shop, hayrides to the orchard, a huge corn maze and numerous festivals.
The winter of 2013 brought new opportunities as the family was able to purchase the Stout’s Cider Mill building, a Willcox landmark. After months of
Their apple pies are famous. In fact, the Arizona Farm Bureau loves them so much that annually for the past several years we purchase them to distribute to legislators in the spring and highlight all of our Arizona agriculture. While our legislative outreach is shifting a bit and we’ll be giving away a book about agriculture next, Annie’s apple pies will be purchased for other activities in the future.
When You Go
October 31 (Pumpkins and Corn Maze)
- Enjoy old-fashioned family fun picking your own pumpkins, fall vegetables at the Farm and apples at the Orchard.
- Pumpkins of all shapes,
sizesand colors will be available for picking in our huge pumpkin patch. Already picked pumpkins will be available at the pumpkin stand.
- Don’t miss out on Arizona’s largest and absolutely amazing CORN MAZE; with 2 levels of
difficultyit’s perfect for the entire family! Tons of fun for the whole family!
- Don’t forget to bring your camera and a jacket, fall days can be quite cool here in Willcox!
- Already picked pumpkins will ALSO be available at the PRODUCE BARN.
- At the Orchard location:
- Come early and enjoy a delicious “All-You-Can-Eat” pumpkin and buttermilk pancake breakfast served from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM,
- Partake in the Apple Smoked Burger lunch served from 11:30 AM – 4 PM.
- Enjoy Delicious Homemade pumpkin ice-cream, Pumpkin pies, Pumpkin bread and homemade cider donuts.
Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of Fall Festival articles. For more information on our member benefits including our regional benefits go to Arizona Farm Bureau’s member benefits page online. Or, download the Member Benefits app (FB Benefits) to your smart phone for easy, everyday access to your benefits. Want to travel to some of our farms. Click on the blue button below to download our Free Travel Guide: On the Road with Arizona Agriculture.