Sunday, August 8, 2010

90 Miles for Peaches and Corn

We traveled the 90 miles to Willcox Arizona to get out of the house on Saturday with the hope that we would be able to get some good produce including peaches and corn on the cob.
We headed directly to Apple Annie's Orchard to get the peaches which can be purchased by the pound in the U-Pick orchard or from the bins under the tent. I was surprised by the number of people who had come out to pick there own peaches but it was a nice, cloudy morning in the low 70's, perfect for picking just about anything.
The kids really seem to enjoy picking their own fruit off the trees and there were lots of young ones on hand.
Willcox is known for it's agricultural base including its orchards, produce, wine, and cattle and it's also known for the annual migration of Sandhill Cranes which are a huge attraction from October until March each year. Last year we traveled to Willcox to photograph the Sandhills and saw over two thousand birds in a single day. The Sandhill photos can be found in the archives here at Sonoran Connection.

We checked out the gift shop and the bakery but avoided the Burger Barn which had a long line before heading to Apple Annie's produce and pumpkin farm a few miles away.

There was not as much activity at the produce barn but there were still quite a few people in the fields picking veggies.

The fields were lush and well groomed and seemed to go on for miles with corn of varying heights all around. We couldn't resist trying the roasted corn on the cob which was very tasty.

I never would have guessed that Okra had such a beautiful flower but as you can see it's quite amazing.

For some reason these scenes reminded me of the great depression and the hardship that so many Americans are experiencing now due to the lousy economy and the lack of jobs.

On the other side of town there are many farms including this one with freshly baled hay ready to be gathered.

There are also many nut groves like this one we spotted on the way back to the highway to head home. Not a bad way to spend a day.