I will admit, I’ve never gone apple or pumpkin picking. It was always on my To-Do List when I lived on the East Coast but it just never worked out. Getting to the orchard was always the difficult part logistically, and finding a weekend that worked. That’s why when I found out that there was an orchard in Southeast Arizona, i decided that no matter what I was going, and taking at least James with me. Fortunately, we got some friends to join us too.

We headed to Apple Annie’s in Wilcox, AZ, about an hour and a half away from Sierra Vista, on our great fall produce adventure. When you think of apple picking you usually think of wearing a coat, scarf and warm boots, but not here in the desert, oh no, I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt

Our friends who were apple-picking pros from the Midwest were a bit confused as well by the heat, but we had a blast! We picked a bunch of apples, roamed around the dusty orchard, cut our own pumpkins and made it through a corn maze.

Dusty Apple Orchard
Pumpkin Patch

That wasn’t the pumpkin we picked, but I am excited to carve our pumpkin next week and roast the seeds! With all of our apples I made two loaves of apple bread and an apple-bacon pie. Apple Annie’s also sells other produce and baked goods/cider/etc. We also bought some poblano peppers, which we stuffed for some of the spiciest Chili Rellenos we’ve every had. But,¬†everything was DELICIOUS! I think that was one of the best parts of picking produce: figuring out what to cook with it all.

I am looking forward to going apple/pumpkin/etc picking next year. We’ll be in Washington though so I think it’ll be a bit cooler. What’s your favorite thing to make with apples? Any great orchards you like to visit near your home? Let me know!