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Peach U-Pick Orchards in Tucson and Surrounding Counties in Arizona in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for peaches that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have peaches orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

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Cochise County

  • Apple Annie's Orchard Farm - PYO - PYO apples, pears, peaches, beans, peas, crowder peas, black eyed peas, 4 or 5 kinds of summer squash, cucumbers, sweet peppers(2 or 3 kinds), tomatoes, roma tomatoes, hot peppers, chilis, jalapenos, broccoli, red cabbage, cabbage, cauliflower, okra
    2081 W. Hardy Road, Willcox, AZ 85643. Phone: 520-384-2084. Email: apples@appleannies.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 5:30 pm, mid-July to late November; November hours: 10 am to 4:30 PM. Click here for a map and directions. . Directions off Ft. Grant Road, Willcox, Arizona. Closing for the season in late November. Peaches from July through mid-September; Apples from August 1st through November 23rd and Pears from August 1st through mid-October.

Graham County

  • Angle Orchard - apples, peaches
    Mount Graham, Safford, AZ . Phone: 928-322-2769. Email: emclonts@yahoo.com. Open: From August through October, Tuesdays 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Fridays 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Saturdays 8 am - 5 pm, not open on Sundays. Directions: Angle Orchard is located on Mount Graham, just South of Safford, Arizona. The turn off to the orchard is 7.4 miles from the Swift Trail HWY 191 junction. Watch for the Angle Orchard sign on the left hand side of the road . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, checks, Venmo, debit/credit cards. . . Questions? or leave a message for us. is located on Mount Graham, just South of Safford, Arizona. The turn off to the orchard is 7.4 miles from the Swift Trail/ HWY 191 junction. Watch for the sign on the left hand side of the road click here for a map. Apples are usually ready from mid July to mid October. There is a fee added for credit and debit cards. U-pick apples are available for 75 cents a pound. We do not provide containers for you to take your fruit home. Please bring reusable boxes and bags to transport your fruit. Apples are $1 a pound for U-pick and $1.25 a pound for we-pick. *BRING YOUR OWN BOXES/BAGS to haul fruit away.*Cash is preferred. is located in the National Forest on Mt. Graham near Safford, Arizona. Drive 7.4 miles up Swift Trail (AZ 366) past Noon Creek. On the left hand side of the road you will see an sign. Take dirt road down into orchard (approx. 1 mile)General Harvest Schedule is: Apple HarvestAugust: Gala, El StarSept to Mid-Oct: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, EmpireOct: Fuji, Blushing Golden, Granny Smith & Arkansas Black (but be aware most Arkansas Black are gone by October)
    Comments from a visitor on May 31, 2008:: "Engle Orchard is now owned by Betty Larson. She is a sister of Eldon Engle. Her phone number is 928-428-1605. I guess the orchard has recovered from the fire a few years back. There was a fire on the mountain last weekend but it wasn't on the orchard side. They have 36 different varieties of apples! All star and Gala come on first. mid July ~ August . Jonathan, mid August ~ September, and the golden Del. Sept. ~ October. They also have the tarter apples like Arkansas Blacks. You can pick your own OR buy an already picked basket." One visitor wrote (May 12, 2008):: "We used to live at the base of Mt. Graham where this orchard is. It burned in a forest fire several years ago. However I have been told they have recuperated and are again open. I have a good friend in Safford, Az, (at the base of the mountain) and she is getting information for me about when they are opening this year and what kinds of apples they have. I would be glad to forward that information to you when I get it. It was a wonderful place to take the kids when they were little and now they have kids and want to have the experience with their kids. The thing our kids really liked was finding bear tracks around the trees. Made is more adventerous. They also had pears. Don't know yet what they have gotten back. "

Pima County

  • Howard's Orchard - No pesticides are used, apples, grapefruit, pears, peaches, carving pumpkins, pie pumpkins, summer squash, Heirloom tomatoes, paste or Roma tomatoes, tomatoes, pecans , walnuts, Sage,
    4101 E Pinal St, Tucson, AZ 85739. Phone: (520) 276-6979. Email: myfarm@howardsorchard.com. Open: Thursday to Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm, from early July to late October. Directions: 20 Miles North of Tucson Oracle Road North to Catalina Right on Hawser Left on Columbus Left on Pinal Street Orchard on right hand side. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Howard's Orchard Facebook page. . . We do not use pesticides on the crops. (UPDATED: July 26, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 27, 2008: "Howard's Orchard, in Catalina, AZ (just North of Tucson) has some blackberries, along with tomatoes, peaches, cucumbers, pecans and apples."

 

Peaches

Peach Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

In the U.S., Peaches typically peak during late June through July in the South, and July and August in the North. In order to produce good local peaches, producers depend on ideal spring and early summer weather conditions, and no late frosts. If you want to know which are the best varieties of peaches for home canning, see this page!

Before you leave to go to the farm:

  1. Always call before you go to the farm - Peaches are affected by weather (both rain and cooler temperature) more than most crops. And when they are in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so CALL first!
  2. Leave early.  On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
  3. Most growers furnish picking containers designed for peaches, but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.
    If you use your own containers, remember that heaping Peaches more than 14 inches deep will bruise the fruit on the bottom. Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large pots make good containers.
  4. Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs usually aren't a problem, but some deet might be good to bring along if it has been rainy.
  5. You might want to ask whether the peaches are! There are two major types of peaches: "Freestone" and. "Clingstone". Freestone peaches and nectarines have flesh that slips easily away from the pit. Clingstones are a REAL pain, because the fruit tenaciously clings to the stone or pit! Most peach varieties grown today are freestone and are usually available (dependingThe Giant Peach water tower in Gaffney, SC upon your location) from June through September. Some nectarines are freestone and some are clingstone. Freestone nectarines are available in June and July. Most plum varieties are clingstone. 

When you get home

  1. Spread the fruit out on towels or newspapers and separate any mushy or damaged fruit to use immediately.
  2. Put a couple of days supply into the fridge, wash and cut the others and freeze them up!
  3. Even under ideal conditions peaches will only keep for a week in a refrigerator, so for best flavor and texture, use them as soon as possible after purchase
  4. Now, get ready to make Peach jam or canned peaches - It is VERY easy - especially with our free
     - peach jam instructions - they're illustrated and easy and our page on
     - how to make home canned peaches from fresh!
    - Or see here to freeze peaches instead!
    - make your own home canned peach pie filling to use in the winter
  5. Here's a great and easy peach pie recipe
    or peach-blueberry pie  or how about
    - peach salsa?
    - Peach chutney
    - Spiced peaches
    - peach butter
    - Peach honey
    - pickled peaches
    - peach syrup
    - peach juice
  6. Here are some great and easy peach desert recipes, like easy peach cobbler.
  7. If you want more information about the Giant Peach water tower in Gaffney, SC, click here.

Temporary Storage Tips

  • Ripe peaches have a creamy or golden undertone and "peachy-sweet" fragrance.
  • Peaches should be refrigerated and used within a few days.
  • Putting peaches and nectarines in a loosely closed paper bag at room temperature for a day or two can help soften firm fruit - but they won't become sweeter or ripen further - that stopped when they were removed from th etree.
  • For best flavor, allow the fruit to ripen fully on the tree.
  • Store at 33�F to 40�F  and high humidity (a vegetable drawer in the fridge).

How to tell if the peaches are ripe!

  • Attached to the tree: Peaches are best picked when the fruit separates easily from the twigs. If it is hard to pull off the tree, it isn't ripe! Peaches will not ripen further once removed from the tree (they only "soften")
  • Color: Green is definitely unripe, but you can't use red color as an indicator of how ripe a peach is. Different peach varieties have differing amounts of red blush in their natural coloring. Pick them when the ground color changes from green to yellow, orange, red (or a combination). The skin of yellow-fleshed varieties ripens to an orange tint, while the skin of white-fleshed varieties changes from greenish- to yellow-white.
  • Softness: unless you like your peaches very firm, pick your peaches with just a little "give" when gently pressed. Peaches at this stage are great for eating, freezing, and baking. Peaches won't ripen very much after picking!
  • Odor: It should smell sweet and ripe!

Tips on How to Pick Peaches

A peach is softer than most fruit, so it is important to pick a peach gently, with little pressure. Using the sides of your fingers rather your fingertips helps to avoid bruising.  Grab the peach firmly and pull it straight off the branch. DON'T drop the peach into the basket, but set it in gently!

Marks on the Peachs: Bugs (particularly squash bugs and stink bugs) bite fruit during development and this results in some imperfections in the peach. This is especially the case with organically raised fruit.  These look like dents in the peaches if the peaches were bitten by a bug when they were young. This causes a spot that does not grow properly and makes a wrinkle in the peach. There's nothing wrong with these peaches. They may look funny, but they will taste just as good as blemish-free peaches, and it's better not to have the pesticides!

How much do you need?

Raw measures:

  • About 2 medium peaches = 1 cup sliced peaches.
  • About 4 medium peaches = 1 cup pureed peach.
  • About 3 medium peaches = 1 pound of peaches

Process yields (Raw amounts to processed amounts)

  • 2 to 21/2 pounds of fresh peaches yields 1 quart canned
  • 1 lb of fresh peaches typically yields 3 cups of peeled, sliced peaches or 2 cups or puree.
  • It takes about 5 good sizes peaches or nectarines (or about 10 plums) to fill one quart jar of canned peaches.
  • An average of 171/2 pounds of fresh peaches are needed per canner load of 7 quarts;
  • An average of 11 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints.
  • 1 bushel = 48 to 50 pounds, yields approximately 18 to 25 quart jars.

And a visitor contributes this: 6-7 peaches makes about 4 cups puree, so 2-3 peaches make about 2 cups puree. 1 peach equals about 1 cup puree.

Peaches-Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent

 

Peach pit tips

It's best to remove peach pits before you cook the peaches. Cherry, peach, and apricot pits also contain amygdalin; the latter two, in potentially harmful amounts. Fortunately, peach and apricot pits are sufficiently large and hard that few people intentionally swallow or chew them. (The unapproved anti-cancer drug See this page for more information&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/pdq/cam/laetrile">Laetrile is a semisynthetic derivative of amygdalin; a cheaper version of laetrile produced in Mexico came from crushed apricot pits.) See this page for more information.

 

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