Apple Annie’s is a family farming operation, owned and operated by John and Annie Holcomb, son Matt, daughter Mandy, son-in-law David Kirkendall and John’s father, Don. We have two farming locations, Apple Annie’s Orchard, which specializes in tree-ripened apples, peaches and pears, and Apple Annie’s Produce and Pumpkins, with delicious sweet corn, melons, pumpkins and many other vegetables. The 4300’ elevation of the Sulphur Springs Valley provides us with the warm days and cool nights that make Willcox the premier you-pick fruit and vegetable growing area in Arizona.
In the early 1980’s we planted 6,000 apple trees, planning to grow apples commercially. However, in 1986 when the trees began producing fruit, we decided to sell our apples on a you-pick basis, and invited the public to enjoy our orchard. With Annie and 8-year old Matt baking the pies and apple bread, John was in charge of growing apples and making cider and 6-year old Mandy was the sales clerk. What busy, fun-filled days we enjoyed!
In the mid-1980’s we began planting peaches and pears, as well as grafting some of our original apple trees over to new apple varieties. Our goal was to have fruit available for our customers to pick throughout our 4-month season. Today our customers are enjoying the fruits of our labor! Over the years we have added many new activities for our customers to enjoy on their visits, including a Burger Barn serving apple-smoked burgers on weekends, Apple Annie’s Attic, our country gift shop, hayrides to the orchard, a huge corn maze and numerous festivals.
In 2003 we had the opportunity to expand our business with the purchase of Hunsdon Farms. This has proven to be a wonderful addition, and our son, Matt, is doing a splendid job of farming and producing all of the high-quality vegetables that Hunsdon’s had been famous for! Along with the amazing vegetables, we are excited to offer a Sweet Corn Festival and a 5-weekend Pumpkin Festival at Apple Annie’s Produce & Pumpkins.
When we planted the first apple trees we asked God for His blessing and guidance in this new venture, but we never envisioned the plans that He had for us! We planned for a commercially harvested crop, but His plans were for us to share our orchard, the farm experience, and the lifestyle that we love, with thousands of families from around the state. We consider it a real privilege to be able to offer an old-fashioned farm experience to today’s busy families!
Harvest season is a busy time for us since we are open daily for over 4 months, but it is also lots of fun! A visit to the orchard and farm is a wonderful family activity, and we love to see the excitement of the children as they eat an apple right off the tree and the sparkle in the eye of a grandfather as he picks vegetables with the children. Our hope is to continue to grow and expand the orchard and farm to give you and your family a great farm experience filled with treasured memories. We look forward to your visit!