Picking Your Own Veggies at Schnepf Farms

There’s just something more gratifying picking and choosing your own fruits and veggies at a farm than at a store. You can see where its grown, its surroundings, etc. Though we live in sunny Arizona and there aren’t many farms in sight, we do have one about 30-40 minutes away at Schnepf Farms.

In the late 60’s, Ray Schnepf began growing Potatoes used for potato chips. The Schnepf’s continued to diversify in the 70’s planting Queen Palms, Mexican fan palms and pine trees in a large field. Before long the Schnepf’s were farming over 5000 acres and shipping vegetables across the country.

We decided to head out one weekend and explore all the farm had to offer. The farm not only had plenty of veggies, they also had a little shop & cafe open for visitors to cool off and have a snack. All you have to do is grab a bucket and be on your way!

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Picking Your Own Veggies at Schnepf FarmsPIN IT!

Picking Your Own Veggies at Schnepf FarmsPIN IT!

Picking Your Own Veggies at Schnepf FarmsPIN IT!

Picking Your Own Veggies at Schnepf FarmsPIN IT!

Picking Your Own Veggies at Schnepf FarmsPIN IT!
Picking Your Own Veggies at Schnepf FarmsPIN IT!

Picking Your Own Veggies at Schnepf FarmsPIN IT!

Picking Your Own Veggies at Schnepf FarmsPIN IT!

Picking Your Own Veggies at Schnepf FarmsPIN IT!

Picking Your Own Veggies at Schnepf FarmsPIN IT!

Picking Your Own Veggies at Schnepf FarmsPIN IT!

Comments
  • Esther | The Cuteness

    This seems like the perfect activity to do with the kids when the weather warms up. We have a few farms like this near me, might need to take a trip!

  • Alli

    When I was growing up, my family had a huge garden. I remember complaining about all the work during the harvesting season – picking, shelling, putting it all up. Now, I wish I had a garden. You just can’t beat the flavor of fresh fruit and veggies.

  • Mimi Green

    Nice, we have a couple farms here in Maryland and nearby Virginia. We are overdue for a visit, I’m waiting for it to get a bit warmer. My four year old hasn’t been in a while and I want her to get the full experience.

    We’ve never done fruit picking, so I want to make sure we do that.

    I love fresh garden food, but I wouldn’t know how to take care of one to save my life.

  • Jacqui

    I’m curious how much you ended up paying? Out here in Southern California, I take my kids at least once a year. But it’s pricey! We pay for admission, then they have food for the animals, and the price per pound is more than the stores, even when we did the work!

    • Jess
      Jacqui

      There is no admission fee and we paid about $7 for a heavy bucket full of goodies! It was awesome!

  • Liz Mays

    Aww, this does sound like fun. It must be so gratifying picking your own veggies and cooking with them!

  • Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    How fun! It looks like the kids had a great time picking their own fruits & veggies! I also love to be able to pick my own produce!

  • Megan Elford

    I’ve never picked my own corn before – I would love to do that! I’m not much of a gardener (everything I try to grow dies), but I enjoy taking the kids to Pick Your Own places. That way they get to experience getting their own food straight from the source — without the chance of me killing it first, lol!

  • Erika

    This is so neat and sounds like a good time. My kids would really enjoy it.

  • coolchillmom

    We have a lot of strawverry pick lots around here but the season is so very short. We love taking the kids there

  • Jenn

    I LOVE this. We pick our own whenever possible. Mostly berries. I need to find somewhere local to pick vegetables too.

  • Stephen Parry

    Organic fruit and veg is so the way to go! Looks like this place has some really fresh produce 🙂

  • ricci

    Now this looks both fun and rewarding!! I love picking gym own fruits and veggies, makes me appreciate them more!!

  • Stacey

    We’ve done u-pick berries but never veggies. This looks like such a fun family activity!

    Stacey

  • rika

    Looks fun! I love hand picking fresh veggies and fruits. Fun and rewarding

  • April Decheine

    I miss gardening so bad! I use to love picking my own vegetables from farms in our areas!

  • Nicole

    What a great family outing! Loving the colors of those veggies, they must’ve been delicious

  • John Lopez

    When I was younger my parents to take me to pick strawberries. I think this is a great activity for the family teaching healthy choices.