Schnepf Farms

Peach Festival

  • May 20

    Starts: May 20, 2017 @ 7:30 am

    Ends: May 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

    Place: 24610 South Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Peach Festival

MAY 13, 14, 20 & 21st 2017

ADMISSION $5 children 12 & younger FREE

 Celebrating over 50 years of growing peaches in Arizona!

The farm is the largest Peach Grower in the State, all organic and pesticide FREE. 50 years ago, Ray Schnepf planted his first peach trees, two years later the farm started picking and shipping peaches all over the Country. Soon, as people  drove out to Queen Creek for a little day trip, they noticed Peach Trees in the desert. At first we picked the delicate fruit and would sell in our little roadside stand, but five years later, we opened our orchards for UPICK. Customers came from all over to pick Arizona Peaches, which now happen to be the BEST peaches in the Country (according to wine spectator magazine.)

 

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Peachy DETAILS…

May 20th and 21st, 2017  Admission $5.00 Children 12 and younger free.

 ADMISSION: $5.00 admission. 12 and younger  is FREE includes Hayrides to orchards.

TIME: 7:30am -4pm

             8am Amusement rides open

Additional Costs: Ride wristbands ($15 or $3 per ride) you can purchase ride wristbands online or from any cashier. Food and peaches

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Helpful Information

      • This is going to be a lot of fun! 
      • BE HAPPY… THERE ARE LINES!
      • Get to know the person in front of you (or behind)
      • Put on a happy face!
      • What can you Bring? a cold bottle of water. an umbrella for shade. No outside food.
      • It gets very warm in May, please wear sunscreen, wear appropriate shoes because there is a lot of walking on the farm and bring bottled water.
      • You may pre-order your pies and cinnamon rolls. Please fill out this form and return. It must be received 48 hours prior to pick up. ALL PICK UPS ARE available to pick up at the PIE PICK UP right across from the entrance. Your order will have your name attached. 
      • Peachy Cinnamon Rolls will be available outside of the bakery. If you pre-ordered cinnamon rolls, you will pick up in the PIE SHOP Near the front entrance
      • Peachy Pancake Breakfast will begin service PROMPTLY at 7:30am! GLUTEN FREE OPTION AVAILABLE ($2extra) If you don’t want to stand in line, then purchase your pancake breakfast ticket online to come back at a specific time.  You can then go and enjoy  peachy sampling, pick peaches and more. If you don’t mind standing in line, then follow the cheerful signs and get to know your neighbors. The Entire line is under the SHADE!!!!   Large $10  (1 huge 9″ pancake, 2 sausage, fresh peaches, whip cream, juice, coffee or milk) We do not use frozen peaches. All peaches are picked directly from our trees and hand cut.

      • Peachy Sampling Pavilion:  The first 6 tickets are included in your admission, if you want more, just $1 for 6 sampling tickets that can be used to sample everything from peach salsa, peach preserve, peach syrup and more. 
      • Hayrides to Orchards: You can walk to the Peach Orchard to pick, or you can take a hay ride to the orchard.  The Hayride will take you to the orchard that has the most ripe peaches. We have several varieties of peaches on the farm and they all are not ripe for the peach festival. So you can only pick at those orchards where there are signs , tents and people or the hay ride drops you .


How the festival began:

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What started as a way to sell our peaches, the idea of a small festival, serving a pancake breakfast on a little home griddle and my mom sampling 4 cases of Peach preserve and peach salsa, has turned into a MUST DO Experience in Arizona. In 1994, our Peach orchards were picked clean in 1 1/2 hours (it was a two day festival,) My mom’s two cases of peach preserves and salsa was sampled quickly with guests wanting to purchase the produce, but not thinking about that, no extra was ordered.  As the festival grew so did the  demand for hand picked juicy sweet peaches. Since 1994 we have planted more orchards and more varieties.  Today we have 6 varieties of Peaches that all ripen at different times throughout the month of May. Peach picking isn’t ONLY available during the Peach Festival, we have peaches available all month long. The size depends on the variety. Remember Mother Nature DOES play a huge part in the availability and size of the peaches.