Nourished by the Arizona sunshine and pristine water derived from the spring-fed creek that transects our land, the original orchard was planted some 50 years ago by landowner, Bill Farney.
Much of the orchard is planted with young fruit trees with the exception of a few old apricot and pecan trees and a mature stand of Asian pears, Hasui and Ya Li. You’ll see them growing at the orchard’s south end. The orchard’s north side bears two varieties of apricots, six varieties of peaches, apriums and apples. Elsewhere on our grounds, you’ll find trees dripping with navel oranges, Valencia oranges, pink and ruby red grapefruits, Meyer lemons, Lisbon lemons, Mexican limes, Mission figs, golden figs, and pomegranates.
Seasonally, all fruit is available for purchase. We will let you know what’s ripe and when the fruit will be ready for harvest. Aravaipa Farms occasionally hosts Bushel Days where non-guests of the Inn are invited to pick their own fruits and pay by the pound. Look for our produce at local markets in Tucson including Time Market and Rincon Market and at select farmers markets in Tucson, including Heirloom Farmers Market at Rillito Park (Sunday mornings).
ESTATE PRODUCE GARDEN
One of the goals of the farm is to produce and serve as much of our own food as possible. Therefore, we jam, pickle, preserve, and jar seasonally in order to share these delightful flavors throughout the year. We are proud to feature an 11,000 sq. ft. vegetable and flower garden. Anything we can’t use in a timely matter is sold at markets and restaurants.
The winter garden (Oct. –Apr.) features many root vegetables and greens, such as asparagus, broccoli, carrots, celery, spinach, arugula, onions and bok choy. The summer garden (May–Sept.) produces beans, peas, peppers, tomatoes, squash, melons, and flowers. When available, our produce and fruits are available for our our guests to purchase.