Recipe for Summer Fun in Cochise County
Enjoy summer fun in Cochise County. Farming is a way of life here. You and your family can have a fresh, wholesome experience at the u-pick farms and farmers markets. Want to relax with a refreshing drink or a meal on a picturesque patio? We've got some suggestions for you!
Here are a few ideas for enjoying Cochise County’s higher elevations (and higher elevations mean cooler temperatures!).
Dinner and Drinks on the Patios
After you’ve tasted the wine at Coronado Vineyards, step outside to the patio. You can enjoy the stunning vineyard view with the Dos Cabezas Mountains in the background. Tapas are on the menu too. Daily hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Here's what you'll see from the Coronado Vineyards patio. (Photo (c) Loren Anderson.
On Tombstone Canyon, next to Bisbee’s Iron Man statue is Screaming Banshee Pizza. Sit in either of the restaurant’s two patios – facing the street or tucked behind the restaurant. You can enjoy pizzas and calzones, plus salads, sandwiches, and desserts in this fun atmosphere.
Enjoy lunch, dinner, or cocktails on the porch at the Copper Queen Hotel. The historic hotel was built in 1902. Dignified guests who have stayed at the Copper Queen include President Theodore Roosevelt and John Wayne. Every Friday and Saturday listen to the live entertainment either on the Saloon patio or indoors. Local artists sing everything from swing to show tunes.
The Outside Inn in Sierra Vista has a lovely patio that's perfect for a summer meal. The eclectic menu features Mediterranean dishes as well as Southwestern favorites.
Local Goods at Farmers Markets
For fresh produce and locally made goods, check out the Cochise County farmers markets. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and bring your reusable bags!
Sierra Vista holds two farmers markets – one on Thursdays and one on Saturdays – in Veterans’ Memorial Park. You can meet local growers, ranchers, beekeepers and bakers. The market features grass-fed meats, desert heritage foods, and plants are some of the delectable offerings. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both Thursdays and Saturdays.
For more information, see http://www.sierravistafarmersmarket.com/.
Bisbee also has two farmers markets. On weekends, the farmers market is held at Vista Park in the Warren District, and the mid-week market is held in Brewery Gulch on Wednesday afternoons from 4-7 p.m.
Listen to live music on Wednesday afternoons in Brewery Gulch while you shop for local, organic, and sustainable food from vendors. Held next to City Park, the mid-week market is run by Whyld Ass Coffee Shop.
For more information, send an e-mail to [email protected].
On Saturdays, the market is held in the Warren District in Vista Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Earth Day, the Fiber Arts Festival, and a solar cook-off are some of the special events held during the Saturday markets. Meet friends and family, sip coffee or cool drinks, snack on baked goods or eat a tasty meal while sitting under the "Social Tree” listening to live music.
For more information, visit http://www.bisbeefarmersmarket.org/.
Outstanding in the Fields: Cochise County’s U-Pick Farms
Want to get in among the trees and plants? Pick your own produce at Willcox’s u-pick farms. Produce ranges from apples to zucchini, and picking it yourself means you get choice produce fresh from the vine. Here are some of the farms where you can pick your own produce or shop from their already picked fruits, vegetables and nuts.
- Apple Annie’s
- Lee’s Pecans
- Briggs & Eggers
- Brown’s Orchard
Photos: Peach blossoms (left), photo courtesy of Apple Annie's Orchard; Fresh peaches picked from Apple Annie's Orchard, photo courtesy of Apple Annie's Orchard (center); A basket of peppers from Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins (right).
What are you going to do with that fresh produce? Click here to see some of the recipes you can enjoy with your favorite u-pick pickin’s.
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