24610 South Rittenhouse Road
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Schnepf FarmsLocated in the Queen Creek suburb of Phoenix, Schnepf Farms is a haul from the center of town but worth the drive to experience a side of the area most visitors don't see. In addition to running pick-your-own peach orchards and organic herb and vegetable gardens, the family-run ranch hosts a number of specialty events throughout the year, including its springtime alfresco Dinner Down the Orchard. The atmospheric dinners, typically helmed by some of Phoenix’s most noteworthy chefs, are set up amid the peach trees. The February Peach Blossom Celebration is another reason to get to the farm. During this time, Schnepf’s 80-plus acres of fruit trees bloom with brilliant flowers, kicking off a charming celebration with hayrides and stone-fruit goods you never knew you needed, including irresistible peach-infused cinnamon rolls.