The crew of H5 Charter flew with Shane Doan and his son Carson Doan recently. Shane jplayed 20 years in the NHL, most recently for the Arizona Coyotes. Joining Shane and Carson was Luis Gonzales, formerly of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The group along with Nelson Rood, of H5 Charter took the Sabercat 1 to Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, Arizona.
Phoenix might reside in a desert, but it still plays host to a number of farms and other agricultural ventures, including the well-known Schnepf Farms. Situated in Queen Creek — owner Mark Schnepf was actually a driving force in Queen Creek’s 1989 incorporation and its first mayor — it does take a bit of driving to get there, but you’ll find it well worth the trip.
Founded in the late 1960s as a regular farm, Schepf Farms now offers its quarter-million annual visitors a range of activities, seasonal celebrations and facilities for concerts, wedding and other events.
All year round, fresh-food lovers can participate in U-Pick, which lets you pick seasonal fruit and vegetables right from the tree or vine. There’s also the Country Store & Bakery, the Farmstand Cafe and Dinner Down in the Orchard for other fresh food experiences.
Throughout the year, Schnepf Farms hosts regular events like the famous Pumpkin & Chili Party with its massive corn maze, Winter Wonderland, the Peach Blossom Festival, Easter Egg-citement, July 4th and more. These often involved hay rides, carnival rides, tours through the orchards and fields, and plenty of yummy food.
Location: 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek
Hours: Varies by season and event
Cost: Free to visit; Activity and event costs vary