Friday, I decided it was time for another local farm adventure! I had originally planned to go to Sunizona Family Farms to pick up a FarmBox, but since they now have a delivery to the Bisbee Food Co-op on Wednesdays, I decided to wait. But, on one of my previous trips, we had noticed a pinto bean farm, so I decided to still go over and check it out, plus head to Apple Annie’s again for veggies and apples. I went with my friends, Jen and Verity, and Verity’s little guy (he’s 1 and was great the whole trip!). Thanks to Jen for driving!
So, the first stop was the Bonita Bean Company. They process beans from growers in the southeastern part of Arizona. They have pinto beans in 3, 10, 25, and 50 pound bags. They also have a 9 bean mix, pinto, cranberry, light red kidney, yellow, black, small red, pink, navy and great northern beans, in 1.25, 10, and 50 pound bags. Very friendly and helpful staff there, and I decided on the 10 pound burlap bag of pinto beans and the 1.25 lb 9 bean mix. My total came to $12.50, $10 for the pinto beans, $2.50 for the 9 bean mix. Verity also bought a recipe book with lots of ideas for beans, so I should be able to make good use of all the beans. I think my first attempt will be refried beans, and we’ll see what else from there.
After the bean company, we headed back through Willcox to find a place to eat lunch. We decided on a cute place named Big Texas Bar-B-Que. Part of their dining car is in a train car, as the restaurant is near the railroad tracks in town. They have a big smoker where they smoke their own barbecue, which we could smell immediately when we got out of the car to head inside. I had the Texas Brisket Sandwich with french fries, both of which were very good. I recommend a stop in there if you are over that way. Edited to add in more pictures, thank you to Jen!
Next we traveled to Apple Annie’s Produce and Pumpkins, then Apple Annie’s Orchard. They have a lot of produce available now already picked or you go out and pick. I got 1/2 dozen corn, a 5.01 lb cantaloupe, a 4.82 lb cantaloupe, 5.08 lbs of assorted squash, 2.13 lbs of cucumbers, 0.2 lbs of jalapenos, 0.82 lbs of okra, and 1.81 lbs of Gala apples for a total of $21.62. I also got some homemade fudge, which was buy 4 for $11.99, get 2 free. Delicious!
Here is the produce:
I may head up that way again next month when more apples will be in season. Then, I can make apple crisp, maybe make some apple juice in my juice extractor, apple sauce, and apple butter. Yum!