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Summer and the beauty of fresh veggies

Sweet corn: yum!

Sweet corn: yum! (c) Marc Sheffner via Flickr

I just came back from vacation visiting my family in southern Indiana. My parents live in the same house I grew up in, and I have fond memories of the summer days when Mom and I would go back to the garden for corn. I held the pan while she plucked the ears from their stalks. We’d take them in, clean off any silks left and heated the water. We’d put the corn in the boiling water and cook just until it was tender. Some nights I think I made an entire meal from corn. To this day, I relish the fresh, just-picked sweetness of an ear of corn.

So, when I opened my e-mail this week, I had good news waiting for me: Apple Annie’s says they’re opening today! I’m anxious to get some more of those fresh veggies. That’s the beauty of summer, and the beauty of eating local foods. When you’re in Cochise County, stop by any of the farms in and near Willcox to enjoy the lush gifts from the garden!

Here’s the scoop on Apple Annie’s:

The farm will open for the season on Wednesday, June 24. We will have already picked sweet corn, summer squash, green beans, hot house tomatoes, apricots and peaches. You-pick summer squash and green beans are also available.

Apple Annie’s Produce & Pumpkins will be open daily from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information and directions please visit www.appleannies .com.

If you’re looking for a reason why you should eat locally, you might want to read In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan. It makes a case for shopping at farmers markets and eating non-processed foods.

You’ll also find four farmers markets in Cochise County. Bisbee and Sierra Vista have long had farmers markets. Douglas and St. David started them just this year.


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Love/romance: Valentine’s specials in Cochise County

Cochise County‘s Valentine’s Specials

Romance is not a crowded affair. You and your special someone can find a getaway in Cochise County’s wide open spaces. The following are just some of the events and specials in Cochise County to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.

Valentine’s Day/President’s Day special at Battiste’s Bed, Breakfast and Birds

Battiste’s Bed, Breakfast and Birds is offering a special for Valentine’s Day/President’s Day. Love birds can book three nights for the price of two and receive a gift basket of wine and cheese. Or, guests can receive a gift certificate good for dinner for two at Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant with a two-night paid stay. Visit for more information on the inn. The offer is good Feb 5-28. Call 520-803-6908 for reservations. *Specials cannot be accepted through web reservations.

February Romance Package at Birders Vista Bed and Breakfast

Celebrate Valentine’s Day, the day for love, during the entire month of February. The Romantic Package includes flowers, a two night stay with a full breakfast, and a romantic dinner for two at Delio’s Italian Restaurant, The Peacock Vietnamese Cuisine or La Casita Mexican Restaurant for $205. The same package with dinner at Café Roka in Bisbee is available for $250 on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays.


Birders Vista Bed and Breakfast

5147 South Kino Road

Sierra Vista, AZ 85650


Feb. 14, Chocolate Tasting, Bisbee

Serious chocoholics will melt for this fundraiser to benefit the city of Bisbee’s public library. A ticket buys you entrée to a spread of decadent chocolate desserts at Arizona’s oldest library, the Copper Queen. This is Valentines Day, after all, so pick up a to-go box of exquisite chocolates created in Bisbee kitchens to share later with your darling.

When: 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Copper Queen Library, 6 Main St., Bisbee

Admission: $12 at the door

Info: 520-432-4232 or

Artisan chocolates now in Bisbee

Find hand made chocolates at Chocoláte – Spirited Artisan Chocolates, a new shop in Bisbee. The shop features chocolate made from cacao beans grown in Madagascar, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico and other countries. Gordon and Kim Terpening care for the cacao beans just as vintners pamper their grapes. They hand roast and grind them before blending them with sugar.

Chocoláte – Spirited Artisan Chocolate

134 Tombstone Canyon Road

Bisbee, AZ 85603

Phone: 520-432-3011 or toll-free at 1-866-221-9722

Website: (under construction)

Owners: Gordon and Kim Terpening

Bisbee Hotel specials

Stay at The Jonquil Motel or the Letson Loft Hotel in February and receive a $10 gift certificate good at Chocoláte. Book a two-night stay on Valentine’s Weekend (Feb. 13-15) and you’ll get a free bottle of bubbly!

The Jonquil Motel

317 Tombstone Canyon

Bisbee, AZ 85603

The Letson Loft Hotel


26 Main Street

Bisbee, AZ 85603

Valentine’s Day at Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat

Treat your loved one and yourself (or your parents, friends, or your adult children!) to an exclusive evening including one night’s stay at Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat, a special dinner at Coronado Vineyards, a dozen roses for your loved one, a box of heavenly chocolates, and a gourmet breakfast the next morning, for an all-inclusive price of $320. It is recommended that you make reservations for this package early, so if interested, please call as soon as possible. We do all the planning and work for you! Relax, enjoy, and make it a special time with your loved one.

The offer is good for either Friday, Feb. 13 or Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009. Only one package each night is offered!

Dos Cabezas


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Mmmm… Chocolate!

Say this in your best Homer Simpson voice. CHOCOLÁTE, Spirited Artisan Chocolate, will open this weekend in Bisbee. This new shop will feature hand made chocolates! Is there anything better? Maybe wine… but I digress.

On Saturday, December 13 from 5-9 p.m., CHOCOLÁTE will hold its grand opening. The shop is located at 134 Tombstone Canyon Road, Bisbee. It’s just down the road from the Iron Man sculpture if you’re familiar with Bisbee.

I’m going to be there. Will you?

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Taste organic Willcox… in Phoenix & Tucson!

So, I had a meeting at Lux Coffee Bar in Phoenix today (4404 N Central Ave # 1), and I look up to see this (fifth item from the bottom):

Organic cider... yum!

Organic cider... yum!

This morning I arrived at 9-ish and could barely find a spot to set up my laptop. Looks like I wasn’t the only one who needed to get out of the house after a four-day holiday weekend.

This is just one of the places you can get local foods in Arizona. Lux is a hip hangout with free wi-fi, amazing coffees, lots of yummy pastries… and Willcox apple cider!

Another spot where you can eat locally is Terra Cotta, at 3500 Sunrise Drive. It is one of Tucson’s great dining spots. It is one of many Arizona restaurants that takes advantage of Willcox’s local bounty. Terra Cotta’s menu features a pork chop served with Willcox apples. 

Have you eaten local Arizona foods? Tell us about your experience. Please sign in and leave a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say!

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