Schnepf Farms is a family owned farm in Queen Creek which is popular not only for its organic pick your own garden, but also for their numerous annual events.
If you’ve never been before, you’ll probably be surprised at just how much there is at Schnepf Farms.
We recently visited with friends for a morning of fun and break down everything you need to know to make your visit enjoyable. I bet once you visit, you’ll be back time and time again like so many!
Country Store / Bakery
When you first enter Schnepf Farms, you’ll be right next to their lovely country store.
The store that has many items for sale including products made with lavender essential oil (like bug spray, stress relief lotion, etc). Many canned and bottled items with food made from their farm (hot sauce, jams / preserves, salsas, mustards, salad dressings, etc.).
Inside the country farm is also a bakery some seriously delicious treats made freshly on-site like:
- Cinnamon buns
- Lemon bars
- Dessert breads
- And more
Although we didn’t visit for lunch, there was a sign for lunch and hamburgers were available.
They also have duck and chicken eggs available for sale.
My favorite was their cozy outdoor patio that was behind the bakery. You’ll find the door just behind the bakery display and cashier.
There are comfortable patio chairs, couches and swings to relax, plus tables to enjoy their food.
In front of the country store are several tables and chairs, a couple with umbrellas, to enjoy your food.
If you need a quick pick-up or even want to enter an entire pie, you can also play an order online for pick-up.
Train Museum and Ride
If you’re visiting with kids, it’ll be hard to leave without taking an approximately 11 minute train ride around the farm.
Tickets are available in the country store near the entrance to the farm for $3 a person.
There is also a small building with signs telling more about the trains in the area.
Next to the train, anyone ages 14+ can rent cruisers for $5 to ride around the farm. Again, you’ll want to visit the country store for tickets.
The Petting Zoo
Imagine sliding down into a goat pen to play and interact with goats. Well, that’s exactly what’s you do here! For the adults who may not find that as fun as the kids, there is also a gate you can walk through.
The goats have a large ramp to climb up and roam around their pen. There is an exit with two gates to leave so the goats don’t escape.
At the petting zoo you will also see a donkey, cows and chickens.
There is also a hand washing station right next to the small zoo so you can wash up after touching the animals.
While not right next to the goats, you’ll also see an enclosure with a peacock.
Note: to get to the petting zoo, from the entrance walk straight past the country store and follow the train tracks in front of you. They will lead you right to the petting zoo.
There are a few playgrounds at Schnepf Farms so there is plenty of room to play. There is also an area with tires to climb.
Right next to the petting zoo is one of the playgrounds, along with a set of swings.
We found a nice place to the side of the petting zoo with a nice grassy yet shaded spot to sit and relax while the kids went down a tube slide.
U-pick Organic Garden
As you enter the farm, head left at the country store following the train tracks that will take you to the u-pick garden.
While the garden is large and easy to spot (and there will likely be at least someone else out there picking), there is a small wooden building in front which has stacks of baskets out front.
You can pick-up a basket and even a tool to cut stems if needed. From there you can head out to the gardens.
Throughout the garden you will see signs telling you what is planted in each area and the cost of the various vegetables.
We first visited in April and strawberries were available so the kids enjoyed picking the delicious strawberries. They didn’t last long at home!
Throughout the year, there is a variety of vegetables available to pick. When we visited they had:
- Various types of kale
- Various types of lettuce
- Rainbow chard
- Green onions
When you finish picking, head back to the building where you picked up your basket. There they will weigh your items and you can pay there.
Pick Your Own Peaches
In late April to early May, peaches are in season at Schnepf Farms! They have a variety of absolutely delicious peaches available for you to pick.
You’ll want to keep an eye on their Facebook page as they post updates announcing when the peaches are ready. Mother nature tends to change the dates slightly each year!
You will need to get a ticket on the Schnepf Farms website but there is no charge for the tickets. It is solely to limit the number of people who attend at one time so you have an enjoyable experience.
You’ll only be responsible for the cost of the peaches you pick.
The Candy Store
Just past the building where you pick up baskets for the u-pick garden, is another building…The Candy Store!
The candy store is in an antique building and has a wonderful wood scent. While you’ll see some of the common candies you are used to, you’ll also find unique candy as well as candy from many years ago that you won’t easily find elsewhere.
The prices are very reasonable and it’s just fun to look at some of the candy.
Events at Schnepf Farms
A few of the popular events Schnepf Farms hosts throughout the year include:
Easter Egg-Citment in April
Bring the kids to decorate their own Easter cookie, visit with the Easter bunny, ride the train and more.
Pumpkin and Chili Party
At the Pumpkin & Chili Festival you can enjoy home cooked meals, 45 rides and attractions, hay rides, bon fires, pig racing, roller coaster, corn mazes, pumpkin patch, fireworks and more.
Christmas at Schnepf Farms
Schnepf Farms turns into a winter wonderland with so much fun for the whole family! There is
- A reindeer hayride with snow
- An inflatable obstacle course
- Ride on the Illumination Express
- Glow-in-the-dark mini golf
- Bonfire s’mores
- Santa Claus
- Holiday treats
- Cookie decorating
- And so much more
Hours & When to Go
Schnepf Farm’s hours change throughout the year due to the weather. During non-event times, the farm is open Thursdays through Sundays from 8am – 4pm.
This is when you can visit the country store & bakery, train, u-pick gardens and petting zoo.
Pricing & Tickets
You can visit Schnepf Farms for free. There is no entrance or admission fee to enter the farms and enjoy the country store, petting zoo or area.
Riding the train does cost $3 per person.
Each of the festivals does require tickets which vary and costs and will be available on the Schnepf Farm website in the weeks leading up to the event.
Schnepf Farms is located near the intersection of Combs Road and Rittenhouse Road.
Things to Do Nearby
- Take a tour at or grab a meal at the Queen Creek Olive Mill
- Pick your own citrus fruit at Hagen Farms
- Try some Salvadorian pupusas at Maritza’s Pupusas
- Visit an edible garden at Queen Creek Botanical Gardens
- Stroll along the Queen Creek Wash Trail
- Hike the mountains at San Tan Mountain Regional Park