Specially extended into November for Groupon customers, Schnepf Farms' popularPumpkin and Chili Party elicits smiles from children and adults with fall-themed activities including a hayride, 4- and 10-acre corn mazes, and bonfires for roasting marshmallows. Energetic animals greet guests in the petting zoo, and prized swine vie for the praises of spectators during pig races, and a roller coaster and flying-farmer ride sling adventure-seekers and hapless scarecrows into the air. After exploring an expanse of gourds in the pumpkin patch and U-pick garden, twosomes and foursomes can dive into chicken and chili dinners (not included with today's Groupon) or rearrange faces into jack-o-lantern–shaped poses.
Descending from three generations of dairy farmers, siblings Casey and Alison Stechnij carry on their family's legacy by maintaining Superstition Farm's 30 acres. The brother-and-sister duo regularly shepherd informative tours through the landscape, summoning horses, chickens, goats, and sheep to greet guests and share their perspectives. The four-legged residents also assist in horseback riding lessons and appearances at the onsite petting zoo.
Every Thursday, local food trucks flock to Superstition Farm for a weekly market, where they vend fresh produce, breads, and meats alongside the farm's own dairy products, including the house-made Udder Delights brand of ice cream and artisanal cheeses. Superstition Farm further disseminates its farm-fresh cuisine via a 30-foot-long food truck that makes appearances at local events and defends cattle against the persistent threat of monster trucks.
The home and garden gurus at The Green Goddess foster airy living spaces and premier patios with a varied line of products including ceramic planters, barbecue sets, and fire pits. Five gallons of shrubs ($14.99+) and one gallon of geraniums ($5.50) take root in flower beds, and ceramic containers ($25+) provide shelter for full-grown houseplants or children. Like exposing a steamy romance novel to a sparkler, Looftlighter grill starters ($80) ignite fires without the need for lighter fluid, and flexible Fire Wire kebob wires ($12) contort their meat- and veggie-filled bodies to meander around other grill occupants, filling spare space and saving cooking time.
A man-made forest of native, drought-tolerant plants shamelessly gulps carbon dioxide from the air within Desert Foothills Gardens Nursery, a plant hub that also churns out pottery, fountains, sculptures, and more. Hundreds of varieties of plants vie for attention, from aloes and agaves to bougainvilleas and yuccas. Grace the top of your top hat with a one-gallon golden barrel cactus ($6), or grab a five-gallon purple prickly pear ($19) to accentuate the poolside. Various sizes of cardoons, saguaros, and white Argentine giants are also available.
For years, the arborist owner of Xtreme Green Visions studied Arizona's soil. He performed trial-and-error experiments until he succeeded in developing an organic solution that bolstered the health of trees by increasing the nutrient uptake of their roots. Now, he shares the benefits of his research with customers by injecting that signature solution deep into soil, encouraging healthy, lush tree growth on their properties. Xtreme Green Visions' specialists also perform services such as pruning foliage, diagnosing sick plants, and installing landscaping without harming existing flora.
Over the years, Lone Star Landscaping, Inc. has built an extensive portfolio of custom outdoor designs. Their punctual and precise artists plant gardens and outfit yards with built-in barbecues, fire pits, and stonewalls. While homeowners amble along their newly built pavers and decks, water fountains trickle and pavilions shelter outdoor-entertainment centers. Their techs can also armor homes with stone façades, giving them a rough-hewn appearance and a sure defense against Napoleon's army.