Ultima Self-Defense and Fitness LLC's instructors cater to diverse fitness and self-defense expectations with krav-maga classes which teach a unique form of self defense by removing the traditional rules that apply in other self-defense teachings. For energetic, high-energy exercise, KravFit uses kettlebells to achieve total-body toning and conditioning. Kids' programs also include krav-maga classes as well as birthday parties that challenge celebrants to cut their cake with a samurai sword.
An annual jaunt through a labyrinth of agriculture, Apple Annie's Produce and Pumpkins pits prescient guests young and old against a pasture of sizable stalks. As young ones and inner children sift their way through sky-high garrisons of corn, they must answer questions about the farming lesson that begins the maze. Correct answers will lead them out, and incorrect answers will lead them further into the maze’s cinnamon-scented core.
At the two-day Willcox Wine Country Fall Festival, 13 local wineries fill outstretched goblets with sips of varietals amid the lilting notes of folk and bluegrass bands. Each festival pass places a commemorative glass in your hand for tasting up to six Arizona wines or placing over one eye to prevent hummingbirds from trying to suck the nectar from your iris. Pair wine-flushed cheeks with the strawberries-and-cream notes of Sand-Reckoner Vineyards’ rosé, or tipple spicy sips of Carlson Creek Vineyard’s syrah. Other participating vineyards include Gallifant Cellars, Jerome Winery, and Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards. Bluegrass twangs dominate the stage Saturday with the banjo stylings of Silver Thread Trio, followed on Sunday by folksy melodies from Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl. Representatives from the Dragoon Market and Cafe set succulent bites afloat on the veritable sea of sprits with handcrafted cheese, fruit, and chocolate plates and fresh-made burritos available for purchase.
Coronado Vineyards harvests the grapes of its own mountain-bound orchard to concoct a medley of fine wines. Palates will joyfully paddle through rivers of sweet whites, such as the sparkling Dolce Veritas, and dry reds, such as the Meritage—a mix of cabernet sauvignon and merlot with notes of raspberry and black currant and oak, dark berry, and herb harmonies.
When the Smiths pulled up their roots in British Columbia and moved to Arizona, they brought their love of agriculture with them. But they started small?just growing English cucumbers in a greenhouse. Today, the family-run farm has hugely expanded, and 95% of their "veganic", organically-grown produce is distributed in-state.
Year-round, the greenhouses give shelter to a wide variety of vegetables, including micro-greens, herbs, lettuces, kale, beets, carrots, onions, cucumbers, eggplants, and tomatoes. Depending on the season, FarmBoxes are packed with the customer's choice of assorted locally-grown produce that is freshly harvested from the earth, plucked from a shrub, or stolen from a wood nymph that very week.
Winemaking and viticulture shaped much of the young lives of Flying Leap Vineyards' founding partners: Mark Beres grew up and worked his first vineyard jobs in the wine-growing region of southeastern Washington, and Marc Moeller is the product of generations of Swiss winemakers. Their experiences make for a potent combination of artistry and science when it comes to crafting their own wine. They use only grapes that are lab certified, well adjusted for planting in the Arizona loam, and able to sit patiently for still lifes. This sophisticated fusion is evident at the winery's two tasting rooms, where guests can purchase their favorite vintages and excite their palates with sampler flights.