Helping Our Friends at Mesilla Valley Apples
It’s hard to imagine a lush, green orchard growing and thriving in the desert, but straight down I-10 west in Las Cruces, New Mexico, sits U-Pick Mesilla Valley Apples – a family-owned and operated orchard. More than 400 apple trees were planted in the mid-1970s by Las Cruces native, Francis M. Burke. He was inspired by his great-great-uncle, Thomas Casad, who had an orchard in Mesilla, New Mexico, in the 1800s. During that time, apples were the main agricultural product of the then territory of New Mexico, and apples from Casad’s farm placed second at the 1899 World’s Fair in Paris. Today, U-Pick Mesilla Valley Apples is owned and operated by LuAnne Burke, Francis M. Burke’s daughter. She inherited the orchard in 2014 and she vowed to continue the family business – turning the once-commercial apple farm into a “U-Pick Farm” for families to harvest their own apples.
Due to the current New Mexico state restrictions on out-of-state travelers, Mesilla Valley Apples will have to restrict u-pick operations from Texas residents. To aid our great friends and ensure they have a successful season, we are offering a pre-ordering option for half peck bags (5 lbs), peck bags (10 lbs) and full cases (20 lbs) open to everyone!
OPEN TO EVERYONE, does not require a farm box subscription to purchase. After you pre-order you will receive a text notification to let you when your apple order will be ready. Please note there might be a delay depending on the volume of orders and the amount harvested by the Burke Family. We can never make promises when working with nature, thank you for your patience.