8th Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival Draws Nearly 25,000

SAHUARITA, Ariz. – On Saturday, Nov. 12, the 8th Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival welcomed nearly 25,000 guests, topping last year’s attendance of 20,000. The 2016 Festival raised almost $25,000 benefitting student organizations and community partners, in addition to the food that was collected for the Community Food Bank – Green Valley; in exchange for canned food, guests were able to ride a horse-drawn wagon through the orchard for a harvest demonstration.

“FICO and The Green Valley Pecan Company are pleased to once again offer this free, family-friendly event for the community. The Sahuarita Pecan Festival continues to grow every year, becoming a tradition in the Santa Cruz River Valley for families from across Southern Arizona. The Festival offers unique entertainment, shopping opportunities, and a variety of food choices while supporting local organizations, such as the Community Food Bank – Green Valley and the Boy Scouts of Southern Arizona,” said Bruce Caris, COO of The Green Valley Pecan Company.

The Pecan Classic Run was held in the morning with more than 350 participants. And as always, Power from the Past Tractor Pull was especially popular. The kids’ area was once again sponsored by Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun. Returning this year was Southern Arizona Arabian Horse Association (SAAHA) with parades and demonstrations.

The Pecan Store expanded its store tent by 2500 square feet for the day. It was still bustling with customers to pick their favorite treats as the Festival was shutting down. Guests that missed the Festival or would like to purchase additional products can visit the Pecan Store seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm, Sundays from 10am to 4pm, or online at www.pecanstore.com.

The partnership with KGUN9 and Tucson’s CW has grown to include many of their top news and entertainment personalities on site to greet fans throughout the day. Big Al has been a fixture at the event since year one and this year he brought along Erin Christiansen and many others. The partnership with KGUN9 and Tucson’s CW and the on-air, on-line support they have provided is a major contributor to this year’s success.

ORCHARD SERIES CONTINUES ON JULY 23 WITH 6th ANNUAL BREEZE IN THE TREES 5K

Walden Grove High School Football Team Named Event Beneficiary

breezeInTrees5kSAHUARITA, Ariz. – Green Valley Pecan Company is hosting the 6th Annual Breeze in the Trees 5K on Saturday, July 23, 2016. The race begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Green Valley Pecan Farm, starting near the Pecan Store parking lot. Registration and bib pickup on the day of the race opens at 5:30 a.m. Cost is $30 for all participants; free t-shirts guaranteed for entries received by July 17. All ages are welcome; no dogs allowed on the course. Registration is available online through Tagg Running Events.

The Breeze in the Trees 5K is the second of three races in the Orchard Series, counting down to the 8th Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival and the Pecan Classic on Nov. 12. These races offer participants a unique inside look at the farm by running under the trees on dirt roads and trails. The Orchard Series kicked off with the Nut Run on April 16, drawing more than 200 participants and raising more than $600 for student organizations at Sahuarita Unified School District.

This year, the Breeze in the Trees event is benefiting the Walden Grove High School football team. All runners and guests can enjoy a complimentary pancake breakfast served by Rural Metro Fire Department. The Pecan Store will have modified hours for July 23, opening early at 8:00 am and closing at 5:00 pm.

For more information regarding this event, please visit www.TaggRun.com. For information regarding FICO/Green Valley Pecan Company, please call (520) 791-2852.

More information on the Sahuarita Pecan Festival, including vendor and sponsorship details, is now available on the Festival’s website at www.SahuaritaPecanFestival.com. Connect on Facebook (/SahuaritaPecanFestival) or Twitter (@PecanFestival) for the latest updates on the 2016 #PecanFest.

DATE: July 23, 2016

LOCATION: Green Valley Pecan Company, 1625 E Sahuarita Road, Sahuarita 85629

TIME: Race starts 6:30 AM. Day of Race Registration begins at 5:30 AM.

COST: 17 and under $20 until 6/30/2016; 18 and over $25 until 6/30/2016. ALL PARTICIPANTS $30.00 7/1/2016 THROUGH DAY OF RACE.

Download Flyer | Register online

We Have Our 5k Nut Run Beneficiary – Sahuarita Unified School District

SAHUARITA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMED AS BENEFICIARY OF GREEN VALLEY PECAN COMPANY’S 4TH ANNUAL NUT RUN 5K

Student Organizations from Walden Grove High School to Participate

SAHUARITA, Ariz. – Green Valley Pecan Company has selected Sahuarita Unified School District (SUSD) as the beneficiary of this year’s Nut Run 5K Run/Walk. As part of this partnership, student organizations within the district—including Walden Grove’s football team and its student council—will assist in organizing and running this annual community event. The Nut Run will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2016 starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Green Valley Pecan Company.

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The Walden Family

As the event beneficiary, SUSD will be the recipient of a portion of the funds raised through race registrations. SUSD supports the development of nearly 6,000 youth in the Sahuarita area through academic, athletic, and leadership programs. For more information on SUSD and its schools, visit www.susd30.us. Previous recipients of the Nut Run include Sahuarita 4H, Green Valley Senior Games, and Sahuarita Educational Enrichment Foundation.

“FICO understands the importance of supporting our local youth and our schools,” said Deborah Walden-Ralls, Owner/VP of Risk Management. “Teaming up with Sahuarita Unified School District and the students at Walden Grove High School allows us to provide the opportunity for these kids to work together in an event that promotes health and fitness.”

The Nut Run 5K Run/Walk is the first of three races in the “Orchard Series,” which takes runners through Green Valley Pecan Company’s pecan orchards. Those registered by April 10 will receive a free race t-shirt, a 10 percent discount at the Green Valley Pecan Store, and the top three finishers in each age division will receive awards. Registration, bib pickup, and transition area opens at 7:00 am. Discounted prices are available until March 31. All ages are welcome; no dogs allowed on the course. Registration is available online through Tagg Running Events at http://taggrun.com/event/nut-run-5k-2/. The Pecan Store will have modified hours for Saturday, April 16, opening early at 8:00 a.m. and closing at 5:00 p.m.

For more information regarding this event please visit http://taggrun.com/. For information regarding FICO/Green Valley Pecan Company, please call (520) 791-2852.

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Breeze in the Trees at the Green Valley Pecan Co on April 16th

4TH ANNUAL NUT RUN 5K AT GREEN VALLEY PECAN ORCHARDS SET FOR APRIL 16

Discounted Registration Price Ends March 31

Pecan OrchardSAHUARITA, Ariz. – Green Valley Pecan Company is hosting the fourth annual Nut Run 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 16, 2016. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Green Valley Farm, starting near the Pecan Store parking lot. Registration, bib pickup, and transition area opens at 7:00 am. Discounted prices of $25 for adults and $20 for those 17 and under are available until March 31; cost is $30 for all participants starting April 1. Free t-shirts guaranteed for entries received by April 10. All ages are welcome; no dogs allowed on the course. Registration is available online through Tagg Running Events at http://taggrun.com/event/nut-run-5k-2/.

The Nut Run 5K Run/Walk is the first of three races in the “Orchard Series,” which takes runners through Green Valley Pecan Company’s pecan orchards. These races offer participants a unique inside look at the farm by running under the trees on dirt roads and trails. In addition to a free race t-shirt for those registered by April 10, participants will receive a 10 percent discount at the Green Valley Pecan Store, and the top three finishers in each age division will receive awards.

The Pecan Store will have modified hours for Saturday, April 16, opening early at 8:00 a.m. and closing at 5:00 p.m.

For more information regarding this event please visit http://taggrun.com/. For information regarding FICO/Green Valley Pecan Company, please call (520) 791-2852.

THE COLOR DASH IS COMING TO SAHUARITA

Color Dash Green Valley PecanSAHUARITA, AZ – Come and participate in your local Color Dash on Saturday March 7, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. starting and ending at Green Valley Pecan Farm . This fun, family-friendly event is going to be a big difference maker – it’s Sahuarita’s Brightest 5k run/walk. The Color Dash is a fun-filled experience for walkers, runners, and people of all ages, shapes, and sizes! The dash is not timed – it’s more about sharing memories, laughing, and getting colored like a bag of Skittles than competing. As participants run, walk (or even crawl) the course, our Dasher-Splasher volunteers will splash them with special colorful dust. Results – a white t-shirted community of do-gooders, turned into a rainbow of colorful faces.

Retired Paws K-9All proceeds from The Color Dash: Sahuarita will go to: Supporting Retired Paws, a local non-profit organization that provides assistance to retired law enforcement canines. The registration fee for this event is $45 per individual, $35 per team member, and $85 for family of 3 plus $15 for each family member after that, children 5 and under are free!

Get your family and friends together, or Dash on your own – either way – enjoy the dash, the music, and the color, while YOU help a great cause! We look forward to seeing you there!

Register at: www.theColorDash5k.com

The Dash started as a fundraiser for a suicide awareness & prevention film, and has grown in its first year to over 30+ dashes, benefiting abuse centers, youth athletic complexes, orphanage planting, animal rescue shelters, and many more. The Dash will bring the Color, all you have to do… is Let The Color Move You.

Green Valley Pecan Adds the Color Dash

Color Dash Green Valley PecanThe Green Valley Pecan Company will be hosting another run event – The Color Dash 5K on March 7, 2015. Registration starts at 8:30 am and the ‘Dash’ starts at 10:30 am. [Full details]

The Color Dash is held all over the country and is a fundraiser for different local groups. The Sahuarita Event is fundraising for Retired Paws.

Price: 
$40 Individual 
$35 Team Member (min 4, max 16) 
$85 Family* 
*For 3, $15 ea. additional (Up to 6) 
ALL PRICES MORE DAY-OF 
5 & Under Are Free  [Full details]

FICO Donates Easement Connecting Community Park and Trailhead

Pima County Board of Supervisors Approves Adamson-Catino Trail

FICO donates easement through pecan groves

Green-Valley-Pecan(SAHUARITA, Ariz.)  In a unanimous vote today, the Pima County Board of Supervisors accepted a donation from Farmers Investment Co. (FICO) for a public access trail easement connecting the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historical Trail’s Abrego Trailhead with the county’s Canoa Preserve Community Park. At FICO’s request, the new trail segment is named after longtime community leaders Bill Adamson and Chuck Catino.

The easement creates a designated route through the FICO pecan orchards for a safe, non-vehicular trail for hiking, cycling, and equestrian traffic connecting the Canoa Preserve Community Park and the Anza Trailhead.

Today’s Board action is largely the result of the vision and perseverance of Green Valley residents Bill Adamson and the late Chuck Catino. They made the case on the importance of linking the Canoa Preserve Community Park with the Anza trailhead. Sadly, Catino passed away in October of last year.

“We appreciate and support the community’s desire for healthy outdoor activities and are honored to participate in this deserved recognition of Bill and Chuck,” said Dick Walden, FICO President. “They represent the commitment, perseverance and spirit of volunteerism of our community. Our only regret is that Chuck is not here with us, but his spirit will live on in this trail and his many other contributions to our community.”

“It will be great to have this link between these two important community assets for bicycling and other non-motorized uses”, said Bill Adamson, Co‐Chairman of the Santa Cruz Valley Bicycle Advocate Committee. “I am extremely honored to be associated with Chuck Catino. He was an inspiration to a great many of us and is sorely missed.”

Pima County and FICO will soon meet to discuss next steps to finalizing the easement including construction of the trail.

Green Valley Pecan Farm in the News

Last month, Laurie Merrill from the Arizona Republic wrote an article about Green Valley Pecan Co. The article provides some interesting facts about what has been going on the in the nut world.

Pecan farm in southern Ariz. enjoying high nut prices

Pecan orchard from above Everybody’s going nuts these days. In a good way. Shoppers around the world are embracing their health benefits. Demand is growing, especially in a more prosperous China.

And as the holiday season approaches, many of us will indulge in a homemade pecan pie.

In Arizona, growers of both pecans and pistachios are benefiting as prices of the tree nuts soar.

In the past 10 years, pecan prices have swelled from $3 a pound to $5.40. Pistachio prices have doubled, to $5.50 a pound from $2.25.

The state is home to the Green Valley Pecan Co. in Sahuarita, one of the largest pecan farms in the world. Arizona growers seeking to cash in have recently planted new orchards in Cochise County.

Arizona ranks as the fourth-largest pecan-producing state in the nation and is on track to double production to about 40 million pounds in 2025.

Land values, drought and economic downturns for decades reduced the number of pecan farms in Arizona from several dozen to a handful. But the Green Valley Pecan Co. has been farmed with steady success by the same family for three generations. [Read full article]

Sahuarita Pecan Festival on KGUN9

As you may know, Green Valley Pecan Company is home to the Sahuarita Pecan Festival. Thanks to KGUN9 for this great segment about the 2014 Sahuarita Pecan Festival. Rikki Mitchell describes what goes on at the nuttiest festival in Arizona. Full transcript and video can be viewed at KGUN9

Thousands attend annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival

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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – If anyone knows pecans, it’s the Walden’s.

“We’re a nutty kind of family,” said Deborah Walden Ralls, who’s the granddaughter of Keith Walden, the man who founded Farmers Investment Co. back in 1948.

And her parents, Dick and Nan Walden currently run FICO, the parent company of the Green Valley Pecan Company.

“We have a lot of second and third generation employees and we treat them and feel about them like they are our family,” said Nan Walden. “And both of our kids Debbie and Rich are also working in the business and our grandsons, who are 7 and 10 are going to help out this summer, so we’re breaking them in too.”

The Waldens invited the community into their company on Saturday for the sixth annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival.

“Being a food and agriculture production company, we can’t allow people to come into our plant,” said Deborah Walden Ralls. “So this is a way for us to give demonstrations, show people what we do and how we do it.” [Read full transcript]

6th Annual Pecan Classic 15k and 5k Run and The Nut Run

The Sixth Annual Pecan Classic 15k and 5k and The Nut Run – A Family Fun Run – 1.5 Mile

Pecan Classic RunDATE: Saturday, November 8, 2014

LOCATION:  Green Valley Pecan Company, 1625 E Sahuarita Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629

START TIME: 8:00am

COST:  Pecan Classic 15k & 5k – $30 until 8/1, $35 8/2 to 9/30, $40 10/1 to race day

Nut Run – $15 12 & under, $20 13 & over

PARKING: Parking is free until 8:30am  Anyone arriving after that will have to pay $5.00.

We are introducing new distances to the Pecan Classic.  Come be a part of this run, and run through the Pecan orchard in November in all it’s fall colors… The race route will travel a scenic course on the orchards south of Sahuarita Road on dirt roads and trails through the pecan orchards, giving runners a unique opportunity to see the farm and enjoy the most amazing Fall running experience under the trees. The Pecan Classic 15k features prize money and unique awards to first place man and woman.  The top three men and top three women will receive gift baskets from the Pecan Store.  Awards to top three finishers in each division in the Pecan Classic 15k and 5k.  All race participants in the Pecan Classic will receive a FREE tech t-shirt which is guaranteed to all who pre-register by 10/26/14 or a cotton t-shirt which is guaranteed to all who pre-register from 10/27/2014 thru 11/2/2014.  The Nut Run features ribbons to all participants and a cotton t-shirt if pre-registered by 11/2/14.  This years beneficiary will be decided by the Pecan Festival Committee later in the year. Come for the pecans and much more!

The Sahuarita Pecan Festival will be held on Saturday, November 8th , from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Festival will celebrate the culture, cuisine and music of the Santa Cruz Valley. Designed to be fun for all ages, live entertainment and family-friendly activities, including real harvest demonstrations, hayrides and games, will be available for children and adults to enjoy.  A variety of regional food and pecan-related dishes will be showcased, along with a local arts and crafts market and live music.

Download Pecan Classic Flier here

Online registration here