Farms and agritourism attractions in and around Mesa, Arizona, provide a continuous bounty of seasonal goods for visitors to enjoy. Use these ideas to build a Fresh Foodie Trail itinerary.
True Garden Urban Farm is a 5,000-square-foot vertical urban farm. Private tours are available for groups of 10 or more. Learn how True Garden Urban Farm grows plants without soil.
New to Mesa is Proof Bread, a bakery offering classes with heritage Arizona-grown grains. Specializing in sourdough pastries and chunky loaves, its signature style of old-world baking traditions is a welcome nosh spot in downtown. Sign up for sourdough breadmaking classes that switch out each season. Bakers Jon and Amanda share their techniques and tips for mastering this hard-to-master style of baking.
Steadfast Farm is Mesa’s newest addition to the Fresh Foodie Trail. This 2-acre bio-intensive market farm grows fruits, vegetables and flowers, and it raises pastured poultry for eggs year-round. Products are for sale at the Steadfast Farm store and farmers markets. Steadfast Farm’s on-site coffee shop is famous for its breakfast tacos.
Enjoy seasonal U-pick produce at Vertuccio Farms. Stop at the neighbor- ing roadside farm stand to enjoy fresh goods and purchase additional Arizona food items to take home. A giant corn maze is part of a Cooler Days In The Corn Maze event held in October.
Offering spacious outdoor seating (perfect for groups), Jalapeño Bucks is a barbecue-meets-Southwest roadside diner with spacious outdoor seating. The flavor profiles are described as “new wave Mexican soul food.”
Agritopia in Gilbert includes a residential community and an urban organic farm. Joe’s Farm Grill uses products grown on the farm. Barnone, a maker community, includes several food and drink makers and sells produce from the farm.
Queen Creek Olive Mill is Arizona’s only family-owned and -operated working olive mill and farm, where olives are grown and pressed to produce high-quality extra-virgin olive oil. Take the Olive Oil 101 tour and enjoy complimentary tastings of oils, olives, vinegars and more. Stock up in the marketplace and eat in the cafe or bistro and bar.
Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek is a fourth-generation working family farm that welcomes tours. The U-pick garden is full of vegetables, and Schnepf Farms has been growing peaches for over 50 years. Shop at the bakery and country store.
Main Image: True Garden Urban Farm; credit: Visit Mesa