Here at Visit Mesa, we call the path of agriculture-driven attractions and farmers markets the “Fresh Foodie Trail,” where agritourists find themselves in fresh foodie heaven. We’re often referred to as the “culinary gateway to Phoenix and Scottsdale. Here’s our go-to guide for local Farmers Markets around City Limitless®.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the culinary-driven tourist could head over to the True Garden Farmstand, where they’d be faced with mounds and mounds of fresh vegetables grown in True Garden’s one-of-a-kind aeroponic towers. Prior to being devoured by the foodie, the vegetables are fed a steady diet of balanced minerals and micro-nutrients and sold as living plants. The Farmstand even states the produce they sell is harvested just minutes before being purchased. Talk about fresh!
Open every Saturday, another Fresh Foodie Trail attraction is the Gilbert Farmers Market, located just west of the iconic Gilbert Water Tower. With over 100 vendors in the spring season, the market features hundreds of chemical-free and organic produce from local farms. The Farmers Market has become a cultural staple in the Mesa-Gilbert area, drawing in hundreds of residents and visitors alike during the busy seasons.
Located right in the heart of downtown Mesa, the Mesa Community Farmers Market is open most Friday mornings year round. With tons of vendors selling only the highest quality local produce, this farmers market has earned its spot on the Fresh Foodie Trail. If you end up visiting the Mesa Community Farmers Market, make sure to come say hi to us all at Visit Mesa; we’re located right across the street!
Voted “Best U-Pick Farm” in both 2012 and 2013 by Phoenix New Times, neighborhood favorite Schnepf Farms lies on the Fresh Foodie Trail as an escape from the big city. The bountiful seven acres of farmland are pesticide free and organic. The best part, in our opinion? “U-Pick” your own produce, and pay only $1.50 per pound! There’s no better deal in getting the freshest, cleanest produce available.
If you can’t make it to one of the planned markets here in City Limitless®, the Farm Stand at the Farm at Agritopia is the place to go. This popular 24-hour, self-serve farmers market has fresh vegetables, fruit and eggs to enjoy. Just make sure you bring cash or check, as their self-serve farm stand is monitored on the honor system. Choose what you’d like, put the money in an envelope, place it in the box and then take your fresh eats with you!
We hope that this post has opened your eyes and inspired you to come experience Mesa City Limitless’ Fresh Foodie Trail for yourselves. Words truly do it no justice!
Be sure to share your favorites and finds with us using #freshfoodiemesa; we’d love to see where you go.