As a child, rooted in some of the finest green hardwoods in the nation, I grew up surrounded by beautiful nature, fresh black Illinois soil and animals galore. Fortunately, seven acres of fresh green grass and endless amounts of land surrounded me, allowing me to roam freely. While growing up, video games, fancy iPhones, or cable TV did not interest me so I was either at my neighbor's house helping milk cows or riding horses in the pasture.
Speaking of milking cows, I recently moved to the Grand Canyon state, Arizona, figuring my days on the farm would be over, envisioning nothing but barren desert, Kokopelli and prickly cacti. Little did I know, Arizona is home to many large dairy-farms. One of them being Superstition Farm in Mesa. I was in "udder" shock, as I was pulling in and Arizona's famous desert landscapes vanished. I had a flashback to my beloved homestead in central Illinois. I saw barns filled to the top with freshly cut Arizona hay, at least 1,000 head of dairy cows, tractor-pulled hay rides, a petting zoo and horseback rides. I was lucky enough to even watch one kid ride a horse for his first time.
It was not long before my taste buds awoke due to the smell of fresh food. I had no control as my senses led me over to the SuperFarm Market, a local farmer's market opened every Thursday from 4:30pm to 7:30 pm. Here I met many local vendors and sampled locally-grown fruits, vegetables and pastries. As for their ice cream, they do not call it "udder delight" for no reason. Try it and you will agree its "moo-liscious."
Superstition Farm is a place for hands on education and has plenty of fun for everyone. Before you leave, fill your bags with locally grown products, engage with the friendly animals, and learn about why farming is so important in today's society.
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Want to continue your "Going Local" experience? For your interest, here are a list of Farmers Markets in the area. We look forward to hearing about your experiences, your great buys, and new found hobby!
Mesa Community Farmers Market
Fridays from 9am-1pm/ *summer hours 9am-12pm
260 N. Center Rd., Mesa, AZ in front of the Convention Center
Super Farm Market
3440 S. Hawes Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212
Power Road Farmers Market
Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm, Sundays 9am-5pm
4011 S. Power Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212 (480) 497 0706
Superstition Ranch Market
Monday-Saturday 7:30am-7pm, Sundays 8am-5:30pm
4755 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85205-7907 (480) 832-3421
The Orange Patch Too
Unique gifts, home décor, specialty food, and citrus
3825 E. McKellips Rd, Mesa, AZ 85205 (480) 832-0230
Agritopia Farmers Market
Wednesday, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, 8:00am - 3:00pm
3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert