Fresh Foodie Trail® Experiences
In Mesa, our bountiful harvest is one that we proudly share with our visitors. Fresh experiences and a treasured heritage of family farms and long-standing festivals make for lasting memories. Mesa serves as a culinary gateway to Greater Phoenix, with the region’s neighboring farms providing a continuous bounty of seasonal goods for visitors to enjoy at restaurants and resorts throughout Arizona. The agri-tourism experiences make up the Fresh Foodie Trail®, a linked collection of farm and culinary attractions and experiences unique to Mesa that keep visitors coming back for more.
QUEEN CREEK OLIVE MILL – 2 ½ HOURS
Arizona’s only family-owned and operated working olive mill and farm where olives are grown and pressed for the production of high quality extra virgin olive oil. Visitors can enjoy a full-length tour and tasting. VIP tours include lunch at del Piero – the mill’s Tuscan-inspired eatery paired with wine. When the weather is ideal, guests can dine outside in the lush olive grove.
LUNCH & DINNER DOWN THE ORCHARD AT SCHNEPF FARMS – 2 HOURS
Visitors can make reservations for an exquisite dining experience at Schnepf Farms for their Dinners Down the Orchard program. Held in the middle of the organic peach orchard on their 300 acre farm, this event is held several times a year. Dinners are farm casual and include numerous courses paired with wine and served at sunset and under the stars.
AGRITOPIA – 1 ½ HOURS
Forage with the farmers at Agritopia. This urban farm features a designed patchwork of specialty crops with pathways that allow visitors to easily view the growing produce. The same-day harvest is sold at The Farm Stand, as well as the being served at Joe’s Farm Grill and The Coffee Shop. All of the produce grown on the farm is grown under the USDA organic protocol. Educational tours with farmers are offered featuring heirloom crops and growing practices.
TRUE GARDEN URBAN FARM – 1 HOUR
This 5,000-square-foot vertical urban farm is a center of education sharing knowledge on how to produce healthy and nutritious food using no soil. Visitors can enjoy their weekly farmer’s market featuring living produce and stop in for seminars and food-education programming about organic growing practices, nutrition and overall health and wellness.
FOODIE BONUS: PROOF BREAD – 1 HOUR
Specializing in sourdough pastries and chunky loaves, their signature style of Old-World baking traditions is a welcome nosh spot in downtown. Their naturally leavened croissants and flaky pastries (that could easily rival any European bakery) are made fresh daily. Visitors can sign up for sourdough bread making classes that switch out each season.