COMING FALL 2017! From community gardens to olive mills, Mesa’s Fresh Foodie Trail® Tour takes you on a guided journey of agritourism through Mesa, Queen Creek and Gilbert. Guests will be treated to local tastes at Queen Creek Olive Mill, Schnepf Farms, Hayden Flour Mill at Sossaman Farm and Agritopia. This is an Arizona food tour you won’t want to miss!
In Mesa City Limitless®, the bountiful harvest is one that is proudly shared with visitors. Here, fresh experiences and treasured heritage of family farms and long-standing festivals make for lasting memories. Serving as a culinary gateway to the Valley of the Sun, the neighboring farms in and around Mesa are providing a continuous bounty of seasonal goods for visitors to enjoy – along with tailored experiences that will keep visitors coming back for more. The Mesa Fresh Foodie Trail® was featured on Epicure & Culture and Food Traveler Magazine.
The Mesa’s Fresh Foodie Trail® Tour departs between 8:00am and 9:00am, and returns between 2:30pm and 3:30pm.
COMING THIS FALL!
Most hotels in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Tempe area
Friday and Sunday
Between 8:00am and 9:00am
Between 2:30pm and 3:30pm
DETOURS custom touring vehicles specifically designed for small groups with individual leather captain’s chairs that recline for each person.
The Mesa’s Fresh Foodie Trail® Tour has a minimum of 8 guests to operate. You may be booked on stand by until the tour is confirmed.
This tour can also be operated as a private tour. Contact a tour specialist for details.
Mesa’s Fresh Foodie Trail® Tour
Departs: approximately 8:00am
Returns: approximately 3:00pm
Queen Creek Olive Mill: Olive Oil 101 Tasting & Tour
Just east of Mesa is the Queen Creek Olive Mill, 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. Grown at the base of the San Tan Mountains, an area known for its fertile soil, this flood plain region is famous for its fresh fruits and vegetables. The combination of long sunny days and cool desert nights provide the ideal growing conditions for the olive trees. After a tour of the olive grove and complimentary tasting of the purest olive oils, guests are invited to grab a quick bite at del Piero – the mill’s Tuscan-inspired eatery featuring gourmet sandwiches, paninis as well as soups, salads, gelato and espresso. When the weather is ideal, guests can dine in the olive grove. Iced coffees and lattes can be purchased at Superstition Coffee.
Schnepf Farms featuring sweet treats from The Farm Bakery
With a rich history in the agriculture community of Arizona, Schnepf Farms is dedicated to educating and informing people while preserving a lasting legacy of family farming. Schnepf Farms hosts a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year, including the Peach Festival, Pumpkin & Chili Party, Easter Egg-Citement, 4th of July Celebration and Winter Wonderland. As an active farm, Schnepf Farms is the largest grower of organic peaches in the state, all while being one of the largest Agri-tourist farms in the country with over a quarter of a million visitors each year. At the farm, visitors can pick their own fresh organic produce to take home and get a taste of farmhouse baking with a sweet treat from the Farm Fresh Café and Bakery.
Hayden Flour Mills at Sossaman Farms
Taste Arizona history at this family-owned flour mill that has been featured in the new documentary “The Grain Divide.” Focused on native seeds and growing heirloom wheat with minimal processing, Sossaman Farms in Queen Creek offers a full-sensory culinary experience that starts with a tour of the Hayden Flour Mill operation and gives visitors options to participate in the milling process. Here, they showcase flavorful grain and its importance to the American diet highlighting everything from artisan breads, pasta and wheat berries to Bourbon, craft brews, grain-based oils and more.
Agritopia: Joe’s Farm Grill for a locally-sourced organic lunch
Agritopia is a community on the edge of the City Limitless® rural/urban interface in Mesa. It is an “urban farm” designed to flourish in the urban setting. Instead of a huge field of one crop, you’ll find a patchwork of numerous specialty crops. New York Times named Agritopia the leading ‘agri-hood’ in the country. Agritopia boasts same-day harvest offerings sold at The Farm Store, as well as the fresh food 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. Their family homestead – a ranch-style, slump block home – has been converted into a 60’s era mid-century modern diner, Joe’s Farm Grill. The 100-year old trees have remained and features like a butterfly roof and open breezeway that make for an airy patio with shade. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri – here they do common food done uncommonly well.
After enjoying this local food tour on the Mesa’s Fresh Foodie Trail®, guests will be returned to their hotels at approximately 3:00pm.
Olive oil 101 tour and olive oil tasting at Queen Creek Olive Mill
Sweet treat from the Farm Bakery at Schnepf Farm
Grain milling demonstration at Hayden Flour Mill
Fresh, locally sourced lunch at Agritopia
Arizona agritourism experience
Charming, serene landscape of Arizona
Unlimited bottled water
Third party activities