Mesa’s booming agritourism
Are you aware that Mesa has a booming agritourism industry? Yes, Mesa is not just made up of great restaurants, beautiful lakes, great adventures, cozy houses with carriage house garage doors. Mesa is also a great fresh foodie trail.
In fact, the city is known for having its own food network before it was even invented on television. This is because Mesa Arizona is known for its bountiful harvest, fresh harvest from its family farms and long-standing festivals that make for great, lasting memories.
Mesa is known as the culinary gateway to Greater Phoenix. Its neighboring farms and agritourism attractions provide a continuous bounty of seasonal goods for visitors to enjoy.
Mesa’s foodie trails include the following:
The Orange Patch
The Orange Patch is a farm of citrus fruits. Here you can taste, shop and tour the farm stand while taking in fragrant orange blossoms each winter. Mesa is actually known for its citrus crops since the late 1800s when people started planting citrus crops due to the area’s minimal frost, low humidity and sunshine.
The True Garden Urban Farm
This farm is 5,000 square foot in size and is a center for education and knowledge sharing on the production of healthy and nutritious food without soil. Here, organic growing practices, nutrition, overall health and wellness are featured, including weekly farmers markets.
Mesa Urban Garden
This is a community garden with stunning murals of local artists featured on the walls of the garden. There are signature events that are regularly held here including free yoga classes, salsa nights and harvest festivals. Popular events include the Great Mesa Potluck and Picnic in the Garden.
Superstition Dairy Farm
Get a taste of life on the farm in the Superstition Dairy Farm. Here there are tours that demonstrate the daily life of a working agritourist. You will learn about modern dairy operation and environmentally-conscious practices, including how to care, comfort and raise a healthy animal.
If you want seasonal produce that you can pick yourself, then this is the place to go. You can also stop by the neighboring roadside farm for fresh goods and to shop. This farm has been famiy owned since 1979 and has been famous with tourists. Every October, tourists flock to the Vertuccio Farm for its giant corn maze. They also host a Fall Festival with hot kettle corn, pumpkin patch and amusements for kids.
The Pork Shop
Interested in finding out the home of the best pork? Go to the Pork Shop which features fresh cuts of pork to seven types of smoked bacon. They also sell sausages, snack sticks, lunch meats and more. Their gourmet sausages also have green chili, potato, beer brats, andouille and jalapeno flavors, including cheese sausages and brats.
Queen Creek Olive Mill
Fancy going to a place where olives are grown and pressed for the production of high quality extra virgin olive oil? Head off to the Queen Creek Olive Mill for their Olive Oil 101 tour and enjoy complimentary tastings of oil, olives, vinegars and more.