Mesa, Arizona is garnering lots of national attention as the culinary gateway in the Southwest with a flourishing collection of charming, neighborhood farms and food-centric outposts providing a year-round bounty of seasonal goods for visitors to enjoy. These linked experiences create the Fresh Foodie Trail® and carve out the ultimate foodie road trip for those travelers with a penchant for good eats. This guided path will find them dining on homemade ice cream, peaches, heritage grains, olives, and so much more.
The trail stops share more than just great food, it’s also a chance for the gourmands-in-training to dive a little deeper and discover why dining local matters and they should get to know their farmer. In the Town of Queen Creek, it is education-plus-experience that makes their ‘agritainment’ stops memorable. An assortment of salivating, epicurean activities can be enjoyed including pasta and pizza making classes with ancient grains at Hayden Flour Mills at Sossaman Farms, watching the cold-pressing of fresh olives and tasting early harvest and late harvest EVOO at the Queen Creek Olive Mill, or foraging for the freshest produce with the farmer at Schnepf Farms.
Another standout on the trail is Jalapeno Buck’s, tucked away in the middle of one of Mesa’s original citrus orchards that dates back to 1915. This BBQ-meets-Southwest roadside restaurant packs them in and people come from other states just to load up on brisket and pulled pork. The flavor profiles here are rich and tasty with homemade ‘secret recipe’ sauces, salsas and baked beans.
Visitors that want to put the focus on the food and let someone else take the wheel can reserve a full-day Fresh Foodie Trail® tour with premier tour outfitter DETOURS offering guest pick-up and drop-off at all area hotels.
For a complete list of Fresh Foodie Trail® stops or to download the Arizona Agritourism guide, go to www.FreshFoodieTrail.com.