Ancient Grains at Hayden Flour Mills 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 grown in Heirloom wheat with minimal processing, Sossaman Farms offers a full-sensory culinary experience that starts with a tour of the Hayden flour milling operation. Visitors can participate in baking classes and educational seminars. Be sure to bring home their artisan breads, pasta and wheat berries. HaydenFlourMills.com Agritopia – A community of Creativity Lauded by the New York Times as the leading “agri-hood” in the U.S., Agritopia is a master-planned community in Gilbert, which preserves urban agriculture and integrates it into daily life. Agritopia was established in 2000 by developer Joe Johnston, who has now unveiled plans for a new project to revitalize a 100 yearold barn, creating an innovative artisan collective. Slated to open in October, Barnone will feature 14 resident craftsmen, including a micro winery and micro distillery, a medicinal garden and culinary machinist designing kitchen tools, including coffee roasters, espresso machines and more. agritopia.com The original Johnston family home built in 1966 is now Joe’s Farm Grill, a 60’s diner featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Many of the ingredients come right from their gardens next door. Joe’s takes popular foods to the next level, like the Farm Burger, Portobello Farm Salad and Baked Potato Fries. My Pumpkin Shake (in season) was delicious.
Life on the Superstition Dairy Farm Roll up your sleeves and get a taste of life on the farm. Run by fourth generation brother and sister team, Casey and Alison Stechnij, you’ll see what goes on at Moo-University, followed by a tractorpulled hayride, plus feed the goats and other farm animals. Try one of 12 flavors at the Milk Bar, including Butterscotch and Peaches & Cream. Their Udder Delights homemade ice cream comes in fabulous flavors: Red Velvet Cheesecake, Choc Hazelnut, and my favorite, Blueberry Moofin. superstitionfarm.com Press for Olives Queen Creek Olive Mill is Arizona’s only family-owned and operated olive mill and farm. Here olives are grown and pressed for high quality extra virgin olive oil in amazing flavors like Blood Orange Olive Oil or Bacon Olive Oil. Taste the oils, olives and tapenades and then dine at del Piero – the mill’s Tuscan-inspired eatery. When the weather is ideal, dine in the olive grove. QueenCreekOliveMill.com Schnepf Farms – Perfect for the Whole Family As an active farm, Schnepf Farms is the largest grower of organic peaches in the state as well as one of the largest agri-tourist farms in the country. Pick your own fresh produce, hop on a hayride or enjoy their Country Store & Bakery. Be sure to try their warm, cinnamon rolls. SchnepfFarms.com If you’re coming to visit, check out the Mesa Art Center, Rawhide Western Town in Chandler and Pink Adventure Tour jeep rides. For more information, go to visitmesa.com or download the app, Mesa City Limitless. About Mira Temkin Mira Temkin has a passion for writing and sharing her adventures across the globe. She covers everything from destinations to tours to cruises in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean and Europe with a keen eye and open mind. Her work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Lakeland Boating, thevacationgals. com and usinesstraveldestinations.com. t
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