By Kate Wallace
Mesa is gaining national recognition as a Southwest culinary gateway with a burgeoning collection of charming, neighborhood farms and agritourism attractions providing a year-round bounty of seasonal goods for visitors to enjoy. These experiences, known collectively as the Fresh Foodie Trail, offer out-of-towners with a penchant for good eats a guided path that will find them dining on homemade ice cream, peaches, heritage grains and so much more. Starting this spring, visitors at area hotels can reserve a guided Fresh Foodie Trail tour with Detours of Arizona. Come hungry!
STEAK & STAY AT SCHNEPF FARMS
At Schnepf Farms, a fourth-generation family homestead and 300-acre organic peach orchard, visitors can take part in their new dinner series Date Night, Steak Night every Friday in March and April. This popular farm-to-table experience allows guests to have a chef-driven dinner under the stars. Visitors wanting to be immersed in farm living can opt to stay the night in the farm’s new collection of vintage trailers. Known as glamping, the restored trailers offer a quaint way to stay the night and enjoy even more of the farm’s hands-on offerings, including monthly cooking classes and you-pick produce and flower gardens. Save the date for their first-ever Lantern Festival on April 8th. schnepffarms.com
NEW PLANT-BASED EATERY AT AGRITOPIA
Veggie lovers can get excited about the newest plant-based eatery, the uprooted kitchen, located at Agritopia in Gilbert. This former food truck turned sit down restaurant specializes in organic produce prepared in unimaginable and mouthwatering ways. Spearheaded by Erin and Chad Romanoff, their focus is on nourishing items both sweet and savory. Check out their always-changing menu ahead of your visit. theuprootedkitchen.com
WORTH THE WAIT
The farm-to-fork movement comes full circle at Worth Takeaway. This inspired sandwich shop on Mesa’s Main Street is not your ordinary sit down stop. Owners Kelsey and Jim Bob Strothers are strong believers in the local food movement, with the majority of their menu featuring Arizona-grown products. Foodies will appreciate several Arizona standouts, such as Provision Coffee, Danzeisen Dairy and Mesa’s own Proof Bread. Produce is sourced from area farmers, including new Steadfast Farms, organically growing more than 100 plus vegetable crops. Be sure to end your meal with the goat’s milk buttery caramels from The Simple Farm. worthtakeaway.com