Southwest Mesa ARIZONA ROAD TRIPPIN’ ALONG ARIZONA’S FRESH FOODIE TRAIL Culinary education and countless tasty treats are ahead on this 10-stop tour Few think of the Sonoran Desert as being a fertile land of riches. For visitors to Mesa, that is just what this Arizona destination is all about. Food, glorious food. Now, the destination is calling all foodies to take the ultimate road trip along their highways and byways to explore the area’s countryside charms. The region has a linked network of ‘agritourism’ attractions that make up the Fresh Foodie Trail. Think peaches, olives, citrus, wine and even ancient grains – all ready to be tasted and toured. Many of these culinary stops host food-driven events all winter long, giving visitors even more reasons to stick around. Schnepf Farms This fourth-generation family farm just happens to be the largest peach grower in the Southwest. In February, the fragrant Peach Blossom orchard trail is a photo-worthy stop as rows of peach trees welcome the desert warmth with hundreds of bright fuchsia pink and white blossoms on display. Queen Creek Olive Mill If Italy had a scent, it’s captured here at the mill which promises a full-sensory experience directly upon arrival. Guests would be wise to plan their visit here around one of the day’s three meals. Enjoy complimentary tastings of the oils while waiting to take the Olive 101 Tour. The Orange Patch Just a few years ago, Mesa’s citrus industry was called out by National Geographic as one of the nation’s Top Food Drives. With citrus production in full swing each January, it’s one of the most aromatic times of year in Mesa. Hayden Flour Mills The newest addition to the trail can be found (and tasted) at Sossaman Farms. Here, the focus is on preserving grain history with the growing and milling of heirloom wheat. The result is a flour so in-demand it earned the American Made Award by Martha Stewart. 136 FoodTraveler l Winter 2016 True Garden Urban Farm Get ready to go green at True Garden. This new 5,000-square-foot vertical urban garden offers a weekly farmers market and educational courses about the production of healthy and nutritious produce using living soil. Plan your foodie road trip now at www.freshfoodietrail.com.