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Farm-to-table experiences in Phoenix to enjoy all year round

Scott Murdoch

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PHOENIX, AZ — For years, Greater Phoenix is famous for its endless sunshine, providing a year-round dose of Vitamin D. The region produced diverse crops that visitors and locals can enjoy at Phoenix farms, restaurants, and markets throughout the seasons.

Summer

Arizona might not be called the peach state, but there is one place where you can enjoy peaches throughout summer, which is Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek. According to Wine Spectator magazine, the peaches from this farm have been named the best in the country. The farm also hosts a peach festival annually to celebrate its variety of peaches season, including the Earligrande, Springcrest, Florida Prince, and Florida King.

Greater Phoenix is also home to many farmer's markets offering straight-from-the-field fruits and veggies and a wide variety of local products. For example, visit the Uptown Farmers Market located at the corner of Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road or visit the Downton PHX Farmers Market. They have farm-fresh goods right into the city's urban heart every Saturday morning.

Fall

Enjoy some prickly pear in mid-august. Prickly pear is a star ingredient for many dishes, including margarita, desserts, and variety of drinks, salad dressing, jelly, ice cream, and many more.

To get a taste of the prickly pear, you can head to Flancer's restaurants and buy their Chicken sandwich. While for a variety of breakfast or brunch, visit Vovomeena for their "johnny" cakes drizzled with prickly pear maple syrup. In Chelsea's Kitchen, enjoy some signature dessert cocktail made with Blanco tequila infused with the sweet cactus fruit, house-made sweet and sour, and curacao.

Fall isn't complete without a visit to a pumpkin patch. You can visit Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale offer a traditional pumpkin farm experience with games and activity for the entire family. You may also want to check out Vertuccio Farms, where the fall festival takes place the entire month of October.

Winter

Winter is the season for some tamale in Phoenix. Tamales are made with a mixture of corn dough (masa) and filling wrapped in a corn husk and steamed. Get some tamale while they're hot (or frozen) at the Tamale Store. You can also visit Gertrude's Restaurant located at the Desert Botanical Garden. They offered a seasonal menu with local ingredients.

If you're looking for some olives during winter, you can visit Queen Creek Olive Mill. The place earned the 2019 New York International Olive Oil Competition Silver Award for its Arizona extra virgin olive oil.

Spring

Spring is the perfect season to enjoy some fresh, locally grown produce vegetables. Head to Singh Meadows. They have a part farmers market, part restaurant, juice bar, and part Moroccan-themed outdoor escape offering an array of organic fruits and vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, beets, and honey.

Or, you can also visit The Farm at South Mountain, a modern farm and agritourism destination that helped launch Phoenix's farm-to-table movement— Morning Glory Café, The Farm Kitchen, and Quiessence — will use local ingredients for their menu lineups.

Last to enjoy during spring in Phoenix is citrus. From December to April, lemons, oranges, and grapefruits grow generously in the area. If you are in the mood to select your own fruits, you can visit Gilbert's Agritopia Farm that hosted family-friendly citrus events as early as December.

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