Only a truly insane foodie would make the trip to all of these varied and spread out locations. These are single ingredient destinations, and the place to find some of Arizona’s best. I dare you to stock your fridge and pantry by seeking out these suppliers of Arizona’s best ingredients.
This is a no brainier. The Pork Shop in Queen Creek is a butcher that sits in front of a slaughter house. Maybe to most ‘normal’ people that is not a comfortable thought, but to a bacon fanatic it is heaven. Much has been written about the Pork Shop in recent years and it is worthy of the good press. Thick smokey bacon, is a treat like no other. Also a draw is their staff with a big personality. Even better than the staff, my personal favorite is the jalapeno bacon. It has just the right amount of kick.
Every July, down the way from the aptly named Cornville in downtown Camp Verde is Cornfest. It is sort of like Oktoberfest, but substitute the beer and polka music for corn and and a corny joke contest. The corn is so good you could eat it raw and right off the stalk.
The Queen Creek Olive Mill is another Queen Creek hotspot garnering national attention. Unlike the Pork Shop there is not a really cool guy named Jason with a huge mustache running the counter, but what they lack in stache-power they more than make up with fresh pressed olive oil, live music, and a nice property. They sell flavored oils in varieties from chocolate to garlic, but to me their EVOO is why I’ve always made the trip.
Green Valley Pecan company in Sahaurita grows pecans that are sold from coast to coast, but why not storm this isolated agricultural town and make sure that they don’t sell all those delicious pecans to ‘foreigners’ in places like Nebraska, buy them before they get shipped out of state. Snap them up near the trees they are actually plucked from. November is the month of their yearly festival. Click here for more information. Also of Pecan note, is Fort Bowie Vineyards which has in my opinion the most delicious pecan shake in the universe, but skip their wine it’s almost as sweet as the ice cream shake.
Speaking of wine, I’ll spark a bit of controversy. Keeling Shaefer Vineyards makes the best red wine in Arizona, or at least the most distinctively Arizona wine. It is remarkable and distinctive. Their soil imparts something new and special, and it can’t be found anywhere else. Their tasting room in downtown Wilcox, the 1917 bank building, is a must-see for the Arizona tourist. Its a five-hour drive from Phoenix, and worth the mileage for a bottle of Three Sisters Syrah.
After the Trip
Now image you’d put on a couple hundred miles visiting all these spots. Hey you could put together a killer salad topped with fresh corn, pecans, bacon, and an olive oil and Syrah vinaigrette. As always, happy driving and even happier munching.