Graham and I took our visitors to the Queen Creek Olive Mill for a tour and breakfast on Sunday morning. I didn’t realize how far of a drive it is from central Phoenix. It’s best to make a day of it by also going to Schnepf Farms across the street.
For $5 each we took a tour of the olive mill. We learned so much about the mill’s history, how to make olive oil and olive-oil quality. Now I know what to look for when I next buy some.
The mill building is a store, coffee shop, restaurant and tasting room. Outside sits a garden that grows organic vegetables. Inside, take your pick from gelato, breakfast foods, cupcakes, sandwiches, pizza (on some nights), and more.
I tried out a frittata sandwich with a mashed potato for breakfast while Graham couldn’t resist the waffles topped with berries. The food was filling and made using the mill’s products. I was tempted to try a cupcake but I’ll save that for next visit.
That morning there was also a complimentary wine tasting held outside. A band was setting up to play, but we missed it. There are plenty of picnic tables outside on which to enjoy a meal or glass of wine.
|Olive oil flavors include Meyer lemon, bacon and garlic.|
|We tried some Superstition Coffee and chai tea latte. You can bring your drinks on the tour.|
|We watched as olives were being pressed.|
|Then we tasted olive oils.|
|Fresh roasted coffee beans.|