We hear people tell us to be “green” and shop “green;” however, no one tells us were to get our products to eat green. I am not talking about eating your green beans; I am talking about purchasing things that are locally grown and harvested.
In Arizona there are farms, stands and local orchards that grow organic food. Depending on the season and what you are looking for you can support local farmers and keep your family eating healthy and hearty.
Date Creek Ranch
Northwest of Wickenburg
An environmentally healthy and diverse cattle ranch. You can pick your own beef, pork and apples. During July, peaches and summer apples are available. The cattle are grass fed with no fertilizer.
A natural growing farm located in Buckeye
Where customers can find free-range chicken and turkeys. The animals are not hormone fed. They value good, nutritious, local food so their animals roam free and eat off the land.
Dow family residence
A private family residence located in Mesa that provides organic fruit.
Here you can get grapefruit, lemons and oranges. Because it is a private residence they ask that you call in advance at 480-807-3386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a plastic grocery store bag of fruit, the price is $2.
Fenway Park Orchards
A natural producer of apples and peaches located in Morristown
Provides white peaches, Anna apples, blackberries and yellow cling peaches.
Mother Nature’s Farm
Located in Gilbert — has peaches, apples and pumpkins you can pick yourself.
This family-owned business was established in 1968 and has been focusing on healthy fruits and vegetables ever since.
Located in Glendale
Provides apricots, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, peaches, plums, strawberries, nectarines and other fruits and vegetables.
Located in Queen Creek
Provides peaches, apricots, sweet corn, plums and other vegetables. This 300-acre farm is the perfect place for getting garden taste with a cheap budget.
Located in Glendale
Provides peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, beets, eggplant, pumpkins and other vegetables. The produce is pre-picked. During the November and December months, collard greens, mustard and turnip greens are also available.
No matter where you live there are places to go in your area to support your urge to be an organic “green” shopper. Local grocery stores provide organic produce, but it is not always from local farmers creating a cost of oil and fuels that affect the price of local gas and grocery prices. By attempting to support local businesses and doing what is better for the health of your family and local economy you are doubling your purchasing power.