Shop Local in SOMO
Scottsdale may be the place for the fashinistas to shop, but South Mountain’s (SOMO) farm shops are the hotspot for foodies foraging for the freshest, local ingredients in the Valley of the Sun.
If you like to eat farm-to-table, then it’s time to shop farm-to-table at our favorite farms in the neighborhood.
We all know that everything tastes better at Grandma’s, and the seasonal produce you’ll find at Grandma’s Farm is no exception. Depending on the time of year you’ll find everything from beets and leafy greens to apricots and tangerines. The farm also offers chicken, duck and goose eggs, and local honey.
Run by Farmette Janna Anderson, Pinnacle Farms is a 57-acre oasis on the base of South Mountain. Find veggies, dates grown from trees from Iraq, a plethora of citrus, as well as eggs and honey. The self-serve farm stand is open sun up to sun down. It operates on the honor system so bring cash and simply place in the black box.
Carranza Honey Farms
For over 40 years the family-run Carranza Honey Farms has been a sweet spot in SOMO. The honey is local from Arizona Desert Bloom and is 100 percent pure, raw, unpasteurized honey. Honeycomb and pollen are also available for purchase.
Probably one of the most known farms in Phoenix, Maya’s Farm lets you put your produce on auto pilot when you join its CSA. Located on seven acres in SOMO, the gardens are on an ancient river bed, where sandy soils and natural Artesian wells create a perfect growing environment. Combined with biodynamic growing techniques, this rich earth produces some of the healthiest produce available. With the CSA program you’ll receive weekly organic produce, herbs, eggs and even flowers when available.
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for all things Arizona, Botanica at the Farm at South Mountain is your store. In addition to selling produce grown onsite, a host of local culinary favorites including hot sauces, olive oils, preserves and wine is on offer.
Video: History of the Baseline Flower Fields
Great food deserves a beautiful table to be served on. A stop at Baseline Flowers to pick up a centerpiece is the perfect cap to your foodie shopping spree. In the 1960s this part of SOMO was filled with 300 acres of eye-catching flowers. Today, family-owned Baseline Flowers is the only reminder of that bygone era.