As the temperatures are rising in Phoenix, time outside is lessening. With some cloud cover and breeze these past few days, it’s been the perfect opportunity to spend time at The Farm at South Mountain.
Off loop 202 at 32nd Street, The Farm is a beautiful desert-landscape hideaway, with orchard trees providing a canopy of greenery atop picnic tables and rows of produce and flora.
I first heard of The Farm when crowd sourcing my native Arizonan friends for fresh produce and finally visited a few weeks ago. Several farmers markets, a restaurant for each meal, and a petting zoo are on the grounds, and some farmers also participate in the Phoenix Public Market on Saturday mornings. The restaurant’s plates are made fresh with the ingredients picked by the growers, slightly pricy to reflect the hard work put into every bite.
I love the local vibes and lush atmosphere. South Mountain provides a beautiful, red desert landscape on the horizon with dense green foliage surrounding the foreground. Women in floppy sun hats walk their strollers down the rows of trees and small birthday parties dot the picnic tables with children catching butterflies.
The perfect secret garden.
If a quick stop for fresh herbs, breakfast at Morning Glory Cafe, lunch at The Farm Kitchen, or dinner at Quiessence, The Farm at South Mountain is a great afternoon with the family, wine with friends or a romantic dinner with your lover.
Spend the morning hiking, then have a lunch on the patio and grab some fresh produce for dinner. Have a picnic on the grass, or bring the kids to the zoo. Whatever you do, you’ll be glad you came.