Imagine a family farm where crops had been grown for years in their fields. Then a developer comes in and buys the property in order to build houses on it. Many of us have seen this happen often where we live. A farmer sells his fields and new homes or a parking lot with stores rapidly pop up afterward. Well, this is not exactly what happened in this case. The family who owned this farmland decided to tweak things a bit.
Now, there was a subdivision that was built on their land, aptly named “Agritopia”. But 12 acres of land was reserved for the creation of an urban farm. There is a grove of olive trees and an orchard with citrus, apples, peaches, plums, apricots and blackberries. Another area of the farm is a large field where vegetables, herbs and flowers are grown.
In addition, the family’s original home was converted into a restaurant with beautiful surrounding gardens that are open for all to enjoy.
As I finished my walk through the vegetable gardens, I decided to look closely at a crop that does grow in Arizona, that may surprise some of you. It certainly surprised me when I first moved here 24 years ago.
Diners are invited to eat at any of the picnic tables under the shade of the trees.