In the outskirts of Mesa is the area known as Queens Creek. Queens Creek isa a rather ritzy area of Mesa, with many fine hacienda style homes. There is also a place known as the Olive Mill.
Back in the early ‘80’s a car dealership owner (make that multiple dealerships) in Detroit decided that he’d rather do something else - so he sold the whole works, went to Europe for a year, took the courses required and became a grower of olive groves producing olive oil for the open market.
It turns out that his holdings in Mesa produce some of the finest olive oil in the world. The usual pests of olive trees (a blight that kills them & humidity) aren’t present in the local area so the forest of olive trees produces some of the best oil in the world.
The Mill is open every day (not Xmas or Thanksgiving) of the year and whenv you go it is too your advantage to take the tour ($7.00). It’s an hour long, tells you everything you would ever want to know about growing olives and how to discern the good from the bad. The restaurant offers a daily meal and the choices to have are plentiful. YThere is also a storte where they sell all their products, and we’ve had some of it. Really good!!
Worth the drive to spend the afternoon there.