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Sure, you can find Queen Creek Olive Mill's extra-virgin olive oil, gourmet stuffed olives, and assorted tapenades at AJ's and plenty of other places around the Valley, but it's so much more fun to buy them straight from the source. While you're here, at the far southeastern reaches of Queen Creek, sample the company's full product line, take a tour of the facilities, and be sure to bring an appetite. The sandwiches at del Piero, the in-house cafe, are excellent, made with bread from Willo Bakery and meats from The Pork Shop.
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I have visited the Olive Mill and was very impressed with the taste of their different Olive Oils. They also have quite a selection of oils, wines and many other related items. We purchased some sandwiches for lunch and went outside to lunch under some olive trees. Part of the tour included info about how the olives are harvested and explained how the mixtures of olives affect the taste of the different oils. we enjoyed our visit and have gone a few times since then.
The actual olive tour was pretty lame. Lasted about 5 minutes. Their "tour" consists talking about olives outside for about 10 minutes, and then taking you to their press room. They give you a couple sample olives at the end of the tour but that is about it. The surroundings are great. If the weather is nice, you can sit outside and enjoy a snack or lunch under the olive trees and enjoy the day. The food was a little pricey, but it was expected.
Perry Rea and his family planted a bunch of olive trees about a decade ago in what still passes for the sticks. They had a dream — make that a goal — of starting Arizona's first working olive farm and mill. And talk about hitting the jackpot. These days, some people taste the olive oil as if they're sipping a fine wine. They swear by this place in the far East Valley. At the company store, patrons can sample (and buy) several flavors of extra-virgin olive oil, dipping sauces, and some fine balsamic vinegar, all of them locally grown and produced. What an unexpected and delicious gift to send from the desert, one that won't break the bank, either.
It's no wonder Arizona's best olive oil comes from the happy trees at Queen Creek Olive Mill. For more a decade, the East Valley olive oil producers have been sustainably farming the best olive varieties for our arid climate. The pesticide-free olives are harvested at just the right time and then cold-pressed into extra virgin olive oil. The oils have a smooth nutty flavor, with just a hint of sweetness that you won't find in your average grocery-store brand. And don't even get us started on... More »
It's no surprise that the state's only working olive mill nabbed top honors in this category. The startling revelation is just how many gorgeous combos of flavored oil and vinegar you can put together in the Mill's expansive store. All of the oils taste incredibly light and clean, in part because the Mill doesn't use any pesticides in its olive groves. So far, we've paired the Meyer lemon oil and strawberry balsamic for a refreshing summer salad dressing and used the chocolate olive oil... More »
Perry Rea and his family planted a bunch of olive trees about a decade ago in what still passes for the sticks. They had a dream -- make that a goal -- of starting Arizona's first working olive farm and mill. And talk about hitting the jackpot. These days, some people taste the olive oil as if they're sipping a fine wine. They swear by this place in the far East Valley. At the company store, patrons can sample (and buy) several flavors of extra-virgin olive oil, dipping sauces, and... More »
Like wine, cheese, and more recently, chocolate, the humble olive has undergone a gourmet makeover. Years ago, we thought of olives as either pimiento-stuffed martini garnishes, or something that went straight from a can onto our nachos.But those days are long gone, especially now that Queen Creek Olive Mill's on the scene. Known for its extra-virgin olive oil, made from Spanish and Italian varieties grown in its own groves, the Mill also sells the best variety of olives around -- plump... More »
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