The Family Business
Family owned, or locally owned businesses are the priority of what I hope to promote with my blog and social media. To be a part of the community means to support the community I live in…so showcasing all of the great locally owned places is my priority. Queen Creek Olive Mill is no exception. Queen Creek is a city just east of Gilbert. Queen Creek, like Gilbert, has been mostly known as a farming town…but with Gilbert’s explosive growth Queen Creek has gotten more than just Gilbert’s hand me downs. Queen Creek is slowly emerging as a place that is keeping its farming roots, but also appealing to families and people looking for more land to live on for any reason…without the sky rocketing Gilbert prices….yet. Queen Creek Olive Mill was started in 1997 by Perry and Brenda Rea. During a warm get away they noticed the olive trees doing well all over the valley. They were living in Detroit, and decided to dump the cold winters and run for the sun. They bought land in Queen Creek, and planted 1000 olive trees to give their idea of making virgin olive oil in Arizona a shot. They made this move with four kids, and one on the way….so you have to give them props for being bold!
The Olive Mill
In the 20 years since the Rea family planted their first olive trees they have grown exponentially, just like the area around them. They now have over 7000 olive trees and 16 varieties growing. They also have daily tours to teach locals and visitors alike what it really means to make virgin olive oil. Tours cost $7….but are hugely informative and interesting! They have focused on sustainable farming which is wonderful for their farm, and the environment. They also have a restaurant that is moving its way onto the foodie’s must try destination list. With tons of outdoor seating, string lights, picnic tables and room for little ones to run the Queen Creek Olive Mill works for a romantic meal, a group of friends, or a young family. Inside their store you can find a huge assortment of olive oil (of course!) but also wines and spa products. When we stopped by last week it was SUPER crowded. It was around 11am on a Tuesday in February. Weather is perfect for a trip to the Olive Mill, which is probably why it was so crowded. My guess is it will be less crowded in the warmer months…but also the whole experience will be less enjoyable!
Visit their site HERE for times of tours and any special events they have happening. If you haven’t been here in a while, it is time to go back, you won’t be sorry! Check out a few of the highlights of mine and Stacie’s visit last week below!