Monday walk…at the olive mill

Posted: May 18, 2020 in Monday walk
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As I mentioned in a previous post, I visited Queen Creek Olive Mill for the first time during a visit some years ago, taking home a large container of mixed olives. That made it one of the first destinations I wanted to visit after we moved.

Of course that didn’t take into account the COVID-19 restrictions, but as there’s a store on the premises, it was classified as essential, although until last week, the eating part of the operation and coffee shop were closed. Besides olives in their “plain” form, you can choose from a variety of olive oils and olive products as well as items from other Arizona producers, including eggs, cheese, meat, flour, and much more. We fell in love with the homemade pasta as well as the olives, putting them permanently on my shopping list.

Sitting among the olive trees is a lovely way to enjoy lunch or coffee and when you’re in the desert, shade is always appreciated! Last week there were people enjoying the morning outside, but on this visit, this area was still closed.

You’ll find flowers as well as vegetables and herbs growing in profusion. Bees and butterflies are happy, but the birds are frustrated by the covering on top of the veggie section of the garden.

These beans were growing outside with the flowers. They appear to have escaped. ๐Ÿ™‚

More flowers and I find “ground rules” amusing. Normally you can tour the olive mill and see the process of making olive oil, but that was also closed during this visit.

Part of the garden area.

Now let’s head for the store and do some shopping! You can pick up a pizza to take home and bake for dinner, wine to go with dinner, some essential oils, or olive oil-based soaps. And of course, olives!

for Jo’s Monday Walk

Comments
  1. Su Leslie says:

    It looks like a fab place. I love olives and olive oils

  2. macmsue says:

    The garden looks great, I’ll leave the Olives for you.

  3. I bet everything is delicious

    • Everything we’ve had so far has been delicious. The pizza was good, but nothing special. I bought some cheese this last visit, so I’m looking forward to seeing how they taste.

  4. de Wets Wild says:

    Wonderful to see you supporting local businesses, Janet. The world’s current health crisis is having a massively negative impact on small businesses and the families that own them, and I hope many people follow your example.

    • It’s also hard to support local/small businesses since so many of them have just had to close completely, as they can’t do takeout or whatever because of the type of business. I know that some where we used to live have closed. Another problem in places that the government has given additional unemployment money and some workers don’t want to go back because they’re making more staying at home doing nothing. Not really how that’s supposed to work. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  5. Ally Bean says:

    Fun, fun. You got to go somewhere and it is lovely. The ground rules are clever.

  6. lolaWi says:

    how wonderful to support local businesses. sound like a fun place! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. That looks a lovely place that we would enjoy.

  8. Sue says:

    Sounds a great place, Janet

  9. restlessjo says:

    Sitting in the shade of olive trees has to be a nice option. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ How are you finding the change in climate, Janet?

  10. Lignum Draco says:

    A lovely setting. I can see you spending more time there: shopping, eating and relaxing.

    • It’s a bit of a drive from us, but that’s not bad either, as just getting out and going somewhere can be fun these days. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do think my next trip will include a bit of relaxation while sipping a drink before indulging in shopping. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. What a wonderful resource to have nearby! Good olive oil is absolutely essential, so that makes sense.

  12. I love olives so I think I’d like a stop there, plus their gardens look amazing and I could probably pick up several tips.

    • You’d enjoy all aspects of it, Judy. I saw a new flower on my last visit, but no one I asked about it knew what it was. My app says it was a hollyhock. We had them when I was growing up, but I haven’t seen any for ages. They’re so pretty.

  13. Resa says:

    A very lovely walk, indeed!
    Crazy… almost everything close.
    It should be called Closedvid 19!!!

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