Recently my girlfriend and I escaped the frigid, Minnesota winter and headed south to Arizona. Gold Canyon, which is about 20 minutes east of Mesa, was our destination. In today’s post I’d like to feature some temple worthy musts when traveling to the area.
Gilbert Farmers Market
I always enjoy visiting farmer’s markets when traveling! Taking in the fresh air, listening to music, talking with local vendors and seeing different products is particularly enjoyable to me. Our flight dropped us in Mesa at 2am on Saturday morning but we still managed an early wake up call to make it here. The market is located about 10 minutes south of Mesa in downtown Gilbert and operates every Saturday from 8am-12pm. Like most farmer’s markets, Gilbert’s features local, organic produce, eggs, cheese, meat, bread, coffee, tea, seasonings, sauces and other unique products from over 50 vendors.
Some of the standouts: Seize the Fork-offers veggie and fruit powders, homemade nut bars, and a re-mineralizing tooth powder that we purchased. Trident Winery-they specialize in wines made from organic fruits that are in season. Each winemaking session coincides with the coming of the next fruit harvest. We were especially intrigued with their medicinal wines like elderberry/maca. Doctor Hummus-tasty hummus and pita chips from a local AZ brand is hard to pass up. These were a hit with our group. Gilbert is a fast growing, vibrant town so when you’re done at the market be sure to walk over one street and enjoy the stores and restaurants! Gilbert Framers Market
On our list of to-do’s while in Arizona was hike! A suggestion from a friend brought us to the Superstition Mountains on the edge of Gold Canyon.
If you’re driving you’ll find a conveniently located parking lot connected to the trail access on the southern side of the mountain. Here you’ll notice a few hiking options so follow the signs marked hieroglyphics. This 1.5 mile trail climbs a gradual slope lined with cacti and boulders and ends in a rocky section where you can view small water pools and primitive drawings etched onto stone surfaces.
It’s a nice journey with plenty of photo opportunities! Make sure you begin in the morning or early afternoon so you don’t get caught on the mountain when the sun goes down.
During our trip I randomly picked up a “Cooking Light” magazine and low and behold, on one of the pages was a small piece about a healthy restaurant in Gilbert, Arizona. Talk about perfect timing! Nourish is a casual spot serving up nutritious food and drink that is gluten free, soy free and dairy free.
The food here reminds me of something I would cook in my own kitchen, which is why I really enjoyed it! Our table ordered a cold pressed green juice, the wild salmon bowl with spaghetti squash and broccoli, a grass-fed burger with hot-air fried sweet potato fries and the thai coconut soup with chicken. YUM!
In addition to the great food and friendly staff, owner and certified holistic nutritionist Kirsten Carey also offers health coaching, meal planning, wellness events and fitness training at husband Anthony Dinobile’s All In Fitness next door. If you’re looking for an alternative to the Paradise/Panera style cafes or want the food you eat to truly rejuvenate your body and support your healthy lifestyle then Nourish is the spot! Address: 1495 south higley rd. suite 101. Gilbert, AZ. 85296. www.nourish123.com
These are three musts next time you’re in the Mesa area! And don’t forget to relax and have some fun while you’re at it. We had some great weather and took advantage by spending time at the salt pool, golfing, grilling outside and picking lemons (we love lemon water) from a friendly neighbor’s tree. OH! And if you’re a fan of a cool night stroll, watch out for coyotes and javelina pigs.