I thought this would be a fun and very informative topic for all of the AZ hounds. Where do you get your best Arizona based ingredients. I will start by giving a few of mine please chime in with yours as well.
Pork: The Pork Shop in Queen Creek. From bacon to chops to ribs to brats to ham, it seems like I have had it all from there and can't find any place that comes close to the quality of the Pork Shop.
Olive Oil: Queen Creek olive mill, right there on the same street as the pork shop AZ olives make great AZ olives and Olive Oil. We also picked up a tapenade there yesterday that was the hit of a BBQ we went to yesterday.
Bread: How great is it to live in a state that is home to the bread baker how out did the French at making baguettes. We have that at Simply Bread right here in Phoenix. The baguette, olive loaf, challah and oh so sweet Funky Monkey are all standouts.
Beef: A Bar H Farm is out on the AZ/NM border providing according to the owner the only true grass fed beef and lamb in the state. The key to A Bar H is that the cows are fed only grass from the start not merely finished (fed grass the last two weeks). You can buy the beef buy the cut with a 40 dollar minamum they make monthly visits to drop off points throughout the valley. Killer Top Sirloin.
Produce: McClendon Farms has the top chefs from all over the SW shopping their local AZ produce. For you and me we can get Bob's goodies on Wednesday Morning from October-June at the Town and Country farmers market. The taste is amazing. I never really liked veggies all that much until I tasted McClendon's and now I love them. Can't wait until October when I can get my hands on some more outstanding produce.
Fudge: Fossil Creek Goat Cheese Fudge is simply some of the best sweet stuff you will ever eat. I had this at the Glendale Chocolate Festival and again at Tapino's locavore dinner last month and can't wait to get more of it in August at Locavore 3. Amazing stuff.
Looking forward to your list as well,