Guide to Shopping for Local Food and Drink

Editorial StaffSeptember 29, 2021
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From luxury furniture shops and art galleries to indie boutiques and local liquor stores, the Valley is a shopper’s paradise.

Photo Courtesy Spinx Date Co. & Palm Pantry

Sphinx Date Co. Palm & Pantry
3039 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-941-2261, sphinxdateranch.com
Sharyn and Rebecca Seitz’s Arizona-only wares include spice mixes, pasta, grains, dried fruit, nuts, beer, wine, mead and, of course, their signature dates. Sip a date shake while you shop for Arizona gift baskets and boxes, including one dedicated to local sweets and one stocked with everything you need to make chili.

Arcadia Premium
5618 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, 602-464-9000, arcadiapremium.com
We couldn’t have designed a better local beer, wine and snack shop ourselves: dozens of craft beer options, a deep wine cellar, scads of local snacks (Kettle Heroes popcorn, Tortilla Lady flour tortillas, Tamale Store tamales and Noble Bread, to name a few), a bounty of cheese and a cornucopia of charcuterie. Did we mention they deliver to select parts of the Valley?

Blue Sky Organic Farms
4762 N. 189th Ave., Litchfield Park, 623-266-4031, blueskyorganicfarms.com
Under the green thumb of farmer David Vose, Blue Sky grows prized produce. The on-site farm store stocks seasonal staples like golden beets, purple cabbage, heirloom radishes and all manner of greens. The shop also carries artisanal products (Hope’s Artisan Bread, Crow’s Dairy cheese) and its own jams, pesto and other prepared foods.

Chadwick’s Urban Market
3703 N. 69th St., Scottsdale, 602-884-7977, chadwicksurbanmarket.com
This newcomer is the perfect hub for a neighborhood that lacks a casual hangout and a supermarket. But don’t mistake Chadwick’s for your typical grocery store. This charming market has coffee, breakfast and lunch, wine and beer (to drink and take away) provisions for a picnic and a slew of local products. There’s a lot packed into a tight space, but it works. There are coolers filled with cheeses and meats, shelves lined with local pantry staples (think Hayden Flour Mills, SaraBea Granola and The Proper Beast sausages), produce from local farms, a beer and wine bar, indoor and outdoor seating and a tidy kitchen that puts out a substantial amount of food.

La Grande Orange Grocery
4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix, 602-840-7777, lagrandeorangegrocery.com
The iconic flagship of LGO Hospitality includes a general store and bakery attached to La Grande Orange Pizzeria. Look for morning buns, croissants, brownies, cookies, pie and LGO’s signature house-made English muffins. Candles and giftable sundries make it a one-stop shop for food and fun.

Main Street Harvest
121 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-428-8305, mainstharvest.com
At this tiny grocery, the stock changes all the time. John Przybyl and Amanda Abou-Eid source from dozens of artisans, just a few units from each at a time. Inside: a wonderland of fresh pasta, farm produce, jams, bean-to-bar chocolates, artisanal ice creams, local jerky, and seemingly any baked thing you can dream up, including sourdough and pastries from Przybyl and Abou-Eid’s own Proof Bread.

nomada
3410 N. 24th St., Phoenix, 602-218-6958, nomadaphx.com
This concept from the folks behind Nonna Urban Eatery boasts a curated selection of goodies – cheese, charcuterie, oils, vinegars, fresh pasta, baking products and teas – as well as a coffee bar. Lesser-known beers and wines are offered at approachable prices.

Queen Creek Olive Mill
25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek, 480-888-9290, queencreekolivemill.com
What started as Perry and Brenda Rea’s scrappy little olive farm has become a premier destination in Queen Creek. Become an olive expert with Olive 101, a tour around Queen Creek Olive Mill that shows how olives are grown, harvested, pressed into oil and infused with flavors like roasted garlic.

Trevor’s Liquors
7340 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale, 480-581-8923, trevorsliquor.com
Housed in a former motorsports shop on McDowell Road just east of Scottsdale Road, this hot new shop offers a curated yet comprehensive selection of cigars, spirits, wine and beer, with an emphasis on the local and the obscure. Trevor’s also boasts a wine and beer bar where customers can drink their purchases on premises at retail prices.

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