Gilbert’s farming roots inspired its native son, entrepreneur Joe Johnston, to create Agritopia, a one-of-a-kind community built on what was once the Johnston family farm. While the village-inspired development is still an agrarian paradise, it has evolved into a lively East Valley destination for farm-to-table dining and locally handcrafted goods on its 160-acre grounds. New this year: Epicenter, a mixed-use development that’ll include apartments, local shops, restaurants, bars and wellness centers.
Photography by Sydnee Wilson
3 Things To Do
1 The Farm Store
Want to take home an Agritopia momento? The Farm Store offers fresh produce, local goods and unique gifts. There are a variety of sauces, baking mixes, honey and more sourced from local vendors, plus T-shirts, hats and tote bags.
3000 E. Ray Rd.
Enjoy a pint at Beer Barn or try a class at the new Barre3 studio opening at Epicenter this fall. Other retail and dining options including Spinato’s Pizzeria and Family Kitchen, Why I Love Where I Live, Bunky Boutique, Gadzooks and more will be opening through the end of the year.
3150 E. Ray Rd.
Shop for handcrafted goods from local artisans inside Barnone, a makers’ hall that includes 12 vendors ranging from restaurateurs to cosmetologists to woodworkers. Enjoy a pizza from Fire & Brimstone and then head over to 12 West Brewing for an award-winning Zona Pilsner.
3 Places To Eat
This wine bar has a huge selection of Arizona wines. A daily menu of hot pressed sandwiches and savory hand pies complements its selections, and guests can enjoy brunch on weekends. Swap the typical mimosa for a breakfast wine made with grapefruit straight from The Farm at Agritopia. Wines can be enjoyed on property or canned to enjoy anywhere.
2 Joe’s Farm Grill
Formerly the Johnston family’s home, Joe’s Farm Grill is a farm-to-table restaurant offering a wide selection of typical American foods, “but done better,” according to Joe Johnston. Try the customer-favorite bacon-gouda-garlic-bacon burger stack or Waffles & Chicken, which was featured on Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri.
3 The Coffee Shop
The Coffee Shop at Agritopia serves breakfast and lunch and has a variety of freshly brewed coffees and pastries. Pair the California club sandwich and chips with an iced vanilla latte for lunch or an afternoon pick-me-up.
The Agritopia Community Pathways
Lined with beautiful greenery, the Agritopia Community Pathways offer many stunning areas to take photos. This spot can be found behind The Coffee Shop on the way to the Community Garden.
A charming casita rental within walking distance of Agritopia is the perfect way to fully experience the amenities of village-inspired living.
Ray Road & San Tan Loop 202