Yesterday I visited the Queen Creek Olive Mill just south of Chandler at the base of the San Tan mountains and a 2 hr drive from Green Valley. This is a very worthwhile trip. The Mill's primary business is making unique olive oils of many flavors including chocolate and bacon. It is advertised as one of the best olive oils in the world. Long sunny days and cool desert nights make an ideal climate for olive trees.
Thomas Jefferson said this about the Olive Tree
The Mill provides a tour and explanation of the olive oil making process. A large and wells stocked gift shop is on the grounds. One can picnic among the olive trees choosing from an extensive menu including salads, soups, sandwiches and even waffles.
A guide tells us that harvesting is from October to December and the making of the oil is done in only 24 hours. The oil must then be stored without any light or oxygen waiting to be bottled for sale.
A perfect day trip would be to the Mill, have a picnic and then travel to just south of Florence to St Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery to see the beautiful architecture and gardens with citrus and olive trees. Check out the blog of March 15, 2012 for photos of this very special place.