Descending from three generations of dairy farmers, siblings Casey and Alison Stechnij carry on their family's legacy by maintaining Superstition Farm's 30 acres. The brother-and-sister duo regularly shepherd informative tours through the landscape, summoning horses, chickens, goats, and sheep to greet guests and share their perspectives. The four-legged residents also assist in horseback riding lessons and appearances at the onsite petting zoo.
Every Thursday, local food trucks flock to Superstition Farm for a weekly market, where they vend fresh produce, breads, and meats alongside the farm's own dairy products, including the house-made Udder Delights brand of ice cream and artisanal cheeses. Superstition Farm further disseminates its farm-fresh cuisine via a 30-foot-long food truck that makes appearances at local events and defends cattle against the persistent threat of monster trucks.
Harper's Nursery & Landscape Co has been in the Harper family for three generations, and little has changed about the business since it was established in 1945. On the eight-acre farm behind their Mesa location, their team cultivates a wide array of plants in every state. They're so confident in their plants, they guarantee that each one will last its normal life expectancy, as long as customers follow simple care instructions. In addition to maintaining a huge variety of plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees, the team also performs landscaping services on-site and on-location, helping clients plan out a picturesque garden or shrine to Martha Stewart, the gardening queen.
Rated the top nursery for the last 10 years by AZ Business magazine, Moon Valley Nurseries complements its extensive inventory of plants and trees with services such as delivery, installation, and tips for care. The knowledgeable staff can help customers navigate the green aisles of trees and plants, which encompass such Plant Kingdom constituents as Palm Trees, Flowering Trees, Shrubs, and, during the holiday season, Christmas Trees. They also grow their own inventory so they can maintain direct control over the health and well being of their plants, whether treating them with the correct combination of fertilizers or pressuring admittance boards to make sure each seed gets into the best of nursery schools.
For years, the arborist owner of Xtreme Green Visions studied Arizona's soil. He performed trial-and-error experiments until he succeeded in developing an organic solution that bolstered the health of trees by increasing the nutrient uptake of their roots. Now, he shares the benefits of his research with customers by injecting that signature solution deep into soil, encouraging healthy, lush tree growth on their properties. Xtreme Green Visions' specialists also perform services such as pruning foliage, diagnosing sick plants, and installing landscaping without harming existing flora.
Over the years, Lone Star Landscaping, Inc. has built an extensive portfolio of custom outdoor designs. Their punctual and precise artists plant gardens and outfit yards with built-in barbecues, fire pits, and stonewalls. While homeowners amble along their newly built pavers and decks, water fountains trickle and pavilions shelter outdoor-entertainment centers. Their techs can also armor homes with stone façades, giving them a rough-hewn appearance and a sure defense against Napoleon's army.
The Phoenix New Times crowned it the Best Place to Buy a Live Chicken in 2012. An unusual accolade, but one that The Stock Shop’s founders happily accepted nonetheless. When they opened The Stock Shop more than 30 years ago, it wouldn’t have been eligible for the award, since their inventory consisted solely of feed and tack—no live chickens. But as business grew, so did their offerings. Today, staffers still fill the shelves with natural, grain-free, and organic pet foods from brands including Nature’s Variety and EVO. But they also peddle baby chicks, potbellied pigs, and bunnies, gear from John Deere, and all the equipment needed to farm organically, especially in an urban setting. That’s in addition to goodies for pets—leashes, treats, chew toys—and even the occasional cowboy hat. Plus, there’s onsite dog grooming that specifically caters to anxious pooches.