Life in the ValleyLocal Resources May 12, 2024

Local Companies with Delicious Products

I enjoy supporting local businesses, especially local companies with delicious products! Whether for your own enjoyment or to use as gifts, I hope you find something new to try.



Made in Tempe, you can buy Arizona Farms Cheese products at local Costco stores, along with several farmer’s markets including the Uptown Farmer’s Market and Scottsdale Old Town Farmer’s Market. A few items are also available on their website for pick-up at their Tempe location.



Audrey’s Chia Cookies are a better-for-you treat made with natural ingredients and packed with chia seeds. Find them at AJ’s, Fry’s, or you can purchase them online. Lemon and Almond are their top selling flavors, but they also have chocolate chip and for a little while longer…crispy brownie. They’re made in Chandler, Arizona.

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This family candy business is located in Glendale and was started over fifty years ago by Jim Cerreta, Sr. Today, four generations run the business. They make a variety of chocolate, other candy and nuts that can be purchased at their Glendale location or online. They also offer 30-minute tours weekdays.



The owners of Fairytale Brownies met in kindergarten and opened their business in 1992 with a family recipe. Their bakery is located in Phoenix (open M-F 9-3) and while they no longer offer factory tours, there are large viewing windows where you can see the bakers hard at work. Most of their business is online and shipped, which makes it a fun gift, but you can also find them at select AJ’s and the Tempe Farmer’s Market.



This family-owned business is located on Sossaman Farms in Queen Creek, milled on the same farm where the grains are grown. I guess flour itself isn’t delicous but it does help us make tasty treats. Anyway, they have a store in Gilbert or you can buy their products online. As an aside, the historic  Hayden Flour Mill in Tempe is a historic site owned by the City of Tempe and used as an event space.



Based in Peoria, this family owned hive-to-table honey comes in several flavors, including orange blossom, local cactus, and mesquite. Shop online with free local shipping. They also offer beekeeping classes.



Started in 2013 by two brothers, this company is based in Tempe. The popcorn is delicious with flavors inspired by the southwest, including Prickly Pear and Hatch Green Chile Cheddar. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Pat Tillman Foundation and other local organizations. Find their products in Fry’s, AJ’s and other local stores, on their website, or visit them in Tempe for a fresh batch!



This artisan bakery has amazing bread and it’s no wonder because it takes them 36 hours to make a loaf of bread! Find it at AJ’s stores, local farmer’s markets and their wood-fired deli in Phoenix, Noble Eatery.



Based in Queen Creek, they have the most amazing olive oil and related products you can buy there, at their Kierland Commons stores in Scottsdale, or online. Visit their Olive Mill Estate in Queen Creek and and take their Olive Oil 101 tour. See their website for details and other events.



This Scottsdale chocolatier has an award-winning small-batch craft chocolate store. Their truffles are a true work of art and make a beautiful gift. Find a list of their current flavors and pre-order online for pick-up at their Scottsdale location.


Try one of the above and let me know your thoughts. Please also share other local companies with delicious products you recommend!