We finally have our own olive oil! We were fortunate to inherit 24 mature trees of the Mission variety on our property in Asti. We then planted 20 young trees last spring that are the Tuscan variety. The olives were hand picked in November.
The olives were taken to Olivino, an olive mill in Hopland where they were traditionally pressed using huge granite stones from Italy. We ended up with about 12 gallons! We were able to tour the facility and even taste our own oil! It has a fruity aroma, and the flavor is robust. This oil is allowed to settle naturally, not filtered or put through a centrifuge. It is wonderful for dipping, cooking and salad dressings. Of course it is organic.
You can also buy young olive trees at Olivino. Here is a beautiful greenhouse full of different varieties. To learn more about how olives are pressed, go to www.olivino.com. They are part of Terra Savia which produces artisanal honey, olive oil and wine. See www.terrasavia.com for information on their products for sale.
This is the former chicken coop in the "olive orchard". It's now a tool shed, but someday, we will have chickens!
If you are interested in our olive oil, it is being bottled now and will be available in a few weeks. The second batch will be available in February which is the Tuscan blend. The oil will only be sold to friends, family and by word of mouth or at the local farmer's market. Price available upon request.
Our trees, both young and old.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
ABOUT OUR OLIVE OIL:
I am just loving it. Used it to bake some fingerling potatoes in and the flavor was fantastic. I hope you guys are proud!--Nancie