- Last year saw very small crop
- Nearly half of this year’s harvest is picked
It’s a tale of “famine to feast” in California olive groves.
After an extremely small crop last season, Central Valley olive growers have seen production rebound sharply this fall.
The larger overall crop means that individual olives have been smaller in some groves.
Other farmers pruned their trees earlier in the season to assure they’d have larger-sized olives to sell.
The Visalia-based Olive Growers Council estimates that about 40 percent of the crop has been harvested so far.