19 Jun

NZ: Mukilteo couple’s olive oil is a Northwest rarity

By Debra Smith,

Charles and Gayle Pancerzewski didn’t know much about olive oil when they bought a 25-acre olive grove in New Zealand.

They learned fast, after the man tending their land went bankrupt and they discovered he had planted a variety of olives that won’t produce at their balmy northern New Zealand grove.

That’s how Charles Pancerzewski, a retired accountant who lives in Mukilteo, began farming an olive grove in another hemisphere.

And that’s why you can find premium extra virgin olive oil produced in New Zealand in local farmers markets and stores under the label Far North Olive Oil. The couple spends November through May working in New Zealand and the rest of the year in Mukilteo.

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