29 Nov

Harvest brings gourmet McEvoy olive oil

By Rob Rogers, At the McEvoy Ranch, the end of the harvest season comes not with the arrival of turkey, cranberry sauce or stuffing, but with the bottling of “olio nuovo” – a bright-green, strong-tasting oil made from the 550-acre ranch’s freshest olives. Like almost all of the olive oil produced at the northern Marin […]

28 Nov

It’s olive time again in Sonoma Valley

By Robbi Pengelly, With the grape harvest wrapped up, the focus has turned to Sonoma Valley’s other crop  – olives. Here workers at B.R. Cohn Winery flail at olive trees with long poles like acolytes in some ancient Druid ritual. Next month will mark the launch of the Valley’s annual Olive Festival, complete with the […]

25 Nov

Olive thieves make off with 4,000-pound harvest

A Corning couple is out around $1,200 after thieves stole 4,000 pounds of freshly harvested olives Sunday night. By Ryan Sabalow, Katherine Woodson, who owns a 20-acre plantation with her husband Marshall, said that an olive harvesting contractor had worked all day Saturday and Sunday getting the harvest ready to take the fruit to wholesalers […]

25 Nov

California, Lodi’s latest fruit

By Marc Lutz, Grapes may always be king, but olive crops could hold steady second. A lumbering beast crawls along the ground in the olive orchards near Kingdon and Thornton roads, gobbling up the green-black fruit from hundreds of trees. The grape-sized olives are then spit into a large plastic bin to be transported to […]

08 Nov

Caltech presses on with annual olive harvest

Article by Janette Williams, Photo by Walt Mancini, There were many people volunteering to pick olives at Caltech’s second Olive Festival Friday, November 7, 2008. Harvesters will transfer the olives to crates for commerial processing. For the second year, Caltech turned what was a major annoyance on campus – olives underfoot from the 130 trees […]