28 Feb

Spain: Arrests reveal major black market for stolen olives in the Antequera area

C. Martín / J.Cano Nine Rumanians, resident in Fuente de Piedra, have been accused of stealing thousands of kilos of olives and selling them for sums below the market price. Criminal organisations operating in Andalucía have found a new way of getting rich quick in the area’s abundant olive harvest. The Guardia Civil has recently […]

29 Nov

Happy 40th Anniversary, Olive Pit!

The Olive Pit, 2156 Solano St., is celebrating 40 years in business. The Chamber congratulates them for a successful business that puts Corning on the map by attracting tourists. It also employs many. Pete and Ann Craig had been olive growers since the early 1950s (and picked olives in the late 1940s and 1950s). Pete […]

15 Nov

Ojai home tour includes Italianate villa with orchard

By Lisa McKinnon, In many parts of the country, a holiday home tour would be just that: a tour of homes. Ticketholders would march past gardens barren of leaves and flowers, or just plain covered in snow, in order to get to the main, preferably heated, attraction. Not so in California and, in particular, Ojai. […]

15 Nov

A different harvest, South County crop earns high marks

By Kerana Todorov, The two Napa Valley chefs — Fox works at Napa’s Ubuntu and Cognetti is executive chef at St. Helena’s Tra Vigne — will receive a delivery of freshly-pressed “olio nuovo” this week from the Dickson Napa Ranch, a hillside property high above Jamieson Canyon Road. “I love it,” said Cognetti, who uses […]

09 Nov

California: Wine/olive growers get a free break

County supervisors, in an effort to support wineries and olive growers, are lowering the amount of transportation fees growers are required to pay. The fee will be based only on the square footage of the commercial use area, such as wine/olive oil tasting and sales facilities. The processing facilities or light industrial component will be […]