05 Nov

Olive oil milling is rapidly taking hold in S.J.

By Reed Fujii, LODI – Jeff Colombini is the president of Lodi Farming, a large diversified farming operation. Still, early last week, he found himself on a towering harvester clattering down rows of a 3-year-old olive orchard, gathering fruit destined to yield a greenish-yellow gold in the form of oil. No, he wasn’t short of […]

03 Nov

Vigilance saves olive trees from infestation

By Julie Kaufmann (Mercury News) Our stories about home-cured olives and the widespread infestation of the olive fruit fly in our area (Food & Wine, Oct. 24) brought a phone call from Phil Cosentino, who retired from the family grocery business and now grows and sells fruit from more than 500 trees on two acres […]

30 Oct

Investors sought for olive mine site project

An initiative which works to regenerate contaminated mining land by planting olive groves could spread to disused mine sites around the world. Broken Hill’s Gourmet Products cooperative, in far western New South Wales, is currently calling for investors and has lodged a patent on the regenerating properties of the olive groves which until now has […]

17 Oct

Olives, Flavored by Time, Seasoned With Memories

Article by Julia Moskin, Photo by Sylwia Kapuscinski, Marco Smouha performed the ancient autumnal rite of olive-curing last week here at his son’s home, far from the nearest olive groves, but close to the traditions of his ancestors. Mr. Smouha used 40 pounds of walnut-size fresh green olives from California, where the season is nearing […]

11 Sep

California North Coast leads in olive oil production

The North Coast has emerged as the center of California’s growing olive oil production — at least for now. The California Olive Oil Council says Sonoma County has more olive oil producers than any other. But that could change as more farmers in the Central Valley switch to olive varieties meant to produce oil. [Source] […]