Ranch Update: the Drought and Our Olive Harvest; Sporting Harvest Beards

We’re thick into harvest, having started in early October. Our harvest teams are putting in 14-hour days to gather the olives and truck them to our northern California mill. The wonderful smell of fresh extra virgin olive oil permeates the mill. Meanwhile, the men on the harvest and milling teams are sporting their annual harvest … Read more

Spring Ranch Update: Flowering Olive Trees … Eyeing the Drought

Our olive trees are flowering here at the ranch. Baby olives will appear soon. At the same time, however, a historic drought continues to grip California. Water remains precious for farmers. We spoke about these and other issues with our own rancher, Brian Mori. Brian works with our family farmers, or contract growers, on crop … Read more

How We Blend Our Olive Oil To Craft Different Taste Profiles

Our master miller, Bob Singletary, has been making extra virgin olive oil for more than three decades – including a slew of oils awarded Gold and Silver medals at this year’s California Olive Oil Council annual competition. Lately, Bob has been sampling the oils made from the olives we gathered during our latest harvest. Like … Read more

California Olive Ranch Olive Harvest Begins; How We Know When to Start

Let the fall olive harvest begin! Trucks are delivering freshly picked olives to our mill here in northern California.  The milling team and I are then crushing them into extra virgin olive oil. Over the next several weeks, our field crews will gather olives from trees planted across some 15,000 acres in northern California. This … Read more

We Guarantee You’ll Love Our Olive Oil – Or We’ll Buy You Another Brand!

It’s an exciting time of year here at California Olive Ranch (COR). As I noted in a recent blog post, we’re gearing up to begin our annual harvest in a matter of days. Over the next several weeks, our ranchers, millers, and the rest of our COR team will be focused on making high-quality, delicious … Read more

Olive Oil Harvest Set To Begin Here At California Olive Ranch

We begin our olive harvest next month. My colleagues and I at the mill will make extra virgin olive oil 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for about six weeks. It’s the greatest time of year. We pitch in to get the job done. The mill smells of wonderfully fresh olive oil. And, … Read more

Our Rancher Brian Briefs Us On Our Record Olive Harvest

Brian Mori is catching up on his sleep over the holidays, now that our olive harvest is completed. We wrapped up the harvest at the end of November. Over the course of six weeks, Brian and other members of our harvest and milling teams put in long hours and weekends picking the olives and crushing … Read more

Note to Our Readers: Our New Blog Format for 2011

Dear Readers: We want to let you know that we’ll be streamlining our blogs at California Olive Ranch in the New Year. Here’s how it will work: Next week we’ll begin publishing a single blog for consumers and culinary professionals, rather than publishing two separate ones. At first, the combined blog will be referred to … Read more

From Jamie Oliver’s EVOO “Glug” to Meatless Mario Batali

We’re looking ahead to 2011. But we also want to look back at the events of the past year. Below is a sampling of some of our favorite blog posts from 2010. What does Jamie Oliver Mean By a “Glug” of Olive Oil? We’d already answered the question: What is a drizzle of olive oil? … Read more


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