November 6 is the day we plan to begin the harvest of our 4000 olive trees on Marisolio Ranch. If you have always wondered what an olive harvest is all about, we would love to invite you to join us! Stop by 4420 Hunt Road in Copperopolis and watch us hand pick our olives. The process should take 3 to 4 days to harvest all those trees. We grow Kalamata, Arbequina, Frantoio and Leccino olives. We sell oils made fr0m each of these varieties in the shop.
The most important thing about harvesting olives for oil is that they must be taken to the mill and crushed within hours of being picked. The minute an olive is picked it begins to lose nutrients. You can imagine that the 3 or 4 days of harvest are jam packed with activity! We pick the olives and get them to the mill as quickly as we can, in order to produce the highest quality oil. It is a fascinating process!