A nip is in the air and some rain to usher us into winter. Here at Flatlands, we are looking forward to it more than you know. Harvest is officially in full swing, which means chilly mornings in the grove with poles and nets to gather fruit for milling. This year, we began with Leccino, the first of the olives to experience “veraison” - or the slow change in color from green to purple and eventually to black.
On deck is Olio Nuovo. Nuovo simply means 'new,' and refers to the first oil of the year. This oil is generally sold before it has fully settled which means it is greener, bolder and fruitier due to the presence of suspended sediment. It also means it is full of polyphenols. These are oils chefs go nuts for.
With Olio Nuovo on it's way, it's a good time to join the Club. Visit our Purchase page to learn more about our membership options; Single members receive 8 bottles/year, Family members receive 16 and Oil Lovers take home 24 all at the discounted member rate of $16 per 500ml bottle. Plus we throw in a few perks along the way.
Annual Farm Day, Nov 12
This year, we have decided to open our Annual Farm Day to all our loyal customers. Please join us if you can this Sunday, Nov. 12 from 10am-1pm. If you plan to join us, please email email@example.com and let us know how many to expect and we will share with you location and directions. The day will be casual, but we imagine something like this:
Arrive- Coffee and goodies starting at 10am
Farm Tours- Tractor ride & walking tours of the farm begin around 10:30
Harvest- Help harvest some of our newly planted olive varieties, as well as delicious fuyu persimmons. Take some olives home to try curing. 11-noon
Light Lunch- Oil tasting, soup and conversation. Noon-1pm
We’ll also have a scavenger hunt for the kiddos as well as a limited amount of Olio Nuovo for sale and 2017 oils at a discount. Keep your eyes peeled for an email update in case of rain.
We are sneaking up on holiday gifting time. If you’re like us, you’re always looking for something special without a huge carbon footprint that won’t end up in the landfill. Our oils are perfect as host-gifts, thank-yous to customers or clients and, of course, our memberships are a wonderful and unique present for those special, food lovers in your life. We will have several gift box options this year, so contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your gift ideas.
Why California Oil
We know for some, Europe - Italy in particular - is considered the only true origin of high quality olive oil. However, climate change appears to be hitting the Mediterranean hard and as consumers increasingly recognize the quality of California oils, buying local makes more sense than ever.
The Magical Yuzu
We have a bumper crop of Yuzu citrus this year so are hoping to be able to produce our delicious and unique Mission-Yuzu oil. We have been tickled by several inquiries direct from Italy about purchasing our citrus & olive oils.
Olive Oil Fun Fact