Adopt and plant an olive tree

Come on out and help plant some olive trees! Experience what it is like to plant a tree that can live to be more than a thousand years old. In addition realize that over the life of this tree it will sequester hundreds of TONS of carbon in the soil. A personal carbon offset if you will. We have 28 trees available for adoption.

The adopt a tree/plant a tree is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18. Holes have been pre-dug and gopher baskets are in place so there won't be very much manual labor required. Each tree will be labeled with your name or family. Adopt an olive tree subscriptions will be renewed annually. This could be a longtime relationship. Visitation will only be available on designated U-pick days. Your tree will be available for only you to pick from prior to the oil harvest.

In addition we will conduct a tour of the grove and offer samples of both olive oil and cured olives for you to taste.

Olive oil purchase is part of the plan and there are different options based on what you prefer at our online store.

Olio Nuovo bulk olive oil sale

We will be selling one gallon plastic containers of our freshly milled olive oil for $70 each. You can reserve yours at our online store so it is ready to pick up. If you wish to bring your own container they must be clean, dry and one gallon in size only please.


What is Olio Nuovo?

Known in Italy as Olio Nuovo (New Oil), this oil is bottled immediately following the processing of olives at the mill.  The oil is only available shortly after harvest. The cloudy quality of the oil is due to the presence of some residual water and olive particles that are allowed to settle out before bottling of typical extra virgin olive oils. We typically bottle a few cases per year thus supplies are limited.

The taste of Olio Nuovo is unique and unlike that of the finished oils. It has bright, pungent aromas of parsley, cut grass, basil and artichoke with a slightly peppery finish.  It is the healthiest of the olive oils as it delivers a higher level of polyphenols--the chemical substance in plants that may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Olio Nuovo is best used right away as it has a shorter shelf life than the settled oil. Try to use it within three months. The particulate matter will settle out in that time and should be recanted leaving the residue behind. Many chefs use it for dressing fresh vegetables or boiled potatoes. It is highly recommended for finishing dishes. Add a dribble over the top just before serving. Use it like Mediterranean Catsup, as a topper.