Our olives are finally ready for picking! Look at the trees, they are loaded, right? Well, not really. Olives can be very alternate bearing, and this is their off year. Since there aren’t that many though, the sizes are looking good.
Speaking of oil, check out what happens when you squeeze a fresh olive that’s ready to be picked….
Look at the size of the olives this year! For the manzanillo variety, these are HUGE. They could be stuffed which all kinds of stuff after they are cured…..
How are olives picked you ask? Good question! Some olives that are used for oil are machine harvested. There are even some people planting new varieties that are for canning, but can be machine harvested. But some of our trees are close to 100 years old, so we harvest by hand. So it’s easy to see why sometimes olives are expensive! Each person on the harvest crew can pick about 550lbs per day….using this method.
Here’s hoping we have a good harvest this year. We might even cure a few buckets of olives ourselves……
Solarization. Sounds weird, right? Well, it’s a trial we’re doing to control weeds in our organic transition block. Since we can’t spray herbicide, we will try anything that might work!
Ever heard of this? Me neither till we attended the California small farm conf. This is another way for organic growers to kill weeds. we are testing this. Hopefully it works.
We had to remove an old grove that just wasn’t producing very well anymore. So grandpa took the bulldozer to it and had some help from the little one. Who decided that a pink tutu was the perfect outfit for pushing trees. This was a few years ago. Now we’re getting this same field ready to plant. Organically!
Do good. Donate. Save the water for something productive……
This farmer thanks you.