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Planting in the Garden

Everything seems early again this year. We are responding to Mother Nature’s calls of Spring even though it is only February. I feel sorry for my friends back East in all the cold and snow. I hope this blog gives them hope for planting. Everyone has spring fever here at IL Fiorello. We are busy getting […]

Pasta

PASTA! PASTA ! PASTA! We just had a wonderful class on pasta, led by our Chef Marvin Martin. It was so popular we may do another! Everyone ate well, laughed well, and went home with the recipes to try their hand at making homemade pasta. I grew up making pasta by hand, in class we […]

Farming in the Winter, Sights to See and Appreciate

  In the winter things are quiet in the olive groves, but the animals are still active. We grow olives, lavender, citrus, and figs, and have a culinary garden. The olives grow at our home in Green Valley and at our Farm in Suisun Valley. If you live in an olive grove you have animals, […]

Co-Milled Olive Oils

AKA Flavored Oils 2015 Production What do you do with 8 tons of newly harvested olives and 2 tons of fresh fruit? You make co-milled oils of course, one of our most popular products. We use really fresh fruit, sweet and succulent and flavorful; Tangelos, Limes, Lemons, and Jalapeños. There is a huge difference between […]

The Storage of Olive Oil

IL Fiorello Olive Oil Co.  mills for over 75 clients. Most people want the oil for private purposes and some clients will sell their oil. New oil right out of the centrifuge ranges from golden yellow to fluorescent green. Each variety of oil has its own color and taste. Early harvest and late harvest oil […]

Fruit Pizza from Our Pizza Oven

Cooking again on the pizza oven at IL Fiorello.  We hosted 12 guests for a corporate luncheon and served our homemade pizzas on the back patio. The day was sunny, warm, beautiful, and it is November by the way. I love being in California. I spoke to my friend in Boston this morning and it […]

Olive Milling 2014 Harvest Year

  We are milling great olives this year!  This 2014 harvest is much better than the crop of last year, both in quality and quantity. Everyone is happier and so very proud of their fruit.  This is also a very early harvest; our own olives were harvested and milled almost five weeks earlier than last […]

Harvest Begins

We are up and milling and expecting over 46,000 pounds just in the first two weeks. Harvest is very early and we are harvesting our own olives almost 5 weeks earlier than last year. Here is what our growers and colleagues are saying about this year’s crop: As usual with olives, some trees are heavy with […]

The California Olive Oil Commission

The California Olive Oil Commission was formed under the stewardship of Senator Lois Wolk. Similar to the Almond Commission, the Olive Oil Commission was created to standardize nomenclature as well as the processing of oils from California. Is this a good thing, at the right time or not? Fortunately everyone has their opinion and gets […]

Traveling In Europe 2014

  Oils, Wine, and Cultural Preferences Travel. Travel a lot. It is great fun. When you get to travel for your business and get to eat your way through France and Italy, go for it. Mark and I just returned from Europe where we tasted our way down the Rhone River in Provence, France then […]

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