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WHAT IS GOOD OIL AND WHAT IS BAD OIL

GOOD OIL CURES ALL and BAD OIL MAKES YOU SICK Italian Proverb What is good oil? Good oil is fresh, new, well stored, bottled in dark bottles, and is extra virgin certified in California; passing both chemistry and taste panel certification. What is bad oil? An oil that does not pass the certification standards of […]

CELEBRATE CITRUS ON THE FARM AT IL FIORELLO

The month of January is a celebration of citrus on our Farm. The cooking class, the tasting plates, and the kitchen is filled with citrus. On our organic farm we have lots of olives, 3000 or more, but we also have 50 citrus trees. There are 16 different varieties. Our goal is to produce enough […]

FIGS GLORIOUS FIGS

NEVER ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO LOVE FIGS ENDLESS RECIPES TO ENJOY THE FALL ABUNDANCE   I have had many requests for some fantastic delicious and easy ways to preserve and present figs.  We have 18 fig trees at IL Fiorello. Soon we will be known for figs as well as olives!! We grow a variety […]

Tomato Water

We serving palate cleansers after all of our olive oil tastings. They freshen and delight your mouth.  It is like an adult shooter.  Paired with our Balsamic Vinegar Reductions, the palate cleanser is usually served with fresh squeezed grape juice at harvest time, or cranberry juice at Christmas or Apple juice during the Fall. It […]

IL FIORELLO BALSAMIC REDUCTION VINEGARS

The 2019 Central Coast Vinegar Competition Announces Winners   The Central Coast Vinegar Competition (CCVC) is proud to announce the award-winning vinegars from its 6th-annual blind-tasting event, held June 20 at the California Mid-State Fair.  Best in Show went to IL Fiorello’s Winter Fruit – Orange and Pomegranate Vinegar. The honor came after judges awarded it a Double Gold […]

WHAT TO DRINK AT IL FIORELLO DURING THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS

…AND WHAT TO EAT WITH THAT FABULOUS DRINK BEER SONOMA SPRINGS KOLSCH A German style beer with grains and hops imported form Germany. It drinks like a pilsner, super crisp easy to drink. A really great summer beer. Pairs well with hamburgers and hot dogs on the back porch, or in the front yard or […]

THE COMPASS ROSE AT IL FIORELLO

Many things guide our way at IL Fiorello. The friendship and counsel of good people. The Suisun wind. The Seasons of the olives. When we began this journey, Mark and I always talked about a compass rose that would guide our way.  We have always wanted a compass rose for IL Fiorello.  To chart our […]

Climate Change is Here

Following our growers meeting a few Saturdays ago, I had a discussion with friends about climate change and how it is affects our olive trees. As I am writing this blog, we are facing a fantastic olive bloom, and very heavy rain. As I cannot hold an umbrella over all of our 3000 trees, I […]

FOOD IS LOVE ESPECIALLY ON MOTHER’S DAY

A Professor of Food Marketing in Philadelphia, John Stanton PhD, says Food is Love Not Medicine. Why do packages promote cures and not deliciousness and emotion? We are all about deliciousness at IL Fiorello.   “Taste is another leading reason to buy food. Another reason is that it makes me feel good about eating and serving […]

WEEDS AND AN ORGANIC FARM

April showers bring May flowers, and weeds, and more weeds. Organic gardening is our goal, but oh dear, the weeds. It is a continuing battle. There are good weeds, and then there are bad weeds. It is a long story about land and weeds. Organic farming is expensive. Expensive is labor costs, and achieving our […]

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