GOOD FOOD NEWS
Volume 4 Number 39 September 26, 2012
EVENT THIS WEEK: FALL QUARTER OPEN HOUSE!
Don't forget the MLH Open House this Sunday, the 30th, from 12-4 pm at the Distribution Center in Jackson. See details below in the Events section.
MEET THE PRODUCERS: OLIVE OIL!
MLH is doing an olive oil tasting at the Open House this week, so come by and savor the different flavors of different pressings and farms!
Terra Sole Olive Oil, Vacaville and Fiddletown
Terra Sole Olive Oil was the brainchild of sisters Elida Malick and Alexis Koefoed and was started about 10 years ago when they planted their 200-tree grove of Italian varietal olives at Soul Food Farm, a California Certified Organic Farm that is famous for its eggs and pasture raised poultry. Harvest usually happens in November when the trees are gently hand stripped and the olives taken immediately to the press.
Elida sent this sad news: “My sister has closed her farm and I don't know if there we be a harvest this year or not. Tough economic times for everyone.”
MLH sends sympathies to Elida and Alexis for the closing of the farm. We are grateful to be able to enjoy the last of the 2010 pressing.
Hundred Acre Olive Oil, Ione
A new producer for MLH, Heidi Ilich of Hundred Acre writes: “We are gearing up for our big Harvest Party the first weekend in November...it is a huge deal. People from all over will be attending to help, eat and drink. I am also trying to get the master food preservers there to teach a class on olive preserving and the master gardeners to do a pruning of olive trees clinic.” More details on this new producer to come...
Amador Olive Oil, Jackson
Amador Olive Oil will participate in Farm Day at the Amador County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, September 26. Farm day is an interactive learning experience geared toward local third-graders to give them exposure to various farm activities. AOO farmer Susan Bragstad and her farm manager Mike Bixler will be teaching the kids about olive orchards, with simulations of harvesting, and tools of the trade. Kids will be able to take a guess at how many olives are in a bin. Thanks to AOO for their contributions to what will be a great learning event.
Susan also reports that they expect a great harvest this year. There is no sign of olive fruit fly, thanks to their use of yeast attractant traps, and spraying the young trees with clay. They usually like to harvest in December, but it is dependent on the weather, as they need to avoid freezes. Luckily, the farmers' almanac is predicting a wet but mild winter!
LOCAL FOOD IN THE NEWS: Here is a thoughtful article from a recent Sacramento Bee.
Sacbee - The Conversation: Small farms harvest hope
Instead of being mad that grocery store tomatoes often taste like you are eating one of your shoes, people can show their preference by purchasing produce at the ever-increasing number of farmers markets and restaurants that give the customer tasty produce and enable the farmer to take home the profit rather than see it shrunken by the cut taken by middlemen and grocery stores.
Read the whole story at: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/23/4843882/small-farms-harvest-hope.html