Fresh olive oil from Vacaville, CA. There is nothing better. My mom and dad have been making their own olive oil in Vacaville, CA for a few years now. Unfortunately, this was the last olive harvest as they have sold their farm and the 100 olive trees along with it. Sadly, I spent the weekend at the farm with them to help pick olives, use my truck to deliver items to their storage locker, and help with their garage sale.
So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. There are a few posts that I’m working on, but it feels right to make this my first post after such a long time. The farm was a great place for everyone to get together. My dad decided to have one final olive picking session to make oil as the trees were heavy with fruit. We’ve helped to pick olives in the past, but this year I was able to tag along to drop off the olives and see how the olives are processed and turned into oil.
We picked 260 pounds of olives! They needed to be picked within 2 days and then immediately delivered to be pressed. This year, the olives were taken to Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company in Fairfield, CA and were combined with olives from other small olive farms. Il Fiorello has the fancy equipment needed to remove the stems and wash the olives. Then the olives are pressed in another machine and the oil is collected. The olive oil blend was to be ready 1 week later. The pressing facility is at a fabulous little farm that is family run with a separate shop, kitchen, tasting room, and dining area. The open kitchen often hosts classes and the shop contains specialty olive oils, vinegars, and wines. Our plan was to meet over the weekend, dine on the charcuterie plate and enjoy wine while we met to pick up the pressed oil from this final olive harvest.
The charcuterie plate was fabulous, the wine was delicious, and the setting was just beautiful. The tasting room overlooks an outside dining area and their own olive grove just beyond. It was a gorgeous warm autumn day. Perfect for meeting and enjoying good food and discussing my parents’ future plans. The owner even stopped by our table to chat.
The olives yielded about 4 1/2 gallons of oil which we transferred to glass bottles for storage. We all agreed that this was the best tasting oil ever!
Il Fiorello is located near many wineries that offer tastings. It’s in a beautiful area of California that is only about 1 hour from the Bay Area. I hope I will have the chance and a reason to go back to visit in the future. I wish for my folks many happy adventures now that they are free to travel the world! Thanks for all the years of fun on the farm, fresh organic eggs, and delicious olive oil!