“Food in Sud” exhibition in Marseille

“Food in Sud” exhibition in Marseille

We took a stand at the Exhibition « Food in Sud » in Marseille where we were able to introduce our Vierge Extra Bio olive oil to a large number of chefs and they used our oil in their demonstrations and competitions, which they call “battles”. We especially appreciated the support given us by Gaël Soler, Président National of Gargantua, an organisation which runs competitions between French chefs all over France, and who used our oil in the chefs’ Regional Final. See the article on us in your favourite magazine « l’Agriculteur Provençal » in their edition of Friday 12 February...

Happy New Year 2016!

At the end of 2015 we installed our new olive mill which sets us up for this New Year’s season and harvest. Happy New Year to you all!
Olive Harvest 2015

Olive Harvest 2015

We were lucky with the weather during this harvest, but there was never enough time in the day between learning how to use our new mill and the race to pick all our olives before the wild boar ate them.  The problem was that the oak trees failed to produce acorns this year so the pigs took to eating olives, something the locals say has never happened before. Well, they did this year, ripping branches off our trees; nearly 200 were badly...
Delivery & Installation of our new mill

Delivery & Installation of our new mill

Our new olive press came from the OMT S.p.a factory in Florence. We just got it installed in time for our harvest – though actually a few days later than we would have preferred from the point of view of the best time to pick the olives, and do that before the wild pigs ate our olives. But there was a huge amount of work to do in the hangar and workshop to get it ready to receive the...
Gym

Gym

Works continue on, or rather inside, the agricultural barn but we have now finished our new gym. It’s a small “Salle de Sport” but has some excellent top quality professional Technogym fitness equipment, for us and for our gîte guests. Ideal after a long day working among the olives, or by the...
Clay powder to produce organic olive oil

Clay powder to produce organic olive oil

A lot of producers have very few olives this season, the second bad year in a row which will make life very hard for some, and we heard that this is probably due to two or three weeks of very hot weather during the flowering period which roasted the small olive flowers before they could set to fruit. And it’s true we have very few olives on our Aglandau trees, but fortunately different varieties flower at different times and later at higher altitude (we are at 300 metres ASL), and some of our trees are protected by the cliffs from the drying Mistral wind. So in fact it looks like we may have a decent harvest with our Bouteillans, Cayet Roux and Brun varieties, which we are busy protecting with an organic treatment of clay powder which distracts the olive fruit fly and stops her laying eggs in the fruit,  (see photos), which of course allows us to produce organic olive oil.                       Before the treatment of clay powder…           After the treatment…           And more in the area we call the Feu Bas…...

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