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Jim Nickel of Rio Bravo Ranch

Jim Nickel of Rio Bravo Ranch

OLIVE OIL Rio Bravo Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil GROVE LOCATION Bakersfield, CA WEBSITE www.riobravoranch.com ABOUT ME The Nickel Family is a 6th generation of California farmers who embrace diversification, conservation and vertical integration. Each generation has contributed to the growth and success of Nickel Family LLC. George Nickel Jr. along with his son James… Continue Reading

Rich Macaluso of Macala Orchards

Rich Macaluso of Macala Orchards

OLIVE OIL Macala Extra Virgin Olive Oil GROVE LOCATION Sage (20 minutes North East from Temecula Wine Country) WEBSITE www.macalaorchards.com ABOUT ME Inspired by our family’s Italian roots, Macala Orchards seeks to provide healthy, quality food directly from our own orchards. We are a small family-run orchard growing primarily olives and pomegranates.  Our olive harvesting… Continue Reading

Jeff and Pam Martin from Frantoio Grove

Jeff and Pam Martin from Frantoio Grove

OLIVE OIL Frantoio Grove GROVE LOCATION San Martin WEBSITE frantoiogrove.com ABOUT US We decided to go into the olive oil business in 2000. Having a family history in farming and a feel for growing things we took the plunge. We never looked back and delight in the process. We have traveled the world in search of… Continue Reading

John Berardo of Berardo Estates

John Berardo of Berardo Estates

OLIVE OIL Berardo Estates GROVE LOCATION Paso Robles WEBSITE www.BerardoEstates.com ABOUT ME We are located on the west side of Paso Robles. in the Templeton gap. The terroir is ideal for growing premium wine grapes and oils. ABOUT MY GROVE We are on a calcareous soil that is very good for producing high quality extra… Continue Reading

Chris Steele of Capay Valley Ranches

Chris Steele of Capay Valley Ranches

OLIVE OIL Capay Valley Ranches GROVE LOCATION Capay Valley WEBSITE www.CVRanches.com ABOUT US Chris is no stranger to the Capay Valley.  He grew up in Esparto where he met his wife of 50+ years, Sharon (Schwarz) Steele.  They’ve once again made the Capay Valley their home, where Chris along with Joe Armstrong, his ranch manager,… Continue Reading

Greg and Cindy Traynor of 43 Ranch

Greg and Cindy Traynor of 43 Ranch

OLIVE OIL 43 Ranch Olive Oil Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Picual 43 Ranch Olive Oil Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Helen’s Blend GROVE LOCATION San Ardo WEBSITE 43ranch.com  ABOUT US We are the fifth generation of the Goutx/Aurignac/Traynor family to farm this land. The happy couple pictured on our tins is Greg’s… Continue Reading

Richard Meisler of San Miguel Olive Farm

Richard Meisler of San Miguel Olive Farm

OLIVE OIL San Miguel Olive Oil GROVE LOCATION San Miguel WEBSITE www.smolivefarm.com ABOUT US My wife, Myrna, and I have gone from working in music industry to dedicating the last quarter of our lives to growing olives in West San Miguel.  Our legacy will be leaving 1200 olive trees to the next generation. Watching our trees produce… Continue Reading

Stacey Twisselman of La Panza Ranch

Stacey Twisselman of La Panza Ranch

OLIVE OIL La Panza Ranch California “Outlaw Blend” GROVE LOCATION Central California, Eastern San Luis Obispo County WEBSITE www.lapanzaranch.com ABOUT US La Panza Ranch was once a wild frontier and home to only cattle and roaming cowboys. It has since developed into a multi-crop producing ranch. It is now home to hundreds of acres of olives… Continue Reading

Dewey Lucero of Olive Fantastic, Gourmet Fantastic & Wild Groves

Dewey Lucero of Olive Fantastic, Gourmet Fantastic & Wild Groves

OLIVE OIL Gourmet Fantastic – Bulk/Wholesale Sales Wild Groves – Retail/Direct to Consumer 2016 COOC Competition Winner – Best of Show (Medium Producer)  GROVE LOCATION Corning, CA WEBSITE Olive Fantastic (Blog/Professional Page) – www.olivefantastic.com Gourmet Fantastic – www.gourmetfantastic.com Wild Groves – www.wildgroves.com ABOUT US My family has been farming olives in Corning for four generations… Continue Reading

John and Robbin Eudy of Dogtown Orchards

John and Robbin Eudy of Dogtown Orchards

OLIVE OIL Dogtown Olive Oil 2016 COOC Competition Winner – Best of Show (Small Producer)  GROVE LOCATION Altaville, CA WEBSITE dogtownorchards.com ABOUT US We have always been foodies and were intrigued with the thought of producing our own olive oil. After we made the decision to buy a farm for lifestyle reasons, we initially intended… Continue Reading