We made our first pick on October 10 and got a little more fruit, and a little more oil, than we had expected. We harvested 3376 pounds of fruit and pressed 59 gallons of oil— slightly higher yields than normal. The fruit consisted of about 50% Manzanillo olives, tiny and bright green, and 50% 4 Italian varieties: Coratina, Frantoio, Pendolino, and Leccino. We picked all of these very green, when they are most aromatic and the oil they produce is freshest. Our pick on the 10th was in fact the very first fruit to be delivered to the mill in 2022.
We began milling about 3:30 PM and had our oil by 6 PM Monday. It is now Tuesday noon as I write this, and the oil is in the back of our pickup truck, speeding down the 101. We will bottle tomorrow, Wednesday October 12, label on the 13th, and begin shipping on the 14th.
Some of you will receive the oil 10 days after the olives were picked.
The Tenbrinks will make our second pick on October 12 and mill the fruit immediately. This pick will also be predominantly Manzanillo, and the four Italian varieties, but will also include the slightly later ripening be about Koroneiki. The idea is to keep the level of freshness similar through the subsequent picks, by changing the composition and ratio of olive varieties. The weather has been so beautifully warm and sunny that we now anticipate making the last pick within a week or 10 days of the first pick.
I am now releasing 30 two-packs from the second pick. I will also reserve 25 bottles from each of the four picks and sell them as a single 4-pack. We will bottle the fourth pick on November 2 and begin shipping these packs on November 3. You may reserve one of these 4-packs now.