Day 346 : olives


Sandy: A few weeks ago we went to our friend’s ranch in Sonoma to pick olives. It’s an annual affair, usually just before Thanksgiving. The people picking change from tree to tree which makes for interesting conversation and meeting new people. Usually we pick 300 trees, frantoio, leccino, maurino, pendolino, from 8:00 AM until late, mid-afternoon. This year there was a terrific wind storm a few days before harvest and blew half of the ripe olives off the tree – all wasted. What’s interesting is that the olives are so meaty that they will yield more than last year’s crop. The olives get crushed the very next day, then the olive oil is bottled – Tallgrass Ranch. Fresh olive oil is so delicious. I probably use 3 gallons a year and am just about out so it is good timing. 

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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