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Our 2014 Olive Oil is Here!

 

The 2014 season has been interesting for olives across the board…

2014 Purple Olives

We did not get much rain in 2013, so by the time the olive came to fruit, they had faced 10 months of drought.

We believing in partnering with nature rather than altering it, so we chose to let the winter patterns be natural and see where it would take our fruit.  In the early weeks of summer we did not irrigate, as we typically would.  Our trees were dry throughout the warm season, without the high water table that should have been deep in the earth, causing us concern.

As Summer turned to Fall, more unusual weather came upon us.  Rather than the days cooling at dusk, bringing us chill into the nights, we had consistent warmth.  For most of us, these Indian Summers bring pure delight, but for our olives, we were not so sure. There is a theory that tells us that trees continue to put energy into the leaf and stem growth, as long as the warm weather is conducive to active metabolic activity.  And only when it cools off, will they redirect their energy into the fruit and seed development.  Think about us, human beings, when the weather is warm, we want to put our energy into high metabolic activity, hiking, biking, and so on.  When the weather cools, we feel more inclined to nurture our bodies; eat, drink, and be merry.  Plants are like us, we are like plants; living things, we do what feels right to survive.

In a normal year, we typically harvest our olives the third week of October.  At this time, our olives show us they are ready, with 25% of them being ripe, and purple in color, and the remaining 75% still a bit young, showing green tones.  This year, right on time our olives changed colors, seeming ready to harvest.  But our gut made us question, should we do as the olive’s color tells us, or what the fruit would want from our climate?  Since we suspect to have a few more dry year’s ahead of us, we decided this would be a good year to see if we can work with the changes nature is giving to us, and still create an oil that is as magnificent as we have ad in the past.  It was not until November 11, that we felt our fruit was happy enough for our first harvest, almost 4 weeks later than most.  By making this choice, we were harvesting olives that were now 95% purple, something extremely different than what we have done in past years. We know we were taking a chance, but, sometimes, the bigger the risk, the bigger the success.

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As we do every year, we took the olives to the press the day of harvest, and were delighted to find our oil was very flavorful and that waiting was the right thing to do.  We bottled immediately to capture its fresh, fruity, and floral qualities.

When we harvested the second time, our olives had been exposed to a few frosty nights.  We picked the remaining Arbequina olives, and also added Frantoio and Mission olives to the harvest.  These latter varieties ripen later and have stronger concentrations of phenols that allow the oil to hold flavor for a longer period of time.  We feel blessed that we chose to follow our instincts, and did what nature wanted us to do, because our second harvest came out just as good as the first, if not better.  This second batch has a much more intense flavor profile due to colder weather, later timing and different varieties.  Blending Mission and Frantoio with the floral and fruity Arbequina creates a beautifully balanced oil, and since these flavors last well, we have used this field blend in our second bottling mid-year.

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We are thrilled with how our Capay Oaks Farm Olive Oil has turned out, and we hope you get the opportunity to enjoy it too!

Cold Days, Hot Chocolate

As I sat indoors today, watching the rain grace us with its presence through a large window looking over The Bay, I felt a strong need to embrace, what could be, one of the coziest days of the year. Unfortunately, we have not gotten much rain this year, so on  the days it comes down in full force, we must embrace it and let it know we welcome it…

To accompany my view, the remaining necessecities were easy: an oversized blanket, a good read, and a large cup of rich hot chocolate.  Whenever I make my hot chocolate for friends, I seem to get compliments that are undeserving, as the recipe is so simple it is silly.  So on this beautiful rainy day, I will gladly share this treat with you.

Step 1: Fill a jar 3/4 full with milk as a means of measuring how much you will need.  Pour the milk into a pot and set aside.  Using the same jar, fill it 1/4 full with chocolate chips.  I prefer to use 61% cocoa.

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Step 2: Keeping the pot of milk uncovered, place it on the stove top on medium heat.  Stir the milk continuously to prevent it from burning or boiling over.  Once the milk begins to boil, promptly remove it from the stove, and pour it into your jar over the chocolate chips.  Let it sit for a minute or two.

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Step 3: Using a whisk, stir your hot milk and chocolate quickly, completely dissolving the chocolate into the milk.  If you are a perfectionist, you can strain your hot chocolate to remove any chocolate bits that do not dissolve.  If you are a kid at heart, do not strain the hot chocolate, and enjoy the mouthful of chocolate you get in your last sip!

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Enjoy your hot chocolate, stay cozy, and thank the clouds for all this lovely rain! Happy Monday!

12 Days of Christmas Treats

Twelve Days of Christmas holiday treats… come and get 'em!

Twelve Days of Christmas holiday treats… come and get ‘em!

Happy Holidays! As many of you know, our 2013 Olive Oil has been on sale this month so we can make room for our 2014 products.  To olive you (I cannot control myself with the puns!), who have taken advantage, we hope you and your loved ones are enjoying your goodies!

Since it is officially “the most wonderful time of the year”, we thought we would do our part to make it a little more wonderful for all of you.  Starting today, Capay Oaks Farm has 12 Days of Christmas Treats, to make our customers even happier.  Each day, until Christmas, we will be offering treats when you order.  Whether it is a deal on shipping or a free gift with purchase, you will have to find out for yourself!  We will be posting each day’s treats here on the blog, on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, so be sure to follow us!  All of these treats are in addition to our Holiday Sales prices!

Now for what you are really waiting for… the treats!

On the first day of Christmas my farmers gave to me, buy six bottles and get one jar of herb salt for free!

On the second day of Christmas my farmers gave to me, buy two herb salts and get one free!

On the third day of Christmas my farmers gave to me, when you buy 6 bottles of olive oil, you get the seventh free!

On the fourth day of Christmas my farmers gave to me, a case of olive oil for $145!

On the fifth day of Christmas my farmers gave to me, buy six bottles of olive oil for the price of five bottles ($75- a $108 value)!

On the sixth day of Christmas my farmers gave to me, two free salts when you buy a case…

On the seventh day of Christmas my farmers gave to me, eight herb salts for $50 (an $80 value)!

On the eighth day of Christmas my farmers gave to me, buy two cases and get your shipping free!

On the ninth day of Christmas my farmers gave to me, additional 10% off everything!

On the tenth day of Christmas my farmers gave to me, free shipping on everything!

On the eleventh day of Christmas my farmers gave to me, free herb salt for every two olive bottles you buy!

On the twelfth day of Christmas my farmers gave to me, buy a case and get a gift box for free!

 

To Place your orders please click here, or email inquiries to retail@capayoaksfarm.com

You can pick up your orders in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Lafayette, the Capay Valley, and Davis.  We will also gladly ship orders for an extra cost, inquire with your order.

Capay Oaks Farm 2013 Holiday Sale

We are incredibly excited to announce our 2013 Holiday Sale!  

As many of you know we harvested our 2013 Arbequina Olive Oil a few weeks ago, and what a crop it was!  We have so much olive oil for the upcoming year, that we need to make room in the barn.  So luckily for you, we are cleaning house, or should we say barn, and putting last year’s olive oil on sale.  Do not be mistaken, this does not mean it is no longer a delight, in fact, it is what I used to make our breakfast this morning.  What it really means is we need a bigger barn!

Our sale includes reduced pricing on our bottles and cases, as well as a new treat for you this year.  Our herb salts are now available!  They are homemade with dried organic herbs from our farm in the Capay Valley.  We have been told that as long as you have a bottle of our olive oil and a jar of our herb salt, there is nothing else your kitchen needs.  Bringing tasty food to your table is all we could ask for!

Holiday Sale Pricing:

Bottle of 750ml olive oil………………………………..$15, was $18

Gift Box (two, 750 ml bottles in wooden gift box)…..$45, was $50

Half Case (6 bottles of 750 ml olive oil)……….……..$85, was $108

Full Case (12 bottle of 750 ml olive oil)……………$165, was $180

Herb Salt, 4 ounce jar……………….…………..……..$7, will be $10

Our olive oil is a wonderful gift for friends, family, co-workers, or yourself!

Our olive oil is a wonderful gift for friends, family, co-workers, or yourself!

Follow us on Facebook, and get even more deals, free gifts, and more!  You can pick up your orders in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Lafayette, the Capay Valley, and Davis.  We will also gladly ship orders for an extra cost, inquire with your order.

Please contact retail@capayoaksfarm.com for orders.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!