Location: Corning, CA
California Olive Oil sells amazing California-grown olives, olive oil, vinegar, and honey. Georgio Zografos, of Greek heritage, arrived in California 25 years ago and started growing olives. These days you will usually find Gina, Georgio's daughter, selling their delicious products at the Mission Community Market. Today the family grows, prunes, tends, and waters the olive trees together, and later harvests and cures the olives. At the farm they grow six varieties of olives, cure them in nine different ways, and pit three styles. All of the olives are grown through natural processes, and they are all cured in brine. With her mixed heritage (her mother is Mexican), Gina loves being an ambassador of the Mediterranean diet in a Latino community.
In addition to delicious olives, the California Olive Oil Farm also offers buttery, grassy, or pungent olive oils, and a few olive spreads. With different family friends, they’re also producing and offering Apple and Plum Cider, as well as wildflower, sage, blue curls, and crystal honey.
This Thursday, MCM will be back on Bartlett Street! We think you shouldn’t have to wait until April to get all the delicious food, local wares, and family fun that we have to offer. Starting on January 17th, 2013, we’ll be on Bartlett every Thursday 4pm til 8pm. Here’s a sneak peek of what we’ll have in store for you: Produce from Blue House Farm, Twin Girls Farm, and K&J Farms Freshly caught & smoked fish from Coastside Farms Local … →
This holiday season, consider giving someone on your list the gift of local food from MCM’s wonderful vendors. Holiday gift boxes are now on sale through Good Eggs. Each box will include the following: Either a jam or pickled good from Emmy’s Pickles and Jams Chocolate from Dandelion Chocolate Olive Oil from California Olives and Olive Oil Granola from Arizmendi Bakery Chicharrones from 4505 Meats A set of art postcards featuring original food- and farm-related designs by Rigel Stuhmiller, the designer behind … →
Gina was tending the olive stand when I visited. She is the daughter of Georgio Zografos, founder of the California Olive Oil Farm (Corning, CA). Gina explained to me that her dad is Greek and her mom is Mexican. Twenty-five years ago her dad arrived in California and started growing olives. Today the family together grows, prunes, tends, and waters the trees, and later harvests and cures the olives. At the farm they grow six varieties of olives, cure them … →
Next time you’ve got a bunch of kale sitting around and you want to try something different, give this recipe a shot. It’s easy, delicious, and inexpensive. It’s our version of the traditional Portuguese soup with a couple of twists that make it extra yummy. You might want to make extra, as this soup is always better the day after you make it 8 oz Spanish Chorizo, diced (or chouriço, or linguiça, or bacon or guanciale from Hapa Ramen) 2 … →