Preparing for this year’s harvest!
Tim is heading home after five weeks in Catalonia working on our olive grove. After a hot dry summer with cloudless skies, the temperate is still in the eighties. We could desperately do with some gentle rain. Tim has been clearing the land ready to start harvesting in early November. Cutting back the dead grasses from the spring, removing the suckers from the base of the trees, and giving the trees a drink. This should just be enough to stop the olives from ripening too quickly and allow them to convert those last juices into olive oil in the autumnal sunshine.
As always, Tim’s passion for the area where we farm, and the wild life around him is uppermost in our conversations on the telephone. He has spoken about how lovely it is to see our black redstarts back around the old house. He has also seen a hoopoe, and a pair of crag martins. They over winter in the area, but he hadn’t seen any about for a few years.
We farm without the use of herbicides or insecticides, so do our best to preserve the environment around us.
Looking forward to a busy autumn…
Whilst Tim has been away catching all the rays, I haven’t had many here in Suffolk! I have been here preparing for our events taking place in October and November.
Next weekend, we will be at Sevenoaks School for the Craft in Focus Fair from October 20 to 22. Tim then heads back to Catalonia to start harvesting. We hope to have some of this years ‘early pressing’ here by mid December! This will be beautiful oil, naturally cloudy, thick and fruity.
I will be at the Wimpole Estate Christmas Fair the weekend of the 11 to 12 November.
Mid November will be a hectic time for us, as we’ll be at the Wealden Times Winter Fair at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood from November 16 to 18. Then it’s the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fair from November 23 to 26. These are both new events for us so do hunt us out if you can come along. Later in the month, we’ll be exhibiting at the BBC Good Food Show Winter at the NEC in Birmingham from November 30 to 3 December, a week later than normal. If you need more information, click here for our event schedule.
You’ll be able to buy our products at any of these events – we hope to see you at one of our stands this autumn! Of course, if you can’t make it to any of these exhibitions, you can always buy online at www.casadeloli.com or you can call us on 01394 448600 to make a purchase.
Ideal stocking fillers
If you’re looking to give your loved ones something a bit different this Christmas, why not look to Casa de l’Oli for inspiration?
We have a really fantastic range of extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars and olive mayonnaises and pastes – something for every palate! Our black olive mayonnaise won 2 Gold Stars at this year’s Great Taste Awards 2017.