What a year! The last 13 months have been quite a ride, but thanks to you we’ve managed not only to keep our little business afloat, but grow substantially as well. After closing the shop to in-person shopping, we built a shiny new website, connected with new customers, and continued to find new and delicious stuff for you to eat. We couldn’t have done it without you, and look forward to seeing more of you in person as we get ready to (drumroll please)… OPEN THE STORE FOR IN-PERSON SHOPPING!
To celebrate, we’re hosting our annual Olive Oil Garage Sale on April 24th! We’ll have more details on what to expect in the coming weeks, but to get things started we’re putting ALL tins of Italian olive oil on sale starting right now. That’s right, please enjoy 25% off all 1, 3, and 5 liter tins of our favorite Italian olive oils starting today, April 1st, no foolin’!
Those of you who’ve shopped with us for a few years know what this means: we’re making room for a big delivery of fresh olive oil from our Italian partner producers.
Over the last 20 years, we’ve built strong relationships with the small farmers who produce our Italian olive oils, and we know each of them personally. We know they send us the best extra virgin olive oil, and in turn they know we’ll help keep their farms in business, because we pay them upfront. And this year we’re getting more oil than ever. That’s where you come in!
Every spring, we offer our customers a chance to participate in our Olive Oil CSA* to help us continue supporting our small farm partners. It works like this: Until the end of May, you can buy a CSA share for $100. 60 days after purchase, that share converts and is worth $120, and it’s good for anything we sell. Italy is slowly opening up and we expect to receive our container of fresh oils in June or July.
*We know it’s not technically a CSA, but who wants to read about Olive Oil Futures?
Sicily – Italy
Made by a cooperative of more than 900 families on the southwest coast of Sicily from Biancolilla, Cerasuola, & Nocellara olives. Very well-rounded with grassy & almond flavors, moderate and balanced bitter and pungent notes. Our most popular Italian oil.
Abruzzo – Italy
Planted in the 1870s, Pollinaria’s olive groves lay under the shadow of the Gran Sasso, the highest peak in the Apennine Mountains. The organically grown Dritta and Leccino olives produce a fruity extra virgin olive oil with a medium pungency.
Umbria – Italy
Made from organically grown Frantoio, Moraiolo, and Leccino olives on a small family farm in Montefalco, Umbria, run by brothers Marco & Paolo Bettini. One of the first producers in the region to advocate earlier harvest that results in better oil. A complex oil, very fruit and pungent with flavors of artichoke.
Sicily – Italy
Produced by the COPA cooperative in the Monti Iblei highlands near Modica, Sicily. Antheo’s DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) status comes from the use of Verdese, an olive cultivar that grows only in a small geographic area of eastern Sicily. Antheo is 20% Verdese and 80% Moresca, and has a pronounced grassy flavor, good fruitiness, and a sharp pungency.
Sicily – Italy
More than 20 years ago a group of farmers in western Sicily formed the coop called Valdibella to grow the island’s traditional crops as well as providing work for the area’s young people. The coop produces this organic extra virgin olive oil from Cerasuola, Nocellara del Belice, and Biancolilla olives. It’s very fruity, with a medium level of pungency and hints of artichoke, tomato leaf, and green almond.
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Tuscany – Italy
Produced by the Nenna family in western Tuscany on the slopes of the Colline Pisano, the hills that run south along the coast from Pisa. Pressed from Frantoio, Moraiolo, and Leccino olives at the Nenna’s Frantoio Novo, this extra virgin olive oil is softer and more buttery, with moderate fruit and medium pungency.