On September 18 and 19th, the first commercial olive harvest east of the Mississippi since the late 1800′s took place. With abundant media presence, Bennett Tractor Company of Waycross, Georgia provided three different harvesters to harvest Georgia Olive Farm olive trees. Although olive trees less than three years old would not normally be harvested, GOF believes it is important to let farmers see that olive can be grown and olive oil can be produced in Georgia and other southeastern states. The harvest was a great success and Georgia olive oil will be available for sale by the end of this year. Photos and video will soon be posted.
View the 2011 Developing Harvest photo gallery
Please join us as we host an olive oil tasting with Nancy Ash!
Nancy will also be discussing the new USDA Olive Oil Standards
Friday, January 7, 2010 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
SE Fruit & Vegetable Conference in Savannah
*Seminar will be located in the Tondee’s area at the Convention Center*
To RSVP: Contact Jason Shaw
Or call (229)561-0960
The Georgia Olive Growers Association will be hosting an olive oil tasting with Nancy Ash at the Savannah fruit and vegetable conference in January for members of the Association. Nancy is working with the USDA olive oil testing center in Blakely, Georgia regarding USDA standards for olive oil. She is a frequent and well known speaker at olive oil conferences and is a certified olive oil taster. She is also currently working on a project regarding olive oil with Palestine and Israel. She graciously agreed to host an olive oil tasting for the association members to educate us on the differences between superior olive oil and poor olive oil. That tasting will be during the friday afternoon session at the conference. The association will also have a booth set up for Nancy at the reception held by the conference at 5 p.m. on friday. If any members want to bring guests to the tasting, please let us know asap as we will need a head count for materials.
The Association is beginning planning for a spring seminar which will include presentations by recognized experts in all aspects of the global olive oil industry. Details are not complete yet, but one day during the week of April 11, 2011 is being considered by the Board. If you have a particular subject in mind that you would like addressed, please let us know. As growers look forward to hopefully the first commercial harvest in the fall of 2011, next year will be exciting.