Community Press Information

Community Press is an opportunity for local olive growers to come together and create a community oil. This is offered to hobbyists who may have a few trees on their property, but not enough to reach the 800lb minimum for Custom Crush.

Chris, our Production Manager, accepting olives

Chris, our Production Manager, accepting olives

Sunday, December 1st, 9am-3pm

This is our late harvest Community Press Day. Join us for coffee, olive milling, and a relaxing Sunday afternoon to polish off Thanksgiving weekend.

This year we have a 300lbs max for Community Press without a minimum, at $0.75 per pound. If you have more than 300lbs, team up with a fellow olive grower and make an appointment for Custom Crush! Our Custom Crush minimum is 800lbs.

CUSTOM CRUSH MINIMUM - 800 lbs. by appt. only. (For information, please use the Contact Us form) 

Community Press Do's and Don'ts

Most important, we prefer that you pick olives in varying degrees of ripeness/color, 70-80% purple to black and 20-30% green is ideal. Try not to bring 100% green olives, if you can help it. They have a high degree of bitterness and dramatically affect the flavor of the oil. If you are only able to participate in one of the dates and your olives are still green, bring them in and we will try to blend them with riper olives. Please do not bring over-ripe (Manzanillo) olives on the December date.

We will only accept olives that are freshly picked no more than 24 hours before you bring them to the press; do not leave them in the sun to ferment or mold. Please DO NOT pick up fruit that has fallen to the ground (use a tarp under your tree when picking). We will inspect your olives when you bring them in, if your olives are not desirable, we reserve the right to refuse them. This includes olives that are infested with the OLIVE FRUIT FLY. This pest has made its way throughout California with a vengeance! It causes damage to olives by laying an egg in a healthy olive. The larvae then eats its way through, making the olives unsuitable for olive oil. If you are not informed about the Olive Fruit Fly, consult your County Agricultural Adviser or do an internet search for information. If you have evidence of the Olive Fruit Fly, you must pick all your olives and dispose of them properly.

Bring your olives in an appropriate container, no paper or plastic bags, please. Inexpensive small plastic tubs/buckets are ideal. Remember, if you can’t lift it, neither can we, so no large trash cans either. We appreciate your cooperation! The container weight will be pressed together as they arrive throughout the day. Each person will receive back the amount of oil in the percentage of weight they brought in. In other words, if your olives represent 10% of the total weight of the olives, you will receive 10% of the oil produced. (We round up or down to the nearest ounce). We cannot guess or guarantee a certain percentage yield.

We will bottle your oil in a new, clean container (either plastic or glass) that you will pay for when you pick up your oil. We do not accept customer supplied containers for bottling. You can pick up your portion of oil 1-2 weeks after processing. We will post the pick up dates the day of the Community Press.

Thank you and happy harvesting!