Well, the 2014 harvest is over, the nets are away, the bins washed out for next year and the new toy, our mechanical harvester, safely stowed away.
What a breeze picking was this year, with the larger mats and the harvester, family and friends out helping, we flew through picking our 400+ trees in three days! Didn’t even give us time for all the food, wine, cheese and snacks prepared to keep hungry pickers going!!!
Our final yield, Leccino – 240kgs which gave us 32 litres of oil – so better get in quick if this is your favourite, and J5 – 1200 kgs which gave us around 230 lites of oil. The results are in on the Leccino, scores of 6.88 for peroxicity – which ensures it will be a good keeper (up to two years) and .11 for free fatty acid, which ensures top quality, disease free and tree ripened fruit producing pure extra virgin olive oil!
And the best news … you can now buy your Poppa’s Olive Oil in three places – at the gate, at the Houhora Wharf Store, Pukenui, - 09 409 8819, and at Unit A12, 8 Henry Rose Place, Albany (contact Greg 022 444 7620 or Amy 021 127 2093). We are hoping to start selling through one or two Auckland markets in the near future.