My farmer friend Anne Piccirillo is a delightful person with a witty sense of humor, a passion for her family and a love for her olive trees. Anne, her husband and daughter live on their family olive orchard in Gustine, CA. Their orchard is simple, natural, maintained and harvested by the family, a few employees and friends who volunteer.
Friends have always asked if they could come help with harvest wanting to enjoy some good old fashion farm work, so she took them up on their offer and an annual harvest day with friends and family begun. They start early picking olives, catching up on each others lives, laughing, sharing some wine and eating. This year I was invited to volunteer and gladly accepted, knowing this would be another learning experience for me in the world of farming. I had a wonderful time and look forward to next years harvest!
Enjoy my photos and if you make it to the Merced Farmers Market stop and say “Hi” to Anne, ask her about her olive orchard & treat yourself to best tasting olive oil in the valley….Athena’s Gift!
|Athena’s Olive Oil Harvest ’09|