McEvoy Ranch Community Olive Milling Day
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Still Community Mill Day, but a little less communal this year...!
Community Mill Day is one of the most exciting days of the year. Small growers from across Northern California bring their freshly-picked olives to our mill to create a true regional blend olive oil. We combine everyone’s crop and mill a seasonally unique Extra Virgin Olive Oil that is always delicious. Come with your olives and join us!
New for 2020
- You will be assigned a designated timeslot for the 11/15/20 olive drop-off
- Drive thru olive drop-off on 11/15/20 - we ask that you please stay in your vehicle until your turn
- Guests are required to wear face masks covering their nose and mouth during the 11/15/20 olive drop-off when either speaking to McEvoy staff at their vehicle window or when unloading olives for weighing
- Our facility (retail store, restroom, mill, outdoor space) will NOT be open to guests during the 11/15/20 drop off day
- Pick-up of oil will be arranged by pre-scheduled appointment only (no drop-in). Pick-up dates and details (including COVID-19 safety requirements) will be provided
Date: Sunday, November 15, 2020
Time: 7 AM – 1 PM
Price: Still $1 per pound of olives (what a bargain!)
Pre-registration required (must be completed prior to 11/11/20)
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How does it work?
We combine everyone’s olives and mill them together to make a community olive oil. Each participant receives a commensurate amount of the final oil based upon how many pounds of olives they contributed to the blend (we will weigh your olives on our certified scale when you arrive). Most seasons, we make two blends of olive oil: a Tuscan blend and a non-Tuscan blend. Our Community Milling olive oil yield amount varies based on the olives participants bring. In the past, approximately 80-100 pounds of olives yielded 1 gallon of Community Milling olive oil.
Who can come?
Anyone with olives to mill – we’ve had participants who have brought anywhere from 4 pounds to 400 pounds of olives!
We will not pull aside and process any crops individually for milling – this is a communal event!
Will all olives be included in the blend?
As long as the olives are in good condition, absolutely. Olives that have been damaged by frost, olive fruit fly, or other sad circumstances will not be included.
When should your olives be picked?
Please pick your olives on Friday, November 13, 2020 at the earliest or, ideally, entirely on Saturday, November 14, 2020. Olives picked too early and stored in a warm place will begin to rot and will not be admitted into the community mill. Place them somewhere dark, cool, and dry between picking and when you bring them to the mill.
Do you need to bring bottles for your oil?
You are welcome to bring sanitized, labeled containers for your oil. We also offer containers for purchase, and you will be charged for them at the time of pick-up (Please note: we do not sell extra containers nor divide up oil for participants – the containers provided are for “transportation” purposes only, and the container size your oil is put in is at McEvoy’s discretion, based on availability).
When do you get your oil?
We will divvy up everyone’s oil into the proper amounts and containers for pick-up beginning on Monday, November 23, 2020. Pick-up will be by pre-scheduled appointment only (no drop-in), and can be arranged by calling 707-769-4138 or emailing [email protected]
In the event of a severe storm or frost we will postpone Community Milling Day. Light or moderately rainy conditions will not result in a postponement. If severe storm conditions are predicted, we will email all registered participants on Friday morning to reschedule.
Do you have other questions? Please give our Customer Service a call at (707) 778-2307.
Pre-registration required (must be completed prior to 11/11/20) >
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Custom olive milling
For olive growers seeking an individual, large-volume Custom Milling, McEvoy Ranch may be able to accommodate a very limited number of customers. Due to our capacity and scheduling constraints, we must evaluate Custom Milling requests on a case by case basis. If you would like to explore an individual milling at McEvoy, please email [email protected] the following information:
- Contact information(company, contact person, phone number and email)
- Are the olives certified organic?(organic preferred)
- Approximate tonnage of olives
- Desired milling date(s)
Upon receipt of the aforementioned information, we will respond by either providing an Olive Oil Milling Agreement (fees and details included) for your review/completion/return (upon receipt we can schedule a mutually agreeable milling date), or we will let you know that, unfortunately, we cannot accommodate your milling request.
Thank you so much for your interest in milling at McEvoy Ranch and happy harvest!