Friday, December 01, 2006
I almost forgot, before we can start this tour of the olive mill, I need some olives. Catalino is bringing about 2 tons from the harvesting that's occurred that morning. Over the course of the the harvest this year he'll bring in around 70 tons of olives. That's a smaller crop than last year, when nearly 84 tons of olives were harvested. This year, there was a storm in the spring, not a freak event but with really bad winds. Those high winds stripped a whole lot of flower buds off of the olive trees. It's estimated that there could be a 35% lower yield in the California olive crop because of that storm.