Olive Harvest

Posted on: November 21st, 2011 by jmbroekman 14 Comments

14 Responses

  1. Sandy Quinn says:

    Love this… keep the pictures coming. What are you going to do with all those olives?


    • jmbroekman says:

      Oil. Many many liters of first press home-grown virgin olive oil!! Yummmmm pure liquid gold, a whole year’s worth.

  2. Lin says:

    Oh, Jessyca, I DO love your life! Gorgeous photographs, all; thank you. Do you think there is something about printmaking that can allow one to more enjoy the layers of life?

    • jmbroekman says:

      Thanks, Linda – I’m not sure about printmaking being a facilitator for enjoying layers of life, but perhaps there is something about being a printmaker that trains your eye to catch the layers, or be on the lookout for them.

  3. dan says:

    love it-hopefully al is able to find someone to walk on his sore back!I’m guessing you guys are having fun-dan

  4. seeing those orchard photos reminds me of Van Gogh’s paintings of the olive trees! You can tell it’s a bunch of work to make the golden oil. We’re hearing about the tough economic times in Italy all the time on National Public Radio. There will always be folks lining up for the beautiful olive oil. Have fun!…..Paul

    • jmbroekman says:

      Thanks, Paul. The interesting thing is, the oil we get in the states has almost nothing to do with what the small producers make here in Italy. And there is some controversy about whether or not the really small farmers – for example those who just keep the trees for their own harvest and use (like the family with whom we harvested) will be able to continue growing/harvesting for themselves legally. There is a real danger that the traditions will soon die away – bureaucracy getting the better of everyone and everything. And thanks for the reminder about Van Gogh, I’d forgotten he made those olive tree paintings!

  5. Danika says:

    I’m daydreaming about swimming in vats of olive oil, the nectar of the gods! Can you smuggle some back for me?!?

    • jmbroekman says:

      Probably can’t smuggle enough for a swimming pool… I’ll be lucky if I manage to get a 5 liter can in my luggage!

  6. Kristen says:

    Hi Jessyca, What lovely photos. I am so sad that I wasn’t able to make my usual fall trip to Italia. Hopefully a spring trip will take the place, we’ll see. I so miss being there for the olive oil season. There is nothing better! I hope you and Al have a wonderful Thanksgiving give hugs to the Battoni/Russell clan (of which you are a part of FULLY!!!) Lots of Love, Kristen and Dave

    • jmbroekman says:

      Hi Kristen: We missed having you at the harvest, and many other times. I hope you do come in the spring. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to a day in the kitchen with your sister tomorrow. I hope you and Dave also have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Al and I are sending hugs back to the you and the rest of family back in Maine.

  7. Lori says:

    Hi Jessyca and Al,

    Is that the yummiest olive oil you’ve ever had??

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    • jmbroekman says:

      Hi Lori – There is nothing like really really good olive oil. The Italians all get very excited about the “new” oil every year. It really is yummy. Hope you also have a happy and tasty Thanksgiving.

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