Thursday, October 21, 2010

Olive Grove Visit

Another place we went while Kathy and Sandy were here was an olive grove in Queen Creek. This place is something to see! Every kind of olive oil you could imagine for sale.


The outside is groomed beautifully....

By the store there are 100 trees, but in the actual grove there are over 600!!


We took a tour and a session about olive oil, how it is grown, and produced. It was quite interesting.

They pick the olives at very ripe - purple, medium - pink, and not ripe - green and blend for their olive oil.

This is a worker taking the blended mix and putting it in containers.
We ate a marvelous lunch there that was featured on The Best Thing I Ever Ate. I actually ate the sandwich they highlighted on the show. It was delish. We spent a nice chunk of change on all the olive oil items....
It was fun, fun, fun!!!

16 comments:

Mevely317 said...

Oh!My!Goodness!
I had no idea this place existed, CeeKay! ...It's definitely going on my "to-do" list.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Mr. Magpie would be in heaven! He eats olives by the truckload. I love them, too.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Oliva said...

Hi Ceekay! Thank you for sharing this place with us...I had no idea we had anything like it here in AZ! Keep us updated of other places as well!

Sarah said...

You have been busy! Glad you have enjoyed some time with your friends. ~ sarah

Donna said...

This looks like such a fun place to visit! Love the beautiful teacups in your header! I have a big teacup collection that belonged to hubby's mother. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your nice comments :)

Karen said...

this is great! We have similar orchards around here. It is fascinating! Right now I have 5 - yes FIVE olive trees in my back patio - whose olives are ripe - EXCEPT - we ordered "berriless olives" when we ordered the trees. What a mess we are in for - all over our concrete. Tree trimmer is 2 weeks out - AAAGHHHHHH!!!!!!!

:) Hugs! Karen

Cyn said...

Oh..my hubby LOVES olive oil!! We have been looking for something to do on our date night. Looks like we will be heading there soon!

The French Bear said...

How wonderful, I would love to learn more about olive oil. I know there is so many that it is confusing when I try to pick one!!! Looks like fun!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Mimi said...

Can't wait for my next visit to the Phoenix area so I can check this place out!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

CeeKay, I would love to see this place. The best description I ever read of olive oil production was in one of Frances Mayes' books, Under the Tuscan Sun or one of the sequels! It is fascinating. Have a great day! Linda

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Our family was just here too and it was delish!

Linda said...

What a pretty and interseting spot to visit...sounds like a very nice day...hugs, Linda

JoAnne said...

Hi Ceekay,
Could you please contact me via email? I've emailed you a couple of times and sent a package the post office says was delivered 10/13. Concerned you never received it!
Thanks so much!

bj said...

You got to eat THE BEST THING I'VE EVER EATEN featured sandwich.!!! AMAZING...
We all love olives, especially the jumbo black ones.
This is such a beautiful place..so glad you got to go there.

I just said a big ole prayer for you, sweetie girl. You are so one of my heros....:)
love, bj

A Hint of Home said...

Looks like a really interesting place to visit.
Hubby loves olives and we use a lot of olive oil.

Rettabug said...

Queen Creek is very near to where my baby sis lives in Gilbert!!! I must ask her if she is aware of this place, as well as the Le Chalet that you took your friends out to eat. Both sound like great places to visit.

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