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It has been a very good year . . .

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The 2012-2013 olive harvest was our largest since the ranch's inception.  This year required picking crews and delivering our olives to a mill for processing.  Then began the process of submission of our oils for certification as extra virgin olive oil.  We first had to submit samples of our oil for chemical analysis, which we did in January.  We then submitted the oil to the Sensory Tasting Panel at U.C. Davis in February and received notification that our oil had been certified extra virgin. We then were notified in March that our oil received a silver medal from the California Olive Oil Council in the micro-producer category, and as if that was not enough, we also won a silver medal in the micro-producer category at the Napa Valley Olive Oil Competition in April.

Our attention then immediately turned toward filling out all the paperwork and preparation for a pre-inspection in order to obtain our Processed Food Registration from the State of California, so that we can bottle, labe…