Less than 3% of the olive oil consumed in the U.S. is from the U.S., yet California is home to some of the most beautiful, and beautifully kept olive groves in the world. Nevermind that many imported olive oils are adulterated: cut with less expensive oils like genetically modified canola oil, soybean oil or nut oils and is considered to be one of the most frequently adulterated foods according to Food Fraud which is why it’s critical to know your source and to buy wisely if you want clean and pure food.
about Chaffin Family Orchards
I’m visiting Chaffin Family Orchards – something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – next week to take photos for the upcoming Nourished Kitchen cookbook. I can’t wait to see their olive groves, their rolling orchards and visit with the folks there. Chaffin Family Orchards is a fifth generation, diversified family farm located in northern California that employs sustainable and biodynamic methods through all measures of their farm. In addition to producing olives and olive oil, they also produce a wide variety of fruit as well as pasture-raised meats.
Chaffin Family Orchards Award-winning Olive Oil
I fell in love with Chaffin’s olive oil several years ago when I first began writing Nourished Kitchen. I wait f
or their newsletter updates which alert me to when preorders for olive oil come available, when fresh olives can be bought for home-curing, and when their mandarins can be purchased (I give them away as holiday gifts, if I can keep from eating them).
The simple clean and bright flavors of their Mid-season Harvest Olive Oil stunned me. Never had I tasted such a complex, but simultaneously mild oil. I use it in my olive oil ice cream, as a finishing oil. By contrast, their late harvest oil is buttery and smooth, and I typically use it in my olive oil cake in aioli and for (very) light sauteeing.
Their olive oil is high in polyphenols – potent antioxidants – and both their mid-season and late-harvest olive oils received gold medals at the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition. It’s exceptional.
olive oil futures and bulk ordering
Chaffin’s olive oil sells out, and that’s why as soon as their newsletter hits my inbox offering olive oil futures, I click over and buy them immediately – (I also do this with their olives and mandarins as well.) Because the olive oil is in high demand and sells out, Chaffin offers olive oil futures. Just like a CSA, you pay in advance at a discount and then when the oil is pressed, it arrives at your door – usually some time in January.
And for groups of friends, Chaffin offers bulk ordering at an even steeper discount – so you pair up with friends and purchase 10 gallons of olive oil (or more) at just $50/gallon. It’s an incredible value.
Chaffin has generously offered to giveaway 2 gallons of their award-winning olive oil to one Nourished Kitchen reader. You can choose between 2 gallons of their mid-season oil (a bit spicy) or their late season oil (buttery and smooth), or you can choose 1 of each which is how my family usually orders our oil. These are olive oil futures, and will be shipped at the end of the season once the pressing is complete.
how to win
All you need to do is visit the link below and sign up for the Chaffin Family Orchards newsletter If you’d like to increase your odds of winning, make sure you’re also subscribed to the Nourished Kitchen newsletter, a fan of Nourished Kitchen on Facebook, that you like this post on Facebook and that you tweet about the giveaway.
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