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Fresh Olives to Cure

girlfromberkeley Oct 17, 2007 08:40 AM

Oh ya, it's olive season (nifty article in the NYTimes today) and we're looking for fresh olives to cure. Anyone out there know of a source? I'm going to check in with folks from Monterey Market and Berk. Bowl but though I'd ask the Chowhound circle.

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    davebough Oct 17, 2007 08:48 AM


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      Fig Newton Oct 17, 2007 09:28 AM

      Knoll farms at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market has them when they're in season.

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        Dave MP Oct 17, 2007 10:22 AM

        I bought them last year at Knoll Farms. Sadly, I never got to make them though :(

        However, when you buy the olives from Knoll Farm, you give them your email address and they send you an olive recipe from Chris Cosentino (of Incanto). So that's pretty cool.

        I've also seen raw olives recently at the Wednesday Civic Center market, at the stand that sells lots of citrus and grapes - kind of right in the middle of the plaza. I forget the name of the farm.

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        csp1 Oct 17, 2007 10:14 AM

        There are 2 trees at Pacific and Battery (across form the old ship saloon) that used to just drop a ton of olives on the sidewalk. You could pull up a car, drop a tarp, shake the trees and run. Saturdays and Sundays the area is deserted. I always felt someone should take advantage of them, provided you have the drive to cure your own olives. (I don't)

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          foodfan Oct 17, 2007 10:23 AM

          I have an olive tree, live in Alameda and if you want to come take mine you are more than welcome. If so, post an interest and I'll give you my email.

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            CiaraT Oct 17, 2007 10:27 PM

            I'm not the original requester, but I too have been looking for local olives to cure. If there's enough to go around, I'm interested! Thanks.

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              girlfromberkeley Oct 18, 2007 07:20 AM

              I think we can share! Foodfan, are your olives ripe for harvest?

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                foodfan Oct 18, 2007 10:34 AM

                To respond to both Clara and GirlfromBerkeley,
                Glad to help ~ I have one tree but it has a lot of fruit. My husband sweeps our drive twice a day so I would think they are falling because they are ripe. My email address is chilton6@aol.com. Drop me a line and I'll tell you my address. You can go over anytime to harvest, I don't need to be there because the tree is in my front yard.

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            jeannew Oct 18, 2007 11:36 AM

            I once saw them at Andronico's during the season, fresh and uncured. Also, around where I live (Pleasant Hill) there are public areas with olive trees!! So I pick those and combine them with my puny crop. I am trying a straight salt cure this year, my lye cure didn't go so well last year.

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              lettucelady Oct 19, 2007 09:02 PM

              There are fresh olives at the alemany farmer's market now. Mr Nash has some, along with olive oil and other goodies, and I think I've seen some at De Santis Farms, too.

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                Dave MP Oct 20, 2007 02:12 PM

                Just got back from Alemany Farmer's Market and many (at least 4) stands were selling olives.

                Dave Mp

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              SteveG Oct 20, 2007 10:41 AM

              There are tons of unloved olive trees on Campus Drive East at Bowdoin down on the Stanford campus.

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                smash Nov 13, 2008 11:07 AM

                Steve, do you have any idea what type of olive trees they are? I live nearby and am going to try curing some.

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                  rworange Nov 13, 2008 02:15 PM

                  Speaking of which, there are many olive trees on Story Rd in San Jose. When I lived there the apartment complex I lived planted an olive tree on each patio. All they did was annoy me ... having to sweep the patio so often.

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                TerriL Oct 21, 2007 09:14 PM

                There's a stand at the Sunday farmers market in San Rafael that sells fresh olives.

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                  wally Nov 13, 2008 09:17 PM

                  Knoll sells olives at Ferry Plaza and they will send you a recipe from Chris Cosentino.(This may be somewhere else in this thread.)

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                  ernie in berkeley Nov 13, 2008 04:24 PM

                  Monterey Market has been a great source for me.

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                    wolfe Nov 13, 2008 04:34 PM

                    There was a great site about the picking and curing of olives on Park Boulevard in Oakland.
                    It was several years ago and unfortunately I have lost it. Anyone still have it?

                  2. Glencora Nov 13, 2008 09:39 PM

                    There are two trees on Talbot in Albany between Gilman and Marin dropping olives all over the sidewalk.

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