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Where can I buy fresh olives in SF?

cpack Jan 5, 2011 10:50 AM

I want to cure my own olives.

I also have no idea HOW to cure my own olives so any other advice/resources would be helpful.

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    cpack Jan 8, 2011 08:57 AM

    One person at the Alemany Farmer's Market had some. He said it was the last week.

    The experiment begins

    1. wolfe Jan 7, 2011 03:38 PM

      If you think you will still be interested in October bookmark this thread and get a ladder and a bucket.

      1. j
        Joan Kureczka Jan 7, 2011 05:57 AM

        There is a vendor at the Saturday Ferry Plaza market (in back, near the door to the Ferry Building - but I don't recall the name) who always has them when in season.

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        1. re: Joan Kureczka
          wally Jan 7, 2011 07:49 AM

          That is Knoll or Tairwa(sp).

          1. re: Joan Kureczka
            grayelf Jan 7, 2011 03:22 PM

            That must have been the vendor I took a picture of on our last visit to FPFM in November. I was so tickled to see fresh olives. Good luck to the OP and do post back about your brining adventures :-).

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            vulber Jan 6, 2011 10:47 PM


            1. Melanie Wong Jan 6, 2011 10:10 PM

              There's a seminar on Sunday in Sonoma. I can tell you that Don Landis is THE MAN when it come to debittering (the term he uses instead of curing).

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                inthekitchen Jan 6, 2011 09:11 PM

                Well, if you are picking your own olives, I believe that after all the rain this year, it may be too late.
                You might want to do some research and make olives next year.

                University of California, Agricultural Services used to publish a leaflet (21131) on curing olives. Remember that since they are a low acid food, they require careful handling to prevent botulism.

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                  Joel Jan 6, 2011 08:28 PM

                  Fresh olives today (January 6) at Berkeley Bowl East.
                  They were dark (ripe), a bit shriveled.
                  I did not record the price.

                  Berkeley Bowl
                  2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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                    washingtonfamily Jan 5, 2011 01:00 PM

                    Saw fresh olives in the Friday market in Oakland/Chinatown sometime in December. Haven't been back there in a few weeks so I don't know if they're still there!

                    1. wolfe Jan 5, 2011 11:21 AM

                      Step one, try farmers markets, Monterey Market or Berkeley Bowl in season.
                      Step two. Search for links like this:
                      with links like this:

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                        cpack Jan 5, 2011 12:48 PM

                        are olives currently in season? would the Alemany Farmers Market have olives?

                        clearly I don't know what I'm doing. I just really really really like olives :)

                        1. re: cpack
                          wolfe Jan 5, 2011 01:10 PM

                          Step three, read step two for olive season, ripeness etc.

                          1. re: cpack
                            saffrongold Jan 5, 2011 01:15 PM

                            Nash is the farmer at Alemany and Marin FM's that has fresh, uncured olives but the last time I saw him, mid-Dec, his olive season was finishing. He could tell you how to brine them, should you still be able to find some.

                          2. re: wolfe
                            Glencora Jan 5, 2011 01:02 PM

                            I saw them at the Monterey Market a couple of weeks ago -- not sure if they're still there. I'd call first.

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