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Jan 5, 2011 10:50 AM

Where can I buy fresh olives in SF?

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

    4 Replies
    1. re: wolfe

      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

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

        1. re: cpack

          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

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

        3. 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. 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

            1. 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.

                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).