In December 2000, we visited the Olive Press near Sonoma, California. It was a community olive pressing day when residents brought their olives in to be made into oil. People pick their olives, bring them in and have them weighed. After the oil is made, everyone gets some, based on the proportion of olives they contributed to the pressing. That way, even if you had just a few trees in your yard, you could get some olive oil from them.
Ripe olives, ready for pressing
|The centrifuge separates the oil and the sediment.
|And out comes olive oil!
Jugs of olive oil.