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Olive harvest – another year completed!


We finally finished the olive picking today, and boy are we glad! It’s been a rough slog, because this year we worked every single day on our own, just the two of us (plus 2 dogs, of course). Normally, we have friends help us for a day or two, which mentally lightens the load, but not this year.

Every year I wonder how we’ll cope, but we always do. It’s hard work – one of the hardest things we do, mostly because it is such a prolonged task, at a time of year when the weather is oftentimes quite bad. Not this year though – other than one day of mist, each day that we picked was gorgeous.

The good weather certainly made the task easier! I’d take a thermos of tea out with us, and we’d stop for a cup of tea and a biscuit about noon. We’d sit with the dogs on the nets, drink our tea, and admire the incredible intense blue of the Andalucian sky. This is the life, I’d think – no more being stuck in an office, just gazing out the window at the nice day; I can be out in it, enjoying it!

This year, it took us 10 days to pick our crop. That’s 2 people, picking for 10 days, and picking from roughly 850 trees. Them’s a lot of olives, folks!

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

2 thoughts on “Olive harvest – another year completed!

  1. That is a lot of work.

    Your efforts in all you both do are to be admired.



    • Hi Barrie, thanks for posting! You are right, it is a lot of work, and we are really tired afterwards! It is all worth it to see our gorgeous oil once we get it back from the olive press!