A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Olive harvest 2014


It’s looking like a terrific harvest this year, even though we had our trees trimmed earlier this year. The olives are big and healthy, despite the lack of rain. This seems to differ from most of the rest of Europe, where olives are scarce, and they are already warning of an olive oil shortage next year.

Ann even manages a smile on day 5 of olive picking!

Not picking olives this year, Annie – roll on 2015

It makes me laugh. You would expect that, with a worldwide shortage of olives, the price of olives would rise. We went to our local mill, to see if that was the case, but nooooooo. They will give only 40 cents/kilo, even less than last year!

With my breast cancer treatment taking so much time, we are unable to get out and pick ourselves. (Although I did briefly consider doing it during my ‘good week’ last week! Kenton says it shows how utterly mad I am!)

So what is happening to our crop this year? Given away, my friends. This hurts a lot, but I console myself with the fact that it means some friends who have no work can sell the olives for whatever they can get. This is important in an isolated mountain community – sticking together in time of need, and helping friends and neighbours. As our friend Manuel says, after all, you never know when you might need help yourself.

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 2014

  1. Hi Ann , Bryan here from Australia , it’s now been 12months since I visited your grove . We also had a good season (in June ) this year , we only picked half our crop . Given we doubted we could move all the oil through 2014/2015. The soap making is now has gone well and although the has been a steep learning curve . That one day offered me much inspiration. Thanks . One market we have picked up for soap is the B&B market in the Clare Valley wanting local product. Hi to Kenton all the best Bryan


    • hi Bryan, great to hear that you’e doing so well! The B&B market is a great one, as well as boutique hotels – they often look for local products!

      Carry on spreading the word on the wonders of soap made from olive oil!