Olive oil can greatly improve the efficacy of many food items, enhancing pesto’s nutty qualities, providing body for salad dressings, and greasing beer bottles for sliding them down bar tops with greater ease. Savor the benefits of this miracle oil with today’s Groupon: for $19, you get an olive-oil package and an olive-farm tour at Ojai Olive Oil (a $50 total value) in Ojai. The package includes the following:
- One bottle of Ojai extra-virgin olive oil (a $14 value)
- One bottle of premium balsamic vinegar (a $14 value)
- One young olive tree and gift bag (a $22 value)
- Complimentary olive-farm tour<p>
Ojai Olive Oil’s staff conjures bottles of extra-virgin olive oil in a variety of flavors from olives handpicked from its onsite grove. Guests receive a package filled with the liquid fruits of the surrounding grounds, including a bottle of Ojai’s Tuscan-style extra-virgin olive oil, traditional-style balsamic vinegar, and a young 3-year-old olive tree still learning to pronounce the letter r. Each Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors arrive at the olive grove’s barn to enjoy samples of the farm’s products before embarking on a walking tour of the grove and facilities. While strolling verdant grounds that invoke images of a rustic Italian landscape, guides fill inquiring noggins with tidbits about the grove’s history, varieties of olives, and the process of turning an olive into a pumpkin before midnight. Groupon users can bring as many friends, family members, and frenemies as they wish.
Ojai Olive Oil
Where Ojai farmers planted olive-oil trees in the 1880’s, Ojai Olive Oil’s family-led staff eventually refilled the sun-drenched valley with more than 2,000 new olive trees imported from Italy, France, Greece, and Spain. Located in the midst of a giant olive grove, the family barn contains an olive mill and tasting room. From November to January, workers hand-pick the ripened fruits and cart them into the barn, where the olives are processed within hours to prevent oxidation or fermentation. Using a cold-pressing technique, the staff creates the oils, then bottles and labels the final product to be sold at the Ojai Farmer’s Market, poured at the tasting room, or shipped off to vendors nationwide.
Each Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors arrive at the olive grove's barn to enjoy samples of the farm's products before embarking on a walking tour of the grove and facilities. While strolling verdant grounds that invoke images of a rustic Italian landscape, guides tell the story of the grove's history and its varieties of olives.