Olives are harvested in winter. We started about 3 weeks ago at the beginning of June and will continue most of July. The rain though is stopping us from harvesting at the moment. Our trees have cropped heavily this year so we need to harvest more days than other years. Pruning, disease management and weather all play a big part on the size of the crop. In addtion, birds love olives, particularly the variety of frantoia. They can demolish a whole crop in a few days, therefore Frantoia has been harvested first this year.
To harvest we lay nets on the ground around the trees and then after removing the olives from the trees with battery operated hand harvesters they are collected into baskets. The fruit is then put through a deleafing machine, so that only fruit is crushed to produce the olive oil.