1/8/19

Award-winning olives are grown here in Southern California.

Southern California is a beautiful state filled with many farms and orchards. This past November, we had the opportunity to tour Macala Orchards during Pomegranate season. Macala Orchards is located in Hemet, California, approximately 75 miles from South Orange County. It is one of two farms known for Olive Oil and is the only Pomegranate farm we could find near Orange County that would allow tours. The twenty-acre orchard is filled with 500 Olive Trees, 172 Pomegranate Trees, 35 Guava Trees, 9 Fig Trees and an herb garden. It is a peaceful place, far away from the city lights and heavy traffic. Perfect for growing award-winning olives!  Interested in camping in the orchards?  Macala Orchards is host to several tent camping spots with beautiful views and amazing star lit nights.
How we arranged a tour: Months before the pomegranate season began, we reached out to the orchard. Nina Morton, Vice President of Macala Orchards, replied to us with their tour availability.  To schedule a tour or find out more information about the orchard, you can contact her at nmorton@macalacompanies.com.
Macala Orchards is located at 40785 Benji Ln, Hemet, CA 92544. The orchard is not too far from the San Jacinto Mountains.  
What we experienced: The Orchard owner, Rich, gave us a tour of the orchard, where we sampled a few guavas, their cold pressed olive oil and some pomegranates. It was a week before their olive harvest and we could see the beautiful olives taking in the sun. Among the beautiful orchard, we explored their tent camping sites which gave us a real sense of peace and serenity. As we visited each section of the property, we could see the love and care that they place on their trees and campsites.  Love lives at Macala Orchard. 
Why you should visit: The twenty-acre orchard is very family friendly and allows for tent camping on site among the gorgeous olive trees. Reservations for your tent camping spot can be made online via the Hip Camp website. While you camp, you can enjoy the San Jacinto Mountain Views and the fresh air. 
The entire experience was very special and unforgettable. When we returned home, we had a box full of pomegranates and a bottle of their finest award-winning olive oil. We ate a big box of pomegranates all by ourselves. They were so tasty and juicy. We will certainly buy more pomegranates next season and will be ordering more olive oil on their website soon. 

Source: Macala website -"Award-Winning information: Macala Sicilian Blend EVOO and Macala Itrana Blend EVOO both received a Gold Medal in the OC Fair 2018 California Olive Oil Competition! Additionally Macala Sicilian Blend EVOO received a Silver Medal from the California Olive Oil Council in their Annual Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition!"
We recommend you visit a local farm or orchard and experience fresh produce and foods. Our experience has always been extremely positive and very educational. We hope that you find great foods and travel in 2019. If Hemet, CA is not close to you, visit a farm or orchard near you, please check out the list below for reference:
CENTRAL COAST

Alta Cresta Olive Oil, Inc
6075 High Ridge Rd
Paso Robles
805-227-4751
http://www.altacresta.com
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By Appointment
Grove

Bobcat Ridge
27479 Schulte Road
Carmel
510-517-7789
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove

Cloud 9 Orchard
61969 Argyle Rd.
King City
may@cloud9orchard.com
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove

Foxdale Farm
6850 E Highway 41
Templeton
805-440-8959
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Mill

La Panza Ranch
5909 E. Pozo Rd
Santa Margarita
805-438-380
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Mill

Moonshadow Grove
7865 Airport Road
Paso Robles
530-282-9094
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove

Ojai Olive Oil
1811 Ladera Road
Ojai
805-646-5964
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
Grove/Tasting Room

Pasolivo
8530 Vineyard Drive
Paso Robles
805-227-0186
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
Grove/Mill/Tasting Room

Spanish Oaks Ranch
225 Spanish Oak Lane
Templeton
650-245-9279
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove

Templeton Olive Oil
6710 El Pomar Dr.
Templeton
805-704-5090
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove

The Groves on
414455 East Highway 41
Templeton
805-466-1542
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Mill/Tasting Room

Tiber Canyon
280 W Ormonde Rd
San Luis Obispo
805-781-0827
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove


CENTRAL VALLEY
Bozzano Olive Ranch
6880 E. Navone Road
Stockton
209-451-3665
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Mill

California Gold Olive Oil Company
12418 Claribel Road
Oakdale
209-847-1852
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
By Appointment
Grove

Calivirgin & Lodi Olive Oil
Coldani Olive Ranch
13950 N Thornton Rd
Lodi
209-210-3162
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
M-F 9am-5pm; Sat 11am-4pm
Grove/Mill/Tasting Room


Rosenthal Olive Ranch
29268 Avenue 9
Madera
559-674-4418
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: N
Grove

Sutter Buttes Olive Oil Co.
2204 California Street
Sutter
530-763-7921
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: N
Grove/Tasting Room

The Mill at King’s River
15111 E. Goodfellow Ave.
Sanger
559-875-7800
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Mill
INLAND EMPIRE

Ramona Gold
16988 Sky Valley Drive
Ramona
760-445-2365
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove

Macala Orchards
40785 Benji Lane
Hemet
951-898-8384
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove

NORTH BAY
Calolea Olive Oil
11343 Choctaw Trail
Loma Rica
530-749-1240
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Mill/Tasting Room

Chacewater Winery and Olive Mill
5625 Gaddy Lane
Kelseyville
707-279-2995
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Mill/Tasting Room


Grove 
454320 Chiles Pope Valley Road
St. Helena
707-965-1544
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove

Jordan Vineyard & Winery
474 Alexander Valley Rd
Healdsburg
800-654-1213
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Tasting Room

KATZ Farm
101 S Coombs St Y-3
Napa
707-291-7866
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove

Long Meadow Ranch
738 Main Street
Saint Helena
707-963-4555
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Mill/Tasting Room

McEvoy Ranch
5935 Red Hill Rd.
Petaluma
707-778-2307
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
Grove/Mill/Tasting Room

Prince Olive Estancia
1999 Sage Canyon Road
St. Helena
510-719-9968
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove

Round Pond Estate
875 Rutherford Road
Rutherford
888-302-2575
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Mill/Tasting Room

Silverado Vineyards
6121 Silverado Trail
Napa
707-257-1770
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: N
Grove/Tasting Room

The Olive Press
24724 Arnold Drive
Sonoma
707-939-8900
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Mill/Tasting Room

The Villa Barone
21825 Jerussalem Grade Road
707-987-8823
Middletown
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
By Appointment
Grove

SACRAMENTO VALLEY

Apollo Olive Oil
12575 Rices Crossing Rd.
Oregon House
877-776-0703
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Mill

Bamford Family Farms
4288 Highway 70
Oroville
530-370-8640
http://bamfordfamilyfarms.net
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: N
Grove

Berkeley Olive Grove 
19138 Rocky Drive
Oroville
530-533-1814
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove

Bondolio Olive Oil
9352 Campbell Road
Winters
916-715-9007
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Tasting Room

Boundary Bend Olives, Inc. (Cobram Estate)
455 Harter Ave.
Woodland
530-669-6921 ext. 101
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By Appointment
Grove/Mill

Butte View Olive Company
2950 Louis Ave.
Oroville
530-534-8320
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove

Capay Gold Olive Oil
714 College Street
Woodland
530-668-7979
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Tasting Room

Grumpy Goats Farm
23946 State Hwy 16
Capay
530-796-000
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove


Mangini Ranch
5420 Highway 12
Wallace
209-763-1033
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove & Mill

Mooney Farms
1220 Fortress Street
Chico
530-899-2661
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: N
Tasting Room

Olica
7885 State Highway 16
Brooks
707-480-0551
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Mill

Olive Fantastic | Wild Groves | Gourmet Fantastic
9385 Old State Hwy, Unit #4
New Castle
530-514-4006
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
By appointment
Tasting Room

Olive Pit
2156 Solano Street
Corning
530-824-4667
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: N
Tasting Room

Organic Roots
4334 Old Hwy 99 W
Maxwell
530-438-2759
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By Appointment
Grove/Mill

Pacific Sun
22880 Gerber Rd
Gerber
530-385-1475
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Mill

S├ęka Hills
19326 County Road 78
Brooks
530-796-2810
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove/Mill/Tasting Room

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

Frantoio Grove
10756 Green Valley Drive
Gilroy
408-391-0013
Tasting Room: N
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove

The Olivina
Livermore
945-455-8710
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
By appointment
Grove

Wente Family Estates
5565 Tesla Road
Livermore
925-456-2305
Tasting Room: Y
Tours: Y
Grove/Tasting Room

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. All meals and foods were paid by FieldTripMom. Sources: California Olive Oil Council, Visit California and California U pick farms. Please call ahead before visiting any location as times and dates are subject to change. 

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