Chaffin Family Orchards is giving away 2 gallons of their delicious artisanal olive oil including free shipping to my readers. This giveaway will run through Nov 25, 2012 at midnight EST.
Why Chaffin Family Orchards?
Chaffin Family Orchards is one of the last real sustainable farms in this country. When you buy their olive oil, mandarin oranges, or other products, you’re supporting a farm that is doing things the right way.
I was lucky enough to visit Chaffin Orchards last week and let me tell you, this is a glorious little patch of Heaven on Earth.
A grass-based permaculture farm located in Oroville, California in the Sacramento Valley, Chaffin Orchards raises cows, sheep, goats, chickens and other animals on pasture. Instead of using synthetic fertilizer, they allow the animals to fertilize the land.
With over 200 acres of old growth Mission Olive Trees originally planted 100 years ago, Chaffin stewards some of the oldest trees in North America. For five generations the Chaffin family has farmed this land and have had a deep respect for the environment, preservation of open space, promoting wildlife, and producing food for the local community.
Animals on Pasture Builds Topsoil
Instead of buying food from factory farms and CAFOs, we need to be supporting sustainable farms like Chaffin with our dollars.
It’s the manure from the grazing animals that produces topsoil, and toposoil is precisely what is needed to:
- Restore pre-industrial levels of greenhouse gases
- Solve the global water crisis
- Reverse desertification
- Restore biodiversity
How Grass-Based Farming Can Feed the World
This little video of Chris Kerston, Farm Manager of Chaffin, was shot on our tour last week of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company:
But How Does Chaffin Olive Oil Taste?
Chaffin produces some of the mildest yet complex olive oil in the world. Both their mid-season and late-harvest olive oils won gold medals at the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition.
Most olive oil producers harvest early in the season. Chaffin, risking the threat of winter storms, waits until very late in the season to harvest the majority of their olives for oil. This produces a very mild, smooth and buttery flavor, with a bouquet of subtle floral undertones.
They also produce a mid-season harvest. In this oil, a small percentage of the olives are still green and the rest is red or black. This olive oil has a bit more depth and a bold peppery finish.
Both the mid-season and late-season harvests produce delicious oils for different uses. The late-harvest oil is ideal for everyday use when you don’t want to extra flavor notes to your dish. For example, mayonnaise or olive oil ice cream.
The mid-season olive oil is slightly more robust and is ideally used in dishes where you want to pack more of a punch. I use the mid-season olive oil for salad dressing and flavorful dips, like hummus.
Pre-Order Chaffin Family Orchards Olive Oil
Now’s the time to get your hands on this fabulous olive oil. Take advantage of the savings and pre-order the freshest olive oil from next year’s harvest before November 30th!
It will ship right after pressing around February. (This makes a great holiday gift.)
When they run out (they did last yer), it’s all gone so don’t miss out!
Enter for a Chance to Win Chaffin Family Orchards Olive Oil
There are 3 easy steps to enter:
1. Click the link below.
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3. Add your name to the Rafflecopter widget below.
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There are a total of 4 possible entries.
The winner will be chosen via random.org. The winner will be announced on Monday November 26, 2012 on my blog. Winner will have 48 hours to contact me with his or her full name, address, and phone number. No purchase necessary to win.
Good luck, everybody!
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