Podcast: Farmer Chris Kerston on Olive Oil & Sustainable Farming

Did you know that most olive oils are adulterated with cheap and rancid oils? It’s true! Unless you know your grower, you have no idea what you are getting.

Olives, Olive Oil and Sustainable Farming

Last week I interviewed Chris Kerston of the Chaffin Family Orchards about olive oil, growing olives, and sustainable farming.

If you are still buying your olive oil in bulk containers at Costco, or spending lots of money on fancy olive oil at gourmet shops and health food stores, you need to listen to this podcast!

You’ll also enjoy listening to Chris, a truly brilliant guy, about how Chaffin Family Orchards is revolutionizing farming in California.

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Show Notes

Check out this article we discussed from the New Yorker magazine about the adulteration of olive oil in Italy: Slippery Business

Go pre-order your olive oil now to participate in the Olive Futures program, Chaffin’s CSA for olive oil. Help support their farm so they can produce as much olive oil as possible this year! (They ran out last year so get it while you can! This would also make the perfect Christmas gift for family members and friends.)

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How important is it to you to get your food from sustainable farms? Do you go out of your way to get it so you can support small farms? Do you shop at farmer’s markets, are you a member of a CSA? Share how you support sustainable farmers.

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13 thoughts on “Podcast: Farmer Chris Kerston on Olive Oil & Sustainable Farming

  1. Sustainable farming is VERY important to me! I belong to a veggie CSA, buy all of my (raw) dairy from a local farm, order my meat through a co-op, shop at my local farmer’s market, and support the farm to consumer legal defense fund. I absolutely LOVE not going to the grocery store and more importantly, providing my family with REAL nutrition. Thank you for all that you do!

  2. Has anyone confirmed if the test for whether or not olive oil is real by putting it in the fridge works? The 365 brand usually takes several days before it becomes at all solid.

  3. Chris and everyone else at Chaffin farm is awesome and their food/olive oil is even better…

    Their peaches are amazing best I have ever had.

    Having had the pleasure of visiting the farm made me even more impressed at everything they are doing out there… So glad I discovered them 6-7 years ago..


  4. why do they put the oil in plastic jugs? also i’ve been told to buy olive oil in small bottles so it doesn’t go rancid. how long will a gallon keep?


  5. Hey everybody,
    Glad you enjoyed the podcast. I wanted to answer some of the questions here.

    Janelle the test to have oil solidify in the fridge is not a real accurate test but it’s always a good sign when the oil solidifies under cold temperatures. Ours takes several days to harden as well in my fridge at home but others say it hardens right away. Because all fridges run at different temps it’s not a real scientific test.

    Monique we package the gallons in plastic for safety during transport. We had glass and tin containers getting broken or punctured during transport. The oil only goes into the jug just prior to shipping. USPS takes about 2 days to get anywhere in the U.S. When you get the oil we recommend that you transfer it to smaller glass containers, well cleaned empty wine bottles work well as do mason jars if you keep them in the pantry and try to avoid light.

    Thanks everybody else for your all your support and positive comments. It’s amazing how quickly our demand for oil has been growing over the last few years and we are so happy that you all recognize the quality and effort we put into our oil.

    Here’s a youtube tour of our farm

  6. So just to be clear, even if the label says “100% pure extra virgin olive oil” (or something similar), it may be adulterated with other vegetable oils??? Yuck!!!

    Loved this podcast. Thanks for sharing a great interview highlighting such a marvelous sustainable farm. You’ve got a great thing going there, Chris!

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