Olive Farm and Mill
Customized milling and bottling for California's Central Coast
Owner and Operator Astrid Jansen. I had always wanted to go into agriculture. In 2001 I purchased a property that happened to have some olive trees on it, and I started taking classes at UC extension in how to grow and mill olives. I learned that the varieties of olives produced by the trees that were already planted on the property were best suited for the table, so I replanted the orchard with olives better for oil. That was in 2003. I started milling in 2005. The best part of milling is seeing a big smile on a grower's face when the oil comes out of the high-speed centrifuge.
Quality Work. You can't make world-class oil out of poor-quality olives. The growers do a terrific job of caring for their orchards, and it's our responsibility to mill their olives into quality oil. Over the years we have milled many prize-winning olive oils, including Best-of-Show and Best-of-Class not only at the California Mid-State Fair in nearby Paso Robles, but also at the Yolo County and Los Angeles County Fairs, two of the three largest olive-oil competitions in the world.
Our orchard is located near Templeton, California, in northern San Luis Obispo county.
This region of California has the right weather and soil to produce very high quality olives.
We planted 1,000 trees of Italian and Spanish varieties in 2003, on twenty-six acres.
We intend to plant five acres of French varieties and more Italian varieties in 2011.
We have Extra Virgin Olive Oil (XVOO) for soap and candle-making, in bulk. Our Gourmet Olive Oil is current year harvest.
Our Mill. Foxdale Farm is a full-service olive oil business. We mill and bottle our own oil and that of others, and we carry a selection of bottle sizes and styles. We welcome ranchers from the area to bring their olives to us for milling. Bring in your olives!
Organization Memberships. We belong to the Central Coast Olive Growers, San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau, and the California Olive Oil Council.
Executive Assistant Teddy
Head of Security Odin
Teddy (left) and Odin are two essential staffers at Foxdale Farm.