MICRO FARMERS and olive oil
extra virgin olive oil made by Italian farmers
Italy counts on the widest olive heritage in the world with more than 580 olive tree cultivars.
This variety of farming lands and the different micro-climates, all of which are precious assets, could be lost.
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Farmers are under-represented in a sector dominated by larger companies with scale economies and industrialized processes.
Olive farms do not have anything to share with the world of the olive oil industry.
Farmers preserve and protect the land by personally ensuring strict monitoring of the whole production chain.
Artisanal extra virgin olive oil and mass-produced olive oil should be considered and evaluated differently
They are separate products with their own organoleptic characteristics, selling prices, and customer bases.
Olive oil artisans must distinguish themselves from the olive oil commodity producers, whose product is sold on the market at lower prices.
“The current dynamics of the olive oil market have proven to be challenging not only for small olive oil producers but also for the final consumers”
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In a small Castel on a hill in Umbria, a cooperative of 134 local micro farmers have joined forces to survive in a world that has become increasingly commercialized, with gigantic multinational companies and diluted values.
“We are the olive oil artisans”
olive oil Micro-farmers work in traditional ways
- The olives are handpicked and the same day, transported to the oil mill, where they are immediately cold-pressed.
- Part of the oil is handled by the cooperative and sold to local high-end restaurants and traveling food lovers.
- Micro farmers produce olive oil in small quantities, typically between 100 and 300 liters per year.
olive oil is a precious gift
The micro farmers proudly distributed their oil to family and friends. In this part of the world, olive oil is a matter of honor and pride: giving a liter of olive oil to a family member or friend is an important gesture.
olive oil micro farmers of umbria
“We claim the right to exist and to express our identity on the labels and the shelves”.
“We respect foreign olive oil cultures but reject the import of agronomic and technological models or varieties and hybrids that could pervert our national identity”
Our Umbrian Farmers
Can you get this high quality oil on the market? Very seldomly. Our deam is to build a bridge between the micro farmers and you.
It’s our call to support micro-producers to safeguard the historic Italian cultivars, re-discovering and promoting them.
Our goal is to make producers help each other and form a specific market, projected well beyond our national borders where our high-quality green gold is often more appreciated.
Italian micro farmers can offer unparalleled quality declinations, a multitude of flavors and scents. This is why we want to put Italian olive oil culture at the heart of this project.
THE MANY BENEFITS OF EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
What many consumers don’t realize is something that people living millennia ago in ancient Greece took for granted; extra virgin olive oil, all by itself, is one of the best beauty secrets.
First, Olive Oil is a natural, hypoallergenic skin moisturizer.
Furthermore, virgin olive oil has the advantage of providing potent antioxidants, including vitamins E and K.
These vitamins help repair and renew skin damaged from overexposure to sun and air pollution. Other modern-day environmental hazards like cigarette smoke and fast food create aging effects on the skin.
The nutrients in olive oil naturally stimulate cells and return skin to a firmer, smoother, and healthier state.
Let’s provide a slightly more scientific explanation. Skin damage is related to the destructive activity of oxygen-related free radicals produced by skin cells.
Polyphenolic components of olive oil are like the traditional antioxidants, such as tocopherols, used by the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry to prevent skin damage.
There are several simple and inexpensive ways to get the best skincare and beauty benefits from a single bottle of extra virgin olive oil.
The rich emollients in olive oil allow just a little to go a long way.
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