The Aegean Center Olive Harvest

25, November 2008 § Leave a comment

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John getting to every last olive

Thriving in the Aegean Center courtyard is an olive tree of remarkable size. Watered by a natural, underground spring, this tree is capable of producing quite a large olive crop. With olive picking season upon us, we recently made a day of raking out the olives from every last branch and collecting them in a large sack. It was quite a few days, however, before we were able to take our harvest, which weighed in at almost 20 kilos, to Iakovo’s Olive Press, and as a result, it was lost to mold – a lesson sadly learned. Fortunately, on the day of our visit, Iakovo was pressing a local farmer’s olives, so we were still able to witness firsthand a centuries old process.

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The Aegean Center Olive Picking Squad

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At Iakovo's Olive Press

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Spanning the length of the machine

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Iakovo with the finished product

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Walking home

Thanks to Nadya Keating, Amber Thompson, and Aimee Palladino for the photos.

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