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NEW HARVEST – TAKING ORDERS NOW

ORDER YOUR SUPER-FRESH MOTHER’S GARDEN NEW HARVEST PREMIUM EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL – STRAIGHT FROM THE MILL
 
It is all happening! The olives are being picked and the mill is in full swing – it is the annual harvest at Mother’s Garden and throughout our region of the Priorat in Southern Catalunya. We are working hard to get newly pressed olive juice to you as soon as possible.
We are taking orders now for December deliveries, so please get back to us as soon as you can. As always, there is limited stock, so first come first served.

Contact us or go to our online shop

UNFILTERED OR NOT? (Unfiltered olive oil only available in 3 litre tins). If you want unfiltered we need your order by Sunday evening, November 18th. Unfiltered is even more vibrant and peppery, but because it has fruit particles in it we recommend it is consumed or filtered within three months. Filtered olive oil is slightly softer but also bursting with all the goodness and delicious flavour. We recommend filtered olive oil is consumed within a year of bottling.
The aim as always is to deliver to customers before Christmas. We will pull out all the stops to do this but cannot promise (we haven’t failed yet).
As you can see above, the pricing is unchanged.
3 litre tins, £27 each (filtered or unfiltered)
Case of 6x500ml bottles £43.50 (only filtered available)
No delivery charge for orders of more than £120. Normal flat rate charge is £10.75 currently. We regret this may increase in January.
PLEASE CONSIDER, in these uncertain times for all of us, buying more volume and storing it.
Buy with friends, family, colleagues, neighbours – see our hubs page. You cut down on transport cost and impact and because the olive juice is so fresh it will store well if kept in a cool place.
Hundreds of our valued customers love to receive the new harvest, the zest of freshly pressed Mother’s Garden premium extra virgin olive oil.
So, get back to us or go to our online shop.
 
We can supply Europe-wide, but deliveries will take one week longer.
 
If you need a top up right now, we have a few 3 litre tins of our award-winning, delicious olive oil from the last harvest still available.  It is still really fruity and beautiful. We have no glass bottles of this currently in stock.

We send all good wishes from Mother’s Garden – and please note, we will be opening the cottage for visitors again in 2019.

Plant food wisdom

The need for a more plant-based diet such as the Mediterranean tradition is becoming clearer every day, with (we humbly recommend) premium fresh olive oil at the heart of it.
Now there is new research regarding cellular ageing. See here for more detail on a new report highlighting how nutritious diets have a lengthening effect on chromosomal structures called telomeres, which help protect against chronic disease.
If you are among the many exploring vegan or vegetarian dishes you will find many recipes include the finest olive oil which, if sourced carefully, is loaded with antioxidants and has many health benefits. And it is the juice of a fruit, remember, so the fresher the better – note the beautiful scent and flavour. 
We at Mother’s Garden here on our Mediterranean farm are very happy to answer any of your questions and, of course, to supply you.
But whichever olive juice you use, from whatever country, just be sure you know exactly where it came from, that it is premium quality, and the label tells you when it as pressed. For maximum goodness you need freshness as well as full provenance and premium quality.
And we also recommend keeping an eye on the Olive Oil Times for latest news. We are all still learning about this amazing, essential plant food.
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Loving our premium olive oil

Feedback means so much to us … This was our favourite last week.

“Dear Martin and Maggie
Just to let you know that the quality and taste of your delicious olive oil was highlighted recently.
Visiting my 90 year old mother, I decided to make her favourite sunny weather lunch – ciabatta topped with sliced vine tomato, mozzarella and basil, sprinkled with olive oil.
I didn’t realise that Mum had run out of Mother’s Garden olive oil so had to use a well-known Italian brand instead. It was awful – very pale and it tasted like sunflower oil. Yuck! Our lunch was spoiled.
Needless to say, Mum now has a fresh supply of Mother’s Garden oil with strict instructions to tell me when she needs more.”

Any more reviews of our premium fresh, single village mill, extra virgin olive oil? We love to know what you think.

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NEW 3 litre tins

MOTHER’S GARDEN SWITCHES TO TINS

We are now offering our premium fresh, multi award-winning arbequina extra virgin olive oil in 3 LITRE tin containers, for UK and Europe-wide distribution and beyond.

Mother’s Garden, here in the Priorat mountains of Catalonia, will no longer be using any plastic bottles, only offering our olive oil in the single size tins or in cases of 6x500ml glass bottles.

And with the 3 litre tin option you can order 3 litres, 6 litres, 9 litres, 12 litres, 15 litres etc, sharing a delivery with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours to cut the transport cost and impact.
Or combine our tin order with a case of glass for gifts or home use. Get in touch if you have any questions.

Please cut off the label too, and pass it on to anyone you think may be interested and may perhaps be keen to share a delivery with you and thus save money.
Remember that by buying direct from us you can get this outstanding super-food with full provenance, from one village mill,  delivered to your door for less than it retails.

And with the planet very much at the forefront of our minds and endeavours, we ask that you always recycle the container. 

CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR ONLINE SHOP. We would love to supply you. Help us spread the good news that is healthy, delicious, fresh premium olive oil.

* Free delivery for orders over £120 is only available for customers in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Extra virgin olive oil and health

We recommend a tablespoon of beautiful, fresh premium olive oil in your daily diet.
But just don’t take our word for it. It is all here, the facts, research, recipes and more, in one of the best books on vital olive oil health benefits, by Judy Ridgway and Dr Simon Poole – THE OLIVE OIL DIET.
We have copies of this award-winning book. Visit us our online to get your copy of nutritional secrets of the original superfood.

And why not try some of the finest olive oil at the same time? We can supply Europe-wide  – the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and more. Have them delivered together, share a delivery with family and friends and the cost drops.

If you have any questions please ask. We are here to help.
Eat well, keep well.

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New shipment in UK

Want some fresh, multi-award-winning premium extra virgin olive oil?
We have new stock in the UK now available for immediate deliveryjust go to our shop to order.
Have you just found Mother’s Garden? There is much to discover, stories to read, places to visit and wonderful food to put at the heart of your healthy diet.
If you have any questions or special requests please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

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Healthy goodness – we are shipping again right now

Our May shipment is in England, ready for distribution next week – world-class, award-winning arbequina extra virgin olive oil from our valley, appreciated by more and more people. Just get in touch if you would like to try some.
Why should you? Premium olive oil is not only delicious but exceptionally good for you. Here is a guide – http://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-health-benefits. But if you have any questions please ask us via our contacts page.
Remember, too, that if you just want to try a 500ml bottle we have deli and farm shop outlets in Norfolk, Kent, Hampshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Devon. Just ask.

And please keep track of the nature and life down on the farm with our monthly Mother’s Garden posts and photographs at https://www.facebook.com/mothersgardenoliveoil/. The olives are in flower now and we have cirl buntings hopping from branch to branch.

The cottage is booked now through to the end of September, but we would be delighted to welcome you if you want to consider an autumn break.

Keep well, and if you want to join the growing number of customers appreciating our fresh EV olive oil please GET IN TOUCH.

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Olive oil good for the heart – BBC

A new BBC “trust me I’m a doctor” experiment shows that taking 20ml of raw olive oil can have a positive effect on our hearts.
Read the BBC report here.
But that is just one wisdom. Savour it fresh and it is bursting with nutrients and all manner of goodness, not to mention fantastic flavour…..
To make it part of your daily health diet go to our shop.
And if you have any questions about our multi-award-winning fresh arbequina extra virgin olive oil (less that 2 per cent acidity and always with the pressing and bottling dates) just get in touch. We give advice and talks on olive oil goodness and health, so if we can help we will.

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Award-winning science journalist Dr Michael Mosley from the BBC series “Trust Me I’m A Doctor”.

 

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March already? There is a mountain to climb

The year drifts in and out of consciousness.  Is that the hour – the month? I’ve overslept and January and now February have evaporated.
There have been the dreams of countless dawn-jewelled spider webs and the daze of almond blossom adorned by the dance of white wagtails that flit from branch to branch through the majesty of the groves.
If I get that far. Just outside the back door I have positioned a chair in the lee of the south wall to lose myself in the song of the siskin that perches every morning at the summit of our largest fig tree.
There are chairs everywhere now, including the little blue one moving sedately through the vineyard. It and I are getting to grips with the pruning, and after an hour at the task I leave it there, marking the point where I will resume on the morrow. My habit in all things is to chip away at several tasks at the same time, moving from one to the other in seek of balance – my desk, the woodpile, the vineyard, my desk , the barn, the woodpile and so on.
Perhaps this is a consequence of being a writer who has learned the hard way that after three hours of being engrossed in composition my mind’s wanderings become unprofitable and often ridiculous (!). So I go and do something else, and in that meditation of manual labour I often find the words I was searching for.
Yes, Maggie’s vineyard. I am trying to complete half of it while she takes a short break with her lovely, supportive family in England, resting from the relentless tasks here and from a nasty fall, tripping on an electric fence and being met on the way down by the up-ending wheelbarrow she had been pushing. The clout on the bridge of her nose yielded two black eyes, and she pulled something in her lower back.

In her absence I declare to you my immeasurable appreciation of her. She grafts, tends, supports and ensures. I want her to finish her vineyard without the weight of starting it.

And there is more for her to discover on her return. A few more grey hairs on my head for starters.
I’m pretty sure she’ll spot the new view from the front door. Or rather the old view now reinstated by the removal of Robbie the Range Rover, who came to a halt beside the path to the chickens five years ago.
He had become a fixture, the largest piece of clobber we owned, pressed into service as an animal feed store until the rats moved in, and then left to sink an inch into the earth. I had another reason to keep him, though. I threw a bucket of water over him occasionally and kept the undergrowth from claiming him completely because from the road it always looked as if someone was home.
But enough was enough. Masked, I gave him a shallow clean inside with a dustpan and brush and then called Joe who fetched the tractor and tow cable. The car’s engine had seized in 2008 and there was every chance the rest of him had fossilised too. The half-deflated flat tyres weren’t going to make budging him any easier either.
My plan was simple. Park tractor behind him: Attach tow cable to tractor and Robbie’s towbar:  Put capable 12-year-old behind the wheel of the Range Rover,  then try nudging the wreck down the 50- metre track to the meadow. If Robbie wouldn’t go of his own free will I would push him all the way. I even remembered to put the ignition key in to ensure the steering didn’t lock.
Er….
No sooner had I nudged the old brute out of his resting place than he – and Joe – started to gather momentum. Alarming momentum.  The cable jerked in surprise then sprang off the tow bar.
“JOE!”
If he didn’t make the hair-bend halfway down he would plough into the holiday cottage. I leapt off the tractor and belted after him, bellowing pointlessly.  What I saw as potentially catastrophic the lad lapped up as enormous adventure. He made the bend, just, and finally came to rest five metres from the road, hopping out of the driver’s seat full of the joys of spring. I, meanwhile, had folded in half out of shock and exhaustion and was as white as winter.
Robbie is now parked on the meadow awaiting his final journey, but still looks quite perky and I remembered what a good friend from Darjeeling said – “If we could just get him there my family would rebuild him. Oh yes. Nicely.”
My year was awakened by a flurry of visitors. Brazilian ecologists from Barcelona came to see the land, possibly to run a market garden from here as we continue to explore ways of reducing our workload.
And then there was the day a chauffeur-driven Chrysler pulled in.
In it was Shuaib Al Muwaizri, the former housing minister of Kuwait, with his wife Hanan and two of their six children, daughters Mneerah and Haya.  Being an old hack I had done my homework after a very posh Barcelona hotel had called me to say they had a client who was interested in our olive oil, but all the same I didn’t really expect the name they gave me to turn out to be one of the most significant politicians in the oil kingdoms.
As soon as he got out of the car I realised it was him.  Shuaib, the first elected member of the Emir’s normally family-controlled cabinet, who resigned last year and has been pushing hard for peaceful, anti-corruption reforms in his country, spent the day with me. We talked about olive oil but to a far greater extent about his life and his hopes for his country.
We have stayed in regular touch, and as I write a small consignment of olive oil has just landed in Kuwait. Goodness knows what will happen next.
Meanwhile amazing Ella and Joe, fresh from the Encamisada horse parade, are going to climb La Mola mountain at the end of our valley (Snowdonia proportions) and will sleep up there to raise money for Red Nose Day. More grey hair. They are going to have to pick their moment carefully. As I look out of my office window La Mola has a snowy crown.
Want to help them raise funds to help children in Africa? Click here.
Maggie is on another mission, posting more recipes on our website, simple good fare – and timely, what with the unpalatable food truths now being put in front of the public. Delia’s new online cookery classes are coming at just the right time.
Why?
Society is fast losing touch with goodness and core values and has been schooled to expect a neatly-packaged, nicely chilled simplicity that is neither real nor sane. Giving blind trust on something as fundamental as sustenance is, when you think about it, loaded with guilt. We all know it would never be appetising to get close to the production line, to know exactly what it took to feed us so cheaply and for corporations to still make a fat profit.
In this age of fingertip knowledge we don’t want to know even if common sense tells us it cannot possibly add up.
Gross financial and time pressures on the typical family mean there appears to be no choice but to buy the marketing pitch, to make choices based on price and to reach for convenience.  Not true.  All power to Delia’s elbow as she opens her kitchen to show us. Making and sharing food is an essential, wonderful aspect of life, family and health.
And as for how we have reached this point, the economy-worshipping governments of all creeds, grossly irresponsible to date, need to prosecute the fictions and spell out the truths – for every label to say in legible print what exactly one is buying: For the imperative to be the definitive sources, age (not just best before) and all the ingredients in understandable language – and why not an online link to a webcam of the production line? Difficult?  Hogwash.
Buy local produce when possible and build your trust and loyalty on the foundations of sustainability, provenance, nutrition and freshness. On the question of cost, we need to remind ourselves what is real and what matters most. We cannot afford not to.
I believe this is just the beginning of a food revolution, when the nutritionists will unravel the puzzle of the omegas and suchlike and we will listen attentively, hungry for health and a long life. We need to gather around the table again, to talk, share, resolve, laugh and rediscover that goodness.
Chew the cud on that and tell me what you think.
And if you didn’t see it here’s a link to new medical research on why fresh olive oil and the Mediterranean diet is vital.

Keep well.

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