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Customers in Sweden – SVERIGE! TACK!

We are proud to announce we have our first customers in Sweden. TACK!
More and more people are recommending Mother’s Garden. Try us.
We are a small, multi-award-winning premium olive oil business – specialists – based in The Priorat mountains of southern Catalonia. We may be small, but all is possible, always with provenance and the finest quality. Outstanding extra virgin olive oil from our village mill, to your door in Sweden for as little as kr135 a litre.
This price was possible because a group of five friends ordered a 3 litre tin each and we made one delivery to one address of 5×3 litre tins. Sharing a delivery this way is such a simple, delicious and a wonderful way to cut the cost, cut the transport and get the very best olive oil.

If you only order a 3 litre tin we offer great value. Check us out. We already have regular customers in Germany and Holland.
Just click on the link to go to our shop in your language and currency.
We can deliver to –
Sweden/Sverige? Click here.
Denmark/Danmark? Click here.
Holland/Nederland? Click here.
Germany/Deutschland? Click here.
Belgium/Belgique? Click here.
We would love to supply you.

Any questions please ask.

Here are the essential facts.

Key facts about your olive oil

Thank you to everyone who has our premium extra virgin olive oil at the heart of their diet.
Our watchwords are freshness, quality and provenance.
So please let us define it for you in more detail……- It is always and only the juice of the olive fruit from the first pressing.
– We hand pick and press on the same day for optimum quality.
– Harvest is every November here in the Priorat mountains of southern Catalonia.
– Search for Mother’s Garden Spain on Google maps and you will find us, about 100km south of Barcelona, near the town of Falset.
– We always put the pressing date on every container because freshness is key (very few producers do this).
– We have won numerous awards, including three gold stars in the UK Great Taste Awards.
– And we are always here to answer your questions.Our website with more information about the farm is

Below are the test results for the November 2017 harvest, with explanations.
Thank you so much for your custom and trust.
We may be small but we can deliver almost anywhere in the world, so please tell your family and friends. All they have to do is go to our online shop and it will convert to their currency. Or ask them to get in touch. AND WE HAVE STOCK READY NOW FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY!
Kindest regards
Martin and Maggie


November 2017 pressing
Our premium extra virgin olive oil is independently analyzed by a certified laboratory, to determine the quality.
These are the results for the latest MOTHER’S GARDEN harvest, and how they compare with the quality thresholds required to qualify as “extra virgin” olive oil (EVOO).  

This is an essential parameter of quality and, hence, purity and goodness.
To qualify as Extra Virgin an oil must have an acidity of less that 0.8 per cent.
Our olive oil has one of the lowest acidity levels in the world. 
Acidity value depends on many factors, such as the quality and the state and maturity of olive fruits and the care and speed of extraction. It is defined as a percentage as grams of free fatty acids (expressed as oleic acid, the main fatty acid present in olive oil) in 100 grams of oil.
The Peroxide Value is measurement of active oxidization degree in the oil. The very low value indicates that the EVOO is fresh, without oxygen effects, and that, hence, it will retain its goodness longer. Oxidation can be the result of natural aging or indicative of poor handling or heating during the refining process
K232 = 1.77 (LIMIT FOR EVOO 2.5)
K270 = 0.11 (LIMIT FOR EVOO 0.22)
These readings show UV absorption, give us information on quality and oxidative alteration and show, for example, that an olive oil is not a blend of new and older oils. These are fundamental markers for good quality extra virgin olive oil and help in identifying adulteration/fraud.
Remember, too, this olive juice (for that is what olive oil fundamentally is) comes from one village mill, is wholly traceable and fully certified. That is the truth. That is Mother’s Garden.
Always be 100 per cent sure of the source, freshness and quality of this extraordinary food. Look for full information, with press dates, registrations and analysis.


Try our delicious and award-winning olive oil

Mother’s Garden goodness can be on your table this week if you are in the UK or within two weeks if you in Ireland or mainland Europe.
Our 2018 (and now six times winner of gold standard in the coveted UK Great Taste Awards) premium olive oil is so important to more and more people.
The latest review on our website from a very happy customer –

It tastes delicious! I got talking to a colleague at work, who acts as a Hub, so I got a 3 litre tin. I love this olive oil, it is so green and fresh tasting with a nice peppery finish. The first thing I used it for for in the River Cafe Crab, chilli pasta recipe, you really need good olive oils for such a dish and it lifted it to a new height. I am hooked and will be back for more…”

We are ready for your autumn orders. And please tell friends how they can get it too. We rely so much on word of mouth, on sharing.
Here are some recipe ideas.
As more and more people rightly incorporate more plant-based ingredients in their diets the finest olive is at the heart of so many recipes.
We love the arbequina olive, the timeless, essential fruit that is the olive: The branch symbol of peace and health: The ultimate plant food known for its goodness throughout civilisation.
That is our simple, essential endeavour. More and more people understand and appreciate our multi award-winning olive oil with full provenance, quality and freshness.
2018 pricing unchanged.
3 litre tin £27 (fully recyclable)
6x500ml bottles £43.50 (fantastic gifts)
There is a delivery charge, which is defined as you order. Go to our online shop.

And please remember, YOU CAN VISIT US. We have a cottage in these stunning mountains.
Come and taste the food and wine, walk in wild places.
We are taking bookings for 2019 now
We had thought 2018 would be our last season of welcoming people to our cottage over 13 years, but with so many uncertainties in Europe and the world we want and need to be constant.
Just email us for prices and let’s talk dates.
Sending appreciation and happy thoughts, as always, from us here at Mother’s Garden.

Thank you for making this possible

Thank you so much. We at Mother’s Garden would not be able to keep going, to keep ensuring supply of the finest olive juice, to uphold quality, provenance and freshness, without our growing list of customers.
This latest award – our sixth – means so much.
Just go to online shop to order.
In Europe? No problem. We can supply you – private companies and businesses.
Somewhere further afield in the world? We might be able to manage that too.

Just get in touch.
We love to hear from good food lovers all over the world.
And follow us on Instagram. Food, farm, life.
Help us spread the goodness that is Mother’s Garden extra virgin olive oil.

Mother’s Garden documentaries

Channel 4 has now made the two hour-long documentaries about Mother’s Garden available online in the UK.
Put the kettle on then click here to watch them.
Filmed during the early years of our adventure, they tell the family story and explain why we came to this small farm in the mountains of Catalonia 17 years ago.
The time has flown, of course, but the feelings and appreciations are exactly the same. What still matters is time – time for family, good food, nature and community. We count our blessings and and ever grateful to our families for their understanding and support.
We continue to write, to spread the goodness that is fresh extra virgin olive oil, and to welcome guests from all over the world to our holiday cottage on the farm. Perhaps you might like to come. We are thinking that 2018 may be our last year of running the cottage as a holiday let, so think on.
Keep well.
Martin and Maggie




We are pulling out all the stops to have deliciously fresh new harvest olive oil – brimming with life, flavour and goodness – in the UK in December for pre-Christmas delivery.


​- From 1st DECEMBER​ 2016
5 litres – £40.70
2 litres – £19.20
Case of 6x500ml glass bottles – £42.60​

​Ordering your​ New Harvest Olive Oil

We can offer​​ our oil in 2 litre and 5 litre containers and also in cases of 6x500ml bottles (great size for gifts)

We can also offer Unfiltered olive oil in 2 litre or 5 litre containers only
(Please note that this oil appears cloudy because it contains particles of the olive fruit and therefore has a shorter use by date of 6 months).
This unfiltered oil is only available by special request via this email – deadline next Sunday 20th November

To Place Your Order
Please get in touch with us via this email, go to our online shop or contact your hub.
We aim to deliver your new harvest orders by Friday 16th December.

We deeply regret having to increase our prices, but ask you to understand it is necessary for us to continue.
The impact of the significant devaluation of the Pound against the Euro​ has meant the second half of 2016 has been so difficult for us living and farming here in Catalonia​. 2017 will continue to be exceptionally challenging, so we send a great many thanks for your ongoing ​​custom and appreciation of the finest, healthiest and most wonderful of foods – fresh, premium Mother’s Garden EV olive oil.

If ordering for Christmas, how about this for a present for yourselves or others?
We are now offering through our online shop the newly-published​, vital olive oil health​​ ​and recipe book​ “The Olive Oil Diet – Nutritional Secrets of the Original Superfood”​ ​by Judy Ridgway and Doctor Simon Poole.
It is essential reading for anyone who loves this ​superfood and wants to know more about how vital it is for health​ ​as well as advice on how to make the best of it in your everyday cooking​. Free delivery with your olive oil order.

With​ ​​our thanks to everyone who is part of the Mother’s Garden family of customers. We will keep going!
​ ​

Health and happiness.


500ml olive oil
Hello lovely people.
Just to flag we have fresh, gorgeous olive oil in the UK now for immediate delivery for wonderful summer feasts. Perfect for dipping, for dressing on salads, barbecued food, for tapas….
And we are offering 10 per cent off a case of 6x600ml bottles, down from £40.50 to £36 – perfect gifts to share with family and friends.
Usual conditions apply – no £10.75 delivery charge for orders over £100.
Offer is while current stocks last.
Kindest regards
Martin and Maggie

Where are the painted ladies?


Hanging out the washing on the mountain

Life seems out of sync. Colours are missing. Dawns started to have the lustre of silver dew back in August, long before the usual onset of autumnal freshness.
On one of my ambles I savoured the company of a silver-washed fritillary butterfly (Argynnis paphia), lover of oak woodland and brambles, a big beauty, swift and powerful. But where are all the painted ladies, the red and the white admirals, peacocks and tortoiseshells? Is the early dew a portent of harsh winter? Is the absence of some of the eminent butterflies the consequence of climate?
I always think of my late mother when one of these wonders of nature flickers by. She planted gardens to coax them and would relish their vivacity. It matched her own.
It is a long while, too, since I have seen a large blue butterfly, a flagship for conservation should one be needed. It is needed, of course: We need stories of endangered survivors like these, even if it is a social parasite.
The large blue female lays her eggs on the leaves of wild thyme, of which we have an abundance. Then, at a certain stage, the larvae wander off and will perish unless they are found by a certain species of red ant (Myrmica sabuleti). The ants take the larvae back to their nests where they spend most of their life cycle in safety, feeding on ant larvae. How is this possible? It seems the large blue butterfly has evolved the ability, in larvae form, to mimic the larvae of a queen ant, both chemically and acoustically. The ants are fooled into caring for it.
Countless caterpillars of the rose sawfly (Arge pagana), mustard and green with black spots, are munching their way through the leaves of Maggie’s roses. The female insect saws parallel cuts into fresh shoots of the host plant and the eggs are deposited into them.
As with the large blue butterfly, what is under our noses never ceases to amaze.
Of ants in general, there is no short supply at Mother’s Garden. Irrigation pipes are their super highways through the undergrowth – red, stinger, black, dinky and juggernaut, we have them all. Everywhere the tireless workers trundle back and forth along cleared routes, some carrying home huge pieces of plant debris, to mounds of bare earth perforated with entrances. They may well be able to carry 100 times their body weight, but I wonder why the beefier members of the colony never help the doggedly determined little one carrying the largest load.
Not budging one millimetre was a stubble-chinned Egyptian grasshopper (Anacridium aegyptium ) that had settled on the cottage door, easy to identify because of its striped eyes. I did, however, check if this was another early warning, to discover they are solitary with no tendencies to swarm in Biblical proportions. That’s a relief. This adult was a pretty dull grey, but the tiny young ones (nymphs) can be bright green, or a shade of brown, even orange.
I was doing my rounds, and the next stop was the swimming pool. There is no telling what will appear in there, and I endeavour to check of a morning before holiday guests arise, stretch and consider taking a dip.
After saving several floundering insects I cleaned the filter and removed the less fortunate, which that day included a black and white bee that still has me stumped. While I had it under the magnifying glass beside the barbecue a fearless and menacing ichneumon insect stalked about the marble work surface. What an example of our complex, unfathomable world. Then back in the office, my mind on such small yet immense things, a tiny snail emerged from the underside of my desk and, oblivious, sauntered across my computer keyboard.
With socks hung out to dry on the mountain line we ready ourselves for nut and grape harvests. First, though, we lug the industrial cast iron nutcracker outside and work through nuts unbroken since last year.- almonds, hazels and walnuts.
Lightening storms and downpours have delayed the final ripening of the grapes by a couple of weeks, and the crack of thunder was echoed by the crack of a fat branch on the fig tree giving up under the weight of fruit, leaf and water.
An adult European whip snake coiled in the recess next to the electricity meter to escape the downpour (the meter is far from the house in a brick column at the top of the land) and it would have been wise to stay there. As the clouds moved on a snake-hunting short-toed eagle cruised overhead, harried by two brave small birds which I couldn’t distinguish. There was then a flurry of feathers as our two resident ravens chased away a goshawk.
The wind that carried the storm flustered then abated and the sweet scent of wet wilderness, herb and tree, hung in the golden evening air. Night fell and the stillness of the valley was paced out by the beep-beep-beep calls of the tiny scops owls (Otus scops) as I went to bed, having learned a little more.
For more photographs – see

Selling out fast – but there’s more on the way

A sudden rush of orders for our Mother’s Garden fresh arbequina extra virgin olive oil means we only have 24×5 litres available until the next shipment lands – first week of July.
Any urgent requirements for a 5 litre please let us know, otherwise we can take advance orders now for delivery in the first week of July, for all sizes – 5 litre, 2litre and cases of 6x500ml.
As you appreciate, our policy is to hold stock in the UK for only a very short time, because it is vital for quality that we carefully store your olive oil at the mill here in Catalonia until we ship. This is on average once every six weeks throughout the year. We will be working hard bottling at the mill in the coming days.
We thank you all for your love of our fresh extra virgin olive oil and your continued support of Mother’s Garden. If you are new to the website and Mother’s Garden and are searching for the finest olive oil please say hello.
Martin and Maggie