American producers took home a record-high 56 Gold and 18 Silver Awards at the world's premier olive oil quality competition. Only Spanish and Italian producers received more.
Pamela Marvel, of Grumpy Goats Farm May. 18, 2020 By Daniel Dawson
While the vast majority of American winners at the NYIOOC were California producers, two Golds and three Silvers were awarded to olive oil makers from outside of the Golden State.
“This is our first entry, from our first press, which makes this Silver award even more impressive,” CEO Curtis Poling, who runs the farm with his wife, Tracy, said. “We are very excited that our extra virgin olive oil lived up to our expectations.”
Poling said that producing olive oil in Georgia brings with it a unique set of problems, ones not faced as often by producers in California or Texas.
“Georgia is still working on getting a larger part of the extra virgin olive oil market,” he said. “We have different soil and weather conditions. A particular challenge in South Georgia is dealing with the heat and humidity.”
However, Poling and his wife believe this year’s award will help put Georgia on the world olive oil map and bring them some international attention.
“I believe that this prestigious award will bring much desired attention to our brand Woodpecker Trail Olive Farm and the historic Woodpecker Trail Route (Highway 121), which is where we are located,” Poling said. https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/reviews/record-wins-for-american-producers-at-world-olive-oil-competition/81564
By Dal Cannady | May 18, 2020 at 6:37 PM EDT - Updated May 19 at 12:00 PM
TATTNALL COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - If each tree at Woodpecker Trail Olive Farm had a flag from its home country, the grove would look like the United Nations.
Curtis and Tracy Poling brought plats here from around the world when they introduced olives in the family timber farm.
“We were living on St. Simons and Curtis said, ‘you know, we should move back to the farm.’ I said, ‘well, what would we do,’” Tracy Poling said.
Curtis researched ideas and learned how settlers planted olives here back in the 1500's.
“The Spanish came in and planted olive trees on Cumberland, and St. Simons all the way to South Carolina,” Curtis said.
Curtis said you can blame the British for Georgia's olive crop disappearing. When they colonized, they brought their diet with them and the Mediterranean touches went away until just a few years ago.
The Polings are one of only a dozen or so olive farms in Georgia. Last fall, they pressed their first olive harvest and bottled the oil. They submitted it to international competition and picked up a silver medal in their category. They say the award helps affirm their resolve to do something others haven't.
“To put a tree in the ground, watch it grow over the years and then produce fruit.”
That experience makes them Proud to Be Farmers.
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Dal Cannady Bureau Chief of WOTC News spends a few hours here at the Woodpecker Trail Olive Farm
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We are so excited! We were just announced as a Silver Award for the Best Olive Oil of the World by the NYIOOC Judges live a few minutes ago May 11 2020. Tasting Sensations -Ripe Olives Cocoa Almond Walnut Almond. We are humbled.
The 2019 harvest was challenging for many producers in many regions. Can you tell us about some of the challenges you faced?
Establishing best mix of nutrition, water and tree varietals mix is pioneering for us in Georgia US. There are many unknowns. We continue to add new varieties of trees. Balance of water has been a challenge considering our higher humidity. We keep close watch over the the orchard daily. We think history will be kind to our efforts.
How do you feel after winning at the NYIOOC? What does this mean for you and your company?
The efforts of our family past and present heritage on this land and our friends encouragements, local supporters continue to drive us. Seeing the trees bring fruit and win this prestigious best olive oil of worlds award is extremely humbling. This recognition provides the incentive to continue our expansions and market awareness of our product.
Here on the farm we are harvesting fresh olive leaves for tea. Best time of year in benefits as the trees are budding and full of antioxidants. As per this article drink up and enjoy!
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The best herbs for anti -Viral include the olive leaf.
Herbs that have strong anti-viral properties may also protect against cytokine storms.A cytokine storm can both sicken and kill patients who are infected with certain strains of flu virus.
The best herbs with anti-viral and anti-bacterial protection are the following; elderberries, olive leaf extract, garlic, Echinacea and Oregano (oil of oregano). Olive leaf tea is available in our online store. #iamgeorgiagrown #georgiagrown #oliveoil #sustainability
We are proud and overjoyed to announce officially our arbequina (varietal) 2019 olive oil test results are in. Woodpecker Trail Olive Farm's First Press exceptionally exceeds the certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) levels put forth by the IOOC & COOC for the required chemistry testing which are among the strictest requirements worldwide. https://www.cooc.com/certification-process/ & http://www.internationaloliveoil.org/estati…/…/222-standards Additionally our olive oil exceeded USDA standards for EVOO https://www.ams.usda.gov/…/olive-oil-and-olive-pomace-oil-g…
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Woodpecker Trail Olive Farm is an 2020 international entry in the most prestigious olive oil ceremony in the world. We will announce our award level in May 2020. #olivoil #georgiagrown #iamgeorgiagrown #sustainability