James & Anne Price Mt. Barker
"The Oil That Puts a Smile On Your Face"
We are a small family owned grove who run our farm on sustainable principles without the use of any chemicals.
The farm has been designed using Permaculture philosophy to create water harvesting and collection structures, which are enhanced by extensive plantings of Eucalypt windbreaks.
We planted our first olives in 2000 with 1500 Frantoio trees, a renowned Tuscan variety, with a further 200 in 2005.
Family and friends gather each harvest time (approx June /July) to hand harvest our trees using pneumatic rakes and nets to catch the falling olives. We then transport our fruit to a contract press to be pressed within 24hrs of harvest. We package and label on site, and are using casks (bag-in-box) to reduce packaging and shipping costs and maintain optimal freshness.
In 2010 we were accredited under the Australian Olive Association Code of Practice, which commits us to compliance with HACCP management system, and truth in labeling, further ensuring that consumers can buy with confidence. In addition to many domestic awards, Forest Edge Farm has been well accepted in overseas competitions.
For seven successive years we a have featured in Marco Oreggia’s publications, L’Extravirgine & Flos Olei, which is more than any other Australian producer. In 2012 we were awarded Premier medal for the best oil at Olive Sommelier Assoc of Japan, and in 2013 awarded Gold medal at New York Olive Oil competition
In addition to the core business, we also produce most of our own food, meaning there is often a surplus for preserved fruits, fruit pastes, chutneys and jams, and five varieties of table olives, depending on season.
We look forward to you tasting our products at the market.