Community Milling

The olive harvest is early again this year. We will offer Community Milling on October 30, November 20 and December 4, 2016.  

Dry Creek Olive Company’s community milling days are an ideal way for the small olive grower to produce homegrown olive oil and celebrate the joys of harvest time. Come on out and enjoy the “fruit” of your labor! We have found that some of our most flavorful oils are produced on Community Milling days. The “field blending” created by combining neighbors’ olives produces amazing extra virgin oil!

Here is how it works: olives are delivered by customers early on Community Milling day and are combined and milled together into extra virgin olive oil. The percentage of the total weight you contribute is directly proportional to the percentage of oil you receive once the olives are milled. Olives are collected from 9:00am to 2:00pm. We will not accept olives after 2:00pm.

We accept amounts from 5 lbs. to 700 lbs. at a rate of $0.90/lb. There are no additional waste removal fees for community milling – the pomace is on us!

We recommend you pick no more than 24 hours before bringing your olives in for milling. Ideal storage containers include: plastic 5 gallon buckets, clean trash cans and macro-bins. Please do not store your olives in plastic garbage bags as they tend to rot more readily. To help ensure the quality of your olives, we recommend picking them within 24 hours of milling and storing them in a cool, well-ventilated place. When olives are delivered they are inspected, and are to be free of olive fly, rot, fungus or excessive bruising or damage. We reserve the right to refuse olives that have more than 10% olive fly damage, or if we deem them too defective to mill. You will need to take your olives with you if they are refused.

Your oil will be ready for pickup at our tasting room one week following your Community Milling day. Plastic, food-grade containers are supplied at a nominal price. We will only accept clean and dry, well-marked, food-grade plastic containers for oil collection. We want you to be completely satisfied with your olive oil and we cannot guarantee the level of cleanliness of non-food-grade containers brought in from the outside. When partitioning the oil, we round to the nearest ounce. We cannot guess or guarantee a certain percentage yield.

All Community Milling customers and Club member patrons of our tasting room are welcome to join us on these days (with or without olives) as we celebrate the harvest.

Please contact us if you plan to mill with us on one of these dates: (707) 431.7200 or email us at

We look forward to seeing you!