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  1. I am not sure about the mists but there is no doubt about it, the season of mellow fruitfulness is upon us.  Since late August narrow tractors have been trundling along our roads, the distance between their tyres a perfect fit to proceed between rows of vines. If you are unlucky you might come across a giant mechanical harvester like this one, wide enough to straddle the rows.

    Grape harvester

     

    Some domaines may still harvest by hand , but these big brutes are a common sight nowadays.  Looking at a field of harvested vines , the large number of shrivelling grapes that had been left behind were a sad sight.

     COMING FOR THE NEXT LOAD OF GRAPES

     COMING FOR THE NEXT LOAD OF GRAPES

    The harvest continues throughout September as great trailers are filled with grapes and usually taken to be tipped at one of the many cave cooperatives  throughout the area. 

     

     

    But this is not the only harvest that is going on now.


     

    OLIVES AND VINES

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    Last week, as we were returning home we spotted a number of vehicles in our valley. As we mounted the forest road we looked down to see a large ladder lying between the rows of olives and a small group of strangers. It was clear  that our neighbour's olive harvest was underway. Around here the olives are picked by hand, and not shaken into nets as we have seen elsewhere. There are two small scale olive growers in our village, and every year we buy our supply of oil from R. He takes his olives to a cooperative, but unlike some producers, he knows that the returned product is from his own olives. It is golden, slightly peppery and delicious. Anxious to know whether he could supply us again this year, considering the long dry summer, we were relieved to learn that  the 'rendement' or harvest is good and there will be enough oil for us. The harvest of his green olives is complete. These olives will make a stronger more peppery oil, higher in antioxidants and polyphenols.  In November his whole family will be out again helping gather in the the black olives.

     

     

     OUR LOCAL OLIVE HARVEST

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