The second week of october is usually harvest time
We harvest our trees by hand, with the use of only nets and ladders and just minimal technical help. Harvesting takes us one week – e.g. 6 days including 1 spare day. We pick olives in the morning from about 8-14 hrs with a coffee break and a simple lunch under the trees. In the afternoon we take the day's harvest to the olive mill (frantoio) in order to insure the quality of our Missa Uno EVO.
.. After the first pressing we all cook together in the Villa kitchen and prepare a dinner on the basis of the freshly pressed olive oil.
The olive pickers stay in the village in our guest houses and apartments. The cost of the stay is € 25.- per picker/night. Pickers work remuneration consists of 0,5 l (to take home freshly pressed) + 1,5 l of "homemade" olive oil the following spring and a personal pickers bag
The weather in october is usually nice and warm, in the evening however it can be quite fresh. A jacket, wet weather clothing, bathing suit for eventual trips to the beach, Jeans and T-shirts for working are recommended. Good shoes (trekking or hiking – not gymnastic!) are necessary for working under the trees on the hillside.
We always hope for good weather – and maybe an outdoor picknick on the beach...
You get here by plane to Catania and from there by bus to Giardini-Naxos. By train via Calabria to Taormina/Giardini-Naxos. By private car via ferry from Genova or Rome (Civittavecchia) to Palermo. We are glad to help for travelling arrangements. During harvest – a car is advisable should you want to be more indepent (www.billiger-mietwagen.de). A Harvesters life is simple, food is really nice, the locals are very friendly, sicilian dialect is quite incomprehensive and the Cappuccino at Franco's Bar just around the corner is great!
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