The 2020 summer growing season for the olive trees has been at the mercy of the extreme heat along with hot “Santa Ana” winds. These are the same conditions which sparked all the wildfires along the west coast this summer. The olive trees themselves are very resilient and can withstand almost any radical change in seasonal climate. However the new buds that had formed early in the summer that would have grown into new olives under normal conditions, have been decimated by the heat. Almost all of them have dried up and fallen to the ground.
This is just the way it is with farming. Sometimes Nature has its own ideas. So as we work through the remainder of the olive oil processed in January, we will reach a point when we will have to stop taking olive oil orders until next season.
As you can see in the above photo taken at the end of September, there are no olives. However, the olive leaves and the trees themselves are all fine. Olive Leaf Extract production will not be affected.