Henry’s Olives, Henry Robertson

Oh Henry and I go way back — back to the days when he was a full time woodworker and I was taking wood shop classes at the College of the Redwoods.  I was pretty tentative with the equipment — and Henry was pretty patient trying to get me to be more confident and to finish my project (a shaker style cabinet…it took ages to finish…teaching me the importance of really loving a project if you are going to spend years working on it…)

So, of course, when Jessica Eden and I first started Food for Thought — he was one of the first people that was interviewed about his olive business.  Now, after 7 years — I figured it was time to re-visit Henry’s Olives and talk to him about many of the additional products he has added to his line.

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Henry’s Olives website

Henry’s Olives

Bucket of olives and peppers

Bucket of Red Hot Olive Deliciousness

Henry Robertson cures olives and you can find him at the Saturday Farmers Market in the center of the plaza — you can find his olives at other places if you just can’t wait.  They are sold at the North Coast Co-op; Wildberries; Eureka Natural Foods and are also available in many local restaurants where they are featured on the menus.  We visited Henry on October 30th and found him at work preparing some extra spicy olives.  www.henrysolives.com

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Basket of lovely olives in various stages of ripeness

Basket of lovely olives in various stages of ripeness

Jennifer and Henry and hot peppers

Jennifer and Henry and hot peppers

Olives, up close and beautiful

Olives, up close and beautiful -- don't they look like grapes?

Slicing into an olive

Slicing into an olive to determine if it is fully cured

Another slice of olive

Another slice of olive

Last slice of olive to look inside

Last slice of olive to look inside -- a sampling of olives are taken from each vat to check the curing process