Frequently Asked Questions

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I placed an order and received a message from Gold Ridge saying my order has shipped, but I don’t see it in the UPS system yet. How will I know when the order has shipped?

Once your order has been received by the Gold Ridge team, you will receive an email confirmation once a shipping label is created. You will receive an email from UPS once your package has been scanned. Refer to the tracking number supplied in your email confirmation for status updates.

We make every effort to ship your package as promptly as possible. Orders are typically processed Monday through Friday during regular business hours, 8AM to 4PM PST.

Can I pick up my EVOO at the farm?

Yes, we offer this option by appointment only, so please choose Pickup at the Farm when you place your order. Send an email to info@goldridgeorganicfarms.com in order to arrange a pickup time in advance. As we are a working farm, please be advised that we are not always in office to receive your phone calls or messages. Please allow 24-48 hours, M-F for confirmation.

What is the best way to store my Gold Ridge Organic Farms Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

The enemies of fresh, flavorful Extra Virgin Olive Oil are light, heat, and time. The fresher the oil, the better the flavor and the higher the antioxidant and polyphenol levels. As soon as your bottle is open, the oxidation process begins. Always cover your olive oil when not in use, and store in a cool, dark place, such as a low pantry shelf or kitchen cabinet away from any heat sources. Refrigerating your olive oil may compromise the quality of the product, so we do not recommend it.

What does Extra Virgin mean and why is it important?

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the highest grade of olive oil, and must meet rigorous standards for quality, as required by the California Olive Oil Council (COOC).  EVOO has not been treated by chemicals or altered by temperature, and is a naturally raw, unrefined food.

We mill our olives into Extra Virgin Olive Oil within hours of harvest, locking in antioxidants and high polyphenol counts.

What is the COOC seal and what does it mean?

The California Olive Oil Council (COOC) assures the quality of real California Extra Virgin Olive Oil, through rigorous lab analysis and sensory testing by a panel of experts each harvest season. The COOC certification is recognized internationally for the highest standards of quality. You will find the COOC seal on each one of our bottles of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

What is the typical shelf life of my Gold Ridge Organic Farms Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Our Extra Virgin Olive Oils are best when consumed within 18-24 months of harvest. Check the back of your bottle for the harvest year, noted on the COOC seal. For ideal freshness, we recommend consuming within 3-6 months of opening.

How do I know if my olive oil is bad vs. Good?

Purchasing your Extra Virgin Olive Oil from a reputable producer is the best place to begin. The three official words to assess the quality of an olive oil are fruitiness, bitterness, and pungency. Fresh, high quality olive oil should smell and taste fruity, green, bright, peppery, grassy, and alive.

By contrast, old or flawed olive oils can taste or smell like plastic or crayons, musty, flavorless, rancid, or all of the above.

Do you source any of your olive oil from elsewhere?

100% of the olives in our COOC certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil are grown and milled right here on our Sonoma County farm in Northern California.

Can I visit Gold Ridge Organic Farms?

We look forward to welcoming guests to the farm for tours, guided tastings, and other events in the coming months.

Stay tuned. Once we begin scheduling tours, we will post announcements via social media and our email newsletter, so please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our email list here to stay up to date with the latest happenings at the farm.  

Can I host my event at Gold Ridge Organic Farms?

We look forward to hosting events at our farm in 2022, including both private parties and public gatherings. Please contact us at info@goldridgeorganicfarms.com for more information.

What farm products are available for sale through Gold Ridge Organic Farms?

We currently sell four signature Gold Ridge Organic Farms Extra Virgin Olive Oils and two olive oils:

Where can I find your olive oil in the wild?

We’re proud to work with great local and national accounts, including restaurants, merchants, and makers. Please visit our Purveyors page for an expanded list.

If you can’t find Gold Ridge Olive Oils near you, please ask your favorite specialty grocer to carry our EVOO.

Japan Olive Oil Prize - Gold Award
NYIOOC 2020 - Gold Award
NYIOOC 2021 - Gold Award
Los Angeles International Spririst Competition - Gold Award
COOC Extra Virgin Oilive Oil Competition - Gold Award

Your facility is beautiful! Your olive oil is fantastic, and the specialty chocolate with olive oil is super delicious (wish they made at least 80% chocolate to cut down on the sugar). As an aside, I absolutely loved the front gates!

Bonnie K., San Francisco Bay Area, CA

My feedback on Meyer Lemon Blend Olive Oil: I love it and think you’re doing great work…a credit to the community!

Barbara C., Santa Rosa, CA

AMAZING true olive oil! The taste and texture is divine, but for us this oil has been a blessing beyond the gourmet, our autistic son has had tremendous leaps forward in healing and development, this oil is truly brain food pure and healing. Thank you for what you do!

Laina S., Naples, FL

[The tour and tasting were] very interesting and informative. Thank you.

Kristen T., Sonoma County, CA

I learned so much! Loved the samples - very generous! I am sharing my purchases with my friends, too. I made pancakes to try the apple syrup and that was a hit! Thanks to the polite and knowledgeable staff. We had a great time! We bought a few items, for us and as gifts. You have an impressive operation that we will continue to support! Thank you for your customer care, attention to detail, and knowledge. Excellence shows!

Gerard G., Napa, CA

The best, unparalleled olive oil I’ve ever had! Apple cider syrup is also second to none! What is the most impressive to me is that all of the ingredients are freshly grown, organically made! Simply the best!

Jeongbum S., San Francisco Bay Area , CA

A friend gifted me the assorted tins for Christmas and I am very impressed. Delicious oil. As I cannot do dairy and do not like margerines I found scrambling my egg in this olive oil was sublime. You don't want to waste it on dishes where you cannot get the full impact of its delicious flavor. I am hooked.

Jean M., Grants Pass, OR

I will NEVER go back to store bought oils! The difference in taste between fresh and store bought was extraordinary.

Sheryl P., Cheboygan, MI

My entire experience was wonderful. The order arrived in a very timely manner, and the product is excellent!

Barb G., Bonners Ferry, ID

We love the Honeycrisp-Fuji Apple Cider syrup! Thank you!

Sarah H., Culver City, CA

Great products, excellent service!

Karen K., Los Angeles, CA

Recipients of the EVOO were delighted. Nice to get positive feedback from foodies.

Yvonne , Sebastopol, CA

Very good people and service.

Mateo S.

Always a pleasure working with Gold Ridge Organic Farms for custom milling. Very professional, helpful and friendly.

Bill M.

Delicious products and a beautiful view.

Steven M.

So far have been splashing Minerva on our pasta. No more boring pasta dinners! The details were also good - packing material, gold tab on bottle for opening, info for using each oil, drop down tab to cover spout opening, etc… Every detail well planned.

Patti L., Bellevue, WA

Thank you providing this service to our community. I was so happy to be able to have my olives individually milled this year. In the past I have always participated in a community press. So this is the first time I have been able to taste my very own olive oil! Thanks for making that possible!

Mary Lee M.

We've only opened up one bottle so far but we are pleased. I'm a bit of an olive oil snob. Your oil has flavor and smells like fresh grass. I put it on my air popped popcorn with salt. It's delicious! So glad I found you! Can't wait to try the other oils and get the new harvest oils in the future!

Debbie V., Boulder, CO

Everything is so great! Love the tins as much as the bottles and enjoying both right now. Love giving these oils as gifts too!

Laurie S., Sonoma, CA

The olive oils are excellent. My favourites are Tuscan and Arbequina and the fact that they are organic makes them even better. Also the packaging is exceptional.

Joanne H., Red Bluff, CA

I’m very happy with your Arbequina Blend. It’s smooth and fresh. It makes everything taste elegant. I love it. I also love your Minerva olive oil.

Cheri R.

The Strawberry Parfait apples made a lovely, fluffy applesauce in a soft pink color. Not as deep a color as the Pink Pearls, and the flavor is milder than other varieties in the markets here - but very pretty nonetheless... With a wee bit of my "secret ingredient" it tastes great!

Jennie C.

I recently picked up some Gold Ridge Organic Farms strawberry parfait apples from Whole Foods. They are some of the best apples I’ve ever had.

Samantha E.

Excellent packaging and true authentic organic extra virgin olive oil with the bite to the palate that distinguishes it from poor quality and purported EV olive oils. Thanks again expect repeated orders to come!

Ty J., Hemet, CA

LOVE IT!!! I take a shot of olive oil every day. (Along w/all the other stuff we use EVOO for!). Picholine Blend is high in polyphenols, which is why I chose this blend… I'm after the health benefits of higher polyphenols… I love that Gold Ridge is organic, I love all the awards they have, I love that they are a small farm, I love the taste and quality of the olive oil!

Ashley C., Murrieta, CA

I received my shipment in good order. I have opened the Tuscan Blend and was very impressed with its flavor and finish. The others I have not tried at this time. Since I, also, am a very small olive grower and making some organic extra virgin olive oil, I love to try other oils.

Marilyn M., Calistoga, CA

Love love love my order! I was introduced to the goldridge olive oil from My real good greens delivery that I started. I love the olive oil so much that I order a bottle almost every week. I also told a girlfriend about it, she ordered some, and I ordered some for My mom and sister who live in New York. I have never had such amazing olive oil, and absolutely love it! Thanks

Nancy S., San Francisco, CA

Five Stars!!!!  Thank you Andrea and Brooke!  LOVE your product!!!  Hope that Montage Healdsburg can send guests for tasting, special events some day!  Hotel opens November 18!!

Laurie S., San Clemente, CA

I am happy with the Arbequina olive oil.  I had been looking for a long time for an olive oil appropriate for making a vinaigrette that was flavorful without being overpowered by the strong taste of the olive oil.  And now I have found it!  Thank you!

Deborah , Del Mar, CA

We love this oil. I feel better about consuming an oil that is actually good for you as long as I don’t over heat it or use too much of it at once

Irene D., Port Townsend, WA

Amazing!!!

Merhunisa K., Bronx, NY

I love this olive oil.  I had been looking and trying many olive oils to try to find a mild but flavorful oil that would not overwhelm salad dressings and vegetables.  This is absolutely a perfect oil for these purposes.  I now also use it as my overall go to olive oil.  It enhances and does not detract from other flavor profiles.  Just delicious!  I also love the pouring spout that was included in my first order.  I love it so much I even sent this oil to a friend of mine who also loves to cook.

Deborah M., Del Mar, CA

We appreciate the chance to support local artists. 

We’re on a keto diet that requires us to consume a cup of oil a day. Your sampler has made this program tasty! 

It was flawless and the packaging was perfect! 

Excellent! Gave some to my mom, sister, and son/fiancé for Xmas. They loved it! My son and fiancé (in colorado) said it is the best olive oil they have ever had! My mom and sister are repeat gifts. My mom asked for more of the goldridge olive oil for Christmas. Always pleased with goldridge.

Nancy S., San Francisco, CA

I LOVE your olive oil so much. It is smooth and bright and delightful. AND its the only oil I wanted to provision my upcoming sailing adventure with for 6 months!

Thank you.

Aria A., Hallandale Beach, FL

I am very happy with your product. Shipping was fast and quality is excellent!

Danielle L., Sequim, WA

Great arrived before we expected it. Andrea is wonderful, she knew what we wanted with just......it begins with a P

John G., Lake Oswego, WA

I'm only on my first of the trio, Minerva, but I'm already super happy with my order. And, as a longtime connoisseur, you are now one of my favorite olive oils, not kiddin, and will now be in my regular rotation. Thank you for the complimentary pour spout. I never liked their idea as to keep oxygen out. But I love it. Super convenient and makes it easy to pour all over the place.

Homero D., Driftwood, TX

Great service and love the olive oil!!

Deb , Perry, MO