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. All of the fruit in our Agrumato olive oils is grown onsite as well.

What is an Agrumato olive oil?

Agrumato olive oils were created by farmers in the Abruzzo region of Italy and crafted in small batches, made as gifts, and treasured by their recipients. Using traditional methods, citrus fruits or fragrant culinary herbs are co-milled with the olives to produce bright, flavorful olive oil. Our Meyer Lemon and Mandarin-Kumquat Agrumato olive oils are made with fresh citrus harvested from our CCOF & Oregon Tilth Certified Organic California orchards.

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 Agrumato 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