Just like the Arbequina olives in Mike Coldani’s Lodi orchard near Interstate 5 and Flag City, San Joaquin County’s future in olive oil production is growing stronger by the day. Five years ago, Coldani’s family started planting olive trees. They are part of a larger trend that is sweeping the county.
According to a recently released report from the San Joaquin County Agricultural commissioner, improved harvesting techniques have led to more acres of olives being planted around the county for olive oil production. San Joaquin County accounts for 35 percent of California’s olive oil-producing trees and ranks second in acreage devoted to the plants. The report estimates 10,000 trees each year will be added to the state’s olive orchards.