OLIVE HARVEST: AN ANNUAL EVENT AT EMERSON?

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Rev. Matthew with his huge bucket of olives.

 

Have you ever taken part in an olive harvest? Well, a group of lucky folks did just that on Saturday, October 1—right here at Emerson!

Just outside the Sanctuary windows is a large, olive-laden tree, ready to be harvested. So, equipped with bags and buckets, we proceeded to climb ladders and step-stools and pick those firm ripe olives. The olives nearer the ground were still green, while those nearer the sky were black. We collected the precious harvest for about three hours and then returned home sore but contented.

On Sunday, the experience continued with the blessing and brining of the olives.

Below are some of the Emersonians who harvested olives.

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Eric Schmidt shares some of the olives he’s previously pickled.

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Emmalinda decides that olives must be PICKLED before they’re eaten!

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Emmalinda and Pat Lyon admire the beauty of the green olives.

We’re planning the olive harvest as an annual event at Emerson. See you next year!

Submitted by Terry Hassman-Paulin, olive-picker for a day