Marlborough Mid-Week : November 26th 2014
NEWS MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, NOVEMBER 26, 2014 Prized olive oil a tribute to war dead By SVEN HERSELMAN A product made by volunteers in aid of a charity has punched above its weight at the Marlborough A&P Show. The Three Services olive oil pro- duced from the olives at the Marlborough RSA Burleigh memorial olive grove took out second place in the ‘‘robust’’ olive oil category at the show. Chief steward of the olive oil competition Don Cross says the entries were subjected to a blind taste test by three independent judges. The Three Services oil, which comes from trees tended by Marlborough RSA members, is harvested by volunteers and sold to benefit returned service men and women in need. It finished behind eventual best oil in show winner Stoney Bottom Block 1, made by Jack and Maureen O’Connell. Burleigh memorial olive grove manager Ken Shalders says they were thrilled by the second place finish, especially considering there’s isn’t a commercial operation and is the work of volunteers. ‘‘The olives are cold pressed – so it’s virgin oil – at the [Marlborough] olive press at the Riverlands Industrial Estate. You don’t do anything to it after that, so the taste really just comes down to how the trees have been looked after,’’ he says. The 3.5 hectare grove of some 12,000 trees produced 1300 litres of oil this year – a good harvest for the second year running, Shalders says. This follows a disaster year in 2012 when late fruit and early frosts saw 50 per cent of the crop damaged, making the entire crop untenable. ‘‘Olives are a bit stupid because they fruit in winter but are frost tender. ‘‘You can deal with about 10 per cent at most being damaged by frost but anymore and it affects the flavour too much. ‘‘They are harvested by putting out mats and beating the trees, so it’s impossible to separate the bad from the good fruit.’’ Shalders has been involved with the grove for 14 years after the late Geoff Stobie, who was a good friend and past president of the grove trust, ‘‘twisted his arm’’. There is regular work which needs doing, although olives aren’t nearly as demanding as vineyards, Shalders says. Watering, pruning and harvesting are the main tasks, as well as general maintenance. The plantings were started 19 years ago. Many of the returned soldiers Bag book bargains and help library Books galore: Friends of the Marlborough District Libraries president Elizabeth Winter with some of the books going on sale at its monthly book sale on Friday. Books are sold at $2 for hard-backs, $1 for paperbacks and five children’s books for $1 from 10amtill3pmat the Blenheim Library. The proceeds go towards buying new books for the library. Photo: SVEN HERSELMAN who fought on the World War II battlefields of Greece, Crete, North Africa and Italy used olive groves to shelter from the enemy, especially enemy planes. It seemed fitting for those who returned to develop a grove in memory of those who didn’t make it home. Many trees have plaques under them, donated in memory of these soldiers. ❚ The oil is for sale at the Clubs of Marlborough reception desk. Charlotte’s creative flair shines through Young Charlotte Cooper doesn’t make it into the hustle and bustle of town very often, but when she does she makes the most of it. The 9-year-old outer Marlborough Sounds resident took home a new iPod Nano after scooping first prize in the Bayleys colouring in contest last week. The contest drew hundreds of entries from primary schools around Marlborough, but it was Charlotte’s artistic skills that shone through. Living on Arapawa Island with her mum Eva and dad Graham means she is home-schooled and leads a pretty unusual lifestyle. However, she also looks forward to her trips to Picton to do a few days of school at Waikawa Bay School. Going to a normal school isn’t easy for her, though, because she and her folks rely on boats for transport. The upside to home-schooling is Charlotte and Eva get to choose their school hours, allowing time to enjoy the natural attractions of the Celebrate, Remember, Fight back! 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Good stuff: Marlborough RSA olive grove manager Ken Shalders with two bottles of their 2014 extra virgin olive oil, which took second place at the Marlborough A&P Show. Photo: SVEN HERSELMAN 5 Relay For Life is a fun, community event for the Cancer Society Marlborough. Register your team of up to 15 people for $20 just per person, and then fundraise together, up until the event at the end of February 2015. The night is filled with special moments, camaraderie entertainment, laughter and great food! Join us to celebrate survivors and their caregivers, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back against a disease that affects one in three New Zealanders. Join us in remembering those who we’ve lost, support those in the battle, and fight back against a disease that affects one in three New Zealanders. Take up the challenge, and get a team together and join our wonderful Marlborough Community on a night to remember.
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