Congrats! International olive-oil award for West Seattle’s 11 Olives

You probably know West Seattle has a thriving wine and beer scene. Beverages are not all you’ll find bottled here. West Seattle also is home to olive-oil-maker Rick Martin‘s company 11 Olives – whose extra-virgin-olive-oil blend “Longevity” was a gold-medal honoree at the recent New York International Olive Oil Competition, which had more than 600 entries from more than 20 countries. “Longevity” is also a California Olive Oil Council medal-winner. Martin explains the process:

I travel to California each year for the olive harvest and source single varietal olive oil directly from the finest organic and sustainable olive growers in California. I begin crafting my blends from those olive oils in early spring here in west Seattle at a free-standing facility after the olive oil has settled and ready for blending. Creating a premium extra virgin olive oil is a tedious and challenging task while also being a labor of love that we all strive to perfect each and every year. There’s no resting on laurels in our field as olive oil producers face constant changing conditions and work tirelessly to provide the freshest and most flavorful olive oil with each new season.

P.S. Martin wanted to publicly thank West Seattle Produce owner Bruce McPherson: “It was through his kindness and willingness to offer us a chance to introduce our olive oils at his produce stand in April of 2011 that we have been able to grow.” That’s where you can buy 11 Olives’ olive oil.

8 Replies to "Congrats! International olive-oil award for West Seattle's 11 Olives"

  • Paul April 26, 2015 (6:46 pm)

    Congratulations! Never would have guessed that craft olive oil would come out of West Seattle. Will plan to visit West Seattle Produce to pick some up!

  • Jena April 26, 2015 (6:55 pm)

    Great Job Rick!

  • J Peterman April 26, 2015 (7:08 pm)

    Like everything else good in Seattle, it came from California.

  • Blinkyjoe April 26, 2015 (8:46 pm)

    So cool! Congrats!

  • TW April 26, 2015 (8:56 pm)

    Great news! Congratulations on a well-earned honor. We first ran across 11 Olives at their seasonal pop-up in Pacific Place way back when and have been raving fans every since. Anxious to pick up some of the award-winning vintage.

  • Alan April 26, 2015 (11:00 pm)

    It looks like West Seattle Produce needs to renew their domain, which expired on the 22nd. Or maybe they are just going to stick with their Facebook page:

  • heather April 27, 2015 (10:38 am)

    Wow! I had no idea. I’m definitely buying some this week. Yummy!

  • Andy May 4, 2015 (10:13 pm)

    Well done Rick. We also found you in Pacific Place 3 years ago during the Christmas Holiday season and have enjoyed your olive oils ever since.

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