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Georgia Olive Farms (GOF) of Lakeland breaks the dependence of foreign olive oil. As of Feb. 9, 2014, the third generation farmers continue to be the largest producer of olive oil in the Southeast.

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Global demographics echo most olive oil is imported from outside the United States: Greece, Italy and Spain. The introduction of the high-tech growing process proved to be a game changer in the Georgia agriculture industry.

The Barons of Oil have been in the farming industry for several generations and know the agricultural system well.

A study abroad program in Vienna, 2006, charmed the then University of Georgia student Jason Shaw.

Little did Shaw know how the harvesting techniques he learned in Italy would diversify and help develop the Georgia farming industry. Through Shaw's profound understanding of agriculture the dynamo company has proven to be successful in growing olives in the Southeast.

Seasoned farmer and now Georgia State Rep. James S. "Jason" Shaw Jr. has loyally represented Georgia House District 176 in Atkinson, Lanier, Lowndes and Ware counties since 2010, but he is also recognized for his love of farming and the state of Georgia.

Shaw's dynamic vision allowed GOF to achieve a status that no one including Thomas Jefferson else could.

In the 1820s, Jefferson imported olive trees and seeds for harvesting to Georgia and South Carolina but excessive humidity in the South did not allow the orchards to develop.

"Among plants olives contribute the most happiness of mankind." Thomas Jefferson said.

For the Shaws change came after the first olive trees: Arbequina, Koroneiki and Arbosana were planted in 2009, and a Super High Density Planting Process was fully operational.

By 2012, over 60 acres of high-density plants producing over 5000 gallons of the purest virgin olive oil in the state, were flourishing. The new crop proved to be both exciting and educational but their true success lies in prioritizing olives more on quality than quantity. The intricate process allows for continued production of some of the best quality virgin olive oil in the world.

Shaw notes that when harvesting olives timing and temperature are crucial. Having a production mill near by was a must. True virgin olive oil has a 24-hour window before it fermates so processing the fruit quickly is essential. Not only does the trandensent company produce unique tasting olives but it has also created opportunities for other farmers who want to grow olives and produce the often called Liquid Gold.

"Georgia Olive Farms continues to encourage and support the development of the olive oil industry in the Southeast by increasing their own orchards and supporting farmers and investors who have the same vision." said Shaw.

Unlike other harvesting procedures the state of the art commercial process does not include shaking trees by hand causing the fruit to fall to the ground. A common practice involves hydraulic machines that take the fruit directly from the tree and put into bins. The olives are then taken to the hammer mill where the fruit is processed some more. The final result is a fresh and pure virgin-olive oil like no other.

Once you taste Georgia's liquid gold you will never feel the same about olive oil. Its fresh light fruity taste compliments the fact that olive oil is full of antioxidants and one of the healthiest oils one can put in the human body. There is a distinct difference between Georgia Olive Farms Virgin Olive Oil and olive oils produced in other countries.

To order virgin olive oil, olive trees or other item please visit: Georgia Olive Oil Farms, Facebook and Twitter. Please make sure to connect via Facebook and Twitter to stay informed.

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