The story of OLIVE OIL GROVE starts way back, to 1983 when we met at the age of twelve. On our first outing together (not sure we can call it a date at that age), and accompanied by two of Heather's six-foot-something tall brothers, we sat on a blanket and watched the sparkling sky on July 4, 1983. The explosions above, and within, were the beginning of a love story and partnership that continues today, 37+ years later.
From school yearbook to home portrait.
Our two children: Hudson and Ana at Los Duendes Grove in Spain
MY JOURNEY TO HEALTH - by Heather
In my early twenties, my mantra was that every day should be a party. I was carrying around extra weight and a lot of bad habits, including smoking. I didn’t exercise and ate whatever I wanted. Gratefully one day I didn’t feel well and had an epiphany: I realized the quality of my life and my health was in my hands and that I had the power to feel better in my own skin. It was like a switch went off. I started to take control of my life and health by eating better and exercising. I lost 30 pounds and quit smoking over the course of 6 months.
I changed every aspect of my life and the healthy empowered feeling that I had after this journey to health compelled me to want to share this gift with others. I went back to school in my late twenties to attain a degree in health and wellness. Eventually working to help people get healthier through national programs, health coaching, meditation training, and corporate wellness.
My passion for helping people didn’t stop with myself and my health career. Lucas and our children are my main target to provide every opportunity to lead the healthiest life possible. I keep things simple in the kitchen by purchasing good quality whole foods. Our olive oil is a perfect example of a simple and delicious kitchen staple that easily enhances the taste of anything you drizzle it on and boosts health. It is my firm belief if you have whole foods in the house, you will eat healthy, period. I am very proud that my two children, now teens, didn’t know about fast food until much later in life and have enjoyed eating healthy foods since they were babies, including brussel sprouts! The big secret to eating healthy is to have the healthy simple whole food options available.
I keep exercise simple as well, leading by example, I move everyday. My favorite activity is heading out for my daily walk. Walking outdoors and a daily morning meditation sets the tone for the day allowing me to show up for myself first and live a more present life.
Today, I still think everyday should be a party too but in a different way. I believe if we aren’t mindful of what we put in our bodies and how we move everyday we can’t possibly enjoy the celebration.
Read Heather's Healthy Habits
FINDING MY AUTHENTIC SELF - by Lucas
I was born and raised in Spain, and immigrated to the U.S. at the early age of seven. One of my first foods was extra virgin olive oil, and had access to fresh and delicious olive oil at every turn (olive oil in Spain, is like peanut butter and jelly in the U.S.).
Many people in the U.S. know that extra virgin olive oil is healthy, but very few people know that almost all olive oil available in the U.S. is neither fresh nor authentic.
Like many businesses, the idea for OLIVE OIL GROVE came from trying to solve a personal problem: could not find authentic and fresh extra virgin olive oil.
On my yearly trip to Spain, I would stuff my checked luggage with as much olive oil as possible, always wrapped in multiple layers of garbage bags to avoid the on-air oil spill!
Sometimes, my love for olive oil stood out in awkward ways. At the college cafeteria, I would bypass the hamburger and hotdogs and dart straight for the salad bar. But I had a tough time with the thick/creamy dressings and canola oil that they provided, so I simply brought my own olive oil to the table. Clearly, I valued the health and taste of my salad over how I looked bringing in my own little bottle to the college cafeteria. I was passionate about what I ate, and passionate about good olive oil. That same passion has stayed with me through the years.
I was born in the summer of my 43rd year, after learning to paraglide and overcoming my fear of heights. Now, almost a decade later, I’ve flown off mountain tops in several parts of the world, flown alongside eagles, and high-fived clouds. My previous self was afraid of heights when there was no reward. My authentic self has a different value system, and understands that the reward from being free and present with birds thousands of feet above the ground and with the proper equipment and training, is not only worth the risk, but is insanely satisfying in a way I can't easily describe.
Heather runs the company day-to-day, and I serve as the resident expert on olive oil production and quality. With my Industrial Systems Engineering background, I assess the manufacturing processes of the groves and farms, and ensure that we only partner with the top authentic farms that produce a stellar product with passion about the impact they have on the world.
From both of us, thank you for visiting us and sharing a moment of your time getting to know us better. We hope our passion shows in everything we do. This passion led us to create OLIVE OIL GROVE, and from grove to table®
is our way of bringing that passion to you.
OLIVE OIL GROVE
New Hill, North Carolina