A speaker at the upcoming South Georgia Growing Local Conference just got a national award in San Francisco.
Press release via ABAC, Georgia Farmer Wins National Award for Cooking Oil,
Oliver Farm Pecan Oil was recognized Thursday at the Good Food Award ceremony in San Francisco.
Since he started pressing food oils in 2012, Clay Oliver has expanded to produce cooking oils from sunflower, pecan and peanuts from the family homestead near Pitts, Ga.
“It’s great to be from the South and up against other producers from across the country … and then to win with the pecan oil. It’s really great,” Oliver said.
In its fifth year, Good Food Awards are given to winners in 11 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserve, spirits, oil and our newest category, honey. Awards are given to producers and their food communities from each of five regions of the US. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.
The Good Food Awards oil category recognizes America’s tastiest fruit, nut, and seed oils from pioneering producers who hold to the highest standards of quality and sustainability. Whether from olives, hazelnuts, or squash seeds, Good Oil is pressed and bottled without the use of added heat, chemical extractors, artificial additives, or GM ingredients. www.goodfoodawards.org.
“The Good Food Award criteria represent the quality, purity, and dedication to sustainability that our business is built on,” he said. “All of the Oliver Farm Artisan Oils are cold pressed, unrefined and non-GMO. This process allows us to deliver pure oil that tastes like the nut it comes from and also retains the nutrients and health benefits that are lost in some other forms of processing. We are very pleased that our Georgia Grown product is being recognized nationally.”
Pecan oil has a very high smoke point, making it useful in sautÃ ing, baking, salad dressing, dips and even as a butter substitute. Many farm-to-table restaurants and acclaimed chefs are using Oliver Farm Oils and sharing uses. Recipes and uses are available at oliverfarm.com, which also offers the oils for sale.
Oliver Oils are produced on the Oliver Farm, a Centennial Farm, in Wilcox County. Clay is a fifth generation farmer continuing a legacy of over 100 years in his family. Clay and his wife Valerie have two daughters, Maggie and Mollie.