Mystery Valley Produce has its home in New Zealand’s sunny Bay of Plenty.
David and Patsy bought their small property in 2006, hoping to live largely on what they could grow and make. It remains a partly realised dream!
We have worked hard. The olive grove continues to be a work in progress. The 450 trees that we acquired with the property have flourished and borne fruit. They have also become somewhat unruly, and we have been implementing a pruning and maintenance programme under guidance from Olives New Zealand with the aim of creating trees that are both more manageable and more productive. We are delighted with the results; healthier trees, and more, and riper, fruit. Our orchard and vegetable garden also grow vigorously; we have sufficient to share. Hence Mystery Valley Produce.
We want to know that our food is simple and healthy. All our produce is grown with the application of natural home-produced compost and the minimum application of sprays. All our products are gluten free.
The fruits in our preserves are grown on our property, or when we do not have sufficient are sourced locally, often from neighbours. Fruit is used freshly picked, or frozen or dried immediately after picking, for later production. The preserves are made in small batches and are genuinely “home style”, with no addition of extenders or artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives.
In 2014 we took the plunge; significantly upgraded a shed to make it a fully compliant and registered food production facility, and bought an olive press, an Enorossi Oliomatic 250.
It has been both exciting and fraught to press our own olives and to press for other people – quite a responsibility there! We owe much gratitude to Bert for his patient advice and to Olives NZ for their pressing courses.
2019 was a big year for the press; a lot of fruit came in and David was kept busy. It was also a first for us, and the press; three gold medal-winning oils. A reward for David’s skills and careful processing!
A big thank you to all the growers who have entrusted their fruit to us. It gives us a real buzz to get to know you all and to hear your olive stories. We have learnt a lot.
We are able to offer contract pressing for small commercial producers and hobbyists. Please contact us for more information.