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Friday, December 9th
Frog Hollow Farms grows the olives used to produce its Tuscan-style certified organic olive oil: Frantoio, Leccino, Maurino, and Pendolino. The team of Chef Becky and Farmer Al visited Italy to get a first-hand understanding of olive production and which varieties could thrive in their California groves. The rest, as they say, is history.
It's the same olive oil every month
At the time of this evaluation, Frog Hollow Farm's Olive Oil club was extremely limited: no flavor varieties, no unique sources from month to month, nothing you'd usually see with a subscription. Instead, you'll see the exact same product every time; your only choices are how much you'd like to receive (300mL vs. 500 mL) and how often (3, 6, 12 months). Shipping is included with all memberships, but we're not sure that paying $40+ per bottle for the same extra virgin olive oil month after month is what most customers are thinking of when they look for an olive oil club.
Not the most impressive for gift-giving
Gift-giving is also fairly limited with this olive oil club. You can enter a gift message (or any other notes/special instructions) during checkout. But other than indicating two different addresses for billing and shipping, there's not much fanfare if you're trying to surprise your favorite foodie here.
Frog Hollow Farm has 3 subscription plans you can choose from:
Shipping is calculated at checkout on all plans.
On the bright side, Frog Hollow Farm's EVOO gets rave reviews. On one recent year's harvest, there were almost 100 ratings and every one gave this oil a full five stars. People say it's fresh, high-quality, tastes great, and complements just about every food you could imagine. The farm promises that you (or your recipient) will be delighted; if not, they'll make it right. We believe them.
You might want to do a one-off purchase first
Want to try before you subscribe? If you make a one-off purchase from the Frog Hollow Farm store, you can save 10% if you enter your email address and subscribe to their notifications.
Not the variety most people want
If you enjoy supporting small US businesses with carbon-neutral shipping, you could fall in love with Frog Hollow Farm. There's no question that their certified organic extra virgin olive oil is fresh. But, do you really need to subscribe to their olive oil club to get it? Because this type of membership usually offers some variety, we're afraid that most customers will ultimately pass on Frog Hollow Farm's "one-trick pony" and choose a club with more novelty. Great company, great product - limited appeal as a subscription.
Stop for a moment to consider the olive itself: it's a fruit! Would you want fruit juice that traveled for months on a cargo ship, sat on shelves for even longer, only to finally reach your breakfast table? Of course not. Why, then, are we surprised when we get olive oil from our local grocery store and it doesn't exactly taste fresh? Do we even know what truly fresh olive oil tastes like?
Olive oil clubs are an excellent way to find out. These clubs source the best varieties from California to Calabria, and they eliminate many of the steps in the delivery process so that this year's harvest can be on your pasta, salad, and breadsticks within a few months of production. Just be prepared: first-timers are often shocked at the difference in flavor. The fresher the olive oil, the more likely it will feel peppery in the back of your throat, often with a noticeably grassy taste. That's how you know it's good!
How does an olive oil club work? It's easy: you choose how much olive oil you want, where you'd like it to come from, and how often you want to receive it. It's as simple as that. Whether you're buying it for your own pantry or giving it as an amazing gift to your favorite foodie, you can find a membership that's just the right fit.
You might be surprised to see just how many olive oil clubs are out there. Which one should you pick? Here are some things to think about as you decide:
There are lots of olive oil clubs out there, and TopConsumerReviews.com has evaluated and ranked today's most popular subscriptions to help you get the one that's right for you. Bon appetit!
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