Oliver Farm Infused Sunflower Oil is our best selling oil. People often want to know how we came up with the recipe. It happened one night as my wife Valerie and my mother Jurice were enjoying some bread and oil and began adding spices to the oil. Keeping some and omitting others they settled on the recipe and it has been popular from the start. We start with our high oleic sunflower oil then add eight herbs and spices that look so good in the bottle people can’t resist shaking it up. Once that happens, the flavors of the rosemary, oregano, basil, parsley, red pepper, black pepper, garlic, and salt blend perfectly with the rich bold sunflower oil. This oil was born for dipping bread, and there are a ton of other uses for it. Several local schools use it on their salad bar. It is a great oil to sautee vegetables or easily enhance grilled or baked meats.
The oil business came about from an idea several years ago when fuel prices soared and the American economy faltered. There was a lot of talk about alternative fuel sources. That sparked an interest in an area that I knew very little about. I began researching, visiting oil plants, and talking to individuals in this field. My initial thought was to make my own fuel. The equipment needed to extract oil is expensive, and the savings on fuel would not pay for the equipment for many years. I was fortunate enough to meet a couple of people who influenced me to consider growing, processing, and selling food grade oil During this time I discovered the cold pressed method of oil extraction which does not use chemicals or high temperatures to remove the oil, This process leaves valuable vitamins and nutrients in the oil. The oil also retains its natural flavor and color. In 2012 I grew my first crop of sunflowers for oil production and by the end of 2012 I had pressed oil from sunflowers, pecans, and peanuts all grown in Wilcox County. More oils followed and Oliver Farm Artisan Oils quickly caught the attention of chefs and foodies.
As oil production has expanded and I begin to understand a little more about the properties and uses of various oils I am filled with awe and wonder at the countless ways it can be used. Naturally tasty, nut and seed oils are necessary for balanced nutrition. They can be used in fuel, cleaners, soap, cosmetic products, and have medicinal uses as well. Our simple process, genuine care for your approval, and desire to keep it pure and fresh make Oliver Farm a natural choice for any pantry. Clay & Valerie Oliver