Oh the circle of life. It took a trip to Ann Arbor and a read of Zingerman’s summer newsletter (PDF) to clue me in to a new olive oil from a small California farm: Owen’s Creek, produced by the kin of HP’s Bill Hewlett.
However this was the perfect place to hear of this oil: The Hewletts had moved to Ann Arbor after the 1906 earthquake, where A. Walter Hewlett taught medicine. Coming full circle, a portion of Owen’s Creek olive oil purchases from Zingerman’s will fund research at the U of M Cardiovascular Center.
The only flaw in this anecdote is that I was so excited about the story — I forgot to taste the oil! Luckily the oil’s multiple awards tells me it’s good and I’ll surely experience it soon.