In a state known for peaches and peanuts, one Georgia farmer hopes to buck the trend and develop a successful olive oil business. The Washington Post profiles Jason Shaw who successfully harvested the first olives in the state since the 1800s this fall. He was able to harvest just 500 bottles, but sold them for $25 a piece and expects his harvest to become 30 times larger in the next couple of years.
Apparently, the oil has been a huge success with area restaurateurs who love the freshness of the oil. The United States currently produces less than 10 percent of the world's olive oil, mainly from California, Texas and Arizona. Shaw hopes to change that.
His company is called Georgia Olive Farms.