In Israel, during the latter part of every year the olive trees are laden with fruit. All over the country there are olives trees along the sides of the roads, on isolated patches of dirt, or in beautiful orchards.
When they ripen you will see people up in the trees with canvas bags over their shoulders picking the ripe fruit.
A more common way to gather the olives is to lay canvas or plastic sheets on the ground and "beat" the branches to bring the olives down.
Jay and Meridel Rawlings planted olive trees in their back yard many years ago. While olive trees take a long time to grow, they also can last for hundreds of years. As the trees have matured, the olives have become more and more plentiful and the harvest has turned into an annual event for the family.
Now, each year they harvest their small crop and take it to the Olive Press to be made into beautiful, pure, Israeli Olive Oil~how wonderful it is to enjoy the "fruits of our labours".
The LORD replied to them:
“I am sending you grain, new wine and Olive Oil, enough to satisfy you fully;
never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations"...Joel 2:19 (NIV)
Join with the Rawlings this year, in their backyard as they celebrate life; and bring in the harvest during the last days of the year before the heavy rains begin!
Jay and Meridel Rawlings Harvest their Olives to be Pressed into Pure Olive Oil