Last week there were two articles in the Daily Republic regarding the rise of the Olive Oil business in the Suisun Valley. The article focused on the Sievers family and their plans for a mill and olive oil grove. I think it’s great that the Sievers are planning this, but there has been a family, that for over four years, have been promoting the Olive Oil of the Suisun Valley.
Joel and Peggy Quartemont have been running Sepay Groves Olive Oils and they have been actively promoting Suisun Valley oils to the locals and tourists that visit from their boutique at 370 Chadbourne Road. The Quartemonts are active advocates for their product. They have posters that show how Olive Oil has helped their health. They have a tasting area where they share the tastes and benefits of the different oils that they blend. They also blend vinegars that are extremely tasty.
The olives that the Quartemonts use come from the Gordon Valley Farms, a local grower; the olives are taken to a press in Sonoma County where they are pressed. The oil then comes back to the store in Fairfield where small quantities are bottled, to keep the oil fresh, and it is sold through the store.
My wife and I have become steady customers of Sepay. The oils and vinegars are great and they make tasty salad dressings and are a great addition to our cooking.