The city of Corning, two hours north of Sacramento, was once known as The Olive City. With nine canneries within its borders and acres of orchards surrounding it, the town was a hub of olive activity.
H.R. Crane got a piece of the action in 1947 when he bought a 25-acre olive grove. Before long, the Crane family was farming more than 100 acres of Sevillano and Manzanillo olives. It wasn’t until 2009, when Crane’s grandsons planted 200 new acres of olive trees and bought an olive mill, that the company began producing extra virgin olive oil under the Lucero name. The Cranes’ ranch now grows more than 16 varieties, covering more than 500 acres.
The tasting room is open every day, with free sampling of Lucero extra virgin olive oils, infused oils, balsamic vinegars, and gourmet pantry items. Tours are free, too, and available anytime. Call ahead and they’ll even arrange an educational, seated tasting.
Along with producing great olive oil, the Cranes are also community minded: For every gallon jug of their Five Star Blend sold, they donate $5 to local agriculture education programs for young people.