OUR OLIVE STORY
Growing olives however, was not originally their first thought as their focus was on the ideal holiday destination for the family. The property was originally what might be classed as a fruit salad farm with many different types of stone fruit and citrus. There was however a small olive grove on the property and this is where the fun started.
The first harvest of olives went to market as fresh fruit which to put it quite bluntly did not result in shall we say, reward for effort. However they could now boast of the ability to grow, harvest and pack table olives. The following year’s harvest was the start of something new.
The research that followed resulted in using traditional European methods of processing to achieve individual tastes for each variety of olive and after years of developing the farm and the processing, the transition to olive life was complete.
Craig and Andrea’s love of the Murray River and its environment lead to the creation of a sustainable olive farm which with all its beauty and surrounds is a magnificent place to live and work.
Toolunka Creek Olives now produces 6 varieties of premium green olives and Kalamata, all of which are selected from circa 9000 trees on 3 farms.
Our Varieties and Mixes
Early Pick Kalamata
Tuscan Mix - (Italian)
Gusto Mix - (Spanish)
Kalamata Mix - (Greek)
OUR FOOD SERVICE DISTRIBUTORS
NEW SOUTH WALES
OUR RETAIL DISTRIBUTORS
NEW SOUTH WALES
Our Olives are grown;
- Without Synthetic Fertilizers
- Without Chemical Pesticides
- Without Toxic Chemicals
Our Olives are processed;
- Without Artificial Flavours
- Without Artificial Colouring
- Without Caustic Soda or Lye Solutions
Natural Australian ingredients are all you will find in any of our products. From field to plate our olives are nurtured to give our customers the highest level of premium produce available.
The Toolunka workers are proud advocates for sustainable farming. We aim to foster the development and maintenance of healthy ecosystems which is not only important on our property but also important for our surrounding natural bush and wetlands.
A thirty metre no farming zone has been created from Toolunka Creek itself creating a nature strip between nature and farming. Our immediate area is home to a myriad of native bird varieties, reptiles and marsupials. Approximately five acres of land has also been cleared of fruit trees with no intentions to refarm. Native trees and wildlife now inhabit this area and a greater plan exists for replanting of more native trees. For the first time last year native quail were sighted in this area and it is unusual not to see kangaroos grazing and Heron and Ibis feeding.
Wood Ducks and Water Hens assist on the farm by eating dropped and fallen olives during and after harvest. This is not a planned process but certainly assists them and us.
We are also focused on the protection of public health in so far as growing olives that are safe for consumers, workers and surrounding communities. Toxic chemicals, chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are not used at Toolunka Estate.Rainwater harvest is common place at Toolunka and all residential buildings and associated outbuildings are included in this process. Rainwater harvesting is also performed at our processing plant in Keith SA and only filtered water from this process is used in the olive pickling process.
Our business is actively involved in bolstering two regional economies being the Riverland and Tatiara regions of South Australia. We add to employment, transport, food processing and eco tourism.
It is the aim of the Toolunka workers to continue to nurture and enhance our sustainable farming and production processes.
The regent parrot
Craig McClory 0418858540
Andrea Chick 0410655715
Farms: Toolunka Flat, Riverland, South Australia Penfield, Adelaide Plains, South Australia Processing and Packaging Facility: Keith, South Australia