Sixth Annual Made in the South Awards

Sixth Annual Made in the South Awards

Oliver Farm Food Winner, 2015 Product: Artisan oils Made in: Pitts, GA oliverfarm.com   “Let’s just say, I wasn’t a foodie before this,” says Clay Oliver, a Georgia farmer who was looking for a new source of income during the recession. It had been a good year for his sunflowers, so he bought a press and tried his hand at making oil. It turned out so well that he began experimenting with the pecans and peanuts he also grows on the generations-old farm where he grew up. “Most people don’t realize that the cheap peanut oil you buy at the store comes from the damaged and diseased crop,” he says. “The flavor of oil made with quality nuts can be a revelation.” Just two years after he first sent out samples, you’ll now find his oils at some of the best restaurants in the country: Miller Union in Atlanta; Husk in Nashville and Charleston, South Carolina; Extra Fancy in Brooklyn. And he has earned a following among home cooks who swear by them for everything from frying fish to sautéing vegetables to finishing salads. But Oliver’s number-one buyer is still his local grocery store: “Nothing makes me happier or more proud than my hometown supporting us.”

Oliver Farm
Food Winner, 2015
Product: Artisan oils
Made in: Pitts, GA
oliverfarm.com

 

“Let’s just say, I wasn’t a foodie before this,” says Clay Oliver, a Georgia farmer who was looking for a new source of income during the recession. It had been a good year for his sunflowers, so he bought a press and tried his hand at making oil. It turned out so well that he began experimenting with the pecans and peanuts he also grows on the generations-old farm where he grew up. “Most people don’t realize that the cheap peanut oil you buy at the store comes from the damaged and diseased crop,” he says. “The flavor of oil made with quality nuts can be a revelation.” Just two years after he first sent out samples, you’ll now find his oils at some of the best restaurants in the country: Miller Union in Atlanta; Husk in Nashville and Charleston, South Carolina; Extra Fancy in Brooklyn. And he has earned a following among home cooks who swear by them for everything from frying fish to sautéing vegetables to finishing salads. But Oliver’s number-one buyer is still his local grocery store: “Nothing makes me happier or more proud than my hometown supporting us.”