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From Local Farms to Your Table- The Story Behind Jeff’s Naturals Garlic Stuffed Olives

April is National Garlic Month!

Throughout history, garlic has been utilized all over the world for its medicinal purposes and unique flavor. It’s versatility makes it a staple in everything from Asian to Mediterranean to Southwestern cuisine. In honor of National Garlic Month, we thought this would be a great time to give our garlic some due recognition.

If you have ever tried one of our Garlic Stuffed Olives, you’d understand why it’s a favorite among our consumers. The quality, consistency and addictive nature of these large, buttery olives hand stuffed with plump and savory cloves of garlic are simply unrivaled.

They can be enjoyed as a snack right out of the jar or used to garnish a bountiful Bloody Mary,  add flavor to your salad,  perk up a morning omelet and so much more!

From Farm to Table- The Story of Our Garlic

Garlic-Stuffed-OlivesWhere does our garlic come from?
The garlic used in Jeff’s Naturals Garlic Stuffed Olives is sourced from local family run farms in Gilroy (also known as the “Garlic Capitol of the World”) and Bakersfield, California.

Why do we only use locally grown California garlic?
Garlic from California is simply better. The mild climate near the coast in California is perfect for growing garlic (preferable over the garlic from China), and our consumers get a much fresher product with more flavor.

How many pounds of garlic does Jeff’s Naturals use every year?
Our materials manager estimates we currently use about 15,000 pounds of garlic each year, and hope to double that number in the coming years!

When is the garlic harvested?
The garlic harvest season is July through September.

What happens to the garlic once it is harvested?
Since we harvest during the hot summer months, the garlic is brought in to special cooling rooms immediately after harvesting in the field (garlic needs to be cooled or else it will spoil in the heat). Once the garlic is cooled, it is peeled and placed in boxes before it is loaded onto refrigerated trucks where it stays fresh as it is transported to our Napa Valley production facility.

How long does will it take to make our Garlic Stuffed Olives?
The entire process usually happens within 48 hours of harvest. Once the garlic arrives, we almost immediately begin the process of handstuffing stuffing the olives (sourced from family farms in the Mediterranean) before we put them into jars and ship them to your local natural foods store for you enjoy.

Jeff's Naturals Garlic

Now that you know the story behind our fresh garlic, click here for simple serving ideas to help you enjoy Jeff’s Naturals Garlic Stuffed Olives and Spicy Italian Olive Antipasto even more!

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Featured Natural Foods Store: Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market


We know that everyone loves to find a great sale or bargain, so we are happy to let you know that Jeff’s Naturals is part of the It’s Only Natural sale at Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market stores during the month of February!

That means that this is the perfect time for consumers to stock up and save up to 25% off of their favorite Jeff’s Naturals items at all Lamb’s Markets!

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This is the time to stock up on Jeff’s Naturals!

Castelvetrano Olives

Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market operates a number of independently managed food stores in the Pacific Northwest including

  • Nature’s Choice Market in Lake Oswego, OR
  • Garden Home in Portland, OR
  • Stroheckers in Portland, OR
  • Nature’s Choice Market in Wilsonville, OR

Our all-natural line of Mediterranean pantry staples can be found in all the above Lamb’s Market stores and in addition to Cutsforth Marketplace Thriftway in Canby, OR and Shop n Kart in Chehalis, WA.

Consumers with food sensitivities and allergies will appreciate “Free From” at Lamb’s, an Allergen Awareness Program developed to help their customers find appropriate foods for their special dietary needs. The store even offers a Gluten Free store tours with a local Gluten Free Lifestyle expert who offers suggestions for replacing old favorites with new ones. For more information on Lamb’s Market, please visit

Jeff’s Naturals can be found in natural food stores all over the country. To find a store near you, try our new store locator.  You never know when you’ll find a great sale! Happy Shopping!


“The Garlic Capital of America” to Host Annual Garlic Festival This Weekend

What could possibly draw an estimated 100,000+ people to Gilroy, CA every summer for the past 36 years? Garlic of course!

The Gilroy Garlic Festival, one of the largest food festivals in the country, is a 3-day celebration of Gilroy’s robust garlic crop filled with incredible garlicky food,  beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, a children’s area and so much more. This year’s festival is happening this weekend, July 25-27, 2014 at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, about 30 miles south of San Jose off Highway 101.

We, at Jeff’s Naturals, are fans of this festival not only because it raises millions of dollars for various local charities, but because each of our delectable Garlic Stuffed olives are hand stuffed with plump and savory cloves of garlic that were grown in nearby… guessed it……Gilroy, California, the garlic capital of the U.S.

If you ever have a chance to go, we highly recommend it! Here are 10 Garlic Festival attractions you must see:

1: Gourmet Alley Food
2: Free Garlic Ice Cream
3: Flame-ups by Gourmet Alley Pyro Chefs
4: Cook-off Theater
5: Arts & Crafts
6: Children’s Area
7: Gourmet Alley Demonstration Stage
8: Wine Pavilion
9: Amphitheater
10: Mercantile

The “Pyro Chefs” in Gourmet Alley put on a spectacular flame-up show while preparing garlic-laced calamari and scampi in huge iron skillets. Photo Source:
Learn how garlic is harvested in the field by watching local experts compete in the garlic topping competition.
Learn how garlic is harvested in the field by watching local experts compete in the garlic topping competition. Photo Source:
Carla Hall of ABC-TV’s “The Chew” hosted the Garlic Showdown and charmed Cook-Off Theater attendees with a cooking demonstration.
Carla Hall of ABC-TV’s “The Chew” hosted the Garlic Showdown and charmed Cook-Off Theater attendees with a cooking demonstration. Photo Source:

So when you are enjoying one of our garlic stuffed olives, take a moment to appreciate the family farms in Gilroy where these plump and savory cloves of garlic came from. To learn more about this unique festival, it’s history and the wonderful work these volunteers do for their community, visit

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