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Pg 14 • MAY 2020 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC.


BIG Spring Guide#3 The Upbeat Olive Guy from Don & Marian Landis ~ Learn More Here: www.donsolives.com


Sonoma County, CA. ~ Directly off the tree, ol- ives taste bitter. Don Landis has been de-bit- tering olives for all of us to eat for nearly two de- cades.


Growing up on


Long Island, N.Y., he thought like most folks that “ol- ives” were either the


green ones


stuffed with the red thing (pimento) or the black ones that came in a can. In the mid 1990’s, Don


and his wife Marian (AKA Oliveoyl) were at a pot luck dinner in Sonoma, California –


a place


where olives are grown in abundance. One of the diners brought a two-quart jar of her un-


was easy for Don to pro- claim “I’m going to make Olives!”


Thus started


Don’s journey into the world of


Olives. He


started learning and de-bittering. The first jog in the journey was three years later when Don was happy with his creations and started to share the


Olives he cle’s home-made Ol-


ives. No one had tasted Olives like these before, including Don. With an Olive tree in his yard it


de-bittered. Al- ways looking for other “Olive peo- ple,” Don found like-minded folks in Northern California who


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knew what is so natu- ral and understood all


sions is sharing knowl- edge. Don found that many,


many


people had the desire to learn about Olives. So during the Sonoma Valley Olive Festival Don started to present Olive De-Bittering work shops. Year by year the crowds for his presen- tations grew. More event promoters and communi ty groups asked


across the Mediterra- nean basin – that Olive making is lots of fun. The search for more Ol- ive people soon brought Don to the Sonoma Val- ley Olive Festival, but the festival turned out to be Olive Oil oriented. So with his knowledge of Olives and home de-bit- tering techniques, Don started presenting and earned a reputation and nickname of “The Olive Guy.” One of Don’s other pas-


Don to present his work- shops.


Now, Don fuels his strong passion for Olives by offering several work- shops during the year, private and public. He also provides consulta- tions for those in need of Olive knowledge. It pro- vides Don with joy and happiness that balances out the stress of work and life’s obligations. His signature salutation says it all… ”Happy Olives!”


Happiness is..... finding two olives in your martini when youre hungry.


Johnny Carson “Happiness [is] only real when shared” ~ Jon Krakauer


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