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News from the Grove

June 27th, 2017: In our 25th year of harvesting the Mount Zero Olive grove, we've been blessed by weather but also by our team of fantastic international pickers.

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Our favourite 5 warming Winter soups and braises

April 20th, 2017: It mightn't be everyone's favourite season but we love it, slow cooked lentil dishes and heart warming soups....yum! We've put together a list of our favourite winter warmers so that you too can enjoy the season and the tastes it offers.

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Photo Journal: Grown and Gathered from Mount Zero

April 18th, 2017: Matt and Lentil from Grown and Gathered visited us at the farm for lunch and a bit of Glamping recently, see their photos from the weekend in the blog.

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Photo Journal: Our Long Lunch at the Grove

April 11th, 2017: Our Regional World's Longest Lunch as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival went off without a hitch. The Grampians produce and setting was enjoyed by a 100 hungry guests running along a long table in the grove.

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Grampians Wild Lamb - Local Lamb for our Long Lunch

March 23rd, 2017: Our Regional World's Longest Lunch is just a week away and our focus has turned to some sourcing of core ingredients. One of our amazing local chefs, Jimmy Campbell headed out to Grampians Wild Lamb to select some of the best looking stock for our five course menu.

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News from the Grove - The Fat of the Land

March 21st, 2017: We’re now counting down to not only hosting one hundred lucky lunchers for the Melbourne Food & Wine Fest’s Longest Lunch, but also to the arrival of fourteen beautiful bell tents that will harbour our intrepid glamping folk. But the main thing we’re excited about is the reopening of our gorgeous Millstone Café, which for five weeks from the 1st of April..

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Reopening of the Millstone Cafe at Mount Zero Grove

March 15th, 2017: Looking for lunch in the Grampians? We are re-opening our famous cafe for 5 weeks to nourish tourists, travellers and locals alike.

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News from the Grove - A local connection

February 16th, 2017: The Mount Zero cafe will re-open in April and we are lucky enough to have gifted cook Lisa Herbert assisting. In this edition of 'news from the grove' Lisa offers tells us the story of her heritage, her hospitality ventures and her vision for the cafe in April.

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Meet our Chefs - Regional Worlds Longest Lunch

February 15th, 2017: Our very first World's Longest Lunch as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will be held at the Mount Zero Olives Grove on Friday, March 31st. We've carefully selected some brilliant local chefs to cater for the event, find out a little more about them below.

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We're all GO at the Grove

January 25th, 2017: A Melbourne Food and Wine Festival long table lunch, Glamping accommodation at Mount Zero and the Millstone cafe will re-open!

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News from the Grove - A Mount Zero tradition

December 15th, 2016: We give thanks for another fantastic year. Could it be that the New Year’s tradition of eating lentils and pork, that we adopted from a past Italian WWOOFER’s (willing workers on organic farms) is responsible?

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Mount Zero - Biodynamic Farming Methods

November 22nd, 2016: In 1993 we founded Mount Zero Olives, taking over an abandoned olive grove which we slowly nursed back to good health using biodynamic farming principles. We live simply on the land, making the best use of our limited natural resources and ensuring that we are sustainable.

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5 Grain Salads For Summer Gatherings

November 10th, 2016: Fresh, healthy and delicious salads just make so much sense in the Spring and Summer months. Here's 5 of our best.

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Hats Off! The Age Good Food Guide 2017

September 13th, 2016: Congratulations to the talented and hardworking staff and chefs at the hatted restaurants in The Age Good Food Guide 2017 - many of whom are our wonderful customers!

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Mount Zero Heroes - Karen Chau

August 23rd, 2016: Creative and recipe developer, Karen Chau provides four delicious and nutritious recipes using our biodynamic soup mix

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Our Olive Leaf Tea a state winner at delicious. Produce Awards

August 8th, 2016: Our biodynamic olive leaf tea has taken out a 'state winner' gong at the 2016 delicious Produce Awards. Our version of an Australian green tea is grown on our farm in the Grampians.

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News from the Grove - A Natural Solution

July 8th, 2016: Jane talks about the first of five new natural skin care products to be launched by Mount Zero - Organic Hand Sanitiser

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Alla Wolf-Tasker's Marinated Olive Recipe

June 28th, 2016: Alla Wolf-Tasker of the Lake House Daylesford has generously gifted us her favourite marinated olive recipe using our Australian Mixed Olives. Warm marinated olives, mmmmmm.

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What makes olive oil 'Extra Virgin'?

June 28th, 2016: Extra virgin, first pressed, cold pressed, light, virgin... buying olive oil can be a confusing task. We break down how to decipher the terminology and find the best quality olive oil.

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Harvesting Nature’s Bounty – the Cycle Continues

June 2nd, 2016: Mount Zero co-owner and farmer Jane Seymour reports on the yield from this year's olive harvest for extra virgin olive oil production.

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Why should I buy Australian olive oil?

May 24th, 2016: When it comes to olive oil, Australian's are spoilt for choice. But do consumers really get what they pay for with imported oils?

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Mount Zero Heroes - Porch and Parlour

May 19th, 2016: Our Mount Zero Heroes can be found in every corner of Australia but this month they reside in one of it's prettiest. Follow the link for a feature and recipes from the oh-so-hip Porch and Parlour in Sydney's Bondi Beach

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Mt Zero Olive Leaf Tea continues a time honoured tradition

May 5th, 2016: Jane provides a comprehensive background on the importance of green tea throughout history, its health benefits and how to brew the perfect cup of our olive leaf tea

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Prince Charles champions Biodynamic farming

May 5th, 2016: Prince Charles champions the biodynamic farming approach in his opening speech at the Italian Biodynamic Association Conference.

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News From the Grove (March) by Jane Seymour

April 5th, 2016: Harvest on our Biodynamic olive grove has begun for the 2016 season. Jane Seymour (Mount Zero co-owner) reports from the farm on our 'enhanced organic' approach, the health of the harvest, the season that's been.

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Mount Zero Olives now available through Qantas epiQure

March 24th, 2016: Our Australian grown olives and extra virgin olive oil is now available through Qantas epiQure. Members can now purchase the best Australian gourmet foods through the epiQure loyalty program.

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Our Melbourne Food and Wine Festival | 2016

March 17th, 2016: Our Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2016

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Mount Zero Heroes - Masons of Bendigo

March 8th, 2016: Masons of Bendigo feature as our March Mount Zero Heroes. The Age Good Food Guide 'chef hatted' restaurant is a major drawcard in Bendigo and their paddock to plate philosophy ties in nicely with us at Mount Zero Olives.

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French Style Green Lentil Changes

February 25th, 2016: Extreme weather conditions in the Wimmera means our french style green lentils will no longer be certified Biodynamic, for now.....

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The importance of an indigenous relationship on our farm - by Jane Seymour

February 25th, 2016: Gavin Reid is an Indigenous man from the Wiradjuri clan in Central West New South Wales.. He has been working with us on the MZ farm for the past 8 years.

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Mount Zero Dryland Feast - Dine, Camp and Wander the Grove

February 11th, 2016: The Dryland Feast is back as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival! And this year you can stay at the grove in a luxury Homecamp bell tent!

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Straight to the Source - Grampians Graze

February 4th, 2016: Join 'Straight to the Source' as they tour our very own backyard! Their 'Graze Grampians Tour' will visit the Mount Zero Grove, Pink Lake and our Wimmera Lentil growers.

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Mount Zero Heroes - The Independent

February 4th, 2016: Our February Mount Zero Heroes are talented individuals behind The Independent. A produce focussed, regional, Argentinian influenced restaurant in Gembrook.

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News from the Grove - Our indigenous connection

February 1st, 2016: Wonderful WWOOFers; Willing Workers On Organic Farms

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Mount Zero Olives & The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

January 25th, 2016: We are teaming up with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival again this year to dress and season some of their most exciting events.

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International Year of Pulses

January 13th, 2016: Delicious, healthy, easy to use - we are celebrating our chickpeas and lentils with the rest of the world in 2016!

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White Rabbit Hops into Geelong

December 7th, 2015: White Rabbit Brewery have a new home, an impressive barrel hall in the Geelong Little Creatures Village to be exact. We cruised down the highway for the launch, had a couple of cold ones and chatted fermentation.

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Innocent Bystander - Mount Zero Heroes

December 7th, 2015: Our December Mount Zero Hero Michael Smith, Head Chef of Innocent Bystander shares four recipes from the Healesville cellar door restaurant.

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Transformer Fitzroy - Mount Zero Heroes

November 5th, 2015: Our November 'Mount Zero Heroes' are the co-head chefs of Transformer Fitzroy, Luke Florence and Bryce Edwards. The pair will provide four vegetarian recipes, from the transformer menu , using our Australian Olive Oil, Olives, Pulses and Grains.

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How To: Taste the Good Oil

October 26th, 2015: Our 101 for tasting and noting the characteristics of olive oil. Learn to taste the fruit notes and identify the bitterness and pungency levels.

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Our Very first 'Mount Zero Hero' - Cle-ann

October 5th, 2015: Our October 'Mount Zero Hero' is Cle-ann Stampolidis, winner of our 2015 recipe competition and supremely talented cook and food stylist.

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The Blending Lab - 2015 Harvest

September 24th, 2015: ?We're hitting the lab for a session of olive oil appreciation and celebrating the 2015 EVOO harvest.

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Delicious Produce Awards 2015

September 14th, 2015: Delicious? Yes! Winners? Not this year... Our Pink Lake Salt with Glenelg River Herbs came oh-so-close!

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We have a winner!

August 19th, 2015: Congratulations to....us! Our Lime Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil has won a gold medal at the 2015 Australian National Olive Oil Awards!

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Mount Zero Recipe Competition

July 8th, 2015: Win a full larder of Mt Zero pulses and grains by submitting your best Mt Zero recipe!

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Mount Zero’s Guide to Melbourne’s Best Hot Cross Buns

April 2nd, 2015: If you don’t like hot cross buns then this post isn’t for you, but seriously, who doesn’t like hot cross buns? How can you not love these warm, fluffy, fruity little packages of tradition that brings with them the impending promise of lots and lots of chocolate and Easter egg hunts?

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Our Extra Virgin Olive Oil Myth Busters!

March 19th, 2015: Having been in the business as long as we have, you hear some pretty whacky stuff being bandied around about extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).

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Week 1 of MFWF 2015 - what's been happening..

March 4th, 2015: All the happenings from week 1 of the 2015 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

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New Pink Lake Salts launching today!

February 11th, 2015: New natural gourmet salt range launched. Includes gourmet herb salt, Gourmet chilli salt and kelp salt.

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Grampians Bushfires

February 12th, 2014: Our Biodynamic Olive Grove was very lucky to survive the recent Grampian Bushfires. Thanks to the emergency services for their hard work..

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Karen Martini – Mount Zero Olives on Better Homes And Gardens

April 9th, 2013: Karen Martini, a friend and loyal customer of Mount Zero’s, visited the farm along with the crew from Better Homes and Gardens during harvest.

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