Every year the Marks clan gets together to help Grandma harvest her olive orchard so she can make the most delicious fresh olive oil. As I mentioned in this post, it's always such a treat to be able to spend time with my grandma, and this time was no exception. Not only did she host at least fifteen family members and friends, but she made us a delicious feast as well! Cousins, aunts and uncles came from all across California (and Oregon!) to be here for the special day, and we lucked out with absolutely gorgeous weather. Needless to say, we had a blast (with only a few complaints) helping grandma harvest her precious crop.
It was such a joy to be able to spend the day together and celebrate not only the great crop but our favorite lady's (surprise) birthday. I can't wait until we're all together again next year. (Except I can, because my back and arms are still killing me... picking is hard work!)