I was walking home along the Danforth this afternoon and spotted a tiny little shop on the East side of Jones just south of Danforth.  The sign was one of those printed vinyl banners with grommets and rope, tied over whatever previous sign was still in place.  The banner simply said “Olives and Olive Oil”.  It sounded intriguing and since I was in no hurry I detoured and went inside.

It’s a smallish retail store with shelves of olive oil in large cans and a counter top with 5 or 6 stainless steel containers of various black olives.  The proprietor is Turkish and his family still runs a farm in the old country that they’ve owned for many generations.  He directly imports the olives and wholesales them to various locations around town.  However, most retail outlets find his organic olives too pricey after they apply their markup so he’s selling those from this little store.

I tasted a few of them and they were fantastic.  I also tried some of his olive oil and it was out of this world.  Apparently it takes about 4-5 kilos of olives to make one litre of olive oil.  Needless to say, the oil isn’t cheap.  About $16 for a litre.  But after you taste it you can easily justify the cost.

He has only been open for five weeks so I urge any of you that live in the area to support his shop.  The address is 585 A Jones Avenue and the phone number is (416) 833-3410.