Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Olive Press at Mission San Miguel

Olive Press at Mission San Miguel, California. © B. Radisavljevic
People have been growing and pressing olives for their oil for a long time in California. The Franciscan missionaries brought them to San Diego and the Mission olive cultivar developed in the late 1700's accompanied the establishment of the California missions along El Camino Real. This olive press remains at Mission San Miguel.


Olive Press at Mission San Miguel, California. © B. Radisavljevic
This photo shows the other end of the olive press with the sign explaining it. Unlike the top photo which is the view one sees upon entering the mission grounds, this view looks out to the street. If the print is too small for you to read, just click the photo to enlarge it.

After I had taken a lot of photos of the grounds, I walked completely around the mission, and it was a much longer walk than it appeared to be when I started walking from the exit of the cemetery grounds. The mission still covers a lot of territory, and I'll be sharing more photos in future posts.