Twas three weeks before Christmas, at IL Fiorello’s Olive House.
All creatures were stirring, in the little hen’s house.
The barrels were stacked, with love and great care,
In hopes that more olives, soon would be there.
The gift packs were nestled, all snug on the shelves,
With dreams of great feasts, and gifts for the elves.
Now with Mark in his hat, and Ann ready to rally,
They awaited more fruit, this would be the finale!!
When out on the pad, there arose a huge clatter,
We sprang to the door, to see what was the matter.
When what to our wondering eyes should appear?
But a truck with more olives…Oh my….Oh my dear.
The bright sun, on the crush pad, was lovely and warm,
And gave escape artist hen, Henrietta, no worry of harm.
Olives are coming, she cackled to warn,
Get to the mill, be ready! Raise the alarm!
Away…. Nick to the forklift, to trucks he does dash,
EJ opens the mill doors, and Aroldo the sash.
The trucks come a-plenty, with lots of great fruit,
From Larry our friend, in a red Santa suit.
Yet another with oranges, lemons, limes, and hot peppers,
To mill with our olives, great gifts…n’better than sweaters!
Then amazed, we did watch! Another welcome surprise!
A brigade of bright elves, with very sharp knives.
With Ron and Gen in the lead, Steph, Mary, Joe in a line,
All came to the mill, to help manage the limes.
Followed by elves: Libby, Paul, Gabe,
Alie, Bella, and Jess, Marisell, Nik, and Dave.
And last, but not least, our dear Magic Mark,
With a huge joyful wave…yay, we’ll be done before dark!!!
The fruit is well cut, the olives a-plenty,
Co-milled oil is flowing, from out the Valente.
The malaxers are full, the centrifuge spinning,
And green Christmas trees, the elves are a-trimming.
And then in a twinkling, harvest season is over.
May your holidays be happy, with a great jolly laugh!
To all of our patron’s, our friends, and our most wonderful staff.
Merry Christmas to all with hopes of blessings and honour, glory and power, riches and wisdom, happiness, and strength, and health.
Thank you for 2017, and cheers to a wonderful 2018
Ann and Mark