Lodestar Introduces New Balsamic Dipping Oil Just in Time for the Holidays

OROVILLE, CALIF – (November 15, 2006) – Local shoppers in need of some new ideas for locally produced gifts this holiday season can add the new Lodestar Balsamic Dipping Oil to their shopping list.

Lodestar Balsamic Dipping Oil is the latest in the line of gourmet California Olive Oils from the Oroville-based Lodestar Farms.

Lodestar Balsamic Dipping Oil is a blend of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic essence, herbs and spices. It can be used for dipping with a loaf of local bread, drizzled over vegetables, or as a salad dressing. Lodestar Balsamic Dipping Oil is a ready-to-serve “starter” for holiday parties, and is a gift that is sure to be enjoyed by all who receive it.

"Our customers have been asking about introducing a new product, we’ve made it available so they can send something new and different from our family farm to their loved ones this holiday season,” said Jamie Johansson, owner/farmer of Lodestar Farms. “It’s great for teacher gifts, client gifts and for a busy person who enjoys gourmet eating, but might not have the time to cook during the holidays."

Lodestar also makes their signature award-winning Lodestar Late Harvest Mission Olive Oil and Lodestar Lemon Olive Oil. These products can be purchased in sets with multiple bottles, individually, or by the case.

"We have many customers who like to always have a bottle to take to a dinner party - something more special than a bottle of wine. They like to tell their friends the story behind the product and about our local family farm. We are proud to be served on the holiday table of many families this season," said Johansson.

Johansson says Lodestar Balsamic Dipping Oil can be found at the Chico Saturday Farmer’s Market and at the Lodestar tasting room. The tasting room at Lodestar Farms is now open on weekends for customers to visit the family farm. For locals who are looking to show out-of-towners some highlights of Butte County agriculture, Lodestar Farms is well worth the drive to Oroville. Private tastings and tours are available by appointment. Business hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 5p.m. For more information and for directions call 530-534-6548 or visit www.lodestarfarms.com.

Lodestar Olive Oil is also available at Made in Chico, S&S Produce, To Market…To Market, Vino 100, Odyssey Winery, Golden West Nuts, Maisie Jane’s and Zucchini & Vine in Chico, and at Wagon Wheel Market and direct from Lodestar Farms in Oroville.

Suggested retail prices range from $6.99 - $18.99 for Lodestar Olive Oil products. For more information on Lodestar Farms, visit www.lodestarfarms.com or call 530-534-OLIV (6548).

For more information about the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Map and links to other family farms, visit www.sierraoro.org or call 530-566-9849. Or, pick up a copy of the map at the Chico Chamber of Commerce, Oroville Chamber of Commerce.