A Centennial Farm of Georgia
Our Test Kitchen was sent a care package from Oliver Farm near Pitts, Georgia. This Wilcox County farm was named as a Centennial Farm by the state of Georgia denoting the fact that the working farm has been owned and operated by the same family for 100 years or more. That’s Clay Oliver and his family in the image above.
It all began in 1903 when the land was purchased by Daniel Henderson Watson; the farm is currently run by the fifth generation. They have grown crops such as cotton, peanuts, grain sorghum, rye, soybeans, and sunflowers and have tended both beef cattle and swine. Several original buildings are still in use, including the log cabin home and kitchen built by D.H. Watson.
Now they are offering Pecan, Sunflower and Peanut culinary oils that are cold pressed and unrefined, which preserve their flavors and nutrients. Plans are in the works for more oilseeds to be used in the future. They also have Pecan Flour.
We received a bag of the pecan flour as well as a bottle of each of the oils. The packaging is simple and attractive and evokes the setting from which it came. Great branding for the farm.
In my mind I assumed the pecan flour would be a finely ground meal, but upon opening the bag I realized it was indeed an actual flour, very finely milled and powdery. I was excited to put it to use.
My first attempt at making pancakes with 100% pecan flour was a disaster. The flour is very absorbent and my attempted ratios with egg and liquids were way off. I had in mind that I wanted to create a gluten-free pancake, so I tinkered and decided to go with a combo of oats and pecan flour and it worked beautifully. The buttermilk gives a little tang, moisture and lift. These come together very quickly in a blender. Serve with real maple syrup, of course. Now that I had the hang of the flour, I put it to good use in the Test Kitchen – make sure to check out the Pecan Flour Buttermilk Pancakes, Coffee Pecan Shortbread Cookies, the Browned Butter Bourbon Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans, Pecan Pat-in Crust, Vegan Chocolate Pudding Pecan Pie and the Triple Chocolate Brownies with Pecan Flour.
Last Image: Dédé Wilson
Other Images Courtesy Oliver Farm
We love the Oliver Family and their products! Shop local and support our farmers!!
Fine, artisanal products like this make for stellar baked goods! Tell us how you have used the flour and oil. We would love to hear.
So far the sunflower oil infused with herbs is a big hit with sauteed veggies! Also have used it for dipping home made bread. Have purchased pumpkin seed oil…and making yummy salad dressings!
We are experiementing with the pecan flour…fried chicken!
Oh my the fried chicken sounds AMAZING
All of the Oliver Farms products are fantastic. I really love all the oils. I use the sunflower oil to make the best fried chicken and the infused oil is great on fish and vegetables. It is great to see one of our local farms featured here. Thank you so much for your support.
Our pleasure. We want to bring quality products to the attention of our community. Small producers must be celebrated and supported. The more “real” and pure a foodstuff is, the better it is for our health and the environment – not to mention taste buds!
I am obsessed with the Oliver Farm oils! We saute our vegetables in the pecan oil and the flavor is outstanding! We are not a gluten free home, but the pecan flour makes exceptional brownies – full of flavor unlike many gluten free recipes. #gagrown #farmtotable #slapyourmamagoodoil
I love the pecan oil and flour. I am glad to have some more uses. They are absolutely wonderful to work with.
Holly, I know they appreciate your interest! And thank you for coming into our community here.