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Graber Olive House, Ontario

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About Graber Olive House

Founded in 1894, the historic Graber Olive House is located in a pleasant residential area north of Ontario’s business district minutes from the Ontario International Airport in Southern California.

Upon purchasing land in Ontario in 1892, C.C. (Dad) Graber discovered olives, as cured by the earlier settlers, to be one of the finest food delicacies of California. After study of their method and further research, C. C. Graber cured several barrels of olives using his own “recipe”. The following season a greater quantity was in demand by friends and neighbors who had eaten from the original barrels. Thus began Ontario’s oldest family owned business.

The Graber Groves are now located in the San Joaquin Valley where growing and harvesting is of primary importance. Olives are allowed to mature on the trees to a cherry red color, denoting full tree-ripeness. During the Fall harvest, pickers return to the trees several times, carefully picking only the tree-ripened fruit. After each day’s picking, in the cool of the evening, the olives are hauled by truck to the Olive House for grading, curing and canning.

At peak production, October-December, the historic Graber Olive House pulsates with activities, welcoming new and returning employees to join the full-time staff. Visitors are offered guided tours of the facilities and may browse leisurely in the two gift shops, featuring gift packages of Graber Olives, fine foods and gifts. A mail order catalog is available by request.

Graber Olives continue to be enjoyed by generations throughout the world.
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  • Such a neat little oasis in the midst of the city! Definitely a flashback to when the area was more agrarian. The tour of the processing area was really interesting, the gift shop is fun, and the oliv...  more »
  • We took a tour of the factory. Was fascinating to see so much work done by people, not machines! Got to taste fresh ollives.  more »
  • If you have never tried them you are missing an experience! When I was a little girl in New York, my Uncle used to send my grandpa a case of olives every year. When we moved her RC. we went to see the...  more »
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  • My husband introduced me to these olives during the first year of our marriage. We enjoyed giving them as gifts. My husband died six years ago so I decided that it was time I began ordering them so I am eagerly awaiting my order. eagerly awaiting
  • This store is AMAZING!! Such a wide variety of crystals, everything you could imagine! Great selection of incense, beautiful clothing, all sizes of Mala beads, and great trinkets! Steven is awesome and can answer any question you have and will set you in the right direction. The meditation room at the back of the store is peaceful and inviting. A true gem of the store in the Airtight!!
  • The history and the wonderful staff. I was granted a tour of their production line. The old machinery/ way of doing things is very cool.
  • Really charming spot, definitely worth checking out. The staff are really friendly and helpful. We chatted with two older ladies who were working in one of the gift shops - they told us about the history of the area and about some things to see and do. The olives were delicious. We bought 5 cans to take home!
  • Great business with wonderful products. Olives are to die for!

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