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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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  • Graber olives are a must on my holiday table. My friends and family look forward to eating them and I look forward to going to their shop in Ontario. The gift shop has a wonderful selection of gift it...  more »
  • This is a fun place to shop for gifts a large selection of hard to find gift items also a very serene and tranquil area . small museum and also a smaller gift store next to museum - fun to visit ~~ an...  more »
  • Small museum to its own corporate past. Rustic ambience visits production possible and recommended. Olives taste definitely different and are a beautiful gift for loved ones at home or for themselves. Staff super nice and accomodating. Souvenir shop "cute" is simply to recommend
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  • Bought this very clever bowl for olives and pits but would also be great for cherries and pistachios. A boutique type shopping experience with a very helpful staff. If you want the history or a tour ask for Dot. She is very informative and you can tell she loves working at the Graber House.
  • Found this gem on our family trip. Stopped in for a tour and Rosalie did a great job taking us though the factory and telling us the history of the place. Our kids enjoyed it as well. The olives are delicious and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Rosalie took the time to answer all the questions my 10 year old had for her! I am hoping to visit (and shop) more in the future. Thank you!
  • Loved the tour, the history, the gift shop and the friendly staff! Oh and THE OLIVES are totally delicious! If you want to shop small and get a taste of California look no further!
  • I took the tour if the canning if the Olives. Our tour guide was Sue Shoemaker and she did a fantastic job. She was very informative and interesting.
  • A gem! Best. Olives. Ever. Never was a particular olive fan before, but these are delicious. There is not one, but two, charming giftshops. And if you can swing by during November, you might even be able to tour their facility - which still uses its original early 20th century equipment!

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