Wild Poppies: Two sisters harvest liquid gold from their Aptos Hills farm
Wild Poppies – a small local olive oil business – was created by two sisters, Kim Null and Jamie de Sieyes. Their award-winning olive oil is available locally at New Leaf in Santa Cruz County and Half Moon Bay, EatLocal.Farm, Shoppers Corner, and Davenport Roadhouse in Santa Cruz County. You can also find them at the Saturday Aptos Cabrillo College Farmer’s Market.
The family-run local business, Wild Poppies, was created in 2018 by two sisters, Kim Null and Jamie de Sieyes. Wild Poppies produces premium extra virgin olive oil from their orchard of 2,000 imported Italian olive trees in the Aptos Hills. Every drop of their oil, like liquid gold, reflects the loving care they put into each step of farming, harvesting, and creating their craft products.
In all their processes and partnerships, Kim and Jamie are discerning. Their strategic decisions first pass through a set of values near and dear to their hearts. Foremost, a love for local partnerships, deep consideration of sustainable farming practices, and a reduction of fossil fuels.
Wild Poppies received an energy efficiency grant from 3cenergy, which has allowed them to transition to all-electric harvest rakes, and to update their utility vehicle to an all-electric model as well. Transitioning to all-electric makes for a “quieter” harvest and significantly reduces overall harvest emissions.
You’ll find Wild Poppies oils and products on the shelves of community markets such as New Leaf, Shoppers Corner, and the Davenport Roadhouse. Their premium oils are also used to prepare treats from local foodie favorites: Mentone, Bad Animal, Persephone, and Companion Bakeshop.
Santa Cruz County Bank had the pleasure of meeting with Kim and Jamie in the early stages of their start-up (just before their first harvest), when they turned to a local bank for guidance on banking and marketing their fledgling company. Now, just three years later, they’ve racked up Best of Show, Gold Awards, and a loyal following of foodie connoisseurs!
Local connections and building meaningful relationships are pillars for Wild Poppies, and their choice in local banking reflects this.
Santa Cruz County Bank has been more than a bank to us. They’ve provided guidance, care and support from our humble beginnings to today.
— Kim Null and Jamie de Sieyes, Wild Poppies
Learn more about Wild Poppies and where you can buy their delicious oils: https://www.wildpoppiesoliveoil.com.
Free local pickup using code LOCALSONLYWild Poppies offers a locals-only zero-waste membership plan, with re-fillable two-liter fusti tanks, along with a local mini-barn pick-up location.
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