About Us

About Us: 

Our artisan cooking oils are crafted locally in the Central Valley of California. Through partnerships with farmers we know to be good stewards of the land and environment, we are able to deliver authentic, sustainable, and delicious cooking oils. We take pride in our cooking oils - use only whole, edible nuts in our small batch manufacturing process - and cold press extraction to guarantee an exceptional taste while still providing maximum nutritional value. 

 

Our Farming Roots Run Deep

Fresh Vintage Farms was founded in 2019 by husband and wife Tommy and Tara Tickenoff. As third generation almond farmers, their connection to farmers and sustainable farming practices led them to create Fresh Vintage Farms. 

 

Crafted in California

Originally born out of Turlock, CA - Fresh Vintage Farms is truly a company focused on keeping everything as close to home as possible. The tree nuts used in our Artisan Cooking Oils are grown in a 90 mile radius of Turlock, and our processing facility is just down the road in Merced County.  

 

Committed to Sustainability

Our oils are doing more than nourishing your body, we are nourishing the planet too. From the orchard to your pantry, there is authenticity and freshness you can taste in every drop. Fresh Vintage Farms carefully sources nuts from California family-run farms to curate our unique oils. Rest assured when you’re savoring our oils you can trust that our nuts are raw, directly from the earth. In every part of the process we look for ways to be more environmentally friendly and better stewards of the land because we love the planet too! Our nuts are sourced from the highest quality California almond and walnut orchards from growers we trust. Our growers use a variety of techniques such as monitoring bee health, mitigating water usage, reducing dust, utilizing solar power, and more to continue to provide a healthy, wholesome supply of almonds. The almond industry has set a goal to have zero waste by 2025 and Fresh Vintage Farms is all on board! 

We take conscious action towards setting a higher standard from the oils to the packaging itself. Fresh Vintage Farms has chosen to use a glass bottle in our efforts to reduce plastic.Same goes for our distinctive bottle cap that uses cork form the Western Mediterranean cork oak tree instead of plastic or aluminum. But what about our packaging you say? We use cardboard rather than foam, and yes that’s 100% recyclable. Eliminating plastic usage and utilizing recyclable materials is something we are proud to be a part of. At Fresh Vintage Farms it is our mission to protect natural resources and the environment in every way possible. Happy planet, happy nuts, happy us. 

 

About the Process

All Fresh Vintage Farms Artisan Cooking Oils are made using cold-pressed extraction - similar to the machines used to produce Virgin Olive Oil. Although more time consuming and expensive to use a cold-press - it is the most effective way to consistently produce artisan oils that are tasty, versatile, and nutritious. 

There is a huge difference between Cold Pressed (Virgin) Almond/Walnut Oil, and the “sweet almond oil” and “sweet walnut oil” you see on shelves at low prices. For starters, they are pressed using expellers at 450+ degrees, which actually removes most nutritional value of these products. Further, many of the cheap nut oils you see available are made from non food-grade nuts that are not designed for human consumption - and through a hyper-refinement process are finished an “acceptable” state.

We take pride in what we sell because it is the same products we use in our kitchens at home.