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The Harvest Holiday State of the Union: Event Previews & Tasting Parties

Posted on: November 28th, 2017

The holidays are here. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you survived Thanksgiving weekend, which you should feel pretty good about. It can be tough to successfully navigate the throngs of angry people, after all–and that’s just the throngs seated around the dinner table. My brother was hoarding the dinner rolls, he had to be put in his place.

And don’t get me started on Black Friday.

So now, with the turkey out of the way, we can turn our attention to the rest of the winter holidays. Whichever you happen to celebrate, Shauna and I wish you and yours a happy and healthy season–and we can help!

It starts with our November Double-Punch Day today: Stop in any time today and receive double punches on your punch cards for each bottle you buy. You can earn your free bottles twice as quickly as normal! (And you don’t even have to tell your friends that their gift was free if you don’t want to!) If you can’t make it down today we’ll do another D.P.D. on Monday, December 18.

Need some holiday cooking ideas? Keep an eye on the blog for a bunch of winter-themed recipes that will start trickling out soon. Those recipes are being developed for our Harvestivus party on December 9. We’re partnering with the good people at Yelp Iowa City to bring you a vaguely Seinfeld-themed holiday extravaganza full of food, fun, and feats of strength (read: thumb wars). This is a private and 21+ event, but space is still available. You must RSVP at this link if you’re interested in attending!

Have you been pressed into hosting a holiday party but don’t necessarily want your friends and family in your house? Have it here with a free tasting party! Shauna and I will lead a guided tasting, provide snacks and drinks made with our oils and vinegars, and teach you how to use our products in your daily life to promote good health and creativity in the kitchen. Space is still available in December and beyond, so contact the store for additional details or to reserve your date! And, now through the end of the year, hosts or hostesses will receive a free gift and 10% off any purchase on the date of the party!

We also would love to see how you used Harvest products in your holiday cooking: Share photos or stories on our Facebook or Instagram!

Questions? Call the store (319.338.2339) or send us an email (


The Butter Replacement Guide

Posted on: June 5th, 2014

Do you want a healthy alternative to butter or margarine? Add olive oil to your favorite foods and recipes! Below are substitution amounts for butter and margarine.

Butter/Margarine Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon 3/4 Teaspoon
1 Tablespoon 2 1/4 Teaspoons
2 Tablespoons 1 1/2 Tablespoons
1/4 Cup 3 Tablespoons
1/3 Cup 1/4 Cup
1/2 Cup 1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons
2/3 Cup 1/2 Cup
3/4 Cup 1/2 Cup + 1 Tablespoon
1 Cup 3/4 Cup

Suggested Uses for Butter Infused Olive Oil:


Use Harvest Ultra Premium Butter Olive Oil or any of our Ultra Premium Olive Oils for all your baking. Use our butter conversion chart to convert your butter or shortening to our Ultra Premium Olive Oil. Prepare your pans for baking with our Ultra Premium Olive Oil using an oil mister or brush.


“Butter” your toast with our Harvest Ultra Premium Butter Olive Oil or use it for grilled sandwiches and Panini. The oil blunts the glycemic index of the bread, making your serving of bread less likely to add to your waistline.


Use 1/4 cup Harvest Ultra Premium Butter Olive Oil and 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn. Heat in a large covered kettle on the stovetop over medium high heat until popping slows. Salt and enjoy a delicious and “buttery,” yet healthy treat!

Visit Harvest Oil & Vinegar to sample Butter Infused Ultra Premium Olive Oil.