Lots of retired folks take up a new hobby to keep them busy and active in their “golden years”—like knitting, golfing, power walking, reading, or bird watching. Nan McEvoy, however, had much grander plans than swinging a club or making an afghan. In her 70s, Nan struck out to find the perfect place “in the country” and ended up with a sprawling 550-acre ranch in Petaluma, California.
Some might wonder what to do with all that acreage, but Nan had a plan right away. She loved Tuscan olive oil and hoped to plant olive trees on her land, even though several people cautioned against it, saying that olive trees wouldn’t grow successfully in Marin County.
Her mind was made up,though, so she imported 1,000 seedlings straight from Tuscany, planted them on her ranch, and began producing and selling extra-virgin olive oil and also creating specialty food items, wines, and 80 Acres body-care products like the Verde Hand & Body Wash found in your spring Yuzen box. “Verde,” which means “green,” evokes the aroma of the ranch when everything is beautifully green. It features fragrant notes of basil, tomato leaf, and fresh-cut grass, with antioxidant-rich botanicals that leave skin feeling smooth and soft.
Nan died in 2015 at the age of 95, and her son, Nion, continues the work at McEvoy Ranch as the CEO, ensuring that the oils, wines, body-care products and other items still made there are up to Nan’s high standards. The entire 80 Acres line is free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates, nothing is ever tested on animals, and the packaging is recyclable and BPA-free. Luxurious olive oil is moisturizing and healing, and the lavender and other plants featured in the products are grown right on the ranch.
And, if you’re ever in Northern California, the ranch offers events like private tours, garden walks, and classes and workshops. Order products online at www.mcevoyranch.com, visit the retail store in San Francisco, or try the online store locator to see if there’s a retail location near you. Use discount code YUZEN to save 20 percent.