Our Olive Grove

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Our Olive Grove

Our farm is in the Lasithi province of Crete, an area with very fertile land and renowned for some of Greece’s best produce.

 

The southern side of the island is less industrialised and famed for its abundance of fruit and vegetables, particularly the rich and juicy tomatoes that adorn Greek salads from island to island.

Our olive grove is just outside the city of Ierapetra and as you drive out of the city, you are met with fields of olive trees as this is now farming country. We work with the neighbouring farmers in a co-operative structure, preserving traditional harvesting methods and respecting age old traditions. Together, we grow the Koroneiki variety of olive, harvested at the same time of the year and cold pressed at the same community co-operative that has been the soul of the community for many generations.

The Olive Harvest

Our olive grove outside Ierapetra in south east Crete Laying nets under the trees Inspecting the olives Tapping the tress for the olives to fall Picking the olives The olives all gathered Packed and ready to go to the press bottling-our-delicious-olive-oil Maria and her father proudly holding the Great Taste Award
Our olive grove outside Ierapetra in south east Crete
Laying nets under the trees
Inspecting the olives
Tapping the tress for the olives to fall
Picking the olives
The olives all gathered
Packed and ready to go to the press
Bottling our delicious olive oil
Maria and her father proudly holding the Great Taste Award

“The olive harvest is a special time for us as it brings the whole community together. Young and old travel to the olive groves together and we share our old customs, passing on skills to the younger generations so we can keep our traditions alive.”

Yiannis Koinakis

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We are a Greek food company producing a range of products using classic Greek ingredients with our unique touch. We make our own olive oil on our family farm in SE Crete and we also make Chunky Olive Tapenade, Greek Mezze dips and a big range of marinated olives & antipasti. We supply fine food shops and restaurants around the UK.

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