Nestled between rocky mountains, lush valleys and natural shallow lagoons, sits an olive grove in the charming Greek town of Messolonghi on the north shore of Patras.
Messolonghi boasts Greece’s largest natural fish farm, world-famous sea salt and of course, olive groves for olives and olive oil production. Food produce in Messolonghi is cultivated with traditional, mostly organic methods and is a place where the Mediterranean Diet is truly embraced.
Homer St is partnering with Lekythos, a family of passionate olive growers who pride themselves on producing world-class olive oil and olive products to give people an opportunity to become honorary Greek olive-farmers!
By adopting an olive tree, you will be helping to revive old olive yards or help grow new trees in new olive yards. Olives are cultivated in family-owned groves and those of selected local farmers. Lekythos’ olive expertise dates back at least four generations. Cultivation methods are traditional and natural (they even use olive leaves as organic fertilizer).
Depending on the level of adoption you select, this can include receiving produce from the grove which you’re contributing to, and also an open invitation to experience the warm hospitality of Lekythos in Messolonghi where you can visit your adopted tree.
Messolonghi has a landscape teeming with rare species of flora and fauna, including birds, amphibians, reptiles and sea turtles: this major wetland ecosystem is a nature sanctuary, one of the most important in Europe, protected by the Ramsar & Natura 2000 treaties.
In Messolongi, it’s easy to follow a healthy Mediterranean diet based on olive oil, fresh fish, seasonal vegetables and fruit and other quality food products. The local cuisine is delicious, with many interesting recipes.
The microclimate and ground conditions are ideal for olive cultivation: close to the Ionian Sea on the slopes of Mount Arakinthos, carpeted with fragrant lemon and olive groves, aromatic wild flowers and Mediterranean maquis, northeast of the Messolongi lagoons.
The world-famous poet Lord Byron is closely associated with Messolongi and the town had a strong impact on his writing.