The History of Lakonía Greek Products
The story of our company originates in the region of Lakonía, which lies at the southeast end of the Peloponnese peninsula. Lakonía’s warm rocky hillsides along the Aegean Sea provide optimal conditions for growing olive trees. Home to the ancient Spartans, olive cultivation in this area can be traced back to 1500 BC, and has been a vital part of Greek culture as well as the Mediterranean diet.
Our story begins centuries later. Daphne Contraros Rioux, founder of Lakonía Greek Products, grew up in a small agricultural village of Stefania. Although Daphne has lived most of her life in the U.S., she rediscovered her roots in the late 1980's while visiting relatives in her homeland. It was then that Daphne encountered Lakonía’s exceptional olive oil, and became intrigued with its high quality and smooth, rich taste. She realized that this locally produced oil was far superior to any available in the U.S. In 1998, Daphne acquired a parcel of land covered with olive trees located on the outskirts of a small fisherman’s village called Gythio. Her first harvests produced a small amount of extra virgin olive oil and Kalamata olives that she shared with family and friends. With time, demand grew and soon Daphne acquired additional land and planted many more olive trees.
In 2006, Daphne began selling her products at the local farmers’ market in Saco, Maine. In 2007, her daughter Melissa graduated from college, and was given the opportunity to start the business. Since then, she has dedicated herself to growing the family business. We now proudly offer our selection of Lakonia’s finest from our family to yours.