Organic Farming in Greece
The Fall of a major actor on the organic farming market
The 2006-201 period was especially difficult for us organic famers, due mainly to the implosion of Agra, one of the biggest traders of organic farming in the region, with 5 million euros annual revenue (out of which a good deal went to a supermarket chain and to Germany). Agra was allegedly pressured into investing 6 million euros to build a new packaging facility. Agra joined a development programme from the Ministry which covered only part of the investment cost, then had to borrow money. Unfortunately, the government money, which was supposed to come when the construction started, arrived so late that the bank had already charged millions in interests. For two years, instead of paying the producers from which they were still purchasing, they had to pay the banks and mortgage their own home.
Owing organic farmers considerable amounts of money, the situation quickly went downward.
October 2021: First order of the season “Strawberry” grapes!
We visited Vaggelis farm to hear more about the grapes and we are happy to share with you a little video where Vaggelis shares his thoughts. We hope to share many more videos like this so that you can all feel closer to the places and people where your food comes from!
We are so happy to be preparing for our first delivery of the season to our friends in Czech Republic! We wanted to share some pictures of the wonderful “Strawberry” grapes we will be sending them. We are very proud of these grapes, Vaggelis has spent months taking care of them to make sure that they will be super tasty for everyone to enjoy! They are so much more special than the regular commercial grape varieties being sold. Tastier, a fuller taste in the mouth, beautiful colour with pips just like nature intended. Highly recommended.