“Eptastiktos” Social Cooperative
We are producers from Lasithi, the easternmost area of Crete, with a love of its natural environment and with respect for our history and civilization. We own and cultivate 2,500 olive trees, some of which have lived for over 1000years. Our goal is to make known to visitors the authentic Cretan life, the healthy Cretan diet and the products of our land. For us, our visitors are our guests. It is not a coincidence that the name of Zeus (the father of the Gods who, according to Greek mythology, was born on the mountains of Eastern Crete) was also Xenios* Zeus.
*a word meaning hospitality (philo-xenia: friend of a stranger)
Our sign, eptastiktos, is an ancient Greek word meaning«seven spots». That is the name of the nice ladybird who, after being born high on the mountains, glides to the lowlands, accompanying us in our daily tasks and protecting our crops from harmful insects.
Our guests are introduced to the area’s landscape and country life, visiting local farmers and producers, participating in olive gathering, olive oil extraction, the distillation of traditional raki, herb gathering, the creation of olive and honey delights. Visitors will also become acquainted with our civilization through local festivals and celebrations.
Our products are our life’s work. We have inviolable moral codes including a respect for our natural environment (no use of chemicals), a belief in our coexistence with all nature’s creatures, respect for labour rights, fair prices and proper information for our consumers.
Οur profits are reinvested in local heritage protection, e.g. registering an area’s ancient olive trees. Our partnership started in 2015, in Kato Horio, Ierapetra.
Social Cooperative Partnership “Eptastiktos”,
72200, Kato Horio, Ierapetra, CRETE.
Tel. 0030 6981916832