Our Aegean Cargo Sailing crew visited the Aristaios Traditional Shop on Kea, as part of researching and sharing of select island products. Five other islands and Attica are involved in this voyage, with the inclusion of retail displays of sail transported, clean-shipped goods for consumers and tourists.
(Left is Tri, to right is Valia, sporting the organization’s logo t-shirt.)
We arrived at the port of Korissia, Kea early morning to meet up with Kostis, a local farmer whom we’re buying products from.
He along with his wife Marcie, owns Red Tractor Farm where they produce organic products of wine, condiments and their farms’ speciality, acorn cookies! Kostis drove us around the island, visiting his farm, the oak forest and exploring Loulis, the island’s capital which is situated high inland for the fear of pirates. The picturesque town is filled with friendly locals whose are more than happy to share their culture and customs with us. Weary and very hungry, we ate dinner at one of Kostis’ friends restaurant who delight us with his local cuisines and charm. For the night we head all the way up on the hilly terrain where we stayed at his mother’s house and watch the sun slowly set before calling it a day.
In the matter of days the sloop Pelago will set sail from the port of Lavrio, Greece, to traverse the Greek Aegean as a freight vessel connecting communities and showcasing healthy island products from their islands of origin. Follow the winds with us as as we make port calls at the Islands of Kea, Andros, Mykonos, Ikaria, Samos (and maybe a few others too). The Greek Seas connected cultures and communities since ancient times via the force of the winds. We are now reviving this rich tradition to promote clean shipping and a smarter future for healthy products and clean maritime transport.