We recently started stocking Two Fields Zakros, an extra virgin olive oil produced by two Dorset brothers, Harry and William, who moved to Zakros in Crete to set up their sustainable olive farm. So how do two guys from Dorset end up in Crete? We caught up with them to find out more.
After graduating university in 2013, Harry took a summer holiday to Crete. It was while he was on this holiday that he met Eleni, who is now his fiancée. They have been living happily together ever since. It was during the first few years in Crete that Harry started to appreciate the simple, fresh ingredients of Cretan cuisine, and realised that at the heart of each dish, is a good quality extra virgin olive oil.
In 2016, Harry was joined by his brother William and they purchased a small farm of 200 mature olive trees with the aim to produce the very best olive oil in a sustainable and socially responsible way.
Healthy soils equate to healthy trees and microbial life is key to their organic philosophy. They see their tree cuttings as a precious source of organic matter and in line with their sustainable beliefs they mulch and return them to rebuild the soil.
Their small batch philosophy allows them to have a really hands on approach and they are proud to be involved in every step of the process from caring for the trees, to pressing their koroneiki olives and hand numbering each individual bottle. They also avoid plastic and use sustainable materials throughout their supply chain where possible.
Their extra virgin olive oil is cold pressed separately at the local olive co-operative to ensure the highest quality and the acidity of the oil is always under 0.29º, (the lower the acidity indicates the
They go above and beyond the strict requirements to be registered as an organic farm and only time stands between their accreditation. They will be proud to call their olive oil organic in 2020.