Melissa Rioux / Lakonia Greek Products
Hometown: Saco, ME
Lakonia Greek Products is run by the mother and daughter team of Daphne and Melissa Rioux. They offer the finest unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil, oil infusions, olives, wild herbs and teas. All of their oils are produced from olive trees grown in the Lakonia region on the Aegean Sea, a perfect climate for growing olive trees.
During a visit to her homeland in the late 1980’s, Daphne Rioux discovered the extraordinary quality and robust taste of olive oil made in Lakonia. Realizing it was higher quality than most olive oils in the United States, she bought land in the region with an olive grove and began producing her own oil and harvesting kalamata olives.
She started selling Lakonia Greek Products at farmers markets in Saco, ME in 2006. The next year, Melissa graduated from college and jumped right into growing the family business.
This mother and daughter team travel to Greece regularly to participate in the olive harvest and learn all they can about growing olives.