The Stypsi Cooperative
The Olive Oil Producer’s Cooperative of Stypsi was founded in 1925 and is one of the oldest and largest village cooperatives on Lesvos. It is headquartered in the tiny mountain village of Stypsi, near Lesvos’ northern coast. Founded at the height of Greece’s socialist workers movement, the cooperative works with dozens of small-scale olive growers in the area, allowing them to consolidate their harvests and increase the economic and agricultural sustainability of their businesses.
Perched on the slopes of Mount Lepetymnos, not far from the beaches of Petra, this village of stock breeders, olive farmers, builders, and stone carvers has a rich history that it is now sharing with the world via agro-tourism. It also is home to a women’s cooperative that produces traditional pasta, sweets, and textiles.
Stypsi draws its name from “stipiria,” a hyposulphate of aluminum and potassium, which enriches the soil of the region and makes it uniquely suited to olive farming. The Stypsi Cooperative produces up to 38,000 metric tons of olive oil per year, all of which is pressed and bottled at one of Lesvos’ most up-to-date facilities.
The Stypsi Cooperative exports its excellent Adramytianí olive oils to Germany and Venezuela, but their fantastic products have never before been available in Norway!