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Photo Credit: courtesy Lakonia Greek Olive Oil/Lauren Gaw
The olive groves of Greece sound like a great place to be right about now, but if you can’t make the long trek, pick up a bottle of Lakonia’s Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($11.50 for a five-ounce bottle). It’s a Maine-Greek, family-made hybrid: the olives are pressed at the Rioux family farm in a small fishing village on the Peloponnese peninsula, and then the oil is sent in bulk to Saco where other members of the Rioux family bottle and sell it. You can buy the olive oil at Lakonia Greek Olive Oil (575 Main St., Suite 1, Saco, 207-282-4002, www.lakoniaoliveoil.com ), along with their other products, ranging from olives and salad dressings to wild herbs, cheeses, and assorted Greek imports. Spanakopita, baklava, and many other freshly made sweet and savory treats await you at the store, which has been open since December of 2007.