Skopelos is still a very fertile island and every year we are amazed with the amount of fruit and vegetables that the soil gives to us. Every year the quantities vary and sometimes particular fruit trees don’t give us any or hardly any fruit. Maybe they need time to rest like the olives which don’t turn up on the trees every year. Another reason might be because we don’t water the trees extra of give fertilizer. This year a lot of yellow plums and figs came off the trees. Almonds we also collected in huge quantities. Grapes and black plums we found in smaller quantities. The mulberry tree was full with fruit.
To tend to a vegetable garden you need time and dedication and this is lacking at the moment so we go to the people that know about growing vegetables and we buy directly from them. It is wonderful to see the produce in all forms and shapes lie there and take your pick. If you, for instance, cannot find cucumbers the owner will go to the field and pick you some. The variety of vegetables is not very big but it is enough and you buy the vegetables that are in season. In this particular place we also saw a small shelve with a couple of glass pots with seeds for the new season!
We also buy cheese from from local producers. We know that we cannot buy all types of cheese the whole year through. There is a time for mizithra and there is a time for katiki. Some times there is no cheese because the small goats need the milk and that is fine too. We are soo lucky we can buy olive oil, eggs, meat, honey, cheese, vegetables directly from the grower and no fancy shop stands between them and us.