Tomatoes thrive in Thessaly, with some help from Wagner


A group of farmers from the village of Ilia, near Karditsa, central Greece, who have managed to get their organic tomatoes onto the shelves of upscale stores in Europe and the US, attribute their crop's robust growth to a musical diet including German composer Richard Wagner. The success of the farmers – two cousins and a handful of elderly local women – in tackling the world market is the focus of a new film, ‘When Tomatoes met Wagner,’ directed by Marianna Economou, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 12.