Once a quiet agricultural backwater, rapid development has changed much in Seydikemer and the surrounding countryside. Even so, Değirmen Köşk, a traditional restaurant on the old Saklıkent road and the smallholdings that surround it is a sign that whatever happens, some things (thankfully) stay the same.
Not far inland from the busy town of Fethiye and the coastal tourism resorts, there are still hamlets in the Seydikemer municipality reminiscent of the old days.
One such is the village of Doğer, where Değirmen Köşk, owned and run by the Ocakcı family, still paints a picture of the traditional ‘good-life’.
Self sufficient farmsteads
The Ocakcı family are self sufficient for milk… What they don’t sell they turn into delicious cheese and yoghurt. These are used in the restaurant. They also grow sesame, corn as cash crops, gather the herbs and edible plants that grow wild in the hedgerows and harvest crops of pomegranates and wild pears.
The friendly neighbours are also pretty self sufficient. As well as growing cotton they have greenhouses full of cucumbers. The the tiny ones are pickled in vinegar, and together with hot peppers they make a tasty side dish. They harvest olives too, which they happily shared.
May the good life continue
As ad hoc development grows apace, there is something very refreshing about this simple, good life, although the amount of hard work involved should never be forgotten.
If you want to visit the restaurant, here is a map…
And remember, there is always a friendly welcome.