Make homemade bread in Jessica's kitchen and, if you'd like, hop on a bicycle afterwards and join Jessica riding around the community and selling hot bread straight from your basket. Choose between making baguettes, pastries, and other specialties that use local sugar cane from the neighbor's farm. Learn what ingredients to mix, get your hands kneading the dough. and enjoy the fresh smell from the hot oven. The whole community will know that there is bread in the oven! Some freshly baked bread of your choosing and hot coffee are included in the price.
This experience happens year round. However, in October there is substantial amount of rain in the region, causing the rivers to flood and making transportation a bit more of a challenge. On the bright side, people eat more bread (with hot coffee) when it's raining so business is still up and running!
"Even though my children are young, I want them to be a part of this. I want them to learn about entrepreneurship starting now, so they have something of their own."
Jessica studied eco-tourism at a Costa Rican University, which is what first brought her to the Osa Peninsula. She came to do a practicum at a local biological station. When she learned about Rancho Quemado, she quickly became involved in a number of community activities, including the local community development association and women's group. Her organizational and leadership skills have helped her earn a lot of respect in the community and she receives a lot of local support for her bakery.
Jessica is passionate about keeping the community organized and united, so that each person specializes in a trade and can share amongst one another. This will allow Rancho Quemado to use their natural resources in a sustainable self-sufficient manner.
Jessica has been working on her bread business since 2010. Her husband's entire family knows about baking, having grown up making their own bread. Victor has a lot of former experience making bread for hotels in Drake's Bay and other areas since he was 20 years old. There are no bakeries in Drake's Bay so he learned how to make bread from small kitchens.
This business is really important to Jessica and her family because the Osa Peninsula is almost 100% affected by tourism. Either directly or indirectly, everyone becomes involved in tourism and Jessica wants to start building something for her family and 2 children now so that they can keep business in the family. Her 2 children are always by her side, absorbing her knowledge.