Eco Feria Camino Real Dominical
(Organic Farmer’s Market Main Street Dominical) “Locally Made Magic” to create a better world
Where: Patron’s Restaurant and Event Center
Main Street Downtown Dominical When: Fridays at 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
The open-air “amphitheater” at Patron’s Restaurant in Dominical is host to the area’s newest Organic Farmer’s Market or as it is known locally, “Eco Feria”. A host of local producers with various products are generating a circular economy and symbiotic relationship with the local inhabitants of Playa Dominical. Fruits, vegetables, crafts, art, food, music, yoga, and therapies are among the growing list of what makes up the market. This is a space for healing and moving the evolution of the people beyond just food. In the span of a week, the growth is noticeable.
Organic Farmer’s Market
Eco Feria Camino Real Dominical
Exotic Tropical Fruits
Everything Grown Locally
Delicious Healthy Food
Although the event shares commonalities with other markets in the area in terms of content and message, there are distinctive qualities to what’s being built in Dominical. Now after its 18th week, coordinator Keyna Aguilar Corella wants you to know what they’re creating and why it’s important. Born out of an initiative from Keyna’s mother Estela, the event encourages the community to gather to share organic and plastic free products made by local producers.
A very unique quality is that the vast majority of products are directly from the source and have no resellers. A few items that are in high demand and compliment the local collection of eco-friendly products are imported from places such as the Far East.
Organizers are hoping to create a space where people can understand more about what Costa Rica is all about. The country’s culture is established but also in tune with outside influences. Many people born here now have roots from other countries. It’s important to pass on those local traditions while creating a healthy world market. This is a project started by Costa Ricans who want to be an example for the rest of the country and the world.
Coordinators are conscious of the project’s development goals and what it means for the communities vendors and residents. There is a commitment to increase awareness of the resources available and our dependence on plastics and other environmental pollutants.
Natural Fabric Clothing
Handmade Art & Jewelry
Support Dominical Vendors
Patrons Event Center
“The Eco-feria is a space for the development of our artisans and farmers who promote healthy coexistence and harmony with the community”. -Krishna Solano Aguilar (sister of Keyna, and Co-Creator)
Very little trash is resulted from the market, as most things are used wisely and successfully recycled. All participants must use their knowledge to generate and spread awareness. New strategies and ways to promote good habits in the community are welcome!
Creating the right vibration is crucial and that starts with the music. Spearheaded by local music guru Ken Maratta. The eco-feria is always bringing the live music.
Costa Rican Culture
Family Friendly Environment
“It’s almost like a little party. I think we should make it more of a party, where every week there’s a performance of some sort. I think what makes us special is it’s a little funkier and a little more lively, and people are enjoying the energy.” –Ken Maratta
Dominical residents are happy to have an organic market to embrace in their own backyard. The high season will offer an even better opportunity to increase participation. If locals and new visitors show up each Friday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, even for a few minutes to show support and give their input to the collective hive mind, the positive steps happening right here in Dominical will continue. We’ll see you there!
Listen to an interview with CRRES Senior Investment Advisor Casey Stamps as he tours properties for sale in Dominical and beyond. Topics include: finding property in Costa Rica, what to look for, who is buying what and where, the current state of the real estate market in the Southern Zone and other investing topics.
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About The Author
Casey Stamps is Cofounder, Full Partner, and Senior Investment Advisor at Costa Rica Real Estate Service.
Great News for Southern Costa Rica Real Estate Investors! With a $5 Million expansion to the Quepos La Managua Airport (IATA: XQP, ICAO: MRQP) located 5km (3.1 miles) to downtown Quepos, more commercial flight options from either Liberia International Airport in or San Jose International Airport will be available. The expanded runway will also be a welcome addition for investors arriving via private jet.
Development in the Southern Zone is sure to benefit with the relatively new Caldera Highway already providing easy access from the Central Valley and now convenient travel by air is a legitimate option as well. A cab ride from the airport to the tourist mecca of Manuel Antonio currently costs approximately $20. We anticipate that many foreign travelers will opt out of the logistics of flying into San Jose, renting a car, and driving a few hours to the coast when they can simply hop on a connecting flight direct to Quepos. Business travelers will appreciate the time savings as well.
Currently the airport is serviced by two carriers, Sansa Air and Nature Air, which are limited to flying 16 passenger planes at a maximum of 20 flights per day. This not only limited the volume of passengers, but the small size of the aircraft was a major concern for more than a few travelers. With the Quepos airport expansion, the runway will now be capable of accommodating larger planes carrying up to 70 passengers each, potentially bringing in 4 times the volume of tourists traveling to the region by 2015.
What does this infrastructure mean for real estate in the area? This is sure to create more jobs in the tourism and hospitality sector and drive up demand across the board for land, vacation rentals, commercial real estate, single family homes, and condos. In our view, it will have a very positive effect on real estate values in the areas of Manuel Antonio and Quepos, as well as Playa Dominical and Playa Uvita which are all ideally located within a short drive from the airport.
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