Organic Products & Crafts
The farm has 2 main seasons – the wet and dry. During the dry season we produce a wide variety of vegetables, which we uniquely prepare into vegetable baskets to sell in town. The baskets typically contain about 15 products each week, although they won’t be the same 15 products.
Our vegetables include: carrot, beets, radish, cabbage, broccoli, okra, snake beans, lima beans, wing beans, red and green basil, rocket, fresh turmeric, cherry tomatoes, chili, peppers, eggplant, parsley, celery, coriander, daikon radish, kale, leeks, white stem onions, red and white bulb onions, chives , red and green lettuce, mizuna, bok choy, tatsoi, salad bags of baby greens, etc. We currently focus some of our efforts into the production of high-quality turmeric with an aim of exporting this very healthy root crop.
We process some of our fruits and vegetables into hot sauces, jams, chutneys and dried spices. Some of our favorites are: Mamae jam (a native fruit, similar to a peach or apricot), jalapeño passion fruit hot sauce, bitter Orange marmalade, passion fruit curd, dry turmeric, and lots more!
If you are interested in receiving a weekly basket, contact us and we will check availability.
2016 Earthquake update: One of our two Ecopapel operations was lost along with our Canoa office. We are working on reviving Ecopapel on the farm, with the help of donations and volunteers. Contact us to learn more about ways you can help.
The farm recycles its paper and half of the paper from Canoa and Bahía! This is a cottage industry called Ecopapel. If you live in the area you are welcome to drop your waste paper in to be recycled! The recycling part of this process is carried out in a workshop at the farm, and decorating has been done in a workshop adjoining our office in Canoa.
The women expertly craft waste paper into about 60 different products, each decorated with dried flowers seeds, shells, fibers, etc. The products range from folders to notebooks, cards and bookmarks. These are sold all over Ecuador and exported on a small scale to other countries. This paper makes wonderful gifts to take home, or you can order and we can ship it to you ($50 minimum international order).
At Rio Muchacho, we can organize a myriad of interesting and creative activities, which can be done in groups, family or with members of our local community.
We conduct various workshops, using our own organic produce or plants, to create beautiful jewelry, cutlery, crafts or delicious food items. Coffee or chocolate making, palm seed ring or mate cups carving, marmalade cooking, are just a few examples of the many marvels that guests can hand-make here.
Our workshops usually are an integrated part of our multi-day, courses or volunteering programs but you are welcome to let us know if you are interested in one of these activities in particular.
Our community store
For passers-by, guests or residents of the area, we have most of our home-made organic produce and natural objects on shelves in our own fair-trade community store.
Why not bring a lovely and authentic gift back home or take some of the tasty flavours of the farm along with you?
We also sell piglets, happy chickens, eggs, compost, and vermicompost.
Compost 25lb bag
1 unit: $4 each
2 units: $3.5 each
3 unitsL $3 each
1 unit: $20 each
2 units: $18 each
3 units: $15 each
$13 - $17 each