Handcrafted: this is the word that certainly defines the company Sabores Gomeros.
Idelina Plasencia is an enterprising woman who decided to bet on creating her own company, collecting all the wisdom of her family with a baking tradition.
"My family, my grandparents, my parents, brothers and uncles have dedicated themselves to the bakery"
"We come from generations dedicated to the bakery. My family, my grandparents, my parents, brothers and uncles have dedicated themselves to the bakery".
"I started making cookies in Vallehermoso, with my father, since I was 8 years old. And when my father retired, in '96, I took his business over. So as not to lose tradition, I kept the business, and in its time the ovens used wood. In 2004 I made my own bakery with the name Sabores Gomeros".
In 2008 she started working at Juego de Bolas, the Garajonay National Park Information Center, where she has her shop and sells her cookies to the visitors.
"I make the cookies in Vallehermoso, and sell them in the center. This is my only selling point, because they are handmade, the production is limited and fresh every day. I am one of the few that are left. And I don't say they are better or worse, but they are different. They are craftsmen. My biscuits have my mark, because they all pass through my hands".
"The good thing is that I have a clientele that does appreciate it. People who buy one and then return, or come back another day. There are also people who repeat one year, and another year, they also tell to each other ... Oh, and for me that's my prize! ".
"This is my only selling point, because they are handmade, the production is limited and fresh every day. I am one of the few that are left.”
Beside selling sweets, at its selling point has different products made in the island, especially handicrafts, something that has always been involved and feels like they're theirs.
Además de vender dulces, en su punto de venta tiene diferentes productos elaborados en la isla, especialmente artesanía, algo con lo que siempre ha estado muy implicada y que siente muy suyo.
"You can also find products made from La Gomera, like the palm honey, almogrote, different mojos, gofio. Also next to the selling point, there is a shop where we have handy-craft for sale from the island".
Its relationship with the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism she begins in the second business accreditation period.
"I became acquainted with the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism here in Juego de Bolas, through Conchi and Gustavo..... I think it could be very positive for me, and complete my information. And here, when working in a network, we can help and support each other. Here on the island it costs a little to understand the reason for being a member of this organization, we are going slower, but there has been a lot of progress. "
"For me it has been very positive and has given me to understand things, both of ecology and of sustainability. It impacts me to know that you can work with environmentally friendly cleaning products, use less plastic bags and use more paper bags. And all that I didn't know, they are small details, but everything accumulated, it's noticed that it's bad, such as for the environment as for the people".
"For me being CETS company has been 100% positive. In La Gomera we find a tourism that seeks more the eco/natural part, and that is what the island can offer this visitor, a pure nature. And little by little we are aware of everything we are doing for this sustainable tourism. I'm very happy because every time I meet new visitors recommended by others to my store, I'm aware of the quality of my products. And I'm very happy with the result".
Company: Sabores Gomeros.
Activity: Coffee, souvenir and craft shop and typical sweets in “Juego de Bolas” Visitors Center (La Palmita, Agulo).
Company involved with the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism (La Gomera).
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