There's nothing fresher than getting locally-grown produce straight from these farms in Singapore
When you think of Singapore, visions of bountiful local farms don’t immediately come to mind. But our dynamic metropolis is actually home to several green spots offering the freshest spinach, basil, goat milk, and even fish to tantalise your taste buds. Purchasing straight from these wonderful aqua and agricultural establishments also mean cutting down on air miles (and your carbon footprint) for imported food — which is kinder on Mother Earth. Plus, these delightful local farms are perfect when you need a quick escape from the claustrophobia of city living. Go forth, green warriors!
It might come as a surprise to many that there’s a dairy farm in Singapore, but Dairy Folks have been in the biz since way back in 1936. Starting out with just six cows, the dairy farm is now home to a hundred Holstein Friesians cows. While they don’t offer farm tours, you can order farm-fresh pasteurised milk delivered right to your doorstep through their website at just $5.50 a litre. Want something a little sweeter? Order a tub of their fresh ice cream in three flavours (dark chocolate, salted caramel, original milk; each at $3.50 for 100g).
DairyFolks, online only.
Escape the bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the quaint environs of Kranji Countryside. This agricultural cluster offers a slew of community activities that make the cluster’s many farms (over a hundred!) more accessible to the public. Kranji Countryside also offers a quarterly farmers market that showcases the freshest produce from their roster of local farms.
Open Farm Community
Want farm-fresh produce but don’t have the time to cook? Here’s your answer! Sitting on 35,000 square feet of lush greenery is Open Farm Community, a sprawling horticultural hub. At its centre is a farm-to-table restaurant, and a small retail store that’s also a coffee, juice and cocktail bar. Surrounding these two rustic spaces is a garden brimming with herb and vegetable produce, that are used to create stunning European-fusion dishes. Grab a seat on the timber-decked patio in the back of the restaurant, or park yourself on the colourful terrace for lush garden views. As for post-meal entertainment? Wander the grounds, and you’ll find two lawn bowling lanes, a ping-pong table and a sand playground for kids.
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819, p. 6471 0306.
Grab the fam and take a trip to Farmart to get a little closer to the farm’s menagerie of animals. Head down to the animal corner where you’ll get up close to the farm’s goats, bull frogs, tortoises, rabbits and more, or take part in the farm’s goat feeding sessions. If you’re with the kids, join the farm tour conducted by Farmart’s ‘Uncle William’ and go behind the scenes of quail and frog farming.
Farmart Centre, 67 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 699008. p. 6767 0070. Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12am.
Weekend Farm (Kok Fah Technology Farm Pte Ltd)
Stock up on veggies while learning more about modern farming techniques at Weekend Farm. You’ll get to browse a variety of freshly harvested leafy vegetables as well as some rarities not available at supermarkets. The farm also offers aloe vera cutting sessions.
Weekend Farm, 18 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 698974. p. 6765 6629. Advance bookings required.
A city girl’s best bet for a serene farm break, the modest Bollywood Veggies boasts a rustic farm-to-table café, Poison Ivy. Strike a conversation with owner Ivy if you see her – she’s a great conversationalist and never fails to give us a new perspective towards life. Bollywood Veggies also hosts culinary classes, hands-on horticultural programmes and tours.
Bollywood Veggies, 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026, p. 6898 5001.
Get your hands on fresh, crunchy greens including your favourite herbs like sweet basil and Italian parsley here. One of the pioneers in hydroponic farming in Singapore, this high-tech farm grows just about anything you would typically find in a local dish, such as kang kong (water spinach), chye sim, and spinach.
Oh! Chin Huat Hydroponic Farms, 14A Bah Soon Pah Road, Singapore 769960, p. 6753 8011.
Green Circle Eco-Farms
In this eco-farm, chemicals are banned – water for plants come from rainwater (captured by a roof and gutter system) – and materials used to support the plants are made from reused wood and items within the farm. The owners are dead serious about the quality of their farms too; you aren’t even allowed to wear perfume on your visit as it might attract bees! Can’t go out without a spritz of your favourite scent? Just order your produce online.
Green Circle Eco-Farms, 41 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719028, p. 6861 9286.
If you think Singapore only has animals (that aren’t pets) in the zoo, think again. Hay Diaries has over 1,000 goats of different breeds such as Alpine goats from Minnesota. Purely for milking purposes, the goats are well-kept in spacious barns and fed with Alfafa Hay from USA. Swing by before 10.30am and catch the milking process. If you’re not a morning person, you can still visit these friendly goats from 9am to 4pm (except on Tuesdays and public holidays). This free and easy tour is only applicable for groups smaller than 20.
Hay Dairies, 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4, Singapore 718859, p. 6792 0931.
Kim Yan Agrotech
Located near Sungei Boleh Wetland Reserve, Kim Yan Agrotech is Singapore’s largest commercial wheatgrass farm. Besides specialising in wheatgrass, the quaint farm also grows a selection of edible cacti, aloe vera, pea sprouts, mushrooms, as well as roselle fruits. Sign up for their fun, eye-opening tour while you’re at it.
Kim Yan Agrotech, 220 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718830, p. 6794 8368.
Quan Fa Organic Farm
Avoiding pesticides, chemicals and harmful fertilisers altogether, Quan Fa is one of the best organic producers in town. Farming all sorts of fruits and vegetables including pumpkins and bananas, Quan Fa’s organic produce can easily be bought at selected Sheng Siong Supermarkets and Ang Mo Kio Food Centre – no need for long car rides to the farm if you can’t afford the time.
Quan Fa Organic Centre, 35 Murai Farmway, Singapore 709145. p. 6793 7693.