Jun 6, 2010 @ 14:38
Here are the photos of the new Singapore farmers’ market organized by The Pantry. It is also the largest farmers’ market in Singapore as far as I know. Contrary to my fears, the farmers’ market is very much like the farmers markets you see in NZ, UK and USA. They had lots of stalls selling fresh produce, artisan breads and jams, brownies, cakes and muffins of all colours and sizes. Go hungry, because there are lots to sample and how else can you tell whether what you’re buying is good?
My only grouse is that most of the items on sale are more expensive than what I am used to when I visit the farmers markets overseas. This is undoubtedly because a lot of the premium ingredients have to be shipped from overseas.
Despite the initial drizzle I’m glad I did make it to Loewen Gardens in the end. You can see the roads are wet, but it’s fine because all the stalls are under tents. In fact, it was pretty cooling even though it was noon. I had a wonderful time taking in the vibrancy of the place as well as taking photos.
For such an “off-the-map” location by Singapore standards (you really need a car to get here or risk walking uphill for at least 20 minutes?), the market was pretty crowded. Most of the people there, be it customers or stall-owners were Caucasian. I wonder if this is because Singaporeans are not interested in Farmers’ markets. Does the average Singaporean even know what a Farmer’s market is? Or is just because the farmers’ market was the brainchild of a Caucasian woman, and the word-of-mouth has yet to spread to the locals? Whatever the reason, it’s definitely a treat to spend a Saturday morning at Loewen Gardens whoever you are.
Inside The Pantry cafe. I love how the goodies are stacked on the counter top in full view.
Closer shot of the muffins. Now tell me you can resist this and I’ll tell you you’re lying!
Scones from The Pantry
Wild Honey – They sell jams and loaves of cakes here. They also have a cafe at Mandarin Gallery along Orchard Road.
Close up shot of the Wild Honey goodies – According to their facebook page, they were selling brioche breads, granola, jams and honey, doughnuts, chicken pies, tea breads etc The stuff is not cheap. We tried their delicious jam and wanted to buy some but it cost $18 per bottle! The tea breads cost $15 I believe!
Zenxin – Zenxin is also available at Shop & Save. In my opinion, Zenxin sells the cheapest organic produce in Singapore.
Imported Organic vegetable seller
Another stall selling organic veggies and fruits
Baked goods and artisan breads. No more generic Gardenia or Sunshine for me.
Open air cooking of Paella (seafood rice dish) $5 per serving
MadzChef – Baked goods of all sorts
Freedom Eggs from Chews I believe– No more battery hens. About $2.50 for half a dozen
The Pantry’s Alfresco area for you to rest after a hard day’s marketing, or to watch the shoppers haggling
The little ones can be amused at the painting area, or the trampoline
More pictures below and directions on how to get to The Farmer’s Market
Meat off the bone guy – 25 cents per gram
Brownie seller – 3 small ones for $8 or 1 entire loaf for $18
The Spanish Pantry selling lots of chocolates
Australian with his jams and chutneys
Address: 75 Loewen Road, Singapore 248844
How to get there (courtesy of The Pantry’s website): via Dempsey Road, follow signs to Loewen Cluster. Easiest access is from Tanglin Road. Turn into Ridley Park towards Tanglin Village. Road becomes Loewen Road. Loewen Gardens is on your right in Block 75-81. Free Parking! Click on this link for a map on how to get to the Farmers Market.
It is not possible to walk in from the main road (ie Tanglin Road) because it would probably take 20 minutes or more and it is steeply uphill!