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The Farmer’s Market is on again tomorrow!

For those who have been having some trouble thinking of what to do this weekend, you may be glad to know that the Farmer’s Market organised by The Pantry is on again tomorrow at Loewen Gardens Dempsey. It used to be once a month but now they’ve increased it to every 1st Saturday and 3rd Saturday of the month from 8:30 am to 2 pm. It’s great fun. You’ll get to sample a lot of fresh produce, gourmet meats, cheeses, wines, jams, breads, cakes and more. Go hungry and bring your wallet!

Click here to read my review on the Loewen Gardens Farmers’ Market as well as see the pictures I took in June 2010.

 

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!

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Farmers’ Market at Loewen Gardens Dempsey

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.

The Pantry - Inside

Inside The Pantry cafe. I love how the goodies are stacked on the counter top in full view.

The Pantry close up shot of muffins

Closer shot of the muffins. Now tell me you can resist this and I’ll tell you you’re lying!

The Pantry - Scones

Scones from The Pantry

Wild Honey baked goods and jams

Wild Honey – They sell jams and loaves of cakes here. They also have a cafe at Mandarin Gallery along Orchard Road.

Wild Honey baked goods and jams close up shot

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 stall

Zenxin – Zenxin is also available at Shop & Save. In my opinion, Zenxin sells the cheapest organic produce in Singapore.

Unnamed organic vegetables stall

Imported Organic vegetable seller

Unnamed fruit stall

Another stall selling organic veggies and fruits

The Pantry Baked Goods

Baked goods and artisan breads. No more generic Gardenia or Sunshine for me.

Open air cooking of paella

Open air cooking of Paella (seafood rice dish) $5 per serving

MadzChef

MadzChef – Baked goods of all sorts

Freedom Eggs

Freedom Eggs from Chews I believe– No more battery hens. About $2.50 for half a dozen

The Pantry's alfresco area<br />

The Pantry’s Alfresco area for you to rest after a hard day’s marketing, or to watch the shoppers haggling

Farmer's Market kids playing

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

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Oh no, it’s raining

Blah. It’s raining. Of all the hot June days, it has to be today. Shall I still go to the Farmer’s Market?

Jun 5, 2010 @ 9:50

Singapore has a Farmer’s Market!

It’s incredible, I thought only the Western countries such as New Zealand and the UK has such things, but yes we have our very own Farmer’s Market in Singapore. It’s organized by The Pantry. The Farmers’ Market is held on the first Saturday of every month from 8:30 am to 2 pm. So this means it’s on this Saturday!!!

I can’t wait to go to take a look at what they have on offer. It will be interesting to see if they have a lot of organic produce available for cheap. There are hardly any farms left in Singapore, let alone organic farms. The farmer markets overseas that I am used to pride themselves on selling fresh locally produced food, food that is produced with love. If The Farmers’ Market imports lots of veggies from overseas, that would kind of be like defeating the purpose. We shall see.

I am also looking forwards to the baked goods section. I don’t know if there will be one this Saturday, but I am presuming that there must be one. If not, I’m going to book myself a stall for July 2010 to sell scones, muffins and brownies! Either way, it’s going to be a really wonderful Saturday. I can’t wait!

Here are some photos of the farmers markets I enjoyed in Hawkes Bay New Zealand. Tip: Go during the summer months if you want to have a wide variety of farmers’ markets to choose from.

Hawkes Bay Farmer's Market

Nothing beats a clear blue sky, a cool breeze and lots of open space to liven up your mood!

Hawkes Bay Black Barn Always eat Organic and GM Free when possible. And source for locally grown food.

Hawkes Bay Apple Seller at Farmers MarketApple Seller doing brisk business!

Jun 3, 2010 @ 22:43

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