Posts Tagged ‘Farmers’ Market’

Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market

The quarterly Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market is on again this weekend! Was so bummed when I found out about the existence of this farmers market the previous round especially after I saw the interesting pictures, but had to wait a few months for the next round! So you can imagine I made sure not to miss this round!

It was blazing hot when we got to D’Kranji Farm Resort where the farmers’ market was held. Was mentally thinking whether to bring baby’s stroller or not, because I half wanted to keep the boot space free for all the shopping loot. But I hate being stuck with a sleepy baby and no where for baby to nap. In the end, baby did not even want to sit in the stroller because it was such a hot day (and neither did he take a nap).

The farmers’ market on the whole was quite impressive. We got there around 1pm, which is 1 hour after it opened. Thank goodness we found a parking slot near the entrance to the market, or else we’d be carrying baby in the hot sun! That’s one good thing about making it to the market relatively early, although on the other hand it meant we bore the full brunt of the mid-day sun. There were marshals guiding cars towards empty slots so you could see that some effort was being made to make the visit an enjoyable process. There’s also a free shuttle, but you’ll have to check the website for more details.

The farmers’ market was also impressive because of the size. I was just expecting a handful of stalls, but there were many stalls! I spent about 1.5 hours going through all the stalls and that’s considered fast already because I skipped quite a number due to the heat. Wow if the weather had been more forgiving, I would have probably spent at least 2 to 3 hours there, sampling my way through the stalls and eating all the interesting things. I really wanted to try the fried quail, frog balls, otah etc but at least I did manage to try the crocodile tail nuggets. Yes. Tastes better than chicken, if you want to know.

It got more crowded as we were about to leave. My friend who arrived around 2+ said that she had to line up 30 minutes to get the otah!

Scroll down for pictures of the farmers market!

Kranji Countryside Farmers Market 9th edition (3)

All ready to chiong the market!

Kranji Countryside Farmers Market 9th edition (23)

Look how crowded it was! Apparently, this edition of the Farmers market is held at D’Kranji Farm Resort, where the layout is like a racetrack which loops back on itself. Several of the previous sessions were held at Nyee Phoe Flower Garden under a huge marquee like place. I’m assuming that layout would be better as you can get to any stall you want by criss-crossing the place, unlike the racetrack layout where you can’t short-cut and cross over to the other side.

Read more »

PasarBella at The Grandstand

Have you heard of Pasar Bella at The Grandstand? If the Grandstand doesn’t sound familiar, maybe the word Turf City will? The Grandstand is the new name of the former Turf City, and Turf City of course got its name from the place being the former Turf Club of Singapore. If you haven’t been to this area in a long time, like more than half a year ago, you really ought to make a trip back because the whole place is revamped! Taking centrestage is this lovely Farmer’s Market concept called Pasar Bella. This is different from the weekend only Dempsey Loewen Gardens Farmer’s market because PasarBella is a permanent farmer’s market, so you can visit anytime from Monday to Sunday.

Pasar Bella (27)

This Pasar Bella is something many Singaporeans who have been overseas and fallen in love with romantic and pretty farmers’ markets, have been pining for. It’s a wonder why we haven’t had something like this long ago judging from the crowds that thronged the opening days of Pasarbella! There are numerous shops at PasarBella, ranging from florists, to organic grocers, to gourmet coffee stops and of course cafes and restaurants. The name of the game here is to offer something better than mass produced goods. Quality, value and sustainability are key words here. Come hungry and you will be able to spend a lovely morning or afternoon here. Smile Sounds like an advertorial, but nope, I am not being paid to write this!

Pasar Bella (46)

Read more »

What to do at Savour 2013?

Savour2013 (3)

Before you do anything else at Savour 2013, you have to take a shot of the Singapore Flyer from the entrance angle. Smile

I was there today for The Great Fiji Water Race. If you didn’t go today, you’ve missed it, but you can still review all the action at http://instagram.com/365days2play. In fact, you should add me on Instagram and Twitter because you can get INSTANT and LIVE updates from me! SmileSmile

It was insanely hot when I got there at 2pm today. Woe betide the staff that had to stay at the ground level out in the open because I was sweltering after just 5 minutes there while doing my Fiji Water Race. Although the afternoon tickets are cheaper, I highly recommend that you take the evening tickets as it just makes for a more pleasant experience. I spent most of my time exploring the air-conditioned Gourmet Market, which is located in the F1 Pit Building. Whether you have an afternoon ticket or an evening ticket, you can enter the Gourmet Market anytime. The ticket type only restricts your movements in the Gourmet Village.

Savour2013 (12)

There was lots to do in the Gourmet Market. I armed myself with a toothpick and went around sampling all the delicious goodies. The Gourmet Market has a very Farmer’s Market feel, and you don’t feel pressured to buy anything at all. The guys at the gourmet sausage section were dishing out sausage after sausage after sausage and were probably the most packed area after the cheese section. As for the cheeses, I literally tasted 10 different types of cheeses!

Read more »

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!

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

Read more »

%d bloggers like this:
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...