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Kluang LA Goat Farm

As part of the Zenxin Organic Park Tour package, we got to visit the LA Goat Farm in Kluang. For me, this was one of the highlights of the trip because I just LOVE farm animals! The goats were so cute, especially the baby goats!!! Furry and fluffy, I just wanted to keep on hugging them! Several of the little ones were on the loose roaming around. I suspect they are small enough to get through the enclosures that keeps the adults in. Yay for me because see no touch is a hard thing to do when they are so ADORABLE!!!!

I know we have a Hay Dairies in Singapore where you can see goats as well. I’ve been to Hay Dairies several times but unfortunately I’ve never had the chance to carry a baby goat there before.

Apart from petting and hugging the goats, we also tried our hands at milking the mother goats as well as bottle feeding the kids.

LA Goat Farm (4)

This little one was a little wobbly on his legs after being carried for a while by me.

LA Goat Farm (3)

Hungry goats

LA Goat Farm (2)

The grooves allow for the poo to drop down and out of the enclosure. Goat’s poo are round like marbles and dry looking…

LA Goat Farm

Nowadays the kids start young.

LA Goat Farm (5)

Don’t ask me what those 2 are doing. And the old uncle in the checkered shirt is the boss of LA Goat Farm.

Zenxin Organic Park Lunch

After the scary start to the morning which caused us to only commence our tour nearly 1 hour late (details to come later), we did not have time for a breakfast pit stop. So we opted to have lunch immediately upon arrival at Zenxin. Lunch was served in the VIP room. Wonder if we were given the VIP room after the morning scare, because it seems despite there being other tour groups, none others used the VIP room. The VIP room is just a private room with no other frills except that it is air-conditioned. Nonetheless, it was appreciated.

For lunch, we were served 8 dishes + rice. If I am not wrong, all the food served was organic.

Zenxin - Pumpkin Fritters

Pumpkin Fritters – This was one of my favourites! Pieces of pumpkin enveloped in a super crispy crust. I think the black dots are dragon fruit seeds. It was really nice.

Zenxin Lunch - Egg and fried seaweed

Fried puffy egg with ultra fried seaweed thingy – This was my favourite dish of all. I love egg as you all know. The crispy green vegetable tasted like seaweed. I had heaps of those, although it seems like the other people didn’t. Or maybe the dish was conveniently located nearest to lucky me. Went really well with the rice.

Zenxin Lunch - Sweet and sour fish

Sweet and sour fish – Sweet and sour sauce was nice but the fish was too dry.

Zenxin Lunch - Mushroom, vegetable and tofu

Green gourd looking vegetable with enoki mushrooms and tofu – This was a nice light dish. Tofu was very tasty.

Zenxin Lunch - Steamed egg

Empty plate……From my angle, I wondered why on earth the waitress set down an empty plate on the table. Only when somebody asked what it was did I realise that there was steamed egg in that dish. It looked so smooth I thought the surface of the egg was the bottom of the plate! Egg tasted a little on the bland side and had a powdery feel to it, despite looking so smooth.

There were also 3 other dishes I did not take pictures of:- Sweet and sour chicken, Broccoli soup and a last one I can’t remember.

On the whole, I thought some dishes were really good while some were below average. The other tables polished off everything they were served. For me, my 2 favourite dishes were the pumpkin fritters and the seaweed egg thing. I hate to say this but I thought some of the dishes were too bland for me. I wonder if food in Singapore has been so over seasoned and salted that I’ve become accustomed to all these bad things? I certainly don’t want to give the impression that organic food is bland. In any case, bland or not, I believe that we should all strive to eat more natural and wholesome foods, and we will eventually adapt to the taste. Taste is just a matter of habit, which is why we often like the foods we grew up with.

Read about the rest of my Zenxin Organic Park Tour activities.

Zenxin Organic Store and where to spend your Halloween

We were in the Pasir Panjang area today so we decided to stop by Zenxin Organic Store. They were having a sale so I went wild at the organic flour section. I’d previously tried to make my own pasta twice, and failed spectacularly twice. I blame the disasters on the flour used. Today, Zenxin was selling Organic Durum Wheat Flour at only $4/kg and Organic Wheat Flour at $3.90/kg. Bought 3 packs in total, and I would have bought more if they’d had Organic oat flour on stock too.

There was a huge pumpkin on display, in anticipation of their Halloween Party on October 30th. It’s going to be great fun because there will be cooking demonstrations, free tastings, pumpkin carving and Guess the weight of the giant pumpkin contest! I was there last year and it was great! And most likely, things are going to be on discount too. YAY! Get your chilly bins ready so you can stock up on all those organic fruits, vegetables and milk! Zenxin’s my favourite organic store because it’s the cheapest!

Speaking of Halloween celebrations, the Asian Civilizations Museum at Empress Place will be organizing a Fright Night on the 30th of October too. Free beer, ice cream, scary movie, spooky makeover plus supernatural guided tour of the museum. Museum will be open till 1 am!!

image And if that’s not enough, there’s also the Halloween of Horrors at the Night Safari. It’s going on the entire month of October, and this is if I’m not wrong their 3rd or 4th year already. The whole Night Safari is decked out in Halloween themed decorations, and they have people dressing up as spooks to come disturb you. I really like the Train of Horrors last year and I’m going again this year.

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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