In these uncertain times, many of us have become more mindful of our well-being and what we eat. We’re inclined to find out more about our food, where it comes from, the benefits of local farming, and sustainable food practices.
For the latter, our city is chockfull of local farms providing sustainable food and produce, and restaurants offering farm-to-table dishes for the discerning foodies. The farms are located in the less-explored countryside, which offers fresh air, tranquillity, and an opportunity to escape from the frenzy should travel and moving about is made possible at a later time.
Below is our guide to the urban farms and restaurants that support sustainable dining in Singapore.
Kranji Farmers Market
It’s also home to the Kranji Countryside Farmer’s Market, a lively affair that happens four times a year, and showcases the freshest produce of our passionate local farmers such as bottled goat’s milk from Hay Dairies, artisanal gelato from Butter Knife Folk and locally grown vegetables from Quan Fa Organic Farm.
Although the market is not open during this period where movement is restricted, be sure to check out the establishment’s Facebook group for updates on the market’s calendar should travel be made possible in the future.
Kranji Countryside Farmers Market. 240 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718898. +65 6430 8330.
For a multisensory jaunt into nature and rustic farm life, you’ve to visit Bollywood Veggies when you’re able to do so at a later time–engage in a spot of farming, learn about the nuances of sustainable farming, and purchase some of the farm’s produce like bananas, bitter gourd and long beans.
This charming establishment is on a mission to be as Earth-friendly as possible, and its crops are made without chemical fertilisers, pesticide or growth hormones. And located on the same grounds as the farm is Poison Ivy Bistro, a no-frills restaurant serving popular dishes such as nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk, served with an array of side dishes). This locally-inspired dish is a feast for both the eyes and stomach, with striking blue rice coloured with organic pea flowers.
You can order their freshly cooked food for takeout during this period where dining-in is prohibited, including the aforementioned nasi lemak platter, farm herb pesto-baked chicken, ayam masak merah (traditional chicken dish braised in spicy chilli) and the to-die-for banana bread grown on its grounds.
Bollywood Veggies. 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026. Call +65 6898 5001 to order.
Wed-Sun 10am-4pm. Operating hours are for takeout and delivery only.
A high-tech hydroponics farm committed to cultivating pesticide-free produce, Oh’ Farms is certainly an eye-opener for travellers fascinated by urban agriculture.
Should travel be made possible at a later stage, do sign up for one of their tours where you’ll be introduced to the different stages of planting in the germination room, nursery greenhouse and harvesting centre. Visitors will gain insight into the process of hydroponic agriculture, and technologies that the farm employs to grow its bounty of crops.
If you are keen to cultivate your own pair of green thumbs, you can purchase a simple garden kit, and grow herbs and vegetables in your own backyard.
Oh’ Farms. 14A Bah Soon Pah Rd, Singapore 769970. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Housed in a charming colonial-style bungalow, The Summerhouse is a unique dining destination that sits on a former air base. Located in the north-eastern part of Singapore, this rustic establishment can be a little difficult to find, so we suggest making your trip here via taxi or private-hire car when travel is made possible again.
By supporting a farming collective of growers, producers and kelongs (traditional offshore platforms built for fishing), the establishment promotes sustainable practices and ensures that fresh seasonal produce are used in every dish such as the fresh red snapper served with vine ripe tomatoes or risotto made with locally-farmed mushrooms.
You can also take a leisurely stroll in their sprawling garden curated by Edible Garden City, an urban farming social enterprise, which champions the ‘Grown our Own Food’ movement in Singapore.
During this period where dining-in is prohibited, you may order their food for takeout and delivery. Their all-day menu is comprehensive with a wide selection of breakfast, salads, snacks, pizzas and pastas. Opt for their kelong prawn and scallop pizza, soft-shell chilli crab linguine and coconut peat flower shortcake.
The Summerhouse. 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387. +65 8809 5840.
Daily 8.30am-9.30pm. Operating hours are for takeout and delivery only.
Open Farm Community
Set amidst the lush foliage of Dempsey Hill, Open Farm Community prides itself on the freshness of its Western-inspired cuisine focusing on locally sourced and seasonal produce. The restaurant supports a large network of local and Southeast Asian organic growers and herders in agriculture.
The dishes here—including Tiberias Barramundi and Mushroom Tortellini—are made with produce sourced from local growers like Kin Yan Agrotech and Kuhlbarra Farm, or are harvested from the establishment’s edible garden.
During this period where dining-in is prohibited, you may order their food for takeout and delivery. The menu includes their signature beef burger, garden pesto pasta and whole spatchcock kampong chicken (literally means village chicken, which refers to free-range chicken bred in the region).
Open Farm Community. 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819. +65 6471 0306.
Daily 11am-9pm. Operating hours are for takeout and delivery only.
Ah Hua Kelong
Ah Hua Kelong is a seafood restaurant in Singapore that owns two fish farms located along the northern and eastern coastlines of the island. Thanks to the fish farms where they grow their own seafood on the kelongs (traditional offshore platforms built for fishing), the ingredients used in their dishes are remarkably fresh.
Should travel be made possible in future, you should consider visiting the farms or restaurants. At Scaled, one of their two restaurants, the menu consists of simple delights like mussels cooked in homemade curry and cockles served in yuzu chilli.
During this period where dining-in is prohibited, you may order their food for takeout and delivery. Choose from an assortment of their popular dishes such as sea-caught mud crabs, flower crabs, lobsters, prawns, mussels and steamed clams.
Scaled by Ah Hua Kelong. 55 Haji Lane, Singapore 189248. Call +65 8655 3074 to order. Delivery will be within an hour to ensure freshness. Visit their Facebook page for more information.