Monday 15th of June, 2015
At The Garden House Preschool, we try to base our meals as much as possible on the vegetables we have in our own organic garden. It has been a difficult process for us, understanding the soil was a learning journey.
It can be pretty challenging getting to our papayas before the birds do or harvesting our cabbage without losing them to the snails, or tomatoes before the children pluck and eat them but it’s all part of the process. But when we don’t have the right vegetables or enough of them, we turn to local organic farms in Singapore. Here’s a list of our favourites:
Quan Fa Organic Farm http://quanfaorganic.com.sg/
This organic vegetable farm uses a Japanese technique of composting to cultivate its produce. You can order online for a flat delivery fee of $8 for orders below $50 (the delivery fee is waived for orders above that). The downside is that they only deliver on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, but they do have a large range of vegetables, herbs, fruit, and even sprouts, which most organic farms here do not grow.
GreenCircle Eco Farm http://www.greencircle.com.sg/
Another farm you can order online from is GreenCircle, which has vegetables and fruit like papaya and passionfruit. There’s a flat delivery fee of $5.
Bollywood Veggies http://bollywoodveggies.com/
Bollywood Veggies doesn’t have an online store, but their farm has an inhouse cafe where they make delicious vegetarian food that’s also children-friendly. They specialize in fruit vegetables (like aloe vera), herbs, and ginger, but they’re best known for their bananas – they have over 20 varieties. You can vegetables directly from the farm when you visit.
Pasar Organic http://www.whatsupatfairprice.com.sg/
Going organic doesn’t have to break the bank – Pasar Organic by NTUC Fairprice offers over 40 fresh product lines that are up to 70% cheaper than other national brands. Organic fruit and vegetables are from Thailand but accessibility (and affordability!) makes Pasar Organic a go-to for us. Available at all FairPrice Finest and FairPrice Xtra outlets.
Zenxin Organic http://www.organicdelivery.sg/
Zenxin Organic is a wholesale importer that’s available at Cold Storage. You can also buy online, but note that Zenxin imports their produce so it’s not the best option if you’re looking to minimize your carbon footprint. Organic boxes to your door come in $30 and $60 options, but you must order a minimum of $50. Delivery under $150 is $10, otherwise it’s free. They also have a physical store at Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre.
Best Organic Food http://www.bestorganicfood.sg/
Like Zenxin, Best Organic Food carries produce flown in from countries like Australia, China, Malaysia, and Indonesia. You can shop online – there’s a minimum delivery of $20 but orders above $30 qualify for free delivery. They also have a physical retail location in Hougang.
Nature’s Glory http://www.natures-glory.com/
Purchase your fresh stash online or swing by Nature’s Glory at Tan Boon Liat Building. They carry both local vegetables and organic fresh produce air flown in weekly from countries like Australia, Thailand, and USA.
Eat Organic http://www.eat-organic.com.sg/
This gem tucked away in Bukit Timah offers certified organic produce flown in weekly from USA, Australia, and New Zealand alongside local organic and natural vegetables. They offer same-day deliveries for orders made before noon and customised hampers that are perfect for gifting.
Oh’ Farms http://www.ohfarms.com.sg/
Oh’ Farms is a hydroponics farm that grows tropical vegetables like Chinese cabbage and kang kong, as well as herbs and spices like sweet basil and pepper. You can’t shop online but you can visit them at their farm, where you can not only purchase fresh produce but also a herb garden kit, which lets you grow 2 crops of herbs hydroponically at home. Bring the children along and they can hang out at the butterfly lodge.
Green Valley Farms http://www.gvalleyfarms.com/
You can shop fresh veggies online at Green Valley, but why stop there when you can adopt a plot at the farm to grow your own vegetables? The farmers will teach you the right techniques so even rookies can have their own veggie patch, even if they live in a high-rise apartment.