Singapore’s First Farmer’s Market at Loewen Gardens

A New Farmers’ Market at Loewen Gardens : Is there such a thing as a Farmers’ Market in Singapore?If there wasn’t before, there is now! Never one to sit back on her heels, Chef Jane of The Pantry at Loewen Gardens has some big plans. Feeling homesick for a community atmosphere and the excitement of shopping for a variety of produce from sources outside the mainstream, Jane has come up with the idea of holding a Farmers’ Market on the first Saturday of each month.

The Market is already taking shape with two importers of organic vegetables, three wine importers, a meat supplier, a cheese-and-deli supplier, an organic bread producer and an egg supplier. All you have to do is come armed with a bag (or several bags).That’s not all. Tables will be available for “home cooks”, too. So, if you make jams or chutneys, or something a bit different like yummy gluten-free cakes, then this is the place for you.“We aim to create a food hub,” says Jane, “where customers can shop, enjoy great products, eat and learn more about the things they and their families consume.

Singapore's First Farmer's Market at Loewen Gardens

Singapore’s First Farmer’s Market at Loewen Gardens:The Farmer’s Market is a new attraction to check out at my favourite hang-out in Singapore. Dempsey Hill – where else? This is the one place that doesn’t quite seem like Singapore with the added touch of the lush and wild greenery. Old trees with vines all over them and luxuriously hanging branches.

Back to the Farmer’s Market, I felt like I was in some kind of space warp and had entered Australia somehow.  It really did not look at all like Singapore to me, besides the fact that there were very few locals there. I think it’s just that most people are not aware that this place exists. I only knew about this interesting place after Singaporean blogger 365daystoplay wrote captivatingly about it.

Singapore's First Farmer's Market

As you enter through the lush greenery of Dempsey Village, you’re greeted by the loveliest sight – open air cooking of paella, sausages and the display of pretty cupcakes, chocolates and enticing pies.  Fresh produce, like the most gorgeous looking tomatoes and beautiful fresh flowers caught my eye. I tried the paella, cornish, and pork and apple pie.  The crust of the cornish was really beautifully golden brown and so yummy.  It was a pity that it was cold or I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more. There’s coffee sold at the place where the pies are sold and I had a cupuccino in a take-away cup. The prices are quite expensive though, but I guess just look at it as an occasional excursion with a treat for the senses. A very small plate of paella cost S$5 while the cornish cost S$7.

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