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[Singapore] Kok Fah Technology Farm

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Farmer harvesting spring onions

There are not many farms left in Singapore and the few remaining are mostly located in the Kranji area. And I think one of the biggest and most prominent of them all is Kok Fah Technology Farm. The good thing about this farm is that it is big and it is opened to public on weekends and public holidays. In fact, we found out about the place because when we drove past the farm on a weekend morning (there was a period of time where I had a work project in that area), we saw lots of cars parked along both sides of the road, which made us really curious about the sudden increase in human traffic at such a secluded area, where we usually drove for quite a while with little human activity.

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Carrots selling at the farm market

It turned out that many people were doing their marketing at the farm. I think this is the closest Singapore has to a farmer’s market. It is well stocked, busy and vibrant. There is a farm area (for educational tours and for viewing how crops are grown), market area (for buying fresh vegetables and pantry supplies) and a nursery area (for buying potted plants, many of which are edibles). In short, I think this is an eye-opener if you haven’t been there before. With the wide variety of produce sold at the market and nursery, it is definitely a cook’s dream come true.

Note: The photos were taken in Oct 2009. Sorry I took so long to publish this post, it has slipped my mind. But I think the information should still be relevant. This is NOT a paid review. The content written in this post is solely my personal opinion.

1) Farm

Part of the farm is opened to public so you can see how crops are being grown in various “tents”. You can join an educational tour if you want and a tour guide will bring you around the farm and explain the farm operations in more detail to you. I didn’t join a tour that day so I just walked around to take some photos on my own.

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Various “tents” for crop growing. They are sheltered with netting to protect from bugs, rain and excessive sun.

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Lush crops

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
I think this is baby bok choy?

2) Market

Since a lot of the vegetables sold are farm-fresh, I guess you can say that this is the closest Singapore has to a farmer’s market. Check out the wide variety of vegetables and goods on sale. The farm supplies lots of leafy vegetables (some of which came from Malaysia) to our local supermarket chain NTUC, under the Kok Fah brand.

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Overview of the market area

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Cucumbers

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Pumpkins

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Onions

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Turnips??

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Potatoes & Ginger

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Left – Aloe vera (prepared) and right – aloe vera (whole)

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Old cucumbers

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Sweet Potatoes

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Lime & chilli padi (bird’s eye chilli)

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Radishes (so fresh, with leaves on)

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
I’m not sure what this vegetable is :)

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Tomatoes

Besides fresh vegetables, you can also find a pretty well-stocked section of dry goods for Asian cooking.

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Assorted dry goods – beans and lentils

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Dried goods for Asian cooking such as silver fish and dried shrimps

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
All kinds of sauces for Asian cooking

3) Nursery

Besides the farm and market area, there is also a nursery area selling potted plants. I spotted quite a few edibles which is useful if you like to keep some plants for cooking.

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Overview of the nursery (potted plants) area.

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Thai basil

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Close up on the basil flowers

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
White eggplant??

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Lime

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Aloe vera (big)

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Another speices of aloe vera which is smaller

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Pomegranate

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Mint

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Pomelo

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Some kind of basil?

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Pandan (screwpine)

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
My purchases – 2 pots of pandan (one for me and one for my neighbour)

4) Sights

Some random sights around the farm

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Pet rabbits (not for sale)

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
A hat to shield from the blasting sun

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Crates

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Baskets

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Bird

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)
Birds

Note: This is NOT a paid review. The content written in this post is solely my personal opinion.

Related article: Rustic Singapore – Buying & Cooking with Local Produce

Place: Kok Fah Technology Farm
Website: http://www.kokfahfarm.com.sg/
Address: 18 Sungei Tengah Road Singapore 698974
Opening Hours: Opened on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, 9am – 5pm
Contact Number: 6762 3160

Kok Fah Technology Farm (Singapore)

   

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37 Responses to “[Singapore] Kok Fah Technology Farm”

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  1. Quinn — March 25, 2010 @ 11:49 am

    I wish I can grow pandan leaves in Australia….you can’t even bring the seeds across the custom :(

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    • wiffy replied: — March 26th, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

      aww what a pity. They are really nice especially for Chinese desserts. I heard that there are frozen ones sold at Asian grocery stores :)

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  2. ippo456 — March 25, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    It’s really nice to know that despite all that concrete, there are still some farms left in Sg.
    I want to visit some of the farms featured on your blog (& that Bombay restaurant). Now I just have to figure out which of my friends who has a car I can convince to come with me :)

    ps: what is the Sg government trying to do by cramping up the tiny little island with more & more people? Aiiii! I was in Sg last year & I was terrified whenever I had to go out .. too crowded for my liking :(

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    • wiffy replied: — March 26th, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

      yes Ippo, I totally agreed with what you said. I’m avoid crowds myself, so scary *sighs*

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  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes — March 25, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

    I want some sweet potatoes!! Amazing how many different kinds of vegetables you can find there!

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  4. MaryMoh — March 25, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    Wow…this is such an interesting post. I wish I can get all those vegetables here. Maybe I should move to the countryside when I retire so that I can plant some vegetables :P

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  5. Alice — March 25, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

    Excellent! The next time I pay Singapore a visit! I will find for this place! Is it far from Orchard Road? :lol:

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    • wiffy replied: — March 26th, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

      Orchard is in the center. This is in the far north (I think). but then again Singapore is so small, nothing is really “far” hehe

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  6. TasteHongKong — March 25, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

    Thanks for the tour, bringing me to see Singapore from a new perspective. I enjoyed.

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  7. tigerfish — March 25, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

    Good that you could identify most of the stuff. I think the turnip (jicima) is correct. The white eggplant looks scary. I don’t know what it is as well. I have seen slightly-white eggplant with purple streaks (or the other way ah? forgot!) but completely white ones like this “albino” eggplant- never seen. :O …but if there is “albino” bittergourd, I don’t see why can’t there be “albino” eggplant! Kekekeke….

    Oh, and I love radish! Like to use it to make chicken soup (uncommon but very nice) and radish is kinda healing food too :)

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    • wiffy replied: — March 26th, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

      I love radish soup! I made some recently, with pork ribs and carrots. I heard that it’s really detoxifying.

      I’ve never seen white eggplant at the markets before. I should have bought it just to cook the eggplant to see what it tastes like (but the plant won’t survive to bear another fruit under my care lol).

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  8. Ellena — March 25, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

    This is one of my son’s favourite hangout place when he wants to visit farm.

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  9. The Little Teochew — March 25, 2010 @ 7:11 pm

    Wiffy, you are so right. This is the closest we have to a Farmer’s Market. Great post! Nice to read about stuff like that … of course your beautiful photographs are a huge draw.

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  10. Little Inbox — March 25, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

    Wow, this is a nice place to shop for fresh ingredients. :)

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