I grew up in a family house with a very spacious front and backyard full of flowering plants, vegetables and fruit trees. According to my mom, my dad diligently planted all of them the moment they bought the land. He grew them organically using animal dung and soil from his own compost pit and by the time our house was erected, they are already flourishing.
Growing up, I had the privilege to harvest my dad's homegrown vegetables and fruits. I can still vividly remember how I would climb trees with my older siblings to harvest its fruits. We have all sort of fruit-bearing trees/shrubs like star apple, custard apple, calamondin, mango, avocado, Spanish plum, jackfruit, cottonfruit, papaya, banana and more.
We don't have a variety of vegetables as many as the trees I mentioned above but I remember harvesting sweet potato baby leaves from my dad's vegetable garden. We also have moringa trees which nutrition-packed leaves are commonly mixed in a chicken soup or vegetable soup with anchovies.
1) It's an eye-opening educational experience.
You probably have tasted white radish from your mom's home-cooked soup, sun flower sprout in a salad you had in a cafe, or wheatgrass juice from a fruit juice stall but do you actually know how they are grown organically and how many days it takes them to grow?
Do you know that not all vegetable leaves with whitish coating meant they aren't grown organically?
Can you identify how many varieties of vegetables you see inside the green house? Do you know what are those yellow sticky "flags" are for?
You probably know that papaya's ripe fruit can be eaten on its own or its raw fruit can be mixed in a meat or vegetable soup but do you actually know the many uses of its leaves?
Do you know how many varieties of bananas are there in the whole world?
JJ, the young farm boss who toured us around the farm is very hands-on and knowledgeable hence he was able to share many things about all the vegetables and trees they grow and how they do it. Like I mentioned above, it's an eye-opening experience and you shouldn't miss it.
2) It's an amazing sensory experience.
Visiting the farm activated my five senses. I got to smell basil, parsley and mint leaves, taste a freshly plucked ladyfinger and parsley leaves, touch and smell a warm organic fertilizer, see so many things in a totally different light and revel in the sound of noisy chicken coming from the neighboring poultry.
3) Get your organic and freshest herb, fruit and vegetable stash straight from the farm.
Ever heard of "From Farm to Table" concept? When you visit Quan Fa Organic Farm, you get to bring home freshly harvested vegetables and cook it straight from the farm. How awesome does that sound? Guaranteed 100% freshness, no pesticide, no chemical fertilizer and organically grown. The fruits, vegetables, herbs taste so much sweeter than the ones you buy from the supermarket. Simply quote "QuanFaOrganicFarm" (one time use per costumer) to enjoy 10% off your shop. *Not valid for promotional items and dried goods.
Haven't been to any farm once in your life? I highly recommend that you include it in your bucketlist and tick it off soonest. Promise, you will thank me for it! I brought my teenager with me and she tremendously enjoyed the farm tour.
ABOUT QUAN FA ORGANIC FARM
Quan Fa Organic Farm subscribes to ecological agrarian methods of farming, abstaining from the use of pesticides and harmful fertilisers, to produce only the freshest food crops that are both nutritious and healthy. Since 1999, Quan Fa has been cultivating all sorts of organically grown vegetables and fruits. Over the years, it has grown from humble beginnings of a small organic vegetable retailer to one of the leading distributors in Singapore today. To ensure the freshness of its produce, Quan Fa ensures that all harvesting and packaging are done in the morning.
35 Murai Farmway
Contact no: +65 6793 7693