Despite constant reassurances by the government that we have enough food in Singapore, you might still be a little on edge seeing lockdown after lockdown occur in each country.
While minor disruptions and price hikes are to be expected, Singaporeans have been advised not to take it as a cause for concern as the government has, according to PM Lee, “prepared for such an eventuality and have plans in place to cope”.
It should also be worth noting that Singapore has its own (national) stockpile. That means there’s really no need to panic buy and in turn cause a shortage we could have avoided.
In the case that you’re still worried, though, or if you’d like to swerve past supermarket queues, we have some other options for your consideration.
From eggs, milk, meats to veggies, here are 10 local farms you can support and get your produce from.
This is the only goat farm in Singapore since 1988, and houses a whopping number of more than 800 goats. Fed with Alfalfa Hay – an excellent source of protein and fibre – as well as a special feed from Australia, these goats are well fed, well nourished and produce fresh and healthy goat milk achieved by the latest milking, pasteurising process and bottling machines. Until now, it is still being owned by the Hay family.
Hay Dairies‘ goat milk comes in original and chocolate flavours, in 200 ml ($3) and 800 ml ($9) bottles. Home delivery service is provided once a week, dependent on your location, and requires a minimum order of 1.6 litres. Click here for more information.
You can also get the individual bottles a tad cheaper by farm walk-in purchase at $2.50 and $8 respectively.
How to order: Order online via their customer portal, or call 6792 0931. Alternatively, order via RedMart (free delivery with $60) or Cold Storage (free delivery with $59).
Where: 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4, Singapore 718859
Toh Thye San Farm was a small family-owned farm that grew over time to have what are perhaps the best chicken products in Singapore. The farm prides itself in its GG French Poulet, which are premium free range chicken from France. They’re so good they’ve been served on the tables of top restaurants such as Baroque, Corner House, Restaurant Andre, Gunthers, Waku Ghin, Jamie’s Italian and Imperial Treasure.
Besides GG French Poulet, the farm also carries duck, beef, lamb, seafood and vegetables, all frozen, chilled and cut depending on your preference.
How to order: Contact Toh Thye San Farm by dropping them a message here, or call them at 6283 3800 or 6386 9300. Also available on Little Farms and Sasha’s Fine Foods.
Where: 3 Ripley Crescent, Singapore 556181
You’ve probably seen Seng Choon‘s eggs on supermarket shelves, and this is no surprise, considering that it’s considered a pioneer in providing high-quality, farm fresh eggs. It also happens to be the first high-tech poultry farm in Southeast Asia, with its eggs going through various sorting, grading, scanning and cleaning processes to ensure consistent good quality.
Pay close attention to its assortment of eggs, and you will realise that Seng Choon’s eggs come in many variations. There’s the 1st Born Eggs, which are laid by young healthy hens in their first lay; Golden Corn Eggs, produced by hens fed on a diet of first-grade maize; quail eggs, salted eggs, century eggs and others.
How to order: Seng Choon eggs are available at leading supermarkets.
Where: 1 Jalan Gemala 2, Singapore 718798, tel: 6762 2858
The 25-year-old owners Wong Jing Kai and Bryan Ang are an unlikely pair in the local fish-farming scene, but they have revolutionised the industry. Ah Hua Kelong is a pioneer in offering freshly caught seafood within a 12-hour harvest-to-delivery window. The duo take their promise of quality so seriously that every package even states the time of processing.
Products they carry include XL blood cockles, la la, golden pomfret, seabass fillet, otah, and others. $8 for delivery.
Did you know that Singapore has a live oyster farm too? Sea Farmers breeds about 300,000 oysters of various sizes on its floating farm off the northern edge of Pulau Ubin.
Fan-shaped Pacific oysters are the speciality here. Imported as spats (baby oysters) from Australia and cultivated in local waters until they mature to about 8cm wide, Pacific oysters are considered to be sweeter compared to their briny Atlantic cousins. Minimum order of 24 pieces, $15 for delivery.
How to order: Order online here. For enquiries, call 9820 0906 or email email@example.com.
Where: Pulau Ubin
A 8,000 sqm plot of land was revived from an abandoned former prison to an urban farm, Citizen Farm.
This one is unique not only in their sustainable farming system made of natural systems and modern technology. The group of farmers also have the wholesome aim of combining community and agriculture for Singaporeans, and hire people from all backgrounds as well as those who are socially disadvantaged.
If you’re interested in getting some veggies from them, check out their Citizen Box from $35 a week for a 12-week subscription. The box of eco-friendly and good quality produce includes leafy greens such as kale, lettuce and bok choy, microgreens such as micro coriander and purple basil, native edible plants such as sayur manis and roselle, and edible flowers like kaffir lime and moringa flowers.
How to order: Sign up here, with the choice of self-collection or delivery ($13.50).
Where: 60 Jalan Penjara, Singapore 149375
Green Circle is the passion project of retirees Evelyn Eng and Lim Tian Soo, an extension of the couple’s commitment towards sustainable living. The farm makes its own compost from plant waste, collects and distributes rainwater for irrigation, reuses discarded materials for plant support.
The farm produces a comprehensive range including vegetables, fruits, herbs and condiments. It also stocks imported organic products such as brown rice milk, pumpkin seed butter, and umeboshi (Japanese pickled plums). You can also purchase its fresh veggies via its e-store, or subscribe to a vegetables basket (from $30) and leave it to the shop to put together a mixed bag of the week’s best produce.
How to order: Order online here. For enquiries, call 9784 7275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: 41 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719028
Under the Hockhua Group is Singapore’s largest commercial wheatgrass and mushroom farm. Kin Yan Agrotech strongly believes in supplying organic, farm-to-table goods, and so does not use pesticides, chemical and artificial fertilisers on their farm.
Besides wheatgrass and mushrooms, Kin Yan also grows fresh edible cactuses, aloe vera, rosella, wintermelons, a bunch of leafy greens and others like sweet potato leaves, watercress and pea sprouts.
How to order: Available at leading supermarkets.
Where: 220 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718830, tel: 6794 8368
At Quan Fa, the heart of organic farming is quality compost. The farm even has its own Quan Fa Compost System, which cuts out chemical pesticides and fertilisers altogether; while recycling waste such as sawdust, rotten vegetables and fruit skins.
Standing at six hectares, Quan Fa is one of the largest organic farms in Singapore, and grows more than 40 types of vegetables, fruits, sprouts and herbs ― from baby sweet potato leaves and purple long beans to watermelons and dragon fruit. Quan Fa also imports produce such as kale, iceberg, lettuce, carrots and even barn eggs from New Zealand and green curry paste from Thailand. $8 for delivery, free delivery with minimum purchase of $60.
How to order: Order online here. For enquiries, call 6793 7693 or email email@example.com.
Where: 2G Neo Tiew Lane (Plot 119), Singapore 719095
Thanks to the unique expertise that the two owners, Tian Jian Jie and Colleen Wu, have in construction and green wall landscaping, Green Nature forgoes the usual sprawling set-up in favour of a space-saving vertical farm in a greenhouse. A computerised system controls irrigation, humidity, light and temperature to ensure consistent, quality produce.
Green Nature is perhaps a sprouts specialist, selling 10 varieties including wasabi sprouts, pine willow sprouts, buckwheat sprouts and wheatgrass. $10 for delivery.
Where: Lot 119, Neo Tiew Lane 1, Singapore 719098, tel: 6241 2486
Text: Cherrie Lim, with parts adapted from Simply Her. This post was updated on April 6, 2020.