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.
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.
The whole place had a homey feel with loads of cute blonde kids running about. There were swings and a trampoline to entertain the children and they looked like they were having a blast apart from some toddlers who were crying. They probably just needed a longer nap and didn’t appreciate being woken up early on a Saturday. I also spotted the cutest little plastic knapsacks for little kids. I absolutely loved the bright pink chairs and the pink pinstriped tablecloths that lent a fairground feel to the place.
The Farmer’s market is held on the first Saturday of every month from 8.30 am to 2 pm. I would say come here if you’re hankering for something really different to do on a Saturday. You may feel a bit out of place like I did as there are very few locals here and I actually felt like I was the tourist! It would be great if they had an even bigger space with more seats and if it was held every week. I guess once the word spreads and it gets really popular, they might just be able to.
The Pantry Cookery School, Loewen Gardens
75E Loewen Road
Tel: 6474 0441