Formerly known as Kranji Countryside, Kranji Farms, the farms in north-western Singapore, are now officially a tourist attraction.
There are over 100 farms in the area and 18 are open to the public. Of these, at least 16 offer tours, which last between 20 minutes and four hours and cost $6 to $23 each.
At Jurong Frog Farm, a tour which costs $10 lets you feed frogs, sample frog legs and hashima, a delicacy made from fatty tissue found in a frog’s fallopian tube.
Over at Hay Dairies,Singapore’s only goat farm, you can see goats being milked every morning for free.Kranji Countryside Express, a bus service launched in 2005, plies between Kranji MRT station and some farms within the cluster. The fare is $3 and you can hop on and off in the area within a day.
Those who want a guided tour of various farms can contact William Ho, 50, a quail egg farmer and Kranji Farms’ only licensed tour guide, who has been leading tours in the area since 1997. Visit Farmart’s website or e-mail unclewilliam@uncle william.biz.
Even if you arrive at a farm without a tour booked, you can pick up fresh produce or enjoy a farm-totable meal. But for visitors who want to do more than a day trip to the area, two operators in Kranji offer accommodation – D’Kranji Farm Resort, which opened in 2008, and Gardenasia, which introduced its farmstay villas last year. There are also at least five farms with food and beverage outlets.
D’Kranji Farm Resort’s 35 villas were running at almost full capacity during the one-week school break last month, with Singaporeans making up about 80 per cent of the guests.
Here’s a list of some of the tours you can take (click on the farm name to go to their websites):
What: You can visit the farm for free but groups of 20 or more can opt for a guided tour to learn more about the operations of Hay Dairies.
When: Farm opens 9am to 4pm. Tours take place at 9, 9.30 and 10am daily. Closed on Tuesday except if it is a public holiday
Where: Hay Dairies, 3 Lim Chu Kang, Agrotech Park Lane 4
Admission: $3.21 a person. Booking must be made one to two weeks in advance
What: While you can visit the farm for free, visitors can learn more about the farm on 30-minute guided tours on weekends.
When: Tours take place at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Bollywood Veggies is open from 9.30am to 6.30pm from Wednesday to Friday; 8am to 6.30pm on weekend and public holiday. Closed on Monday and Tuesday
Where: 100 Neo Tiew Road
Admission: $5 a person
Jurong Frog Farm
What: Families can explore the farm for free or they can opt for the 35-minute Gabbe’s Family Tour, where they can learn about the 35-year-old farm’s history, take pictures with the frogs and sample deep-fried frog meat and a hashima dessert.
When: The farm is open from 9am to 5.30pm on weekend and public holiday. Closed on Monday unless it is a public holiday. Tuesday to Friday are for tours only
Where: Jurong Frog Farm, 51 Lim Chu Kang Lane 6 (Plot 56)
Admission: $10 a person for the Gabbe’s Family Tour, minimum charge of $40 a tour, $8 a person for a group of more than five. Groups of more than 20 people must book in advance.
Singapore Young Farmers: Froggy Ribbit Affair
What: At this tour meant for those aged 30 and below, participants can learn more about the daily operations of the Jurong Frog Farm.Limited to 20 participants.
When: April 24, 9 am to noon
Where: Jurong Frog Farm