Last weekend, I visited Quan Fa Organic Farm (the first certified organic farm in Singapore), located at the remote Kranji Countryside. I was quite surprised that not only I felt refreshed eating the freshly harvested farm produce, I also enjoyed the beautiful Mother Nature and organic farm tour led by second generation farmer, JJ.
I guess that JJ is only in his 20s but he has already been helping his grandparents and parents at the organic farm since young which has grown from its humble beginnings as a small organic vegetable retailer in 1999 to one of the leading distributors of fresh organic produce in Singapore today.
Being young and IT savvy, JJ has helped to rebrand Quan Fa Organic Farm, promote the farm on social media and worked closely with regional organic farms to source for the best organic produce for Quan Fa online shop, so that you need not travel all the way to the farm and can still get fresh organic produce right to your doorsteps conveniently.
In the short 45-min farm tour led by JJ, I learn a lot about crops, farming and benefits of different herbs and vegetables from him. He encouraged us to see, touch and eat the produce fresh from the plants itself and I had never tasted freshly harvested sweet basil, coriander leaves, lady fingers, mint leaves and sunflower sprouts so juicy and delicious before!
The Lady Finger really took me by surprise because it is really crunchy and tasty when eaten raw (please don’t try this in the supermarkets outside), without any of the slimy, sticky interior at all. The exterior feels a bit prickly though and JJ explained that one Lady Finger plant can only produce ONE Lady Finger for harvest at any one time!
He told me that he does not eat vegetables elsewhere other than his own farm as they are mostly tainted with pesticides and harmful fertilisers and it is not easy to find organic restaurants outside.
JJ explained that Quan Fa vegetables can last 7 days as they are all freshly harvested and packaged in the morning itself, whereas those in supermarkets cannot last that long as it had been days since transporting the vegetables from its source to the supermarket shelves.
JJ explained that the white radish leaves can be cooked and eaten together with the radish in a Five Element Vegetable Soup (radish leaves, radish, carrots, burdock roots & shiitake mushrooms) which is a natural treatment for cancer.
The Secret Formula – Quan Fa Compost System
The Quan Fa Compost System originated from a Japanese technique using a unique culturing system to produce nutrient-rich organic debris which deters damage caused by disease infection and insect infestation.
The compost is used throughout the farm to condition dead soil to its healthy, arable state, which stimulates plant growth without using any synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilisers.
Quan Fa’s revolutionary farming techniques synchronises with the natural ecosystem, hence producing a highly nutritional and healthy produce.
Embrace Organic Foods
Organically grown foods generally tasted better because the nourished, well-balanced soil is able to produce healthier and stronger plants which can ward off insects on their own.
Putting our money wisely where our mouths are to support organic produce is a powerful action for a sustainable future for the many generations to come.
During the farm tour, I felt a little sad to come across plants that had died due to poor weather conditions and understood the pain of losing a harvest and the labour of love of the farmers who had toiled so hard to bring us fresh organic produce from farm to table!
Now for the Great News!
Simply use the code “QuanfaOrganicFarm” to enjoy 10% off your online purchase to enjoy fresh organic produce (limited to one-time use per customer).
Have an organic good time shopping online! 🙂