Stock up on your trusty supply of freshly farmed produce straight from our little red dot, as Open Farm Community (OFC) rounds up its favourite local farmers, producers, makers and bakers on Saturday, 4 March 2017 and Sunday, 5 March 2017 from 11.00am to 5.00pm for the first Social Market of 2017.
First held on 28 November 2015 to encourage “citysumers” to develop a deeper and more meaningful relationship with their food, the Social Market has since grown—both in scale and purpose—to become more than just a weekend farmers’ market. Now in its 8th edition, OFC Social Market aims to further strengthen the local community and showcase the best of what the Singapore soil has to offer.
A curated line-up of over 30 passionate vendors will be peddling their wares at the market – including house plants perfect for a spot on your windowsill; sweet and sticky honey; organic, honest skincare; natural scented candles; and jars of homemade jam.
Pick out the perfect grub-to-go for a foodie-friendly afternoon, such as naturally nectarous Soi Coco coconut shakes and products; fresh Kuhlbarra barramundi farmed from local waters; and organic homemade granola from SPGranola. Satiate your munchies at the OFC booth, where fresh juices and farm-fresh bites will be on the menu, including a live grill station where fresh produce purchased from our vendors can be grilled on the spot, complemented with sauces and dips created by OFC’s kitchen.
The upcoming Social Market will be a chance for market-goers to experience new flavours that have flourished in OFC’s edible garden, including a variety of nursery plants and harvested vegetables, as well as freshly plucked fruits such as papayas, bananas and the likes.
More than just a day of feasting, the market grounds will also play host to communal activities for both young and old, including yoga classes held on the outdoor lawn; an Open Air Cinema sunset screening of ‘My Dharma’—a collaborative documentary by Dharma Bums and Italian filmmaker, Alessandro Sigismondi—detailing internationally renowned yogis from different yoga traditions; and nifty gardening workshops by Edible Garden City that aims to bring the “Grow Your Own Food” movement closer to home.
Over at the main restaurant, guests can be amongst the first to tuck into OFC’s updated selections of seasonal, innovative and honest dishes—created by Executive Chef Ryan Clift and newly-appointed Head Chef Russell Misso—that are up to 90 per cent sourced from farms in and around Singapore.
Standout starters include a Steak tartare marinated with ginger chilli (S$26++) that will please the most purist of local palates, elevated with a spring onion and coriander puree and an organic egg yolk, while ocean-fresh flavours are brought to light in the form of the Roasted red snapper (S$32++) that sits on a spread of OFC’s own roselle and hibiscus ketchup, pickled cucumbers and a calamansi and sesame cucumber salad.
Soak up the afternoon with a tipple or two from our new Garden Grown cocktail menu, featuring grown-up beverages concocted by Group Bar Manager Joe Schofield, using ingredients directly from OFC’s fruit and vegetable patch.
As OFC’s parking space will be transformed in to a market place, the nearest parking spaces are available at Minden Road, next to St George’s Church and adjacent to Sherwood Road, as well as at Singapore Botanic Gardens.
OFC Social Market #8
Date: Saturday & Sunday, 4 & 5 March 2017
Time: 11.00am to 5.00pm (Open Air Cinema from 7.00pm onwards)
Venue: Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
Transportation: Cycle over to 130E Minden Road, or take buses 7, 75, 77, 105, 106, 123, or 174
Parking: Off Minden Road, Botanic Gardens, along Dempsey Road and Loewen Road
Event link: http://bit.ly/ofcsocialmarket8
Call +65 6471 0306 for reservations or log onto www.openfarmcommunity.com for more information.