Farmart Centre

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Farmart Centre
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We wanted to visit this place (early May 2019) but found out it is closed permanently. I also found out that they have moved the animals to OYO Gallop Farm Resort (10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813) and there will be an animal farm there, however, the animal farm is still under construction and is not opened yet. I do not know when the animal farm at OYO will be opened. FYI.
Written May 7, 2019
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,369 contributions
Solo
This farmart is located at Sungei Tengah about 30 mins walk from Chua Chu Kang Lot 1 shopping mall. Alternatively, you can also take bus no. 172 or 975 and alight at the bus stop in front of Chengtai Nursery and walk about 100 m to the farmart.

There is also a direct shuttle bus that brings you from the bus stop in front of Lot 1 shopping mall to the farmart directly. It costs $1/- one way journey and the driver will collect the bus fare from you when the bus reaches the farmart.

The admission into the farmart is free.

From my observation, there are two profiles of visitors to the farmart. One group of them are the child caring parents who bring their children to the farmart for an `educational tour'. They visit the mini animal farm and buy the vegetables for the children to feed the goats, the rabbits, the tortoises and the fishes. They then walk to the pet shops and have their children play with the pet dogs, look at the fishes in the aquarium and or appreciate the prawn fishing. After walking around for a short while, these parents will be disappointed as most of the shops were closed or vacated. Nothing really educational unless the parent want to spend $18/- for an hour to let the child have fun in prawn fishing.

The `uncles' and `auntie' at the egg and meat shops aren't cut out to explain their products to children. Maybe if the parents are interested to purchase the quail eggs or the exotic crocodile or deer meat, the shop `uncles' may share some `secret' recipes. But then, the `farm products' are not so cheap. You may as well buy from NTUC Fairprice supermarkets.

Looking at the price of the farm products sold here, I doubt the rental of the shops here is cheap. Singaporeans are price conscious. Driving the car here already consume much petrol and parking is not free. It is $1.20 cents per hour to park inside the farmart. I saw some cars just park indiscriminately along the main road outside the farmart to save costs. And if you are taking the shuttle bus, it would be inconvenient to carry the eggs or meat.

When the rentals are high and the customers not many, the businesses have to increase the price of the goods in order to make both ends meet but when the goods sold are not cheap, it further dampen the demand. A vicious cycle and the businesses may suffer in the long run. I noticed a number of the shops had vacated and left empty.

The other profile of visitors are those who visit Farmart for `happy hours' to enjoy karaoke singings and drinking. I wonder how the latest legal control on alcohol consumption affects this group of visitors. I am also not sure if the liquor license application or extension would be affected by the new laws.

There are drink stalls and one Cheng's `Zichar' restaurant in the farmart. As I stay and work in Chua Chu Kang, occasionally I would come here with my colleagues or friends to have sumptuous dinner at the Cheng's restaurant. I found the Chinese dishes here delicious, the price reasonable and the ambience comfortably good for a round table gathering and chit chat. I think I belong to the second group of visitors who want to have some happy hours with friends.

The Home Team Academy is near this farmart but none of the mess or club of any of the Home Team agencies is located nearby. If one of the Home Team recreational clubs or Senior/Junior Officer mess would to shift here into the farmart, the business here definitely would flourish as the officers would find this place a quiet haven to relax. This is just an off the cuff wild imagination but may not be business feasible.

Lastly, just an advice to those parents who bring their kids here to visit: you should treat this visit as one stop out of your itinerary list. There are the Qian Hu Fish Farm, Chengtai Nursery, Hay Dairy, Marine Fish farm, etc nearby in Kranji and Lim Chu Kang areas where you can bring your children for visit other than dropping by here. They are not very far away and you should consider visiting them as well.
Written July 17, 2015
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Edmund75
Singapore, Singapore39 contributions
Family
If you are expecting bustling farmers' market, you will be in for much disappointment. Most of the shops are closed. Even the fishing/prawning pond is closed and the pond is left to dry up.

What's left is the Animals' Corner which might still appeal to the young children. You can get a mixture of feeds for $5, which kids can feed a variety of animals suchas catfish, turtles, frogs, rabbits, hamsters, parrots and even goats. They look visibly hungry and not very well kept. My kids finished feeding the animals within 15mins, and left with nothing much to do.

It's a pity that the place has lost its promise of a rustic appeal, and now left to end up in shambles.
Written November 11, 2018
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Frank
Singapore, Singapore6 contributions
Couples
The place is permanently closed for business. Entry and exit are fenced up. The sign board removed. FARMART PERMANENTLY CLOSED. FARMART PERMANENTLY CLOSED
Written May 29, 2019
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donaldwai
Singapore, Singapore56 contributions
Solo
I went there on a Saturday afternoon (10 Nov 18) expecting to see some farm produce and animals. When I reached there, it started to rain and I thought it was a good time for me to browse the farm produce and animals inside the many shops. As I walked around, all I could see was a shop selling eggs and a food and beverage outlets. Almost all the other shops, except for those that have their shutters pulled down, were vacant with no furniture and displays. So where is Farmart?
Written November 10, 2018
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Minimingster
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
Family
Old, dated, dirty, smelly, unhygienic. We where lost for words.
At best It's a car park surrounded by businesses loosely related to animals plus a water feature/fake grass shop (only business worth a look) and a cafe/restaurant and a mini hawker Center.

We went expecting it to be a farm- it isn't. Nor is it a market or anything related to art. For farmart to market itself as any of these is a joke.

The only fresh produce available was eggs from an egg shop.
One business seemed to solely sell little pots of sunflower seeds to visitors to feed their small collection of birds which where chained to a handrail or kept in a selection of small, mismatch, tatty, old and dirty cages.
The prawn catching area, was dark, dingy dirty and smelly- a raised concrete pool surrounded by plastic chairs under some sort of canopy.
The animal feeding bit was much of the same "cr*p" dirty, dark, poorly maintained. 3 goats, a pond so murky you cold only vaguely see fish if the came to the surface, a frog pond, a turtle pond, caged guinea pigs, gerbils, rabbits all in small dirty mismatched cages. We only stayed around as long as we did as we had promised our little boy a trip to the farm and was hoping to find something in that place that could tick the box. To our relief, after two minutes of being in the pet feeding area, our little boy let us off the hook by holding his nose exclaiming "its smelly, wanna go mummy" need I say anymore.

Do not waste your time here.
P.s there was no art to be seen here.
Written May 24, 2013
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Sergio A
Zurich, Switzerland20 contributions
Family
Animals crowded in small cages, some of them in distress and clearly in bad shape. A swimming pool with rotten stale water and an "animal corner" which should be more aptly called animal dungeon with very sad looking animals confiend in cer small spaces in terrible conditions. Dont even think about it, am surprise the place is still open.
Written June 23, 2018
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Wilbur K
Singapore, Singapore68 contributions
Couples
Don’t waste your time. Only 10% of shops left. Went on a Sunday. No animals , no tours and a barely surviving coffeshop with some vending machines. What a failed concept.
Written March 11, 2018
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Nishan P
74 contributions
Family
Nice, quaint place. Don't expect much because it is a "kampong"-style place with minimalist fluff. Animals are tame and quite friendly, with the kids enjoying themselves feeding them and interacting with the cute parrots! We followed that up with a good dinner at the Chinese seafood restaurant. Very relaxing, nice place to visit away from the hustle and bustle of other places of interest.
Written August 21, 2017
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Lausssy
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
Friends
Had a really disappointing and depressing experience at farmart. I was looking forward to going there after reading some of the raving reviews online, but found the place to be completely different from what was described and just, sad.

Firstly, there was barely anything to do there. Most of the shops were closed. There was mainly a hawker eating area, a few small shops selling animal by-products, a landscape garden, some birds to look at. And after braving through a crummy looking, prawning area, we finally found the animal corner, which was really just a small corner area.

Everything there looked so filthy and in serious need of maintenance. The animal corner had a pond area, where the water was so murky and green. We didn't even know there were fishes in it until some came above the water's surface, probably desperate attempts to get fresh air. Other small fishes were also placed in dirty aquariums. All the other animals there just looked really miserable in their small cages. There were some dogs outside a shop in a caged area, where you could feed them for $1. There were many adorable rabbits, but they were cramped in small cages, with barely any room for them to move around. The goats were lifeless and also sad-looking in their cages.

Also, had the worst chendol in my life there. It tasted like spoilt coconut milk with weird artificial flavourings, and it was $2.50(?). Couldn't even get past a few mouthfuls and didn't feel like trying the other food anymore thereafter.

Really didn't want to hiam (nitpick) so much, since admission was free. But just felt really disappointed going all the way there to experience this, and would rather pay $28 to go to the zoo. Heard that the place was much better a few years ago. Wish the place was better maintained as it would have been interesting to have a nice animal farm to visit in urban Singapore.
Written October 25, 2014
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