“What you do in Singapore is eat. It’s a really food crazy culture where all of this great food is available in a kind of hawker stand environment.”

Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, author, journalist, and travel documentarian.

Those of us who live in Singapore or have visited it, we are well aware of what a food-loving gastronomic delight this little red dot is! And we really wouldn’t want that to change that, would we?

To put things in perspective, let’s begin with this information ‘starter’

Current scenario: 90% of Singapore’s food supplies are imported from over 170 countries

Current challenge: Climate change, geopolitics, and ‘black swan’ events leave the food supplies vulnerable

Governmental response: By 2030, Singapore aims to meet 30% of its nutritional requirements locally

For the ‘main course’ of facts, take a look at our Food Security in Singapore article here.

Can you help? Yes you can, by being a part of the Singapore Food Story Campaign – support local produce and reduce your food waste footprint! After the circuit-breaker queues, and (unfounded) concerns, more and more people are asking – What food does Singapore produce? So, our team scouted the universe of ‘Made in Singapore’ food items and put together this quick reference list for all those who want to buy locally-sourced food products in Singapore but are not sure from where to buy or which brand to choose. We will keep updating this list of Made in Singapore brands. It is entirely possible we missed a few. If you know any, do let us know in the comments below.

Happy ‘local produce’ shopping!


Where can I buy local vegetables and fruits?

local farms in singaporeDid you know that Singapore imports 452,980 tonnes of vegetables every year? In 2019, only 14% of leafy greens were locally produced. The lack of land is a clear challenge; we have taken to the skies with opening farms on rooftops and vertical agriculture. Enjoy ‘farms to table’ dining with these local farms so your greens are as young as just a day old!

Fresh fruits and vegetables (including leafy greens):

Fireflies Health Farm | Website, FB| Buy online directly

* The farm professes to run on principles of organic farming – no pesticides, herbicides or growth inducing agents.

Green Circle Eco Farm | Website, FB| Buy online directly

* Though uncertified, the farm professes to run on the principles of permaculture and organic farming. Farm tours available. Veggie surprise boxes available.

Citizen Farm | Website, FB| Order veggie boxes online directly

* A sustainable urban farm model. Currently, individuals can purchase veggie boxes only, not specific produce.

Bollywood Veggies | Website, FB| Buy at the Earth Shop when you visit

* The farm uses a variety of sustainable farming principles such as rainwater harvesting and composting on site. Farm tours are available. Most of their produce is used at their on-site restaurant, Poison Ivy Bistro, and a limited range of local produce is available at their on-site Earth Shop.


Specialty leafy greens and herbs:

fresh leafy greens in singapore

You may be taken by surprise by this losing list! But before you go site-hopping, do note that these farms tend to focus on a limited range of herbs/leaves. If you wish there was a place to buy their specialty produce under one roof – check out Redmart’s SG Farmers’ Market. For direct purchases, details included below:

ComCrop | Website, FB| Buy at Redmart, Fairprice Finest outlets

* Rooftop urban farm using advanced hydroponic technology. Produce is herbicide and pesticide free.

Just Produce | Website, FB| Buy at Grabfood, Redmart, OpenTaste, Mogu Shop, Food Services, Greenies

* Specialises in Mesclun. Pesticide-free produce

Leafwell by Citiponics | Website, FB| Buy directly via WhatsApp +65 9777 0520 or at Grabmart, select NTUC Fairprice stores

* Their specialty is georgiana lettuce. Pesticide-free produce. They periodically arrange for farm tours.

Artisan Green | Website, FB| Buy at Little Farms, Ryan’s Grocery

* Indoor, hydroponic spinach farm. Pesticide-free produce.

VertiVegies | Website, FB| Buy online directly or at Redmart

* Indoor hydroponic farm. Produce is free from pesticides, contaminants, genetic modification.

Sustenir Agriculture | Website, FB| Buy at Cold Storage, Giant, Redmart, Amazon Prime, Mahota

* Free from pesticide and environmental pollutants

Yili Farm | Website, FB| Available on FairPrice – Finest and Xtra, Sheng Siong, Redmart, Amazon Prime

* GAP- VF certified

Kin Yan | Website, FB| Buy at Redmart, GoPasar, Fairprice

* SG’s largest wheatgrass and mushroom farm. No pesticides or artificial fertilizers. Offers farm tours.

VegePonics | FB| Buy at Redmart, Opentaste

* Indoor vertical farm. Specialises in kale and lettuce. Pesticide free produce.

Leafy Me by Meod | Website, FB| Buy at Redmart and several local wet markets (mapped on their website)

* Pesticide free

Koh Fah Farm | Website, FB| Available on Redmart

* The farm hosts a weekend market, and offers farm tours.

Little Red Farm | Website, FB| Buy at Redmart

* Pesticide-free produce. Offers farm tours. Vegetable baskets available.

Red Dot Farm | FB| Buy at Redmart

* Pesticide-free produce.

Bean Farm| Website, FB| Buy at Redmart, NTUC Fairprice, Sheng Siong

* Specialises in bean sprouts and soybean sprouts.

NetaFresh | FB| Buy at Cold Storage

* Pesticide free


Where can I buy locally sourced eggs? 

locally produced eggs in singaporeEven though 26% of our eggs are being locally sourced now, we are still importing nearly 1.5 million hen eggs a year. Reduce your food miles when you buy food products made in Singapore.

Seng Choon Farms | Website, FB| Buy at Redmart, Cold Storage, Giant & FairPrice

* Hormone and antibiotic free

Egg Story by N&N | Website, FB| Widely available

* Pasteurised eggs, hormones and antibiotics free

Chews Egg | Website, FB| Buy at Redmart

* Designer eggs


Where can I buy fresh milk?

dairy farms in singaporeHave you been reducing dairy consumption due to the (well-deserved) bad press industrial dairy farming gets? From reports of abuse of animals reports to excessive use of antibiotics, we have much reason to read the fine print and assess brands. When you buy from local dairy farms you not only reduce food miles, but also have a chance to see farm conditions first-hand and support best practices.

Dairy Folks | Website | Buy online directly

* Cow milk. No added preservatives, additives and permeates.

Hay Dairies SG | Website, FB | Buy online directly or at select Cold Storage, Redmart, Marketplace, Mahota and Prime Supermarket

* Goat milk. Offers farm tours. No antibiotics, preservatives and growth hormones.

Vishnu Dairy Farm | Buy at select NTUC outlets

*Cow milk


Where can I buy locally farmed seafood and fish?

fish farms in singaporeIn 2018, the little red dot consumed 21 kilograms of seafood per person. Being an island nation, it is no wonder that we have a high consumption of seafood and fish but let us ensure that we support sustainable seafood to protect our oceans from over-fishing.

Ah Hua Kelong | Website, FB| Buy online directly

* Fish farm ‘kelongs’ that run 2 restaurants and also sell seafood to businesses and individuals

Sea Farmers @ Ubin | Website, FB| Buy online directly

* Specialises in oysters, chemical free farming

Kuhlbarra by Barramundi Asia | Website, FB| Buy online directly or at Redmart

* Specialises in barramundi and sea bass, sea farmed fish

Eco Ark by ACE | Website, FB| Buy online directly

* Solar powered farm. Antibiotic, vaccine and microplastic free fish

BluCurrent by Wintershine | Website| Buy at Straits market, Redmart

* Specialises in red snapper and barramundi

FIN by Boat | Website, FB| Buy online directly or at Redmart

* Specialises in perch, seabass and tilapia, indoor aquafarm

The Fish Farmer | Website, FB| Buy directly via WhatsApp at +65 9229 7524 or at Redmart

* Locally farmed crabs, milkfish, barramundi, seabass and more. 


Where can I get locally produced beverages?

locally brewed beers in singaporeAnd if you are thirsty for more, here’s a list of the local gin distillery and beer breweries!

Tanglin Gin | Website, FB| Buy online directly

* 3 gin labels to choose from! Offers distillery tours. 

Tiger Beer | Website, FB| Available widely

* Offers brewery tours.

Brewerkz | Website, FB| Buy online directly, or at their restaurant outlets

* Specialises in craft beers

Binjai | Website, FB| Buy online here

* One of their beer varieties is made from surplus bread 

Trouble Brewing | Website, FB| Buy online directly

* During the lockdown, they support local F&B places: Adopt a Pub

Crust Brewing | Website, FB| Buy online here

* Fresh surplus ingredients converted to beer – 275 kg of bread = 4482 ltr of beer!


Where can I get locally farmed meat – chicken, pork, beef and exotics?

locally grown meat in singaporeWhen it comes to fresh meat in Singapore, the model is essentially importing poultry and pigs to the abattoirs so as to provide the meat fresh. We have not included these operators in our list. However, the following farms are open to visitors and the animals are reared on shore. When you buy from local animal farms, we urge you to see farm conditions first-hand and support best practices.

Jurong Frog Farm | Website | Buy online directly

* Specialise in frog legs. Also available is farm-reared fish and croc meat from next door. Offers farm tours.

Long Kuan Hung | FB | Buy when you visit

* Specialises in crocodiles. Offers farm tours.


Other products that are local to Singapore

Some of the other food items that are locally produced in Singapore.

Tai Hua | Website, FB| Available widely

* Specialises in soy sauce

Khong Guan | Website, FB| Available at leading supermarkets

* Biscuit maker; Offers factory tours

UglyFood | Website, FB| Online shop

*UglyFood is in the business of selling food items that are surplus and cosmetic-rejects sourced from the local sellers. So you not only support local but also reduce food waste when you buy here. The processed food items here (other than sorbets) are manufactured in singapore itself.


‘Almost’ Local Singapore food products

Well, these products on our list aren’t 100% local – though they are headquartered in Sngapore, production is primarily off-shore Nevertheless, as made-in-Singapore brands, we felt they deserved a mention on our list!

Tea and Coffee: 

Boncafe | Website, FB| Available at leading supermarkets

* Roast on demand option available

Gryphon Tea Company | Website, FB| Buy online directly

TWG Tea | Website, FB| Buy online directly

Marmalades:

Straits Preserves | Website, FB| Buy online directly

* Ingredients are sourced with a preference to minimise food miles. Some fruits and spices are in fact sourced from Singapore; Bottling is in malaysia

Canned foods and sauces:

Ayam Brand | Website, FB| Available widely

* Read their sustainability policy regarding use of palm oil, sustainable seafood and other issues here.

Yeo’s | Website, FB| Available widely

Hosen Quality | Website, FB| Available widely

Fortune Brand | Website, FB| Available widely

Woh Hup Oyster Sauce | Website, FB| Available widely

* The “Woh Hup Dried Noodles and Oyster Sauce” was featured at the “50 Made-In-Singapore Products Exhibition” in a showcase organised by the National Heritage Board (NHB).


Support Local

We hope this list helps you identify some of our local farms and products. Do add your suggestions in the comments below to add to this list.

Ensuring food security for Singapore is a collective responsibility and each one of us can do our bit by buying local food products.

Recommended Articles: 

Sustainable Singapore | Your role in making our Little Red Dot food secure

Vegetarian restaurants in Singapore | Our top 10 tried and tested!

Food waste | The Singapore story and what you can do to help reduce it!

 

 

 

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