Loewen Gardens Farmers’ Market

Popaganda's Popsicles

The thing I missed most about France are its street markets. Every small town I visited – Toulouse, Albi, Aix En Provence, Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malu, had quaint markets. Markets helmed by artisans; craftsmen who are good at what they do.  Cheese-makers, bakers, farmers and leather artisans are a dime and a dozen. I was even surprised by a stall selling homemade aligot (it’s a traditional French dish – melted Tomme cheese blended into mashed potatoes, often with some garlic, that I’ve been wanting to taste for a long time)!

A lot of these markets, I came across by accident. Each market had its own little surprise. It’s quite an organic process; touching, smelling, tasting and the conversations struck between me and the artisans. Rustic, real, personable. Describe it however you will, but to me, it was bliss,  something I wished I could find in Singapore with ease.

So imagine my delight when I found out about a certain farmer’s market open every forth-nightly at the Dempsey area. I have been meaning to go but was too busy, until I learnt that Popaganda was going to be making an appearance in February’s Farmer’s Market.

Popaganda's Straight-up Raspberry popsicle

Popaganda is my current dessert fixation; with good healthy reasons. They are a local artisan brand of popsicles that use 100% natural ingredients. Edrick Chua, the founder is adamant about how pure his popsicles are. Get this – no sugar and no off-the-shelf juices are used. Each popsicle is made using freshly squeezed fruits, coconut water and agave nectar.

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I’ve tried nearly all their flavours – Mixed Berries, Mango & Coconut, Really Orange, Straight-up Raspberry, Chocolate & Coconut, and Lemon & Lime. At $3.80 a pop, they aren’t exactly cheap, but I think it is worth every cent. I never get that ‘jelak’ sickeningly sweet aftertaste after downing their pops.

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My best friend Dot was creative genius behind these lovely dioramas you see here. Each diorama is an adorable and apt representation of each popsicle flavour.

Dioramas for each flavour

The popsicle I had (Straight-up Raspberry) was a cool respite on that hot Saturday morning. Within hours, the pops were sold out.

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The Farmers’ Market was smaller than expected, but I still managed to stuff my face with delectables like chocolate and orange lamingtons.

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Traditionally found in Australia, lamingtons are basically sponge cakes coated with chocolate (or any other flavoured syrup) then coated again with dessicated coconut.

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Rhubarbs in sight.

To my surprise, there was a gentleman selling rhubarb. Was this close to buying some!

My aunt bought some portobello mushrooms though. They were incredibly huge.

Portobello mushrooms

Carrots

Paella

Paella. I tried resisting. I did not want to be a glutton. But I succumbed. Oh well.

Pink ballerinas all in a row

There was a ballet school at Loewen’s and I managed to catch these three adorable ballerinas all in a row.

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Cute.

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When I have kids, I’ll make a teepee for them. From scratch.

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I could not resist a ripe, plump fig. Suffice to say, the one in France was bigger and juicier. But one can compromise I suppose.

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Beautiful foilage.

Just for one day, I imagined I wasn’t in France once again. It worked, for only that few hours. I can’t wait to go back to France.

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Loewen Gardens Farmers’ Market
75E Loewen Road
Fortnightly – every other Saturday of the month.
Next one: 19 March 2011.


Posted on 5th Mar 2011 in Uncategorized

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There Are 5 Comments

 

Soos commented on March 5, 2011 at 11:58 pm


OMB (Oh, My Buddha!) this is glorious food PORN!


 

S W Foong commented on March 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm


Obscene.


 

notabilia commented on March 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm


Just discovered your BEAUTIFUL blog. I visited this “farmers’ market’ soon after I arrived in Singapore but definitely need to go back soon.

Anywho, glad to have found you. Digging back into your archives…


 

Glory commented on April 30, 2011 at 4:33 am


well its not really fortnightly as I think today, the 30th of April should have been a market day but wasn’t. I think its the first and third Saturday of the month. Please correct me if you know as I hate to miss a market day. Also you didn’t show the lady who sells olives, stuffed peppers, marinated artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes. Those are the biggest, plumpest and most delicious artichoke hearts I have ever munched. And the sun-dried tomatoes are on the slightly sweet side catering to my poorly trained sweet-loving taste buds.


 

Benjamin commented on July 27, 2014 at 8:22 am


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thank you!…


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