Attention, city kids! Get your track shoes on, grab a hat, roll up your sleeves and get ready for a day of work at the farm!
If escaping the busy city life is constantly on your mind, but you can’t spare the time for a long holiday, the answer may come in the form of a day trip just across the Causeway.
Zenxin Organic Farm was one of our stops on a recent day trip to Johor Bahru. It grows all its produce without chemicals or pesticides; it uses (and sells) its concoction of chicken fertilizer – no smell!! If you’re thinking that the name sounds familiar, Zenxin supplies to Singapore supermarkets like NTUC so look out for their vegetables.
Prior to the trip, we were told we would be able to pick vegetables and that got us really excited. We’re true blue city kids so any form of farming was highly exciting. Unfortunately we didn’t get to visit the greenhouse because our farm tour coincided with a huge school group. We did however get to pick mulberries of here-we-go-round-the-mulberry-bush fame.
Go for the darker coloured ones, they’re less sour. And really hard to find. But the picking was really fun, even for the adults. Mulberries are supposed to be great anti-oxidants and don’t taste half bad either. There’s a sheltered walkway just closeby for anyone who chooses to sit this really fun activity out.
Dragonfruit is probably one of the weirdest fruits ever (the white fleshed one is tasteless but the red one can be nice and sweet), and the plant that it grows from is equally weird. It’s part of the cactus family; who would have known.
The mini petting zoo is a definite hit with the kids. It smelt just like how a mini zoo would, but the kids didn’t mind at all. There are chickens and geese but for some reason, people are not allowed to enter. It’s possible to enter the rabbit pen though, so feed away (you can request for little pellets or vegetables to feed them with). Look out for the little burrows the rabbits have dug – they hide in it to keep cool. Fascinating.
Zenxin Organic Farm also grows passion fruit, xiao bai cai, cai xin, kang kong, long beans, cucumber, pumpkins, lady’s finger and eggplant – I wish we had more time on this farm to see them all!
Because it was a customized day trip for the family (12 of us!), we could pick our own activities. So we included a batik painting session as well, and this was thoroughly enjoyed by both the young (7 years old) and the old (70 years old!) as well as everyone else in between. Don’t worry if you aren’t artistic; everything’s already drawn out and all you have to do is paint the colours in. We started our day with this activity and they were nicely framed and ready for collection by the afternoon.
I don’t have the contact details for the batik painting activity because this was organised through our guide. We booked this trip through Singview Holidays and found their prices to be rather reasonable. For a van to pick us up from Singapore and bring us all around (with a guide), and all our meals (3 huge meals plus a tea break), and all admission charges (we also visited the Stingless Bee Farm and a noodle factory), we paid SGD $100 per person. We got picked up at 7am, and reached our drop off point in Singapore at about 9pm.
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About Zenxin Organic Farm
There are fixed timings for guided tours so please check their website for the latest updates. The tours will take about half an hour and I’m guessing the tours vary, depending on crowd. It costs RM15 for adults and RM12 for children (under 4s go free). There’s a restaurant on location with prices that looked reasonable. It’s about an hour’s drive from the Woodlands Checkpoint.
ZENXIN AGRI-ORGANIC FOOD (JB) SDN BHD
No.57 Jalan Sulam, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Tel: +60 (7) 3319299, +60 (7) 3319399
Fax: +60 (7) 3356299
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