Cavite may be well on its way towards becoming a prime urban center in the south, but its agricultural roots can never be ignored. In fact, organic farm tourism continues to rise in the province, thanks to the allure of farm-to-table fare that complements a healthy lifestyle.
Simply put, organic farming is a method of crop and livestock production that does not use synthetic-based pesticides and fertilizers. Knowing how each ingredient is carefully and thoughtfully prepared ensures that you’re only ingesting what’s good for your body, sans the preservatives and chemical-sounding ingredients found in packaged and processed food.
Typically, a day in an organic farm consists of a tour around the area, getting up close with plants and animals, and learning about agricultural techniques. Capping off the tour is a delicious meal featuring organic farm-grown ingredients.
Nestled within the urban landscape of Tagaytay in particular are the following organic farms to visit:
Nurture Farmacy in Amadeo is a 4,000-square meter farm and eco-tourism wellness destination for those looking for a reprieve from hectic city life.
Upon entry, you’ll be treated to a tour of the phytotherapy garden, laid out like different anatomical body systems. Each plot contains herbs and vegetables that provide medicinal cures to the organs that they represent.
Up next is Balay Tinggian, where local farmers called “farmacists” demonstrate the art of coffee-making from bean to cup. Amadeo, after all, is dubbed as the country’s coffee capital.
Nurture Farmacy serves Chavacano and Abra dishes prepared using ingredients that come directly from the farm-–including wild boar and chicken. Try warek, a variant of dinakdakan that uses non-fat yogurt and wild boar meat.
Photos from Nurture Farmacy.
As one of the first organic farms established in the Philippines, Gourmet Farms in Tagaytay is already a familiar household name. After all, many of Gourmet Farms’ organic products are now being sold in major supermarkets and used in many hotels, restaurants, and cafes nationwide.
Gourmet Farms’ 11.5-hectare land is filled with different kinds of herbs like rosemary, coriander, thyme, parsley, dill, and tarragon, as well as a wide variety of local vegetables and various kinds of lettuce. Aside from using chicken manure as fertilizers for these plants, Gourmet Farms also promotes the proliferation of carnivorous insects like ladybugs and praying mantises to act as natural pesticides.
Touring around Gourmet Farms allows you to learn about their organic farming methods and recycling management. They also offer in-depth lessons on herb planting, harvesting, drying, cooking, and even salad-making.
Gourmet Café also offers excellent organic teas, salads, brewed coffee, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and fruit and herb blends-–all made from the farm’s fresh produce.
Photos from Gourmet Farms.
Though not exactly an organic farm, Sonya’s Garden is one of Tagaytay City’s most popular bed-and-breakfasts and wedding destinations, thanks to its lush gardens, tranquil ambiance, and delectable gastronomic offerings.
The lush and verdant backyard of Sonya’s Garden is an abundant source of ingredients for the restaurant’s alfresco dining experience. You may create your own salad from the variety of greens and fruits like lettuce, arugula, cucumber, mango, jackfruit, pineapple, and edible flowers. You may also indulge in freshly baked whole wheat bread and homemade chocolate cake from Sonya’s panaderia.
Photos of Sonya’s Garden from their Facebook page.
Living in Kasa Luntian easily places you right within the radar of these organic farms. As one of the many condominiums for sale developed by Alveo Land, you can allow yourself to indulge in a truly satisfying healthy dining experience at your leisure. Learn more about Alveo Land’s properties in their showroom, which is available for viewing onsite, or on the website here.