Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market (KCFM) 11th Edition and 2017 Singapore Farm Festival!

Season’s Greetings from Jurong Frog Farm!

The 11th Edition of the Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market and 2017 Singapore Farm Festival will be held on 2 to 3 Dec at D’Kranji Farm Resort.

The 11th #farmersmarket and the 2017 #singaporefarmfest will be held on 2-3 December at D’Kranji Farm Resort, 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2.

Below is the list of products, price & promotion that we will be having! See you there!

Crispy Fried Local Delicacies

Price ($)

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Deep Fried Crocodile Nuggets (per stick) 5
Cajun Style Buttermilk Fried Frog Meat (per stick) 5
Frog Pops (6 balls per serving) 8
Crispy Frog Skin Chicharrons (per bag) 6

Hashima 

 
Specially Selected Premium Hashima (8.5g per packet) -Buy 5 Get 1 Free! 10  Premium Quality Snowdrop Hashima
JFF Premium Hashima with American Ginseng (per bottle) -Buy 10 for $52! 6
Premium Snowdrop Hashima dessert (Buy 2 for $10) 6

Fresh & Frozen Produce

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Fresh Frog Legs Singles (per 300g) 12
Crocodile Tail Meat (per 250g) 10
Buy $50 worth of Fresh & Frozen products and receive a FREE Styrofoam ice box

Collagreen

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Collagreen Mosquito Repelling Moisturizing Lotion (25ml) 5
Collagreen Mosquito Repelling Moisturizing Lotion (100ml) -Buy 2 for $30 18
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Merchandise

The Life Cycle of a Frog – Safariology 15.9
Wooden Toad Craft 8
Frog Headband 6

2-month Internship @ JFF – by Wan Aliff

Hello! I am Wan Aliff, the latest addition to Jurong Frog Farm. I am currently an NIE undergraduate under the NTU-NIE Teaching Scholars Programme and on a track to be a Science/Mathematics teacher. As part of the BUILD (Building University Interns for Leadership Development) programme, I will be serving a 2-month internship at JFF with the objectives of learning leadership and operational skills from an industry apart from education as well as to value add to the company through means such as projects.

It’s only been my second week here and already it has been one huge experience. Set in a remote, opposite end of Singapore, it takes me about 2.5 hours of public commute if I am travelling from home. However, there is no reason to complain as the foreign workers on the farm wakes up diligently at 6 am every single day to wash and feed the frogs. Who knew running a farm could be this busy? Every single person on deck is responsible in ensuring that the farm runs smoothly.

Initially, I had some trouble memorising the content as well as delivering tours for preschool students as I wasn’t used to interacting with students of that age group. I had the privilege of having Zheng Xun and Jackson to occasionally provide tips for improvements during the tours. Although I had some experience conducting tour groups at the Sports Hub last year for older students, this was a completely different experience. During my first few tries, I made many assumptions based on the content given to me. For example, once I was telling the pre-schoolers that most of the tadpoles do not live to be an adult frog due to cannibalism which was not entirely true. Zheng Xun, the Froggy Guide who was observing the tour was quick to correct me and explain that tadpoles die for many other reasons too such as diseases, predators and often naturally.

Once, I had the chance to try out deboning the frog for a day. It took an entire day to completely debone them for me as compared to the workers who can do it in half a day. It left me with sores and aching legs and by the end of the day, I crashed on my bed and slept dead as a log by 9pm in exhaustion. It got me to reflect however. Not all jobs are ever pleasant. There I was silently complaining of the stench and the back-breaking work but at the end of the day someone must do the work. This had only been a day’s work for me and I could only just imagine the workers who had to debone the meat for the past few years. Also, I would not have been able to complete deboning the frog by the end of the day without the help of Jen and the director of JFF, Chelsea. Yes, that is right, sometimes even the boss must get her hands dirty to get the job done. To run the company, you must understand what each of your workers are doing. This was a very valuable lesson for me.

What I was really impressed thus far is the passion by the people working here for the farm. From young we were taught that Singapore’s economy had to evolve from agricultural to manufacturing and now towards high-value added technology to stay competitive. Little emphasis is thus given to understand the small agricultural scene here. The struggle to remain relevant and to preserve this rich heritage of Singapore is evident through the daily operations on the farm. You need passion. You need innovation and you need perseverance to keep a farm running in Singapore. Jurong Frog Farm is open come rain or shine through weekends and public holidays. The people here are always ready to welcome anyone to the farm with a smile and I think that is what makes the place a magical one.

Frog Pops? It’s so delicious, so shiok that you’ll want more!


Hungry and feeling adventurous?

Get your Frog Pops!

It’s so delicious, so shiok that you’ll want more!


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As part of the 9th Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market, we are introducing a new dish
to our exotic menu; Frog Pops!

Each individual Frog Pop contains 100% frog meat with no additives and preservatives.
The meat is so fresh that you can taste its’ natural sweetness.

What’s even better is that it is served over a bed of organic salad that is locally sourced
from Quan Fa Organic Farm. Hey, we’re all about healthy eating and supporting
our fellow local farmers too!

The Frog Pops are rather time-consuming to process, so it’s unfortunate that we are
limited to only 50 servings per day at the 9th Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market.

So hurry and get your taste buds popping at our booth when you arrive!


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You can purchase these items at the Farmers’ Market

JFF Premium Farm Produce
Specially Selected Dried Hashima
Premium Hashima with American Ginseng
* Free Hashima sampling

JFF Fresh Farm Produce
Fresh Frog Legs (300g)
Frozen Crocodile Tail Meat (250g)

JFF Exotic Menu
Frog Pops (Limited Edition!)
Crispy Deep Fried Frog Meat
Crocodile Nuggets

*Free JFF balloons redeemable at Singapore Young Farmers (SYF) booth


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Ribblette’s Final Hop!

My favourite picture while I was working here! 🙂

Ribbit ribbit! Ribblette speaking! This is my last week of internship and it has been a wonderful 4½ months here as an intern!

Personally, I really love frogs at a young age and I was excited when I got accepted by Jurong Frog Farm as an intern.

During the first week of internship, I was assigned with many different tasks such as retail operations, managing of social media, packing of stocks and even conducting tours! At first, it was really challenging for me because of a number of different tasks I am given. However, as time passes, I was able to adapt to the working environment and was able to handle the tasks with confidence!

Of course, there are still times where I did not perform well during work but my supervisor, Zheng Xun, and my manager, Jackson, was there to lend me a helping hand! They were friendly and patient with me throughout the internship.

In this internship, I learnt many valuable skills and one of the most important things I learnt is to not make any assumptions. There were times when I made assumptions at work and it caused a few miscommunications and affected the workflow. Thus, instead of assuming, I decided to ask my supervisor and manager whenever I am unsure about certain issues or questions.

I also had lots of memories from my experience at Jurong Frog Farm such as the opportunity to meet many different celebrities from Mediacorp, participating in JFF’s 35th Anniversary, selling our products at events, celebrating Christmas and gift exchange with JFF, counting down to 2017 with JFF and so much more!

The experiences I have experienced here is really one of a kind and nothing will be able to replace these memories and experiences.

Last but not least, I am really thankful for Chelsea, Zheng Xun, Jackson, the Bangladeshi workers, the housekeepers and also Uncle and Auntie (Mr. and Mrs. Wan) for all their help with work and food during my internship!

Hopping off,

Ribblette AKA Kayleen

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 鸡年 with JFF 田鸡! 鸡鸡利利!

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 鸡年 with JFF 田鸡! 鸡鸡利利!

Check out our JFF CNY Family Special @ $88.80 (worth $100!) Perfect for your reunion dinner!
Sourcing for Fresh Produce straight from the farm this Chinese New Year?

JFF delivers our FRESH & LOCAL FARM PRODUCE directly to you this Chinese New Year (28 Jan – 30 Jan 2017)!

We have 2 new products specially indented for this CNY, Fish Maw & Fresh White Tiger Shrimps!

Place your orders before the 26th Jan 2017 by calling or SMS to 9763 9077.
Alternatively you may visit our website at https://jurongfrogfarm.com.sg/shop/

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Fish Maw @ $13.65/100g

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One of Chinese New Year must have! Fish Maw is one of the most valuable Chinese ingredients due to its high nutritional and collagen content. For the Chinese, it is considered one of the big four precious traditional delicacies of the sea: abalone, sea cucumber, shark fin and fish maw. The rich nutrients is known to be good for skin and complexion. 年年有余!天天美丽!

Fresh White Tiger Shrimps @ $73.35/2kg

White Tiger Shrimps are well sought after for their smooth and sweet flesh. It can be used with steamboats, or stir-fried with vegetables.

Place your orders before the 26th Jan 2017 by calling or SMS to 9763 9077.
Alternatively visit us @ The Royal Frog Shop Online.

Happy New Year! 2016 was definitely a tough ride for Jurong Frog Farm. We will not just stop at these and continue to adapt as we leap into a new year in 2017. Thank you, everyone, for your support! Join us as we say goodbye to another great year and welcome in another chapter in this journey as we continue to embark upon 2017. See our favourite moments, big milestones and celebrations compiled together in one!

Pioneer, Founder, Father – Mr Wan Bock Thiaw, the JFF Story

“When Mr Wan Bock Thiaw goes to sleep each night, he usually hears a cacophony of croaking.

It is the mating call of thousands of bullfrogs in the backyard of his single-storey house in Lim Chu Kang.

To him, it is a lullaby which sends him deeper into dreamland. The croaking means more baby frogs will be produced for his family-run frog breeding business.”

This was an excerpt taken in 21 July 1997 from The Straits Times, entitled ‘Frog porridge anyone? – Jumping frog legs, aren’t they popular?’  

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Mr Wan during his younger days!

1997 was almost 10 years ago and now that his children are all grown up, he could finally take a well-deserved break. But does he? Farmers never rest and rest is for the wicked, words from Jackson and Chelsea respectively. Mr Wan certainly understands and embodies the value of hard work which he clearly imparts to his children.

His daughter Chelsea joined the business 10 years ago in 2006 after graduating from NUS with a Sociology degree. When asked if she feels that her daughter has “wasted” her degree, Mr Wan earnestly replied, “行行出状元”. Anybody can excel in any line of work and industry as long as they devote their heart into it. Now that his son Jackson has joined the business, the Wan frog family is stronger and more united than ever.

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Mr Wan conducting a tour in his younger days!

Now as JFF celebrates its 35th Anniversary, Mr Wan still remains very active in the farm. He still wakes up as early as 6am in the morning to check on the husbandry on the farm. Occasionally, he still delivers the orders himself to old and loyal customers in the wee hours, many of whom have become friends with him by now.

With his daughter and son working side by side with him now, Mr Wan understands and appreciates that everybody is an important asset to the company. Each individual’s actions are the building blocks to JFF’s vision for high quality frog products and the persistence for this vision need to be translated to the customers through these individuals.

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The JFF Family!

– Zheng Xun

From Frog Princess to Frog Queen: Chelsea Wan

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”

This year has been especially life-changing for me, both literally and figuratively. In Sep 2015, our family welcomed a game changer- a Baby (!) into our lives.

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There have been so many firsts over the past year. First time bringing Baby back home into the farm. His first interaction with frogs; His first taste of meat;

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Baby looking skeptical at the meat!

His first smile (where people have commented on how much it resembles my Father’s smile); His first words; His first steps; his first appearance on mainstream TV.

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The Wan Family on MediaCorp Channel 5 “On The Red Dot: UNIQUE communities!

These moments certainly reminds myself of my first tour, first project, first hire, first interview, first renovation; these firsts made up the first decade of working alongside with my family on the farm.

This coming 29th Oct 2016, JFF celebrates our 35th Anniversary and it also marks my 1 year and 1 month  of motherhood. There have indeed been many firsts over the past year. And that should be much more firsts to come, not just for ourselves but for JFF as well.

While we are unsure about the eventual move out of this farmland,  we are also thankful for the lease extension to the end of 2019. As they say, rest is for the wicked. To stay relevant in this industry, we’ll have to continuously innovate, diversify, and R&D into new frog products.

Most recently, We’ve launched our Collagreen Mosquito Repellent Moisturizing Lotion. It’s a first of its kind of moisturizing artisan product with an added mosquito repellent function. It contains 10% bioactive collagen which are purified and extracted from American bullfrog skin. This idea would have been inconceivable and probably remained an idea if we haven’t met the right partners and married science and tech into a very conventional farming business.

Now we can proudly claim that our frogs used quite to the fullest to combat the mozzies!!

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Our new innovation! Collagreen Mosquito Repellent Moisturizing Lotion

Lastly, I will like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all our customers who have supported JFF over the years and some of you who witness my transitions in life on this farm. To all the pre-schoolers hopping around our farm, primary school students energetic for herpetology knowledge, tertiary students getting in-depth insights to running a family business and the weekend visitors coming to JFF to escape the hectic city life with their families and their children to catch frogs or enjoy a sumptuous plate of frog meat. Thank you!

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Riblette hops into JFF!

Hello! My name is Kayleen aka Ribblette The reason why I chose this nickname is because frogs go “ribbit, ribbit” so, I decided to add in “lette” to feminize it! This is my 2nd week in JFF as an intern. I chose this internship because I am not afraid of frogs and I like how I get to have lots of social interaction with not only frogs but also the tour participants. I am an extrovert and I love to soak in the energy mingling with people! Besides the above, I hope too that my time here as an intern in JFF would help me to discover more about myself and apply what I would learn here for all my future endeavors.

I look forward to the opportunity to be hosting you around the farm!

Azrul aka Frosch, your new helpful froggie guide hopping into Jurong Frog Farm!

Hi! My name is Muhammad Azrul aka Frosch, your helpful and hopefully (going to be) amazing froggie guide who has just hopped into Jurong Frog Farm! Frosch is a German word for Frog and also a character name of a cat disguised as a frog from an Anime series ‘Fairy Tail’. The reason why I choose that because the attributes of the cat is positive and happy-go-lucky like me!

My first week as an intern here can only be described as busy! I was kept occupied as there were just so many aspects of the business to learn. It was tiring and scary at first but I still keep my spirit up.

The first few days I felt pressurized with the amount of work needed to be done and especially afraid on conducting the tour all by myself. When I did my first dry run of the ‘Gabbe’s Adventure’ with Mr. Jackson at the “hands on the frog” station, I felt relieved and in fact quite proud that I have stepped out of my comfort zone with this public speaking challenge!

I was even tasked to explain about the parts of the frogs to the kids of Swiss School in Singapore. From that experience, I was sure I’ll be a better frog guide/host for future tours! I also learned about more different things in the retailing sector where I got to learn the use of the cash register and the website systems used to manage online orders and tour bookings.

All in all, the week was productive and I was greeted with smiling and friendly customers who were patient with me knowing that it was the first week of my internship!

Sgt.Frog is Hopping off the Farm!

Hi everyone,

Sgt.Frog here!
So this will be my last blog post here in the farm.

I have been on the farm for my internship for four months and now it’s time to share my experiences here.
The first time I heard my teacher said that I was posted to a frog farm, all my friends already starting joking that I’ll be eating frog porridge everyday!

So in my head when realized being posted to a frog farm, sweating under the hot sun and being surrounded by hundreds of frogs.

The Bullfrogs

So what did i learnt from this internship?
Learning to communicate way better than I ever did. Before the internship, I was shy and only open up to friends that i know well.
But now I’m able to talk to visitors and customers confidently on the spot and assisting them!
Also I’ve learned to react to unexpected situations calmly and appropriately. I have to say I have messed up at times during the internship but fortunately Chelsea was a forgiving person.

The first few weeks of my tours were supervised by Chelsea in case I froze during the tour.
She was friendly and patient with me throughout the internship, helping me with my flaws and teaching me the correct ways to conduct a tour and my other job scopes. It includes admin work and taking care of the shop during weekends.
I was a slow learner, so it took me a longer time before Chelsea felt that I was able to manage the tour by myself.
But before the internship started I never would have thought I’ll be able to lead a guided tour around the farm by myself!

Having my internship here at the farm was definitely one of the best experiences I ever had.
I have definitely learned many new things and improved my skills that can be applied during my future working life.

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(Picture by Indonesian based wildlife photographer Hendy Mp)

And with that, this is Sgt.Frog saying farewell.