Have you ever wondered how food is grown in the middle of the desert? The Organic farm in Al Rahba is a dream come true for everyone who wants to know where their locally grown, organic vegetables come from. The interactive farm is a 45 minute drive away from the city and 15 minutes past Deerfields mall towards Dubai. Visitors can spend an educational day at the farm and harvest their own organic vegetables and herbs every Saturday.
Update: the farm will reopen November 2017 after their summer break.
I am trying to source most of my vegetables locally and preferably organic so I am very excited about this ‘u-pick’ farm project by IGR. The farm is one of the few organic farms in the United Arab Emirates that has an European organic certificate and is also global gap certified. IGR Farm has 7 greenhouses and a total production area of 16560 square meters. They also have enclosures with goats, ducks, turkeys and chickens. The manager Raghav is very passionate about his work and has an extensive knowledge on how to run an environmental friendly, toxin free farm growing delicious vegetables that puts all the supermarket vegetables to shame.
Depending on the season the organic farm offers butternut, marrow, okra, eggplant, green beans, cucumber, zuchini, capsicum, onion, broccoli, cherry, red beet, turnip, squash, spinach, raddish, coriander, rocket, parsley, kale, dill, mint, fennel, sweet potato, tomato, carrot, cauliflower, kohlrabi, celery, sweet corn and coriander.
Prices are very reasonable and affordable in my opinion with cucumber, capsicum and tomatoes being around 10-12 dirhams per kg and herbs are 15 dirhams each.
They also sell 12 chickens eggs for 20 dirhams and duck eggs for 3 dirhams each.
The organic farm only slaughters animals on demand, so chickens and turkeys will have to be ordered a week prior by calling 026416500.
The Organic farm is open every Saturday during the growing season from 6am in the morning until it gets dark at 5pm. The farm usually opens in November and closes in May. For all the updates I joined the IGR certified organic farms Facebook group. Like most farms the Rahba farm can be a bit tricky to find at first, I have had no issues using the google map app on my phone. The entrance is free of charge, but they are not accepting card payments for their produce. Just bring some scissors, a reusable bags, cash and wear farm-suitable clothes. Children all ages are welcome under adult supervision.
November – May, every Saturday from 6am-5pm.
In Al Rahba, Abu Dhabi: Google Map location.
If you have been visiting the farm, please do let me know your experience in the comments down below.