We have been invited to participate in a fruit and flower farm tour by the Taiwan Leisure Farms Development Association from August 1 to 5, 2016. Hopefully we will be able to pick up some novel ideas which can be adopted by Filipinos who are interested in developing agri-tourism destinations.
A new law on farm tourism in the Philippines was enacted during the last Congress which should encourage more entrepreneurs in developing farms that will attract local and foreign visitors.
ORGANIC DRAGON FRUIT– The Xing Ke Dragon Fruit Farm will be one of our destinations for picking organic dragon fruit. The farm is small, only about half a hectare, but it attracts a lot of visitors because it produces different varieties of dragon fruit organically. The varieties include red, white and yellow. The owner showcases good agricultural practices in raising his fruit crops which visitors love to eat because they are not sprayed with any chemical pesticide.
Now you see, even a small farm can attract visitors because of its good agricultural practices in producing fruits that are good for the health.
PEAR PICKING – Picking sweet and juicy fruits will be another experience that we will most enjoy during this trip. This will be at the Dong Rong Farm in Taichung where the climate is cool and invigorating. Aside from picking and eating fruits, visitors can try their hands at grafting pear seedlings.
Another leisure farm that we will visit is the Tea and Rice Resort in Yilan county which used to be a barn. It was converted into a tourist destination by growing jasmine tea and other crops the natural farming way and then concocting healthy dishes of different varieties of mushroom and vegetables that visitors love.
GRAPES & OTHER FRUITS – We will also visit the Zhen Hsiung Fruit Farm which produces grapes, star fruit (balimbing) and pears owned by Mr and Mrs. Gu who are particularly obsessed about growing their products to be of the highest quality. In fact their fruits have been certified by the Miaoli government as of the highest grade in Miaoli district.
FLOWER ESSENCE FARM – Advance information materials tell us that we will enjoy the delicious cuisine made from beautiful flowers and plants that are served with different kinds of aroma. These include the aroma of flowers, fruits and the metaphysical aroma of their diligent farming attitude that permeate the air.
Another farm that provides the soothing scenery of flowers is the Musinchuan Leisure Farm on the hills of Jhunghe Village in Taichung about 600 to 900 meters above sea level. The place boasts a cool and invigorating climate. Besides the fantastic scenery, the owners also provide delicious dishes prepared with local ingredients that are grown the natural farming way.
GOOD FOOD & DIY – Aside from good healthy food, the Meihua Lake Leisure Farm in Yilan offers a wide variety of DIY or do-it-yourself activities and package tours to scenic spots around Meihua Lake which is considered one of the eight wonders of Yilan.
BAMBOO SHOOT KICKING – Roll In Farm managed by Denver Wu is located near the Daxucshan National Recreation Area. This is where visitors go for hiking and then retire at the dining and lodging facilities of Roll In Farm.
The farm boasts of sweet bamboo shoots and one of the recreational activities enjoyed by young boys is the competition in kicking down bamboo shoots. The one who knocks down a bamboo shoot first is the winner with the appropriate prize.
Well, we will update you dear readers with the ideas that we can pick up during the trip.