A few weekends ago we spent a leisurely Sunday morning at Ginger Farm. We'd stumbled upon the signs for the farm quite by accident whilst driving through Saraphi one day and we recognised the name from an article we'd seen in a local magazine. A short detour to check out the farm left us wanting more and we decided to return that weekend with our kids for a better explore of the place.
The farm sits in the flat countryside, not far from the centre of Chiang Mai, and hosts a large grassy activity area, kitchen gardens, farm birds including geese, chickens, ducks and turkeys and rice fields, complete with water buffalo. The main building houses the cafe/restaurant and a small area selling Ginger's lovely home accessories. There is more boutique-style seating upstairs and outside there are shady tables and comfy beanbags laid out under big umbrellas. Perfect for soaking up country living.
The cafe serves fresh juices and smoothies, good coffee, food and cakes. We ended spending far longer there than planned, and sampled warm scones served with butter and homemade raspberry jam for elevenses and sticky rice with grilled beef followed by blueberry cheesecake for lunch. All delicious and beautifully served.
Our three year old loved running around the activity area, collecting fresh eggs from the hens, feeding the other farm birds and playing in the sandpit. Our 5 month old enjoyed watching the goings on from a beanbag. On breezier days there are kites to fly and for older children there are all sorts of activities to take part in - some require booking (via Facebook) and others you can simply turn up. The farm provides straw hats and wellies for children to borrow. There isn't a dedicated baby changing area but staff were perfectly happy to set up an impromptu changing table in the spacious bathroom for us to use.
Overall, a lovely little oasis not far from the city centre and we're all looking forward to our next visit.
Since our first visit, we have been back to Ginger Farm a number of times and on each occasion it feels like a different experience. The farm is only a few months old and the managers are constantly making improvements and adding new bits and pieces. For example, the kitchen gardens have been expanded and guests are welcome to pick vegetables to take home, it looks like a new play area is being built, and there are two new resident calves (our three year old had lots of fun helping to feed one of the calves a bottle of milk). There was a table set up in the bathroom, which looked to be there for changing babies and all the toilets now have toddler-sized toilet seats. Highchairs are still not available, but the managers have promised to get some in.
As usual, we're already planning another trip to the farm soon and hopefully by the next time we visit the covered play area will be completed as it's starting to get very hot here again.
GINGER FARM Café Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Moo 12 Soi Hang Khwae 9, Thawangtan, Saraphi, Chiang Mai 50140
(Information correct at time of writing however please visit the Ginger Farm Facebook Page for the latest information and for bookings.)