Bangkong Kahoy Organic FarmIf you want to cleanse your body and soul from the hustle and bustle of the Metro then I suggest you go to an organic farm called Bangkong Kahoy Mountain Lodge. A few bloggers including myself were invited to the farm/lodge. It's situated in the middle of Mt. Banahaw and Mt. San Cristobal just at the border of Dolores Quezon. It's a 2-3 hour trip for both by car and by commute. We had an outstanding overnight trip there.
Upon arriving there, we immediately started with a hearty and healthy buffet lunch.The dining area was open all around so you can sulk in the view and breeze while eating. There's also a wi-fi connection although it seldom connected due to the location.
We were served mixed vegetables, taro puffs, mushroom soup, and vegetables. For dessert, a huge bowl of raspberries (more about this later) sprinkled with sugar. I just couldn't get enough of the taro puffs.
After lunch we were assigned to our rooms. I was quite surprised how the rooms looked modern and stylish considering we were in a farm. There were no air condition as it was as cold as Tagaytay. The beds were more than decent, good sheets too. There is also a TV and fireplace. The bathroom was outstanding fitted with a nice toilet bowl and sink as well as a rain shower. Best of all, the water is fresh as it comes from the mountains. Yes, you can even directly drink it.
Outside, there is a balcony overlooking a fantastic mountain view.
After resting, we started a tour of the farm. Dionisio Pullan, owner and caretaker of the farm explained how the farm came to be. It was passed on from his ancestors down to their family. None of his siblings were interested in the land until a chain of events led him back to start a social entrepreneur enterprise that helped build a self sustaining livelihood for locals.
As we started the tour I noticed a lot of wide open spaces conducent for various activities like having a picnic.
We were shown how they made one of their fastest moving products, the oyster mushrooms. We caught 2 gentlemen preparing and packing components of what is to be the soil counterpart of the mushroom. There were more than eager to explain about the process and elements that went into the plastic bags.
Once the mushroom tissue is introduced into the bag, the culturing process starts. After a few weeks, mushrooms will sprout out from the bag. It looks much like Star Trek spaceships.
Besides mushrooms, they also grew various organic vegetables. Organic free range chickens were also raised right beside it.
Views are quite breathtaking. You absolutely won't resist taking a few photos and selfies.
Mt. Banahaw as our background
One of the activities is walking the hanging bridge to which you need to wear a harness. After you get to the other side, you can zipline back for P100.
We made our way towards some hidden raspberry bush. It was abundant with raspberries and we could eat as much as we liked. The berries I must say that flavor is at par with that of imported berries. The bush was riddled with thorns so we had to be careful when we picked it.
Never could have imagined that we grew raspberries in the Philippines. And to think the locals considered this incredible fruit as a pest as it easily spawned across fields. Although abundant, the only drawback of the berries was that it was only good for a couple of days unless it was stored in a freezer.
After finishing our tour, we had our merienda of camote and cassava cake.
The frozen Raspberries are made into delicious shakes. You can order it for only P60 per glass
Dinnertime was amazing. We had fried mushroom, ginger mushroom soup and radish atsara. The fried mushroom was superb although it was a bit oily. I liked the ginger mushroom soup too as it warmed me a bit from the chilling breeze.
We had a good night sleep that night. Even if all the windows were shut and it was still cold. As morning came, we had a light breakfast of egg, sayote omelet and tuyo.
Soon after we made our way to the nearby hut selling organic vegetables grown in the farm. The oyster mushrooms were the most abundant of all.
I was quite amazed with how low the prices were especially with everything being organic. Of course one reason why prices were like this is because there is no transportation cost.
For more information about Bangkong Kahoy, log in to bkmountainlodge.com.ph