News for March 2015

Picking News

We are picking lots of small lovely tender Rhubarb! Excellent for eating fresh or freezing down for the winter. We are also picking purple sprouting, baby leeks, celeriac, red cabbage, sprouts, artichokes and a few daffodils. Not forgetting sacks of spuds and white & red onions.

Ansty Kitchens

It’s rhubarb time!! Rhubarb pies and crumbles. Why not gently roast some rhubarb on a baking tray with some brown sugar and a chopped up orange, for about 12 minutes. Then make a delicious crumble topping. You could add some oats, nuts or granola to a standard crumble mix. Yum! K likes to bake the crumble mix separately on a baking tray, making it extra crunchy, (and lasts well for several days!!). We have been making weekly soups. Asparagus and sweet potato is yummy. Crown Prince soup made with ginger and orange juice is also popular. Last week’s carrot and pepper was really good too! We have started making some mini French baguettes on Saturday mornings. They are made with real French flour and are seriously scrummy. Perfect stuffed with sandwich fillings or dipped in soup!

Veg Display

A kind customer commented on how lovely the veg stand looked, packed full of our home grown yumminess! So we thought we’d take a photo! Spot George the Spiderman photobombing it!!

Veg Seeds

We are now selling seed potatoes and onion sets. As well as a good selection of Mr Fothergill’s Vegetable and Flower Seeds.

Chicken News 

The ladies are laying well. The new ladies are arriving this week. We are now selling the current girls for a bargain £4 each! Large eggs are also on special offer. 2 boxes for £3.00.

Ansty Tea Room

Fancy a delicious cappuccino, latte, tea, or hot chocolate. Or treat yourself to a sneaky yummy cake! Pop in to our little Tea Room. Meet a friend or enjoy some quiet “you” time! We still have the puzzle table going. So if you fancy meeting a friend and having a social puzzle or having a quiet puzzle by yourself, then grab a seat and puzzle on!! The charity bookcases are also brimming with some great reads – come and have a browse. Please can we hold fire on kind donations for a while as we are at book shelf capacity!! Thank you!


Meals

 In need of a cooking break?  We have a delicious range of ready meals and meat pies.  Last week we made K’s delicious fish pie in a white wine creamy sauce and pork & olives in a red wine sauce.  This week it is vegetarian cottage pie.  We have also made a batch of the extremely popular salmon fishcakes – a really  easy dinner!  Also trout fishcakes, made with Mere Fish Farms trout pate and smoked trout.


Compost

We have a good stock of local multi purpose compost and organic horse manure (excellent for oomphing up the soil)!!

Plus garden canes when the time is right!

Logs and Kindling

It’s still a little chilly! Stock up on logs and kindling. Absolutely ideal for log burners.


Easter Goodies

We are already cooking our delicious Easter biscuits. These are made from a great old family recipe with a hint of spice. Next week K will bake the traditionally made Simnel Cakes with homemade marzipan running through the middle. Pete the Baker will begin making our scrummy Hot Cross Buns this week.


Hampers & Baskets

We have loads of lovely baskets in stock. Baskets for everything!! Log baskets, Laundry baskets, Shopping baskets, trays, and many more. Also great Hamper Boxes. Perfect as a Mother’s Day gift, Easter gift or a Thank You gift. Chose the basket or box you would like, the wood wool and then pack it full of scrummy treats from the Farm Shop! Easy!

Piggy Update

Pomme and Dotty are enjoying rummaging about in the sun (between hailstorms!!) We have decided to keep the (now massive) piglets and will be selling the meat in the shop in May (ish). Advanced warning for exceptionally delicious pork! We will be putting together mixed boxes of £50 and £100 so if anyone would like to pre order please ask. Ideal for stocking up on those summer BBQ’s!!

Dates for the Diary


March 15th: Mothering Sunday

March 28th: George’s 5th birthday!!

April 5th: Easter Sunday

Please don’t forget to order your puddings!!

Our recommendations this month

Our own frozen summer berries. Gooseberries, blueberries, raspberries, redcurrants, tayberries, loganberries, blackberries, etc. The summer fruit mix is a really popular mixture. Unfortunately we have run out of our Ansty Strawberries, but it is still full of all our other delicious berries.

Tear and share garlic bread – Yum!


Farm News 

It’s been a little soggy to do a great deal! The time is fast approaching to prune the gooseberries, blueberries, redcurrants, pink and white currants and plum trees! We are in the process of moving the early strawberries off the tables and onto the low platforms so that we can cover them up. Some strawberry plants are snuggly covered in the poly tunnel, so fingers crossed we should have some really early strawberries this year. We are still waiting to get on the ground to plant some more broad beans. It’s also time to prune back the Christmas trees! Busy busy!! The chicken caravan has been cleaned out and is undergoing some DIY ready to move in the girls next week.

Jackie’s Jams & Chutneys for Easter

How about an Easter present that’s a bit different. Our Jams and chutneys make super little gifts. This seasons handmade marmalade is really delicious. The plum chutney is always a huge favourite on any table! All are made in small hand prepared amounts and are made with real ingredients, mostly sourced from the Farm. There are 2 whole shelves dedicated to Jackies Jams and Chutneys in the Farm Shop. Come and have a look. If you’re looking for a great present for that someone special – look no further.


Ansty Best Kept Village Award

For those who are unaware Ansty won the best newcomer in the Best Kept Village Award last year and the plaque and certificate are now on proud display in the Shop. Well done Ansty!


New Shop Displays

We have been busy changing some of the shop displays around into our custom made wooden crates! We love them! Thank you Alan!


Tractor Ted

Superb pressie ideas for the small ones in your family. Our kids adored this range!


Events Pin Board

March 14th Broad Chalke School - Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Fair- from 10am – 1.00pm. In aid of Broad Chalke School.

Saturday 14th March. “My Journey from Donhead St Andrew to South Sudan”. Elizabeth Hockneys adventure to visit the Diocese of Cueibet in South Sudan. Donhead St Andrew Church.

Saturday 21st March Salisbury Musical Society – Bach St John Passion Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra. Salisbury Cathedral. 7.30pm 

Saturday 21st March – Quiz and Curry evening. Swallowcliffe Village Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets from Caroline on 871343

Wednesday 29th April. Question Time in Swallowcliffe Village Hall. 7.30pm Swallowcliffe Debating Society. Phone Chris on 858016.