News for February 2016

Competition Winners!!

Congratulations to all our competition winners in December and January! The ongoing main raffle for K and Anna’s marathon mission is being drawn monthly. Our December winner was Liz Collyer and our January winners were Jonathan and Johanne Waddilove. Both winning kindly donated icecream and cheese! We also held our popular annual Christmas Cake raffle. Huge thanks to all who bought tickets and a huge thank you to my friend Gail who decorated the 7 tiny Christmas cakes. We decided this year that instead of doing one massive cake we would spread the Christmas joy and make 6 small Christmas cake parcels and one “special” Christmas pudding cake! The winners were: Mrs Golder, Jackie Oborne, Mrs Guinness, Francis Moore, Juliette Foy, Mrs Harbinson and the “special” prize went to Mr Barton! We have smashed the £2500 target for Bliss and are well on our way to £3000! THANK YOU!

Raffle tickets being drawn throughout the morning of the 24th Dec and one of Emilys fab floral displays!

A belated Happy New Year to one and all!

We wish all our lovely e-letterers/friends a very Happy Year ahead. Thank you all for your valued support in 2015 and we look forward to the year ahead. If anyone has any suggestions or comments for the Shop or new products we could stock, then we would love to hear about them.


The girls are laying well despite the wet and chilly winds! The new girls are booked to arrive in March so we are starting to sell some of the girls. They are great layers and are really friendly. If you are interested please phone the Shop.

Ansty Kitchen

Marmalade, marmalade, marmalade!!! Most of January was spent with Ellie chopping and Jackie boiling up marmalade! We now have a great stock of our delicious and hugely popular breakfast treat! There are only a few Seville oranges left, so if you if haven’t made yet and want to, please get a wiggle on!! We are keeping up with soup production. Last week we did asparagus and sweet potato and this week it is mushroom. Now the kitchen is free from bubbling pots of sweet scented marmalade, the ready meals will be back on the menu! Starting with chicken lasagne and pork & olives in red wine sauce.

Picking News

Purple sprouting is in full delicious pick. Also: sprouts, leeks, beetroot, swede, onions and artichokes. We are picking the much talked about petit posy, the super veg cross between kale and sprouts. We planted more this year so have a steady supply for the shop. We still have a great stock of potatoes, loose or sacks. Estima, marfona, desiree, nadine, maris piper, King Edwards and pink fir apple. Weather dependant we are picking baby rhubarb! Unheard of at this time of year.


Be prepared for a big freeze! We have a good stock of rock salt in our outside shed!

Solar Panels

Ollie and the big switch on.

Firstly thank you all for your patience with the scaffolding up at the end of last year. Several times the car park was packed with large machines, delivery lorries and telehandlers. We tried to manoeuvre everyone as safely as possible – so thank you all for your understanding! We are now live!! The 25 kw solar panel array is fully up and running and has had some surprising results already this year. In between the rain and wind there have been some quite sunny days!! We have been watching the data on graphs and it is great to see what we are producing and what we are using! It is surprising to see how much the oven changes the peaks and troughs of the graph! Pictured here is Ollie (our installer) switching it all on. We would like to say a huge thank you to Ollie and his team for working so quickly and efficiently to get us up and running before the tariff changes in the New Year. Another massive THANK YOU to Hugh who has been working non stop on helping us with all the paperwork involved and all the admin and tech side of things. We really did appreciate all your hard work. We would thoroughly recommend Ollie and his company Energy Tec if anyone is thinking solar panels! 07880 724199,

Farm News

Robin has bedded up the rhubarb to protect it from the chilly weather. However our increasing flock of friendly pheasants keep scratching it away! Ellie has cut out all the old tayberries and K has started to severely prune the fruit trees! Gilbert has strimmed off last year’s asparagus growth and had neatly stacked it up. The wind however has blown it everywhere!! We already have a few daffodils out and various fruit bushes are starting to bud up. This could be a very strange season!!

Seed Potatoes, Onion Sets and Veg seed

Seed potatoes and onion sets will be with us very soon. A good selection of potatoes from earlies, lates and pink fir apples. We currently have a wide range of Mr Fothergills veg and flower seed in the shop. Great for your garden or fab for a present for a gardening friend!

Hampers & Baskets

We have a wonderful selection of new baskets of all shapes and sizes. Plenty of log baskets, storage baskets and shopping baskets, etc. We can also put together hampers all through the year. Whether it’s for a “Birthday”, a “Thank You” or a “Happy Easter” gift.

Logs and Kindling

We have a good stock of firewood and kindling available in liftable sized bags in our outside shed. The wood is a great size for open fires or log burners.

Fancy a good book?

There is a huge selection of really good and interesting books on our Charity book shelves. Cooking, gardening, travelling and much more. There are some great Children’s books, Detective stories, Thrillers and Autobiographies.

Frozen Berries

We have a great selection of our own frozen berries to aid in your delicious cooking. Plenty of: Raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants, gooseberries, tayberries, blueberries, rhubarb, etc. Good for puddings, healthy smoothies or on your morning porridge! Also brilliant for making jam.

Pancake Day

Don’t forget pancake day on Tuesday 9th February! We love them with strawberry jam and Jake likes them with chopped up bananas and chocolate sauce!! Don’t forget to stock up on our fresh yummy eggs! Their very yellowy yolks make delicious pancakes!

Mothering Sundays Afternoon Tea @ Ansty Farm Shop

We are going to hold an Afternoon Tea party in the Tea Shop on Mothering Sunday – 6th March. Tickets £15 – and all profits will go towards the Marathon Mission! We are hoping to sell 50 tickets. The price includes sandwiches, scones, cake and limitless tea or normal coffee (we may have to charge a little extra for lattes/cappuccinos’!). If interested please call and book places ASAP. The perfect Mothers Day treat!

New products in the Shop!

We have just taken stock of a new batch of Thorners Pies. They are really delicious and a great mid week easy dinner! Flavours include: steak & red wine, creamy chicken & mushroom and minted lamb & vegetables. The really delicious frozen waffles are back in stock. We have plenty of small Easter Treats – easter chicks, tiny eggs, little bunnies and iced bunny gingerbread biscuits. Check out our growing gluten free range: pizza bases, petits pain rolls, yoghurt coated rice cakes and cheese straws, etc.

Vacancy to join our happy family team!

We are currently looking for a couple of excellent part time helpers to join our merry team. The job description is massive and involves all areas of farm shop work, tea room prep and serving, stock ordering and rotation, seed planting, picking fruit, etc. Applicants must be very bubbly and have great people skills! A certain level of computer skills would be handy. Would involve working at least one day of the weekend most of the year. Cooking skills would be advantageous! If you think you can tick all these many boxes or know of someone who could then please call us!!

Village Events

Star Gazing – 31st March – Here! 8pm – 10pm. Join us for an enthralling evening under the stars. Led by Bob Mizon, co ordinator, Commission for Dark Skies British Astronomical Association.

Feb 29th-16th May – Digital Photography evening classes. 7.30pm – 9pm. Grasmere House Hotel, Salisbury. £150 for the full course. In aid of Hope and Homes for children.

January 30th – Swallowcliffe Folk evening dinner and sing along, featuring Tattie Bogle. 7.30pm – 11pm. £10. 01747 871437.

Marathon Training update!

K is now well and truly in the thick of the 17 week training programme! 4 runs a week, with the long run on Sundays. Last Sunday Anna and K ran from Fovant to East Knoyle – 10 miles. The Sunday before they did, Fovant – Tisbury – Chilmark – Teffont – Dinton – and then back to Fovant – 11.5 miles! The first running incident happened along the Drove after Christmas – a slight slip on an icy puddle!! It looked worse than it was!!!!