News for September 2014

Picking News 

We are still picking delicious autumn berries. The Autumn Bliss raspberries are full of flavour and in peak pick. Weather dependent we should still be picking raspberries up to November. The late everbearer strawberries are in full pick. They are under cover so hopefully we should be picking them for a while longer yet. Now the schools have gone back we should have a good supply! We are also picking plenty of plump blackberries and still have plenty of gorgeous red currants. The Yellow Raspberries are doing really well and are delicious. The Blueberry crop has almost come to an end! Grab the yummy punnets if you see them in the shop – not long left now! On the veg front we are picking loads of veg: runner beans, courgettes, marrows, potatoes, chard, spinach, kale, cabbages, carrots

Farm News 

The main crop table top strawberries have all been chopped back for the autumn. We now need to decrown the plants to make them nice and strong for next year. We have to thin them back to 3 crowns per plant. Raspberry pruning is under way and we are just starting to tie next years growth in. The new growth in the Autumn blackberries has been tied in and tidied up so that it is much easier to pick rather than being in a blackberry wilderness. The grass cutting has been on going! As soon as the weather brightens again the onions will be lifted. Then the next huge job is to begin potato harvesting. The potato crates are in the car park ready to be filled!! 3kg sacks of Maris Bard and Nadine potatoes available now and 12.5kg bags will be ready very soon.

Ansty Kitchens - Cooking News

Another busy month in the kitchen. We supplied the cakes for the Woolley & Wallis stand at the G & S Show, helped cook up some delicious salads for a local party, got a beautiful cake to a lovely local wedding – to name a very few culinary delights!! K is still tinkering with the new lime cake. Fruit pies are back in the freezer (or should we say we are trying to keep them in the freezer!)!!We almost ran out of roulades for the bank holiday weekend – but we are now busy re stocking. K’s must try for this month is the absolutely yummy muesli bar – a delicious blend of oats, seeds, nuts, dates and sultanas.

Hens

Another busy month in the kitchen. We supplied the cakes for the Woolley & Wallis stand at the G & S Show, helped cook up some delicious salads for a local party, got a beautiful cake to a lovely local wedding – to name a very few culinary delights!! K is still tinkering with the new lime cake. Fruit pies are back in the freezer (or should we say we are trying to keep them in the freezer!)!!We almost ran out of roulades for the bank holiday weekend – but we are now busy re stocking. K’s must try for this month is the absolutely yummy muesli bar – a delicious blend of oats, seeds, nuts, dates and sultanas.

K’s 3 Peaks Challenge

K successfully completed the 3 peaks challenge on the 15th and 16th August. Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. Physically she got over it very quickly as the Downs training had been brilliant but mentally it took a week to get over the exhaustion! The Monday after, one sausage roll got dropped, one plate broken and a whole mug of coffee got tipped on the floor! All completely out of character! The body was there but the mind was asleep!!!


Logs 

We have plenty of well seasoned bags of logs for this autumn and winter season. Excellent for open fires or chopped small ideal for log burners.

Sweetcorn 

The early sweetcorn is very nearly ready. Please keep an eye out in the shop or the road side sign! An easy quick delicious seasonal meal!

Pig Update!

The 5 finished pigs went off on Monday. Kimbers Farm Shop are having a few but we will have our own pork in the fridge at the end of the week. Don’t miss out on this one off chance of grabbing some delicious fresh Ansty Pork!

Local Community News

Duck Race on Saturday 13th September in aid of The Tisbury Bowling Clubhouse. Splashdown is at 2.30pm and you can adopt a duck for only 50p! Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places! Ansty Farm Shop have there own special race and we would love to have a complete duck out! If interested in adopting a duck for a mere 50p, then please ask at the counter! 

Berwick St John Country Fayre – 13th & 14th September. A working Show with working tractors and steam – in aid of the Salisbury Stars Appeal. www.berwickstjohncountryfayre.co.uk. 

Antiques Roadshow fundraiser. Broad Chalke Primary school. A lecture by Richard Kay – an Auctioneers Ten Commandments. 7pm.

Chalke Valley Challenge 10km or 3km Fun Run. Sunday 12th October at 10.30am

House Update

Plastering has finished. Wardrobes are being made. The stairs have arrived. The last window has been put in. The bath has also arrived (Wave Bathrooms). Pete our electrician is back next week. It’s all looking good and moving forward really quickly!


Superb Present Ideas

Wooden Toys


Made by one of our lovely friend/customer! These are truly a huge hit with the kids. Simple yet keeps them playing for hours. Jake the resident 6 year old has had his for 5 years and it is still a firm favourite!

Baskets


A great selection of baskets for all uses. Especially the log baskets of various sizes and shapes!

Kitchenware


Oven gloves, mats, serviettes, trays, lazy susans, aprons, peg bags and so many more lovely kitcheny gifts

Walking sticks 


Made by another one of our lovely friends. They are all completely unique and beautifully made.

Judging at the Donhead St Andrews Flower Show on Saturday 23rd August

K was very kindly asked back to judge the cookery classes at the Donhead Flower Show. She judged some super classes, gorgeous marmalades, (including a lemon marmalade), chutneys, quiche, scrumptious flapjacks and her most favourite cake – the carrot cakes. Having just completed the 3 Peaks Challenge she felt it only right to eat a large slice of each of the 5 entered cakes!! It was an honour to judge and there were lots of scrummy entries!! PS The winning photography entry was fantastic – we are trying to persuade the winner to enter it in the Countryfile calendar comp!!!

Village Events

  • 9th & 10th August - WW1 Commemorative Exhibition. Fovant Hall.

  • Wednesday 20th August - Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show. A fantastic day out for the whole family

  • 13th & 14th September - Berwick St John Country Fayre. Working show with working tractors and steam.

  • Thursday 6th November – Antiques Roadshow fundraiser. Broad Chalke Primary school. A lecture by Richard Kay – an Auctioneers Ten Commandments. 7pm.

Eggs

The new girls are laying really well. The eggs have increased in size and now they are mainly large. They are wonderful in flavour and the yolks are beautifully yellow. We still have a few hens available for sale. Also a few of our very pretty bantams, £15. If interested please ask in the Farm Shop.

Summer Gardening

We have plenty of local compost available in small, medium and giant bags. Plus garden canes: 4, 6 and 8 feet. Not forgetting plenty of local charcoal for all that late summer BBQ’ing


Books for Charity

The Tea Rooms have been very busy this summer and as such our charities are really benefitting! Many tea room guests are browsing the book shelves and selecting hidden treasures. As

such we have depleted our back up stock! So if any one has any books they would

like to donate then please do bring them in. The three charities we support are

Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal, Salisbury Hospice and The Air Ambulance. Thank You.

Shop Entrance Spruce Up!

We are currently having a little tidy up and decorating done in the porch entrance. So please forgive the appearance for a week or two whilst work is in progress. The work will be carried out when we are closed on a Sunday and Monday, so wet paint shouldn’t be a problem!

May is Mustard Month!

Ansty Farm Shop and Tracklements are having a May Mustard Month. If you buy 2 pots of mustard you can have a free fridge magnet! Various mustards will be on tasting trial and also there will be some bargain taster pots available for only 25p! (All available while trial stocks last!). Also we have a fantastic 3 kg pot of wholegrain mustard as pointed out by Jackie!! At the end of mustard month we would like to use said pot to raise some pennies for charity. Any ideas on the best way to raise the maximum we can on this wonderful eye catching pot? Suggestions so far are to have a sharing day – where everyone comes with their own pots and we decant the mustard for a donation. Another is to raffle it. Another random idea from my husband was to photograph said pot in different locations, eg on top of Snowdon whilst doing the three peaks challenge, and other exciting venues! Not sure how this raises money, but hey ho!! Thoughts please! Alternatively - is anyone having a big summer BBQ or wedding and would like to make a donation? We could open up an auction!


Wine, Beer and Cider

K is currently applying for her Personal Licence Certificate to be able to sell alcohol, after successfully passing the course and getting CRB checked! As soon as we have that we can then apply for a premise licence for the Shop. Hurrah! We are busy trialling cider at the mo but if anyone has any recommendations for local wines, beers or ciders, then please let us know. Thank You.