Christmas at Ansty Farm Shop
Christmas Orders are now flooding in! For those who haven’t ordered yet, don’t worry there is still plenty of time!! It couldn’t be easier, fill out an order form and bring it into the Farm Shop. Tell us when you want to pick it all up and we will have it all boxed up ready for your collection and Christmas enjoyment! Order everything from the Tree, turkey, vegetables, puddings, Christmas Cakes, Mince pies, cheeses, Christmas Hampers for the family, etc. The added bonus is if we do keep you waiting a short while to pick up your order there is tea, coffee and nibbles on offer!!
The first batch of Needlefast Christmas Trees are now in. They are by far the best and most popular! We also have some beautiful little potted trees and will soon be cutting our own traditional Norway Spruce trees.
We have a great selection of sacks and loose potatoes: desiree, nadine, maris piper, marfona, estima. Red and white onions – sacks available for these too! Curly kale, chard, spinach, celeriac, sprouts, beetroot and baby leeks. We are also digging Rhubarb crowns for planting out. A large crown is £5.
Ansty Kitchens - Cooking News
Our yummy brandy soaked Christmas Cakes have now been all cooked. All sizes available. Mince pie production is well under way! We’ll see if we can get to the 2000 mark like the past few years!! We have finally topped up the ready meal freezer. Now there is a plentiful supply of lamb tagine, chicken lasagne, cottage pie, vegetarian cottage pie and beef lasagne. K is trying to start to cook a good selection of puddings. We are cooking 8 roulades a day at the mo to avoid running out pre Christmas: in the freezer we have Chocolate & Cherries with brandy, raspberry and the Gold award winner: raspberry, ameretti & roasted almond roulades. This week K will do coffee & brandy cream with walnuts and lemon & raspberry. We have also made the hugely popular white chocolate & raspberry cheesecake and chocolate rum truffle tortes. Our hugely popular homemade vanilla fudge and honey & almond fudge is also back on the shelves!
Christmas Cake Raffle – in aid of the Stars Scanner Appeal
We are holding our Annual Christmas Cake Raffle again this year and people are being really supportive already! This year K has cooked a massive 12” x 10” brandy soaked luxury Christmas cake and has handed it over to Gail to work her icing magic! It is going to be sculptured into an amazing Christmas Tree treat. The Draw will take place on the 23rd December. Tickets are only £1 and it’s for a great cause. Good Luck.
The early broad beans have been planted. The runner bean net has been dismantled. We have almost finished tying in the logan and blackberries. We need to sort out the uneven ground under the blueberry pots. Even in the slightest puff of wind they fall over!
We have a beautiful range of Christmas Decorations and Napkins! Not forgetting our lovely selection of Christmas Cards in aid of the Salisbury Hospice and Donhead Church. Plus festive wreaths, mistletoe, holly and hyacinths. All the holly wreaths are beautifully made by Robin. He does try to keep up with demand, but pre ordering is a good idea!
More Yummy Christmas Bits!!
Mince pies have been flying out since October! K’s luxury range of mince pies are proving popular. Marzipan, Viennese, cherry and walnut! Yum Yum!
Christmas Tree stands
We have some lovely elegant red or green metal stands.
Delicious Homemade Christmas puddings now in. Made by K’s cake icing buddies. They come in various sizes from individual servings to massive 20 people sized puddings! Delicious! Meat Orders
There is still time to order turkeys, joints, bacon, sausages, etc.
A wonderful selection! Real Turkish Delight, Olive nibbles, Mr Filberts interesting snacks (really moorish!), mints from Hampshire, cocktail party nibbles, sausage rolls, homemade chutneys, croissants, King prawns, chocolate money, Hampshire Apple juice, boxes of biscuits, Dorset Knob Biscuits, etc.
Di’s woollen treats
Di and her friend Jaci Baker have been busy creating wonderful woollen treasures using the wool from Jaci’s rare breed grey faced Dartmoor sheep. They have crafted a range of beautiful woollen treats, absolutely ideal for Christmas Gifts. From lovely rugs, to quirky doorstops, draught excluders and stunning hand bags.
We stock a large range of delicious cheeses. The traditional bries, stiltons and tasty cheddars. We can order large cheeses or truckles if you would like them for the festive season. We also have Dorset White, Cranborne Cheese, Ribblesdale Goat and Sheep cheeses and Somerset Camembert.
New baskets are arriving soon! Baskets for everything: log baskets, storage baskets, trugs, trays etc. Baskets excellent for making your own hampers with, including, the wood wool filling and hamper decorations.
A little advanced warning! The egg sales have increased dramatically as they always do pre Christmas. We would just like to advise our lovely regular shoppers that it may be wise to pre order eggs from now on until Christmas to avoid disappointment. Please do not take this as a reason to panic buy as we do have a large supply of eggs laid daily! Supply will definitely not be a problem from Christmas Day onwards! Just for the knowledge of our lovely regulars we will be putting eggs in a large green box just on the inside of our gates for those that would still like eggs over the Christmas break. So from Christmas Day onwards if you would like eggs they will be fully available for you to collect, but it would just mean hopping over the gate, (at your own risk)!! Please speak to Jackie or K about this one!!
The fruit freezer is full of our own lovely summer berries: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, loganberries, tayberries and gooseberries. Ideal for all your delicious home baked puddings, sauces and coulis’ for Christmas.
The Bird seed shelf is brimming with: fat balls, wild bird mix, peanuts, Niger seeds, mixed corn, black sunflower seeds.
George’s TV Debut on Countryfile
Countryfile’s Adam Henson arrived at George’s Nursery a few weeks ago to record them practising the nursery nativity play. It will be featured on the 15th December Show. He is the one in the red boilersuit. George, (K’s 3 3⁄4 year old), doesn’t do fancy dress, so we went for modern day shepherd in his Massey Ferguson boilersuit!!
Hens and Bantams
We have 2 beautiful point of lay bantam pullets for sale: £15 each. Laying hens will be available from the 24th December. Please phone if you are interested: 01747 829072.
After Christmas Opening Times
We will be open on Saturday 28th and Tuesday 31st from 10.00am to 1.00pm, for the sale of eggs, fresh bread, puddings and our own fresh veg. The Shop will re-open fully after a lovely Christmas break on Saturday 4th January. Then we will be open: Tues – Sat: 9.30am – 5.30pm. Closed Mondays and Sundays.
We would like to wish all our lovely customers/e-letterers a really great Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Thank you so much for your support over the last year and we look forward to the Year ahead!