News for October 2015

Picking News

Sweetcorn time is here!! They are really delicious and sweet!! Please gobble up now and enjoy the short season! The runner beans are also in peak season (a little later than most)!!We are still picking lots of lovely fruit. With this lovely warm weather we have plenty of Autumn Bliss and yellow raspberries. The late blackberries are also ripening well. The new Autumn strawberries are also cropping well. A little firmer than the summer strawberry, but still delicious. They do have little rain covers so we should have a small quantity available daily at least for another month ish! The plums are also cropping well and are really sweet and juicy. Available loose, in punnets or in trays – ideal for jamming or chutney making. We’re picking lots of lovely veg. Runner beans, courgettes, marrows, squash, cabbages, beetroot, spinach, black tuscany, chard, kale, onions, swede, etc. The onion crop was good again this year and are currently drying out on the pumpkin trailer! The potato harvest was also great. Very back breaking though as we harvest traditionally by hand and bucket!! We made the most of the lovely weather and managed to get most of them lifted in a week. We now have them available loose, in 3kg bags or 12.5kg sacks. Varieties available are King Edwards, Nadines, Estima, Desiree, Maris Piper, Marfona and Pink Fir Apple.

Pumpkin and Squash Time!

We have started to bring in a few squash. Onion squash and harlequin. Great for souping or roasting. We will soon have pumpkins and squashes of all sizes! Really tiny ones – munchkins (ideal for table decorations), medium and large ones for carving. We have some great pumpkin carvers in stock. With good pumpkin carving tools and great patterns to follow. Also “The Squash Book” – learn all about squashes with some great recipes. Was £10, now only £5. A good pressy idea.

Ansty Kitchen

Lasagne, vegetable lasagne and beef bolognaise were all made on Monday. Time to restock the depleted ready meal freezer!! Moussakka and tagine coming soon! As soon as the new soup pots arrive on Thursday we shall start to brew up some more delicious soups. Squash soup, cauliflower and stilton, etc. K made a few quiches last weekend to stock up the freezer, inc. red onion & goats cheese.

Thorners Meat Pies

Now back in stock. Beef & Guinness, Chicken & Mushroom, Steak & Stilton, etc

Rhubarb Crowns

Orders now being taken for November. A big crown is £5.

Farm News

All the summer raspberry canes have been chopped out and the new ones mostly tied in. The tayberries and loganberries have all been late summer pruned. Next stop blackberries! The grass has had a tidy up, but is still growing well! The blueberries will have a tidy up as soon as we have finished picking them – in a few weeks. The strawberries are slowly being de crowned – in amongst all the other chores! The potatoes are mostly harvested, just the pink firs to go!

Wallflower Plants

Wallflower plants are now ready. We have them in a pot outside the shop door. If you would like to order them we can dig them fresh for you.


We have a great supply of bags of dry logs and kindling. Excellent for open fires or wood burners.

Local Community News

  • Jumble Sale – Sat 3rd Oct. Fovant Village Hall, 2pm. Fovant Independent Ladies.
  • Cranborne Chase Wood Fair. Sat 3rd and Sun 4th Oct. Breamore House, nr Fordingbridge.
  • Talk at Berwick Village Hall – Sat 10th Oct. “Whose life is it anyway”. The law and assisted dying – Jonathan Montgomery. £7. 11am. 
  • Chalke Valley Challenge 10km or 3km Fun Run. Sunday 11th October at 10.30am
  • Quiz Supper – 17th Oct. Donhead St Andrew. Teams of 4 or 6. 6.45pm. Tickets £10. 828201.


We have our own delicious pork in the freezer. Sausages, joints, chops, gammons, etc. Please ask if you are after something in particular and we can have a rummage! Also we have just taken stock of some really local lamb. The family taste tested it this weekend and it was really yummy.

K’s Marathon Mission

Total raised so far is an amazing £1710. THANK YOU. We will do the next draw after the weekend! Please watch this space!! K is off on another mega mission this weekend with husband and 2 friends to do the Longmynd Hike in the Shropshire Hills! 50 miles in 24 hours! She may look a little jaded and hobbly next week!! Please note the shop will be closed as a one off this Sunday (4th October).

Solar panels - advanced warning!!

You may have noticed the roofing materials in the car park! We are very imminently going to be re roofing the barn and then fitting an array of solar panels. It is a project we have been working on for some time and it is almost about to happen – with huge thanks to one extremely helpful customer/friend! Hurrah! Please watch this space. There will be a few safety signs going up when the work is in progress and we may be using the tea room door for access into the shop. Please be patient with us but we are hoping for very minimal short disruption!

Christmas Trees

Just to confirm to all that saw them! Yes, Gilbert and K did cut 2 of our own Christmas Trees for someone yesterday! They are going off for a photo shoot! For fear of putting everyone in a tizz and dare we mention the “C” word, but we are taking orders for Christmas trees now! Also maybe start thinking Turkeys and puds???!!!!!