News for February 2015

Christmas Cake Raffle

Wow! What a cake! K made the 5lb ball of cake and her good friend Gail turned it into a spectacular Christmas Bauble. It even had a little Christmas Tree next to it with real Christmas lights on! The draw took place on the 24th Dec and the lucky winners were Helen and Martin Boyd from Berwick! Congratulations! Many thanks to everyone who very kindly got raffle tickets. Because of you guys we raised £174! HUGE THANKS. It has gone off to the Stars Appeal fund. Another Thanks goes to my dear friend Gail Potter who spent hours icing the cake. Gail is an icing whizz so if anyone would like to know more or order that special someone an amazing cake have a look at the Cats Whiskers Cake Company website or ask us in the shop.

Picking News

Purple sprouting is in full delicious pick. Also: sprouts, leeks, celeriac, onions and artichokes. We are

picking the much talked about petit posy, the super veg cross between kale and sprouts. Demand is high and supply is not enough so we will try and rectify that for next year by growing more! We still have a great stock of potatoes, loose or sacks. Estima, marfona, desiree, nadine, maris piper, King Edwards and pink fir apple.

Piglets for Sale!

Pomme and Dotty are still rooting around the fields. We currently have 6 weaners ready for sale. Please phone if you are interested.


Hens

The girls are laying well despite the chilly mornings! 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. We also have 3 young bantams for sale..

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, jam or on your morning porridge! Also good for making jam.

A belated Happy New Year to one and all!

We wish all our lovely e-letterers a very Happy Year ahead. Thank you all for your valued support in 2014 and look forward to your continued support throughout 2015. If anyone has any suggestions or comments for the Shop or new products we could stock, then we would love to hear about them.


Ansty Kitchens

Marmalade, marmalade, marmalade!!! Most of January was spent with Jade and Ellie chopping and Jackie boiling up marmalade! We now have a great stock of our delicious and hugely popular breakfast treat! Over Christmas K made another gingerbread house for the Spinal Unit at Salisbury Hospital. Thanks very much to Andrea Poole for delivering it. We upsized this year and did a replica of the new house! It had a gingerbread upstairs aswell! It even had a date stone and pigs outside!!

K has been experimenting with crumpets! Batch one was very heavy, batch 2 was vastly improved but still not good enough to hit the shop! Has anyone got any good tips for crumpet making?!!

We are keeping up with soup production. This week it is asparagus and sweet potato and last week it was celery and brie. Puddings are still flying out, especially the roulades of all flavours and the chocolate puds. We cooked Chicken lasagne for the freezer last week – in all sizes: for the smaller appetite, for 1, 2 or family sized portions. This week it will be Shepherd’s Pie.

Salt 

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

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!


House Update

This will be the final house update! As (drum roll please!!) we are in!!!!!! At one stage it felt like we’d never utter those words!! Building began about a year ago. They arrived, dug a trench and that night it fell in due to the rain. Not a great start, but very fortunately for us that was the only hitch throughout the whole build. The weather overall was kind and PF Parsons worked hard and efficiently all year to achieve everyone’s unwritten aim, which was to get us in for Christmas! So a huge thank you to all our wonderful customers/friends for their vast support, kind words and advice and another huge thank you to PF Parsons for building us such a lovely family home!


Farm News 

Over Christmas Robin bedded up the rhubarb to protect it from the winter frosts and to encourage early growth. The large flock of pheasants we seem to have adopted have done a great job of scraping it all off!!! Jade has tied in all the blackberries and is now finishing off tying up the tayberries. Gilbert has picked up all the plastic sheet from the pumpkin patch and has strimmed off last year’s asparagus growth. Making it all look much neater. They are busy giving it a good mulching. The daffodils are already showing leaf! We are still selling rhubarb crowns, but not for too much longer!

Car Seat and baby items

K has 2 good second hand car seats for sale for child 9kg to 18 kg and a few boxes of good quality boy clothes. Including outside onesies and coats! Please ask if interested.


Fancy a good book?

There is a big 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. Authors include: Dan Brown, Jodi Picoult, JRR Tolkien, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell and Lynda La Plante and so many more.


Logs and Kindling

Now the chilly weather is upon us it’s time to stock up on the fire wood! We have a good stock of firewood and kindling available. The wood is a great size for open fires or log burners. You can find the liftable sized bags in our new out door shed!


Hampers & Baskets

We have a wonderful selection of 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.

New products in the Shop!

This month we are loving:

Ground Coffee and Coffee beans from Martin Carwardine and Co coffee, as in Carwardines coffee shop in Salisbury. Coffee to suit all palettes!

Moores Biscuit selection tins – make great presents in their pretty tins. Teoni’s giant delicious cookies. Great for a snack with or without friends!!


Shack Hilton   

We have many ideas for the use of our ex home but would very much welcome ideas and thoughts! So far we are contemplating a cookery school, meeting rooms, holiday let, demonstrations, etc. If you or anyone you know may be interested in running any kind of workshop from the shack then please pop in for a chat. Be it painting, pottery, floral demonstration, needlework, once weekly meetings, etc.

Pancake Day 

Don’t forget pancake day on the 17th February! We love them with homemade strawberry jam and Jake likes them with chopped up bananas and chocolate sauce!! K’s quick and easy chocolate sauce is really easy to make! Put a large handful of chocolate in a microwavable bowl. Add a desert spoon of golden syrup and a large swig of cream. Microwave for 20 seconds. Take out and stir. Repeat till melted. Don’t put in longer than 20 seconds at a time as it is very easy to over cook the chocolate and then it can go lumpy!! Don’t forget to stock up on our fresh yummy eggs! Their very yellowy yolks make delicious pancakes!

Puzzle fun! 

The puzzle table is back, due to popular demand! So if you love puzzles and have 1 minute or 5 minutes or more to spare, why not get a coffee or tea and sit down and puzzle away with us! We have started this year with a rural scene. An old Massey ploughing a field!

Village Events

Saturday 31st January Back to School Disco at Ebbesbourne Wake Village Hall. £15. In aid of Viv Grants Trek to the Canyon for The Stars Appeal

Saturday 21st February Soprano Harpsichord Concert at Donhead St Andrews Church

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.