News for May 2015

Picking News

The Asparagus Season is here! We’re now up to peak production and it is loving this wet warm weather! Supply is good at the mo but it may be a good idea to order at the weekends to avoid disappointment! We do double pick on a Saturday so more arrives on the shelves at about 3.30pm’ish! Rhubarb is still really delicious and red. Brilliant stewed up with orange for a quick easy pud or stored in the freezer for the winter months! We are still picking a small amount of yummy purple sprouting. Spring onions are not far off!

Farm News 

Robin and Gilbert are busy getting ready for the arrival of the first 60 day fruiting strawberry plants. Repairing the tables, by changing out rotten posts and getting the supporting netting in place. The strawberry plants in the polytunnel are looking really well and we should be weeks away from picking! We’re having to watch the weather forecasts like mad to keep an eye out for frosts. It’s a full time job covering up and uncovering the early strawberries. Grass mowing is also another weekly job!

Laying Hens for Sale 

We have very friendly good laying hens for sale: £3.50 or £3 for 5 or more. The young pullets are laying well and are already laying medium to large eggs. We are also getting several XXL’s a day (poor hens!!). Medium eggs are on special offer at the mo: £1.35 for a box, £2.60 for 2 or trays are only £5.50.

Pigs

We are very near the time for 4 pigs to be big enough to be sent off. So very soon we will have our own fresh, free range pork in the fridge. Mixed boxes of joints, sausages, etc will be available. Please ask to reserve one in the shop. We are also looking to sell Pomme and Dotty. If anyone is interested please ask.

Grand National Sweep Stake

Thanks to everyone who joined the sweep stake. We quickly sold all the horses and our lovely winner donated all her winnings to the RABI! With a little extra donating we raised £40 for Stars Appeal and £10 for RABI. Thank you!

Ansty Kitchens

We have a new top selling cake! It used to be the sticky lemon sponge and this is now being beaten by the coffee and walnut sponge! Also there has been a shift in the leader board of the slices. Brownies – although still very popular has been overtaken in the top slot by Nannie Nellie’s biscuit cake! Being a bit cooler, we’ve started to brew up some soups again – eg: Carrot, orange and ginger and asparagus and sweet potato! Back in production is the seasonal delicious smoked trout and asparagus quiche. Jackie has made a fresh batch of raspberry jam and tayberry jam. The few excess hot cross buns left over on Good Friday were delivered to the Spinal Unit at Salisbury Hospital. Orders are now starting to come in for Summer parties and weddings. Roulades make super bulk puddings for any event. We can also cater for take out afternoon teas for any numbers. We are also taking orders for whole trays of any of the slices we have in the shop. A tray of brownies is off next week, 8” round cakes are also popular for village events and home parties.

Di, Jackie and K’s Recommendations

Delicious Olives from Olives et al – Almond stuffed or basil & garlic. Moores Dorset biscuits – brazil & white chocolate or lemon & stem ginger. New in the shop: polenta and pitta breads.

Garden Bits

We have in stock a good selection of Mr Fothergill’s Vegetable and Flower Seeds. Plus a good local compost, ideal for all those seed plantings and an organic horse manure, perfect for giving the soil a boost! Plus 4ft, 6ft and 8ft garden canes, aswell as Dorset Charcoal.

Numbered Cake Tins for Hire

Whatever number Birthday you are celebrating in your family we have the number cakes for you! Tins for hire for £2.50 for 3 days or K will cook them for you at £15 per number.


Baby Bits 

K has a few baby bits to sell. Car seats, boxes of baby and small boy clothes. In excellent condition, some not even worn. Coats, out door suits, boiler suits, etc. If interested please ask at the Farm Shop!


Dates for the Diary


We’ll Eat Again with the Spitfire Sisters @ Berwick Village Hall. 12.30pm. 10th May. 01747 829179.

Eberle Quartet, St Thomas Church, Melbury Abbas. Friday 15th May.

Midnight Walk 2015, Salisbury Hospice, 16th May

Brother Sun and Sister Moon, Angelus Singers, directed by Stephen Trahair at St Mary’s Church, Alvedisiton. Saturday 9th May at 6pm.

Gillingham Imperial band in concert with Musikzug Viktoria from Germany @ Gillingham School . 23rd May 7pm. Training band playing from 6.30pm.