News for August 2015

Pick Your Own Fruit Update!





Pigs and Pork

We now have our own pork in the freezer. It is really delicious! Please ask if you can not see the joint you would like. We have plenty of chops, sausages and joints. This week we have plenty of fresh bacon, sausages and chipolatas in the fridge. The gammon joints are arriving next week. So if you would like a delicious joint of gammon now or to freeze down for Christmas – now is the time!! We are going to close down our pig production side, so if you are interested in our 2 breeding sows then please make us an offer! They are two very contented happy free range pedigree Gloucester Old Spots!

Picking News

In plentiful supply we have raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, white currants and blackberries. We are now picking the variety of raspberry called Octavia, which is a main late crop and the autumn raspberries are just beginning. We still have a few tayberries and loganberries, but best to call on the availability of these. We also have a rare window open for PYO Blueberries. It is an amazing crop and really scrumptious. We have a plentiful supply in the shop. These are truly yummy and so good for you! The yellow raspberries are also in full pick. We only have half a line, so not massive in quantity! They are a delicious flavour and something different on the dinner party table!! It is a great time for all the veg too: delicious freshly dug potatoes, bunched carrots, courgettes, marrows, cabbages, beetroot, flavoursome onions, spinach, chard, etc. Towards the end of August we will be picking our own plums.

Ansty Kitchen

It is the summer of cakes and roulades!! Our new slice – the Cherry shortbread – is selling really well - available per slice or in packs. Chocolate and blueberry ganache tart is another winner! Lemonade is a summer must have! We have started to make a few fruit pies, in particular apple and blackberry (a tad autumnal)!! We are making blueberry and lemon scones on Saturdays and they are proving really popular!!

Jackie, Di and K’s recommendations of the month

The Garlic bread tear and share is great with any meal and fab with friends over. We are still loving the waffles with chocolate sauce and fresh fruit! Our gluten free range is expanding all the time and is proving very popular. The new gluten free loaf is getting lots of great comments. We bake this on Saturday mornings, (please order if you would like one). We are now stocking Dorset Tea and also Dorset Coffee – smooth, decaf or after dinner.


Robin and Gilbert have been lifting a few of the early spuds. They have also been busy planting out lots of veg plants. Jade has been tying in the wayward blackberry, tayberry and loganberry canes. It has been a constant job monitoring all the watering levels of the fruit and veg. It has been either too hot (sometimes!!) or wet, so getting the watering right has been a nightmare job this year! We have stopped watering the early strawberries – so don’t fret if you see some wilting plants- that’s meant to be! We have also been busy fixing all the picnic benches with the great help of Alan (our wonderful wooden toy maker!).


The plum season will soon be here. We will be picking Opal, Victoria and later on Marjorie Seedlings.

K’s Marathon Mission

Once again THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your wonderful support! I am still absolutely humbled by everyone’s generosity. It is certainly making me train harder knowing you are all sponsoring me! The amazing total so far after only 2 months is £1165! WOW!!

Secondly for those who’ve missed what I’m up to – I’m running the London Marathon next April in aid of Bliss. So far the amount of running races achieved in my life is 0!!! So the mission is quite a large one. Training is going well and I am trying to do at least 1 if not 2 10 kms a week. Last week I did it in 57 minutes! Hurrah!! This months winning ticket was drawn by Stella Smith from Tisbury and was won by Mr Lunt of Fovant! Congratulations!

Books for Charity

The Tea Rooms have been very busy this summer and as such our charity book shelves have been heavily browsed! Thus we have depleted our back up stock! So if any one has any good quality books they would like to donate then please do bring them in. This summer/autumn/winter we are supporting Bliss, which is the charity that K is running for in the marathon. Thank You. Also a big Thank You to Jane and Peter Leece for permanently donating the book shelves to us for the use of our charity fundraising.

Staff Update

We wish Jade well in her new job. Jade has been with us for 5 years and to begin with helped a lot with tiny Jake and baby George. Now the boys are older Jade has been doing a lot less childcare and much more horticultural and shop work! She is now off to do what she is trained in – back to working with small people! Good Luck Jade and please feel free to pop in to make us a coffee anytime!

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show

Wednesday 19h August – a great day out for the whole family. We have advanced tickets in the Shop that are cheaper than on show day, especially good savings for families!! Previous show goers have also said that another advantage of buying advanced tickets is that you do not have to queue to buy them at the gate on Show Day! Advanced tickets are £12 for an adult (save £2), senior citizens £11, (save £1), child £3, (save £1) and a family ticket is £29, (save a massive £6). The Show bus will stop with us at 9.40am and leave the show ground to return at 4.30pm. A great way to travel to the show without the hassle of parking and delivered straight to the Show entrance gate!

Village Events

  • Wednesday 19th August - Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show. A fantastic day out for the whole family. 
  • 30th/31st August - Opera Weekend at Chilmark. 5pm.
  • 31st August - Donhead St Andrew Fete. 12.30pm – 5.30pm.
    Stony Hills Field, Sans Lane.
  • Saturday 19th September – Jazz Supper with Art Theman and his Jazz Group. New Remembrance Hall, Charlton. 6.45pm.


We have 7 bantams available for sale at £15 each. If interested please ask in the Farm Shop.

Ice Cream Cornets

We are currently serving Buttercup & Daisy Ice cream cornets in the shop! Perfect for that little mid morning or mid afternoon treat! Please ask if you would like one when you visit!

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. We also stock buckets of pelleted chicken manure in 8kg buckets – fantastic for oomphing up tired soil!

Random Items for Sale!

  • Mobility Buggy. New in May 2013. Cost £825. Excellent condition. Hardly used. New rechargeable batteries in April 2015, (cost £80). £450.
  • Small freezer - Only £10