News for November 2014

Squash

We have a great selection of squash. Either to enjoy at the table or enjoy as table decorations! Here’s a little pic of our selection of squash. For the bigger squashes you could peel, chop, de-seed. Pop on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil, season and roast. Easy and delicious!! For the smaller squash: Chop in half and scoop out the seeds. Add a dollop of butter, seasoning and mixed herbs, then bake till soft. Serve in the skin!

Onion Squash on offer!!

We are picking a great selection of Autumn veg. Spinach, chard, the enormously popular black Tuscany, curly kale. We have a great stock of potatoes – from loose to 3kg or 12.5kg sacks. Varieties include the red desiree (excellent for roasting), nadines (multi purpose), or King Edwards, Marfona or Pink Fir Apple, etc. We also have a great supply of red and white onions. Plus beetroot, swede, courgettes, carrots, caulis and cabbages. We have been having great comments about our yellow and purple caulis. The sweetcorn is still really yummy. The season is nearing its close though, so gobble up whilst they are still really good. The soft fruit has almost come to an end, (depending on the weather). A few PYO raspberries are still being picked. We do however have a really good supply of our own frozen summer berries – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants, gooseberries and strawberries.

Picking News 

We are picking a great selection of Autumn veg. Spinach, chard, the enormously popular black Tuscany, curly kale. We have a great stock of potatoes – from loose to 3kg or 12.5kg sacks. Varieties include the red desiree (excellent for roasting), nadines (multi purpose), or King Edwards, Marfona or Pink Fir Apple, etc. We also have a great supply of red and white onions. Plus beetroot, swede, courgettes, carrots, caulis and cabbages. We have been having great comments about our yellow and purple caulis. The sweetcorn is still really yummy. The season is nearing its close though, so gobble up whilst they are still really good. The soft fruit has almost come to an end, (depending on the weather). A few PYO raspberries are still being picked. We do however have a really good supply of our own frozen summer berries – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants, gooseberries and strawberries.

Logs 

Now it is getting a little chillier it’s time for cosy nights in by the fire. We now have a great supply of bags of seasoned chopped logs and kindling. Superb size for open fires or log burners.

Eggs

The girls are laying well and the supply is good at moment. They are now laying mostly large eggs and not many extra large or extra extra large.

Ansty Kitchens - Cooking News

We are trying to stock up on ready meals, but they keep flying out! We have a good stock of lamb & prune tagine and shepherd’s pie. K has cooked up one batch of squash and goats cheese crumble. Chicken lasagne and fish pie are next on the cook list, next week after half term. Apple pies and treacle tarts are selling well and it’s time to start making last years hit of apple and mincemeat crumble tarts. Cakes and slices are still whizzing out. K has experimented with a caramel and marshmallow crispy cake this week. Not bad!!! We are brewing up a weekly batch of soup. Last week it was mushroom soup and this week it will be asparagus & sweet potato and also onion squash soup.

Farm News 

The strawberries have been tidied up and cut back for the Autumn. It is time to get ready for the first lot of broad beans to go in. The grass has all been mown, hopefully for the last time this year. The old strawberry bags are being lifted off the low tables and the bags will be emptied onto the veg patch. Soon we will be heading to the Christmas Tree plot and giving that a bit of a weed. The blackberries, loganberries and tayberries are having a winter tidy up and are being trained along their wires! `

Baskets


We have a great selection of basketware displayed in the Tea Room. Log baskets of all sizes, baskets for any size hamper and baskets brilliant for storage!

Piggy Update!

Dotty popped last night! So hopefully in a few days we will see many tiny feet running around!

Rhubarb Crowns

We are now digging rhubarb crowns. £5 for a large crown. We will keep digging a few for the shop but for quantity please phone.


House Update

We are getting tantalisingly close now! The bathrooms are being fitted out over the next couple of weeks. The log burner arrived today. Many shelves are being put up in cupboards. Most of the flooring is down apart from the carpets. Does anyone have any good recommendations for carpets/carpet fitters?


Hens and Bantams

We have a few laying hens and bantams for sale. Please ask in

the Farm Shop.

Veg and flower seeds

The new seeds have arrived today! Whether you are planning ahead or want to get a selection of seeds as a present for a “gardening loved one” there is a great selection.


Christmas Meat Orders – Kimbers Farm Shop 

Orders are now being taken in our Shop for Kimbers Farm Meats this Christmas. Choose from their delicious turkeys, chicken, hams, beef joints, bacon or sausage meat, etc!

Books for Charity

 

Don’t forget to glance at our book shelves when you are next in! There is always a rapidly changing collection.

Christmas at Ansty Farm Shop

We know it’s only November but Christmas and “the season to be jolly” is only just around the corner! So we would like to mention a little of what we have in stock to make this years Christmas extra Christmassy and special!


Christmas Trees

We have already taken quite a few Christmas Tree orders! If you would like to order your tree we can put back the size and shape specification that you would like. Christmas Trees will be available from the 1st December.


Hampers

There is a large display of baskets in the Tea Room. A super idea for a present is a Pick Your Own Hamper! Choose the basket and then fill it with loads of delicious goodies from the Farm Shop. Making that extra special person a gift full of the treats that they would enjoy!


Gifts and Treats 

Our wooden handmade Farm Toys are flying out already. The perfect present for the little ones in your family. Plus a lovely selection of kitcheny gifts, from oven gloves, tea towels and afternoon tea stands. Also a great selection of puzzles for all ages. Alphabet puzzles, farm puzzles or scenic puzzles!


Decorations

Decorations Very shortly we will have a beautiful selection of Christmas Decorations in the Tea Room. Not forgetting a wonderful selection of Christmas Napkins.


Christmas Baking

Christmas puddings, Christmas cakes, mince pies, roulades, onion and sage stuffing. The list is endless and the kitchen rarely stops!!!


Christmas Cards 

We have a lovely selection of Christmas Cards in aid of the Salisbury Hospice and the Donhead St Andrews Church Appeal. All proceeds go direct to the charity.


Christmas Ordering

Please click for a copy of our Christmas Order form. We can cater for your entire Christmas from tree, to turkey, to veg, to puddings, to cheeses etc. If there is something you would like to order that is not on the list, then please ask and I’m sure we can get it for you. The beauty of ordering with us is that our own veg is all freshly picked for you, the puddings are all freshly made for you and we box it all up for you ready for your collection when it is convenient for you! Easy and no elbow fighting amongst the supermarket shelves!! Also an added bonus is that if we keep you waiting there will be coffee and nibbles on offer!!!