Welcome to our March Newsletter. Large eggs are on special offer, just in time for pancake day. The latest Stars Appeal donation tally is now in, Rhubarb is in full delicious tender pick and we have 14 new tiny arrivals! Read on to find out so much more about the Farm Shop this month!
Ansty Kitchens - Cooking News
It’s rhubarb time!! Rhubarb pies and crumbles. Why not gently roast some rhubarb on a baking tray with some brown sugar and a chopped up orange, for about 12 minutes. Then make a delicious crumble topping. You could add some oats, nuts or granola to a standard crumble mix. Yum. Meringue roulades are as popular as ever! We have made Lime, raspberry & coconut roulade and also a new one: hazelnut meringue with white chocolate cream & Ansty blueberries. Delicious!! K also tried to make panacotta for the family. It was ok but there was huge room for improvement. The flavour came from the yummy rhubarb and raspberry sauce we made! If anyone has a tried and tested wonderful recipe for panacotta I would love to know. Not for shop use but for home use! We have been working on the caramel shortbread and due to Jim’s (K’s husband) suggestion we have increased the depth of the shortbread, making a good slice even better! The new Celeriac, bacon and broccoli soup is proving quite a hit! We are just about to re enter this years Taste of the West competition. Entries are in by Friday so next month we will let you all know what we have entered. Fingers crossed! We are still short listing at the mo!!
We are now selling seed potatoes and onion sets. As well as a good selection of Mr Fothergill’s Vegetable and Flower Seeds.
The ladies are laying well. The new ladies will soon be arriving. We are now selling the current girls for a bargain £3.50 each! Large eggs are also on special offer. 2 boxes for £3.00.
In need of a cooking break? We have a delicious range of ready meals and meat pies. Also suet pudding, salmon encroute, salmon in watercress sauce, Coquilles St Jacques, chicken kievs, fish pie, cottage pie, lasagne, stroganoff, etc.
Ansty Tea Room
We are serving delicious Cappuccinos, lattes, tea, etc. Not forgetting an array of delicious homemade cakes. Why not meet a friend or enjoy some quiet “you” time! We still have the puzzle table going. So if you fancy meeting a friend and having a social puzzle or having a quiet puzzle by yourself, then grab a seat and puzzle on!!
We have a good stock of local multi purpose compost and organic horse manure (excellent for oomphing up the soil)!!
Plus garden canes when the time is right!
Logs & Kindling
It’s still rather chilly! Stock up on logs and kindling. The logs are chopped small. Absolutely ideal for log burners.
We are already cooking our delicious Easter biscuits. These are made from a great old family recipe with a hint of spice. Next week K will bake the traditionally made Simnel Cakes with homemade marzipan running through the middle. Pete the Baker will begin making our scrummy Hot Cross Buns soon.
Ansty Baskets and Hampers!
We have loads of lovely baskets in stock. Baskets for everything!! Log baskets, Laundry baskets, Shopping baskets, trays, and many more. Also great Hamper Boxes. Perfect as a Mother’s Day gift, Easter gift or a Thank You gift. Chose the basket or box you would like, the wood wool and then pack it full of scrummy treats from the Farm Shop! Easy!
Dates for the Diary
March 4th: Shrove Tuesday
March 30th: Mothering Sunday
April 20th: Easter Sunday
Don’t forget to order your puddings with plenty of time!!
Last week we had a very successful bantam hatching! They survived despite the odds not being great. The incubated eggs survived 2 power cuts! One relatively short the other lasting for 27 hours. We put the generator on which powered all the fridges and freezers and the bantam eggs went back to Jackie’s house in Tisbury. We didn’t give them much chance of survival, but we got 14 little chicks. Hurrah!
Pomme and Dotty, our piggies are due to pop in the near future. Watch out for tiny pink rockets in the field!!
It’s been a little soggy to do a great deal! The time is fast approaching to prune the gooseberries, blueberries, redcurrants, pink and white currants and plum trees! We are imminently going to move the early strawberries off the tables and onto the low platforms so that we can soon cover them. We are still waiting to get on the ground to plant some more broad beans. It’s also time to prune back the Christmas trees! Busy busy!!
Our recommendations this Month
Coffee: Our new range of ground coffee is whizzing out. Coffee for all tastes: after dinner, smooth, rich, decaf, etc
Olive Oil: We have just taken stock of some real Italian Olive Oil, 75cl , £7.25. It is beautifully bottled in blue glass bottles and would be delicious to try or make an excellent pressy. It is so authentic even the labels are in Italian!
Jackie’s Jams & Chutneys
Jackie has been brewing away and has cooked up some wonderful preserves in the Ansty kitchen. We have had wonderful comments this month on the deliciousness of the strawberry and blueberry jam. (Thank you). Other limited treats are mulled wine & plum jam and Jackie’s recommendation is the Plum & Blueberry jam. We must not forget that Jackie won the Best Preserve in the South West a few years ago for the Tayberry and Raspberry Jam! All are made in small hand prepared amounts and are made with real ingredients, mostly sourced from the Farm. There are 2 whole shelves dedicated to Jackies Jams and Chutneys in the Farm Shop. Come and have a look. If you’re looking for a great present for that someone special – look no further. Why not give a homemade Jam or Chutney for Easter instead of an Easter Egg.
Events Pin Board - Salisbury Musical Society
Sat 29th March 7.30pm Bach Cantata Bwv 1 Mozart Mass in C Minor .cv cv, v, cx/`
Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra. Salisbury Cathedral.
PF Parsons are doing really well, despite the weather doing its best to scupper the building. Ken, Simon and John have now got the downstairs internal walls to almost window height. Jim is taking regular drone flights of the build so for up to date pictures/videos please have a look on the website. Also if anyone likes what Jim has done and want any aerial shots taken of their house/business give us a call!
Charity News - Stars Appeal
Since last November we have raised a further £289.86 which now takes our total amount raised for the Stars Appeal to a very impressive £1603.16. Thank You! We are still awaiting the Salisbury Hospice total. We would like to thank everyone for their kind donations of books and for choosing books. At the mo the bookcases are overflowing with great novels. Come and have a browse, there are some great titles to choose from.