News for October 2014

Picking News 

It’s sweetcorn time!! They are really delicious and lovely customers keep coming back for more so they must be good!! Please gobble up now and enjoy the season!

We are still picking lots of lovely fruit. Weather dependant the Autumn Bliss and yellow raspberries are delicious. Blackberries are slowly decreasing in quantity, but we do have a good stock in the freezer. The Autumn strawberries are still cropping. They do have little rain covers so we should have a small quantity available daily at least for another month ish! We’re picking lots of lovely veg. Runner beans, courgettes, marrows, squash, cabbages, beetroot, spinach, black tuscany, chard, kale, onions, etc. The onion crop was good this year again - producing lots of medium sized onions, perfect cooking size. Just mind the eyes as they are full of flavour! The potato harvest was also great. Very back breaking though as we harvest traditionally by hand and bucket!! Thanks to Robin, Gilbert, Paul (K’s brother) and K!! We now have them available loose, in 3kg bags or 12.5kg sacks. Varieties available are King Edwards, Nadines, Estima, Desiree, Maris Piper, Marfona and Pink Fir Apple.

Pumpkin and Squash Time!

The squash and pumpkins are now ripened and ready for the table! Pumpkins and squashes of all sizes! Really tiny ones – munchkins (ideal for table decorations), medium and large ones for carving. Delicious squashes are ready for eating too. Squashes are such an easy delicious veg to prepare. Why not roast the crown prince squash like you would a potato. Or cut the smaller ones in half, scoop the seeds out. Put a knob of butter and seasoning in and cook for 25 mins ish. Serve in its skin. Easy! K picked a massive pumpkin at the weekend and it is currently sitting in the wheelbarrow outside of the shop whilst she decides on where to put it! There are some massive ones this year!

Pumpkin Olympics

October Half Term normally sees the Ansty Pumpkin Olympics in full swing. We are still undecided if this hilarious annual event will happen this year! It depends on the Autumn work and if we have time to set it up! For those beady eyed customers you may have noticed we are currently two members of staff down! For those who haven’t heard of this great annual event it is brilliant simple fun for the whole family. We set up over 20 different games all involving pumpkins. From pumpkin football, pumpkin and spade races, pumpkin hula hoop and pumpkin bullseye. We will whizz out an email if it will go ahead this Half Term!

Farm News 

A brief summary (!!): All the summer raspberry canes have been chopped out and the new ones tied in. The blackberries, tayberries and loganberries have all been late summer pruned. Last year K tidied up the thornless gooseberries at this time of year, but they cropped very badly this year. So we are leaving well alone this year until the Spring! The grass has all been cut. Hopefully for the last time. The globe artichokes are being tidied up and the blueberry pots are just about to have their Autumn clean up! Because of the mild weather it looks like the strawberries need another runner cut back. Plus spud lifting, daily veg picking, animal feeding, etc etc!!

Hens News

We have a plentiful supply of our lovely eggs at the mo. Medium eggs are currently on offer. We do still have a few laying hens and bantams for sale. Please ask in the Farm Shop if interested.

Customer Recommendation!

Mr & Mrs Schruer are really enjoying the dark chocolate Belgian thins! (Also available in milk choc)!

Wallflower Plants

Wallflower plants are now ready. We have them in a pot outside the shop door. If you would like to order them we can dig them fresh for you.

Rhubarb Crowns

Orders now being taken for November. A big crown is £5.

Ansty Kitchens - Cooking News

Cakes seem to be a must have at the moment! They are flying out – even still hot from the kitchen!! The new sticky orange sponge and the vanilla fudgey cake are selling well. This week we have 5 lemon sandwich cakes going out to celebrate one Birthday! Happy Birthday to you! We made white chocolate & raspberry cheesecakes last weekend and most have gone already!! We need to make more! Gingerbread was made today, the first time for a while! We have started to make a few soups. The cauliflower, sweet potato & blue vinney soup was really yummy! Hoping to make squash and goats cheese crumble this week!


We have plenty of well seasoned bags of logs for this autumn and winter season. Excellent for open fires or chopped small ideal for log burners.

Piggy Update!

Pomme and Dotty are in piglet again. Pomme is getting nearer to pigletting! As an experiment last month we fattened a few of our own. It was absolutely delicious and was all sold within a week! We will be doing that again! Individual joints will be available or we can do £50 or £100 boxes.

Pumpkin Accessories! 

We have some great pumpkin carvers in stock. With good pumpkin carving tools and great patterns to follow. Also “The Squash Book” – learn all about squashes with some great recipes. Was £10, now only £5. A good pressy idea.

Local Community News

Chalke Valley Challenge 10km or 3km Fun Run.

Sunday 12th October at 10.30am

Rockbourne Fair 22 - 24 October. Over 70 stalls. In aid of the Stars Appeal.

Antiques Roadshow - 6th November at Broad Chalke Primary school. A lecture by Richard Kay – an Auctioneers Ten Commandments. 7pm. This is going to be a great evening. A complete one off chance! Tickets available from the Farm Shop.

Friday 21st November – An evening with Major Sir Michael Parker KCVO CBE. A Master of Royal Military Pageants. An insight into the Queens Silver and Golden Jubilees and the Queens Mothers Birthday

House Update

Kitchen 90% in. Kitchen flooring and utility flooring done. Tiling started this week in the bathroom. Every day moving in date seems to get nearer and more realistic!!

Bishopstone Summer Fete

Welcome to our newsy newsletter if you entered our competition at Bishopstone Fete back in the summer. We had a great afternoon and it was lovely to see so many familiar faces and to meet new faces! We held a little competition on the stall of “How many bird nuts were in the bird nut bag”. Some tried to apply amazing counting skills others just randomly guessed. We are very pleased to announce that the winner was Lucy Guard with a very close guess of 4001. We made Jackie actually count the nuts and the actual number was 4203! CONGRATULATIONS! Lucy, if you would like to come and claim your free sponge bar cake then please pop in and see us! Apologies for not announcing this earlier, but I kept forgetting!

Christmas Trees

Just to confirm to all that saw them! Yes, Gilbert and K did cut 2 of our own Christmas Trees for someone yesterday! They are going off for a photo shoot! For fear of putting everyone in a tizz and dare we mention the “C” word, but we are taking orders for Christmas trees now! Also maybe start thinking Turkeys and puds???!!!!!

Village Events

  • 9th & 10th August - WW1 Commemorative Exhibition. Fovant Hall.

  • Wednesday 20th August - Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show. A fantastic day out for the whole family

  • 13th & 14th September - Berwick St John Country Fayre. Working show with working tractors and steam.

  • Thursday 6th November – Antiques Roadshow fundraiser. Broad Chalke Primary school. A lecture by Richard Kay – an Auctioneers Ten Commandments. 7pm.


The new girls are laying really well. The eggs have increased in size and now they are mainly large. They are wonderful in flavour and the yolks are beautifully yellow. We still have a few hens available for sale. Also a few of our very pretty bantams, £15. If interested please ask in the Farm Shop.

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

Books for Charity

The Tea Rooms have been very busy this summer and as such our charities are really benefitting! Many tea room guests are browsing the book shelves and selecting hidden treasures. As

such we have depleted our back up stock! So if any one has any books they would

like to donate then please do bring them in. The three charities we support are

Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal, Salisbury Hospice and The Air Ambulance. Thank You.

Shop Entrance Spruce Up!

We are currently having a little tidy up and decorating done in the porch entrance. So please forgive the appearance for a week or two whilst work is in progress. The work will be carried out when we are closed on a Sunday and Monday, so wet paint shouldn’t be a problem!

May is Mustard Month!

Ansty Farm Shop and Tracklements are having a May Mustard Month. If you buy 2 pots of mustard you can have a free fridge magnet! Various mustards will be on tasting trial and also there will be some bargain taster pots available for only 25p! (All available while trial stocks last!). Also we have a fantastic 3 kg pot of wholegrain mustard as pointed out by Jackie!! At the end of mustard month we would like to use said pot to raise some pennies for charity. Any ideas on the best way to raise the maximum we can on this wonderful eye catching pot? Suggestions so far are to have a sharing day – where everyone comes with their own pots and we decant the mustard for a donation. Another is to raffle it. Another random idea from my husband was to photograph said pot in different locations, eg on top of Snowdon whilst doing the three peaks challenge, and other exciting venues! Not sure how this raises money, but hey ho!! Thoughts please! Alternatively - is anyone having a big summer BBQ or wedding and would like to make a donation? We could open up an auction!

Wine, Beer and Cider

K is currently applying for her Personal Licence Certificate to be able to sell alcohol, after successfully passing the course and getting CRB checked! As soon as we have that we can then apply for a premise licence for the Shop. Hurrah! We are busy trialling cider at the mo but if anyone has any recommendations for local wines, beers or ciders, then please let us know. Thank You.