News for December 2014

Christmas Trees

The first batch of Needlefast Christmas Trees are now in. They are by far the best and most popular! We also have some beautiful little potted trees and will soon be cutting our own traditional Norway Spruce trees. Most of the needlefast trees will be from our own Farm! Guaranteed freshly cut!!

Exciting new gift ideas!

We are now stockist of the Tractor Ted collection. This is a HUGE hit with my children and millions of others. DVD’s, books, PJ’s, wellies, lunch boxes, crayons, stickers, etc.

A wonderful selection of kitcheny/dining gifts. From farm style place mats to slate trays, oven gloves, aprons, nibble serving platters, little egg storage cupboards, note boards, etc.

Delicious tins of biscuits. Baskets to create any size of hamper. Please come and have a browse!!

Christmas at Ansty Farm Shop

Christmas orders are now being taken. It couldn’t be easier, fill out an order form and bring it into the Farm Shop. Tell us when you want to pick it all up and we will have it all boxed up ready for your collection and Christmas enjoyment! Order everything from the tree, turkey, vegetables, puddings, Christmas cakes, mince pies, cheeses, Christmas hampers for the family, etc. The added bonus is if we do keep you waiting a short while to pick up your order there is tea, coffee and nibbles on offer!! Also there will be a little edible Christmas Gift from us to you with every boxed order!

Hens for Sale

We have a few laying hens for sale. A bargain offer of £1.50 each or 3 for £4. Please phone for more info or to arrange a collection time. We also have a few bantams for sale.

Ansty Veg

We have a great selection of sacks and loose potatoes: desiree, nadine, maris piper, marfona, estima, King Edward. Red and white onions – sacks available for these too! Curly kale, chard, spinach, celeriac, sprouts, beetroot, purple sprouting and baby leeks. We are also digging Rhubarb crowns for planting out. A large crown is £5. Not forgetting our range of squash. A really quick and easy delicious vegetable!

Christmas Cake Raffle 

 In aid of the Stars New Appeal – the breast cancer unit

We are holding our Annual Christmas Cake Raffle again this year thanks to K’s friend Gail. This year K has cooked a 5 lb round massively brandy soaked luxury Christmas cake and has handed it over to Gail to work her icing magic! It is going to be sculptured into an amazing Christmas Bauble. The Draw will take place on the 24th December. Tickets are only £1 and it’s for a great cause. Good Luck.

Farm News 

We are waiting for a break in the weather to get the early broad beans in. The logan, tay and blackberries have almost been tied in. Veg picking is a constant job! Robin and Gilbert have been busy re roofing the old duck shed so we can relocate it outside the shop. The idea being to have a mini “outside shop” for compost, fire wood, charcoal, road salt, etc.

More Yummy Christmas Bits!!

Mince pies

Mince pies have been flying out since October! 

Christmas Tree stands

We have some lovely elegant green metal stands.

Christmas Puddings

Delicious Homemade Christmas puddings now in. Made by K’s cake icing buddies. They come in various sizes from individual servings to massive 20 people sized puddings! Delicious! 

Meat Orders

There is still time to order turkeys, joints, bacon, sausages, etc from Kimbers Farm or Buttlings. 

Christmas Treats

A wonderful selection! To name a very few: Real Turkish Delight, Olive nibbles, Mr Filberts interesting snacks (really moorish!), mints from Hampshire, cocktail party nibbles, sausage rolls, homemade chutneys, croissants, King prawns, chocolate money, Hampshire Apple juice, boxes of biscuits, Dorset Knob Biscuits, the really delicious Peters Yards Crisp breads, etc. 

Christmas Cake Decorations

Mini Christmas trees, tiny Father Christmases, robins and holly leaves.

Christmas Decorations

We have a beautiful range of Christmas Decorations and Napkins! Father Christmases, ribbons, garlands, an assortment of wonderful Christmas Tree decorations, etc. Not forgetting our lovely selection of Christmas Cards in aid of the Salisbury Hospice, Horatio’s Garden and Donhead Church. Plus festive wreaths, mistletoe, holly and hyacinths coming soon. All the holly wreaths are beautifully made by Robin. He does try to keep up with demand, but pre ordering is a good idea!

Di’s woollen treats

Di and her friend Jaci Baker have been busy creating wonderful woollen treasures using the wool from Jaci’s rare breed grey faced Dartmoor sheep. They have crafted a range of beautiful woollen treats, absolutely ideal for Christmas Gifts. From lovely rugs, to quirky doorstops, draught excluders and stunning handbags. Come and have look !


We stock a large range of delicious cheeses. The traditional bries, stiltons and tasty cheddars. We can order large cheeses or truckles if you would like them for the festive season. We also have Dorset White, Cranborne Cheese, Ribblesdale Goat and Sheep cheeses, Dorset Blue Vinney and Somerset Camembert.

Happy Christmas!

We would like to wish all our lovely customers/e-letterers a really great Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Thank you so much for your support over the last year and we look forward to the Year ahead!


Just for the knowledge of our lovely regulars we will be putting eggs in a large green box just on the inside of our gates for those that would still like eggs over the Christmas break. So from Christmas Day onwards if you would like eggs they will be fully available for you to collect, but it would just mean hopping over the gate, (at your own risk)!! Please speak to Jackie or K about this one!!

Frozen Berries

The fruit freezer is full of our own lovely summer berries: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, loganberries, tayberries and gooseberries. Ideal for all your delicious home baked puddings, sauces, coulis’ or porridge for Christmas.

Bird Seed

The Bird seed shelf is brimming with: fat balls, wild bird mix, peanuts, Niger seeds, mixed corn, black sunflower seeds.


Get ready for the change in weather!! If a big freeze comes we have good supply of big bags of salt available.

Wooden Gifts

The perfect gift for someone who has everything – a beautiful handmade wooden pen. Or for the walker of the family a stunning handmade wooden walking stick with wonderfully original tops!

Baskets Galore!

Our new range of baskets have arrived. Colourful trays, fab lidded baskets and plenty of log baskets! Baskets for everything: shopping baskets, storage baskets, trugs, trays etc. Baskets excellent for making your own hampers with, including, the wood wool filling and hamper decorations.


We have a lovely selection of puzzles! Scenic ones, pretty ones, farm ones, kiddie ones! Puzzles for all ages! So if you have any puzzlers in the family come and have a browse!!

House Update

So very close to moving in! The cleaners are coming in on Thursday, the carpets are being laid on Friday and then it’s a wait for the electricity board to connect us. Supposedly around the middle of the month!! Thanks a lot for all the advice on carpet fitters. Due to many of you lovely people giving me the same name we went for Strattons in Shaftesbury. The digger has arrived and is busy landscaping the garden and driveway as I write!!

Ansty Kitchens

Our yummy brandy soaked Christmas cakes have now been all cooked. All sizes available. Mince pie production is well under way! We’ll see if we can get to the 2000 mark like the past few years!! We have a good stock in the freezer, so if anyone wants to cook from frozen at home, then please ask. We have finally topped up the ready meal freezer. Now there is a plentiful supply of lamb tagine, chicken lasagne, cottage pie, beef lasagne, fish lasagne and fish pie. K is trying to stock up on frozen puds. We are attempting to stock pile roulades, but everytime we make extra for the freezer they tend to fly out! Back in the freezer this month is the chocolate and cherry brandy roulade. K has been busy creating this month. The new Christmas biscuit is very yummy. A shortbready type biscuit with cherries, currants, mixed peel and spice. We are selling them individually as a quick treat or in packs of 4. Absolutely ideal for that small token Christmas Gift if asked around for drinks, lunch or a little Christmas Thank You! Another new creation is the coffee, walnut and caramel tarte. An expresso based pastry, with a caramel and nut layer and a coffee sponge topping. Perfect for a warming week night pudding!

Bauble Cake in the making

Bauble Cake in the making

Farm Toys

A brilliant gift for the little ones. Ideal for the 1 to 6 year olds! Professionally made traditional wooden toys. Tractors, trailers, horse boxs, cattle trailers, quad bikes, lorries, helicopters, etc. Jake and George, the resident “trialers”, have loved theirs for years and have been played with for hours and hours!