News for June 2016

London Marathon 2016 – 4hours 18 minutes!

An absolutely massive THANK YOU to everyone who has so very kindly sponsored and helped me in my marathon mission. The list is huge so forgive me for not thanking people individually. I am so grateful and humbled by everyone’s generosity, good will and kind words. I would like to thank our suppliers and friends who have donated prizes to our on going raffle: Tracklements, Bramley Bakery, Mere Fish Farm, Holleys Fine Foods, Buttercup & Daisy Icecream, + the lovely people who donated anonymously! I’d like to thank Signrite of Shaftesbury for really kindly printing “K” onto my running shirt. Having random supporters throughout the race shouting out your name was really uplifting! Emily Gordon for her spectacular Christmas Flower Demonstration. My wonderful friend for letting us stay in her flat! The medal is on display in the Shop if anyone would like to see it! I have very nearly almost finished the money bit! The rough staggering total is £5500 – you are all amazing! I will finalise this side next week and put the final tally up in the shop!!

Picking News

The Asparagus Season is here! We would normally be shouting it from the roof tops but this season has been particularly late and it is being snatched up as soon as it is in the shop!!

We haven’t even been able to put the big road sign up!! We do have a small amount in the shop daily, but please phone and order if you would like some of our delicious fresh asparagus. We managed to let the Royal Oak have a little bit! Only 18 days left of an already short season! Rhubarb is still really delicious. Brilliant stewed up with orange for a quick easy pud or stored in the freezer for the winter months! The amazing purple sprouting has just come to its end. Spring onions are now being lifted. The new potatoes are growing well and are not far off – ditto with broad beans. Our Spring cabbages are doing well and are yummy – try lightly sautéing with a hint of garlic – yum. We have started to pick strawberries from the polytunnel so hopefully weather dependant we should be PYO’ing within a couple of weeks! The gooseberries are almost ready for PYO’ing – literally a few days.

Ansty Kitchens - Cooking News – Taste of the West Award News!!

We entered the 5 seed loaf, Eccles cakes, mince pies and roast almond, ameretto and raspberry roulade into the Taste of the West competition this year. Brilliantly we won 4 awards! The Eccles and bread got Highly commended (we were surprised!), the mince pie got silver and the roulade got gold. We are now through to the championship round with the roulade! Hurrah! Watch this space!!!! If anyone was wondering why we had mince pies in the shop in April – that is why – they were off to get judged!! We have been stocking up on ready meals – there is a good supply of cottage pie, lasagne, pork & apricot tagine, pork & olive in red wine sauce, vegetarian cottage pie, stroganoff, etc. Also the exceptionally popular fish cakes are finally back in the freezer!

Hens - New Girls!

Our new batch of girls arrived last month and they have a great new house! We have upgraded the hen caravan to a lovely plush wooden abode! Half the girls are already producing large eggs and half mediums. Last year’s batch have all been re-homed already. We do have 2 bantams for sale, but one would need a solo home as she does not mix well!!

Gardening Bits!

The compost stocks are being replenished early next week! We still have a good selection of Mr Fothergill’s Vegetable and Flower Seeds. Plus local charcoal for those BBQ moments!

Grand National Sweep Stake (ages ago!!)

Thanks to everyone who joined the sweep stake. The winner was Jim Price (K’s husband)!! Raising another £40 to the marathon mission.

Farm News

Robin and Gilbert have been working really hard on tidying up the table top strawberry rows. The first planting of 60 day plants are in and the second planting is not far off. Grass mowing is another full time job! K has been busy tidying up and topping the raspberries, blackberries and loganberries – to get them ready for the picking season.

Dates for the Diary

Saturday 4th June: Plant Sale @ Ansty Farm Shop

Saturday 4th June: Swallowcliffe Open Gardens, in aid of St Peters Church. £7.50/person inc Cream Tea. 2.30pm – 5pm

Sunday 5th June: Fonthill Dog Show @ Fonthill Park. 07970980185

Friday 17th June: EU Question Time in Swallowcliffe Village Hall. 7.30pm

Sunday 3rd July: Fovant Badges Society Drumhead Service. 3pm @ East Farm, Fovant.