Southbourne Farm Shop Blog

The latest blog updates from Southbourne Farm Shop


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Our new website is now live

Our new website can be found at www.southbournefarmshop.co.uk

As we have many followers on our WordPress Blog (the one that you are reading now), we will continue at present to add our latest blog posts to this website as well as on our new website.

In the meantime, to keep up-to-date on events, new products, and farm life at Southbourne Farm Shop, we also now have a monthly email newsletter. To sign up, please visit here.

Our very latest newsletter has just been despatched, and can be read here. It’s a Christmas special, filled with gift ideas for the festive season, and food suggestions for Christmas.

Our previous newsletters can also be read here:

September 2017 newsletter

October 2017 newsletter

November 2017 newsletter

 


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The T Box has arrived

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The T Box has arrived at Southbourne Farm Shop, a vintage Sinclair horse box trailer that has been lovingly transformed into a mobile cafe. Tuesdays – Saturdays every week, The T Box will offer coffee made with coffee beans supplied by Crafted Coffee, hand-roasted in Funtington and freshly ground to order, and a selection of loose-leaf tea varieties blended at the All About Tea Company in Portsmouth. Organic milk for hot drinks is sourced from Goodwood Home Farm, or (for a dairy-free alternative) almond milk and oat milk are also available.

The T Box also serves grilled cheese sandwiches made using handmade artisan sourdough from our own in-house bakery here at Southbourne Farm Shop. There are two to choose from: The Classic (grilled cheese trio of Swiss Emmental, Gruyere and Old Amsterdam in toasted sourdough bread), or The Carnivore (Pastrami, Swiss Emmental, Gruyere, pickles and beer mustard in toasted sourdough bread). The flavour is incredible.

Hot drinks will be served in entirely biodegradable packaging, and the intention is to source produce locally and keep the carbon foot print as low as possible. The T Box is situated in our car park, near the shop entrance, Tuesdays – Fridays from 8am, and Saturday from 9am.


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Autumn update

It’s been a busy Autumn for Southbourne Farm Shop; during September we held two tasting events (“Tasty Fridays”, as they become known, worldwide…) in which we gathered a selection of our suppliers and invited them to come to the farm shop, and meet our customers and offer samples of their delicious products. The response from both the suppliers and our customers was fantastic, and it’s something that we certainly hope to do again. The tasting events gave us the opportunity to introduce some fantastic new product ranges, which we now stock on a regular basis. These include Seed & Sage brownies, Tom Parker Creamery iced coffee and chocolate milk, Summerdown Mint chocolates, and Froghollow Catering’s all-natural energy bites.

We also took part in Emsworth’s “A Food for Thought” food market at the beginning of October. This was the first time that Southbourne Farm Shop has gone mobile and sprouted a mini offspring in another location! Our stall offered chutneys, cakes, a selection of our finest handmade artisan loaves, and our ever-popular cheese straws. (We apologise if we have created new cheese straw addicts in the Emsworth area.)

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October also saw the arrival of  a new addition to the farm shop family. Conrad the horse is eight years old, and extremely friendly. His hobbies include munching carrots and good conversation. We’ve been looking for a new horse ever since our much-loved Simba passed away earlier in the year. Our other horse Christie is very pleased to have a new companion, and already Conrad and Christie seem to have a good bond. Next time you are at the farm, pop in and ask us for a couple of free carrots – Conrad and Christie will become your friends for life!


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Our in-house bakery

We’ve had lots of exciting additions to our handmade artisan bread range here at the Farm Shop recently, including a non-wheat five seeded loaf, a rustic sourdough loaf, and delicious croissants. If you would like to order and reserve a particular loaf, please do get in touch. We bake Tuesdays-Saturdays every week.

The bakery also now has its own Instagram and Facebook pages. Please do Follow/Like!

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Miche – a rustic sourdough


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The results are in!

C6oFqpuWsAAw1XULast month we conducted a customer survey, and we’re very excited to receive so many responses. A big thank you to everyone who completed the survey and its barrage of questions – we’ve had lovely feedback, and really good suggestions of changes and improvements we can make. The winner of the £50 hamper has been notified of their winning success.

Over the coming weeks we intend to put into practice some of the suggestions made by our customers, including new products that we should sell. We will also be making gradual changes to the interior of the shop, and also to this website.

Thank you once again to everyone who completed the survey, and to all our customers for choosing to shop with us. We are a small family-run business that really appreciates our customer loyalty.

 

 


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December, already

Hard to believe, but today is the first of December, which means that Christmas is approaching at a relentless pace. But don’t worry, we’ve got everything in-hand here at Southbourne Farm Shop. To make things easy for your festive meal this year, we have started taking Christmas food orders, which means we can prepare a lovely box for you filled with delicious goodies – to be collected on a day convenient to you. Fresh poultry, meat, vegetables, bread, cakes and any other groceries can be pre-ordered.

We also have lots of gift ideas here at the shop, including olive wood and ceramic homeware (our ceramic brie bakers and olive wood rustic bowls are extremely popular), a selection of wines and local ales and spirits, and we can also put together a gift hamper filled with local produce.

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Gift hampers are available in various sizes and prices

Our Christmas trees have been delivered and are now available, in various sizes for £45. We can help you choose your tree – it’s a big decision not to be taken lightly!

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Waiting to be re-homed

Our locally-made Christmas wreaths are also now in stock – perfect to make your front door all Christmassy!

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Christmas wreaths now available

We are open every day up to Christmas, including Christmas Eve. Between Christmas and New Year we will be open on reduced hours, which will be advertised on our homepage closer to Christmas.

Thank you to all our customers who have chosen to shop with us through 2016, we really appreciate it!


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Southbourne Magazine, 1940

A customer recently brought into the shop a Southbourne Parish Magazine dating from May 1940, filled with vintage features and adverts that create a perfect snapshot of life in the village at that time. Most of the businesses advertising in the magazine are no longer with us, but nevertheless the wealth of ads prove just how much of a thriving area Southbourne was for independent business, before of course the proliferation of supermarket convenience.

Features inside include details of church life and services, a short story, and cooking recipes sent in from readers. The recipes offer meals such as Fish & Spaghetti Pie and Potato Gratin, and tips for the home include cleaning baths and basins, and “an invisible method of grafting wool”.

Take a look at the photographs below for an insight into Southbourne as the 30s ended and the 1940s began.