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The latest blog updates from Southbourne Farm Shop

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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.


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


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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Introducing our newest loaf!

We are very excited to announce that (after much public demand!) we are now able to offer a loaf that does not contain gluten in the recipe, handmade in our artisan bakery on-site. Our hearty flavoursome new loaf is made with a blend of three gluten-free flours and a healthy five-seed mix. This delicious offering will be available to buy on Fridays and Saturdays, alongside our usual range of handmade artisan bread.

Please note: The flours used in this product do not contain gluten. However, this bread is made in a bakery where we also use ingredients containing gluten.


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Gift hampers

The trickiest aspect of Christmas c20161118_135948an often be trying to think of Christmas gifts for everybody, but it’s pretty safe to say you can’t go wrong with a hamper filled with tasty things to eat.

Southbourne Farm Shop is here to the rescue, because we can put a hamper together at a price to suit your requirements, and you can even request a themed hamper, such as one with a mixture of sweet and savoury produce, or gluten free products, or even one filled with the most Christmassy -looking produce we can find on our shelves!

We have ready-made hampers available to buy in the shop, but if you would like hamper put together for you to collect, just let us know by email, phone, or in person and we can create an edible masterpiece. (Apart from the packaging. Don’t eat the packaging.)

Hampers need to be ordered by Friday 16th December, if you would like it in time for Christmas.

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An American treat, Anadama Bread

Our baker has put his handmade bread-making skills to use today on a new loaf, Anadama. It’s a light slightly-sweet American bread made with polenta, white wheat flour, dark brown sugar and a little butter. Very tasty eaten as it is, or lightly toasted (delicious with Marmite!).

There are conflicting stories on the origin of the name Anadama, but one suggestion is that a man from Rockport, Massachusetts was very upset with his wife for not only leaving him but also for leaving him with only a pot of cornmeal and some molasses to eat. In anger, he threw the two ingredients together with some yeast and flour while muttering to himself, “Anna, damn er!”.

So we’ve got his wife to thank for the Anadama recipe.

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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.