Now, although I say this is a farm shop there are no 'gifts' - farm related or otherwise, no 'traditional' biscuits on sale, no toys, books, greetings cards, cane or wicker items - in fact, do you know - no, I'll tell you. They only have meat that they rear themselves, which goes to a local abbattoir, and then comes back onto the farm to be butchered. They have local cheeses, eggs, bread, cakes and preserves. They don't have a cafe - or tea room but if you are desperate you can make a drink from the machine in the corner - bur I don't as there aren't any toilets.
What they do have, is friendly, knowledgeable service by around 8-10 butchers, every kind of cut of meat you could want and quite a lot that you didn't know anything about. They add the purchases up by hand written into an old-fashioned invoice book, but do give a nod to the modern world by accepting cards. Oh, and they are on Twitter - and have a website. Please, please don't go and search out Blackberry Farm, Nr Nottingham or the queue will get even longer!
I am going to practice what I preach at my workshops - I am taking a small basket of home-made goodies, knowing that they will appreciate that more than a bottle of wine and flowers from the supermarket. I have made some Lemon Curd this afternoon and put it in a pretty glass dish that I bought at our local charity shop. I collect these for this purpose - so much nicer than a jar and the recipient gets to keep the dish as well! There is a bottle of my home-made, legendary Limoncello, some flowers from the garden and six new-laid eggs from The Chix in our new 'Cluckingham Palace' boxes - which I know Susan will love. Just a little effort and not much cost makes a truly special gift.
P.S I forgot to say - Trevor did cut the lawn!