The Bankhead Farm Shop is popular with men according to the owner, Nancy Wishart. There’s no cafe, no gift shop and no supermarket crowds and no temptation for impulse buys, so, as Nancy points out, ‘you can’t overspend’. That’s because Bankhead, near the villages of Crombie and Cairneyhill in Fife, is very much a working farm, that just happens to have a shop, not a destination cafe or lifestyle shop selling candles, cushions and crafts. Instead, reasonable prices for the vegetables and fruit piled on a few old office desks in a giant barn that houses the hill of grain. Despite only opening in winter – the summer months are too busy running the farm – loyal locals return every November. Long before diversification was the buzzword in farming, Stewart Wishart’s grandparents used to travel to the local villages selling from a horse and cart. These days the distances are a bit longer; the couple travel to Glasgow fruit market for the fruit and more exotic vegetables such as the butternut squash but all the other vegetables are grown at Bankhead and the beef is reared on the farm.
Shop open from Thursday 5 November 2015. Bankhead Farm, near Crombie and Cairneyhill, KY12 8NB Telephone: 01383 880 006