Most people describing a farmer would most likely go along the lines of the rather annoying stereotypes of pitchforks, overalls, old trucks and the “Old Mr. McDonald” picture that lots of people have registered in their heads.
What most people conveniently forget is that lots of farmers go beyond these stereotypes and are quite amazing when you get to know them. If you have feelings for a farmer, one that could lead to something serious, here are 10 things you must know before dating a farmer.
1. A farmer’s farm is always his or her first priority – not you!
To a farmer, the farm is more than just acres of land; it’s the very air they breathe. Before dating a farmer, you must be prepared to accept that a pregnant goat might come before you – a lot of times.
2. The possibility of dinner dates depend on the season and may have to be postponed and then postponed yet again because your farmer would most likely be working from sunrise to sunset.
3. Before dating a farmer, it is important that you prepare yourself to be open-minded and supportive even when you are “ignored”. There are times when your farmer would be so busy working all day and most nights such as hay, planting and harvest seasons. It is at times like this that you need to ease – not compound his or her stress.
4. Plans would change and then change again. Dating a farmer is quite different from dating someone with a 9-5 job. Farming is a 24-hour a day, 7 days a week job.
If an animal gets sick or a tractor breaks down, or a fence suddenly needs fixing, the farm comes first.
5. Sometimes a couple’s night out in the town may happen a lot later than what you are used to. While most couples would go out to dinner or movie dates sometime around 5:30 or 6:00, dinner dates or even holiday celebrations when dating a farmer begins after chores.
6. Get ready to accept cutting wood, hauling hay, riding around in the truck to check and perhaps milk cows as an ideal date situation. These may not exactly come off to you as a date but hey that’s the closest anyone can be with a farmer.
7. How much about the weather, livestock, tractors and market prices do you know?
When you get into farmer dating, there are topics you would have to get used to talking about.
8. Here are a few random tips to get on the good side of your typical farmer (this is perhaps the only real stereotype).
Never bash your farmer’s truck or any truck whatsoever – it could be their dream truck.
There’s usually a dog that has been on the farm longer than you have – don’t get jealous.
Your farmer might get to a party or date late and the excuse would be “I was helping a neighbor out”.
You would get used to the smell of animal poop – you have to!
9. Most farms are passed down through generations and as a result, are family owned and run. When dating a farmer, you have to learn to get along with your farmer’s family. In fact, chances are, your first date might be at the farm – with his father, uncle, and his dog Sparky.
10. Farming is not a profession for the faint of heart and if you are going to date someone who lives to serve others, then you need to be understanding and patient.
Although farmer dating may seem very challenging, if you are able to get with the lifestyle, and be supportive, you would be doing the world a favor.
This would sound cliche’, but it is very true that farmers provide the food that we all need – and if you treat them right, we get to have more apples.