Emma McCormack, a final-year Agriculture student lists the top 7 places to take a farmer on a date.
Everyone knows that farmers are flat out. Sure they haven’t got time to bless themselves (that’s what we will tell you anyways!).
Farmers will never tell you how much money they’re making, so you needn’t bother asking at all. We are a funny breed, really.
Sometimes, when the jobs are done and the cattle have been fed, there is time for a date. A bit of romance and an opportunity to look for someone who might be handy around the place, to open gates or stand in a gap. Finding a wife, or a husband is not easy at all when you’re busy.
I’ve been chatting this past week, with a lot of people in the farming industry and some who have managed to get dragged into it in the name of love!
I have done a solid favour for any farmer; young or old, searching for love and I’ve compiled a list of the ideal date ideas. All you have to now is get out of the tractor and make the phone call…
So, where are the best places a farmer can be whisked away on a date, to be properly impressed? Listen up, you might thank me later!
Top 7 most popular date ideas for Irish farmers looking for love;
Coming in at number 7, there is plenty to be said for being taken on a classic day trip to a good Agricultural show. Tullamore Show is always a popular choice, and according to the farmers themselves, there is nothing quite like wandering about together on a sunny Sunday morning, enjoying the livestock on show, grabbing a so-called Black Aberdeen Angus burger and a few chips, with good company by your side.
There are always plenty of things to splash out on, should you want to treat your date – a shiny, new pair of wellies or a crisp, fresh Schoffel jacket would go down very well! She might give you a hand with the herding on the way home if all goes well...
Being invited over for “The Spuds”
Close behind, at number 6, we have the solid, reliable date - being invited over for “The Spuds”.
Believe it or not, single farmers would much prefer being treated to a home-cooked meal, rather than being brought out to a fancy restaurant for dinner.
There are many potential reasons for this – they would prefer to come to your house because they can wear their farming clothes and not be judged for bringing the light aroma of cow dung along with them. Whether their date accepts this or not, will let them know very quickly if it is meant to be or not.
Also, wanting to have the spuds cooked for them, maybe a clever way of figuring out if their date will make a decent farmers wife (or husband!). Sure if you can’t cook the spuds, there won’t be much hope for you….
At number 5 – the good old milking parlour date. It doesn’t surprise me that this was a big hit when I asked what the ideal farming date was.
Not only will it be a romantic date, but it means a quicker milking for the farmer if you’ll cup a few cows for him/her. Show some skills in this area, and you will most certainly be asked on a second date!
Being the one invited in to accompany the farmer milking their cows, you’ll surely know that this is a big deal. If he is introducing you to the main women in his life – you’re in with a good chance.
Don’t be mistaken though – these ladies will always come first, no matter how good of a cup of tea you can make!
One for the younger generation for sure, at number 4. If you know, you know, and that is all I’ll say. A date out on the town to Ryan’s Pub, a neighbour to the well-known Copper Face Jacks nightclub in Dublin, home to the farmers of UCD and further afield, Ryan’s is often a big hit with farmers today.
A great atmosphere and absolutely teeming with fellow young farmers, it’s the ideal spot to go on a date; for a few drinks and a chat about farming (they will probably just quiz you on how many acres you have – a very personal question that few will answer on a first, second or even third date!!)
The only thing to beware of in Ryan’s though is the fact that competition is everywhere, and your date might take a likening to someone else and leave you hanging. Maybe this isn’t the best place for a first date!
Nearing the top of the list with Irish farmers who know what they want in a good date, the Annual Ploughing Championships.
As many know, this is a very big deal for farmers. The Ploughing is Europe’s largest outdoor event and it has been a reliable location for many farmers to head off on a date to with that someone special, for many years now.
It is also a grand place to meet a potential wife, or husband if you’re the friendly sort.
You’ll be able to tell an awful lot by what Tractor stands you see them slowing down to look at.
The Ploughing has something for everyone, and farmers enjoy nothing more than that annual early rise to beat the traffic and get to the Ploughing to grab a map and walk each row with a good accomplice by their side.
Whether they can keep up with you will disclose clearly, whether they are going to be any use for running after sheep or cattle – so with this date choice you’re killing two birds with one stone really!
In a very close second place, the farmers have spoken and I cannot help but agree that one solid date in this industry is being taken at silage.
Grass season seems to take forever to arrive, and when it does, it is mayhem for the drivers and the lads on the pit. If you’re asked along as Co-Pilot for the day, you know it’s serious.
Of course, you’ll have to message ahead and see what sort of a tractor they’re driving for the day. You show you wouldn’t be seen dead in it if it was a Deutz!
If they’re in the one with the broken wing mirrors with no air con, it may sadly be a reflection of their driving skills. Really though, who doesn’t love a good summers day, beacons fully lit, silage tunes belting out of the tractor speakers and a grand date beside you.
If he lets you drive for a load, it may be worth making yourself available for a second date – he’s a keeper!
Ah, the number 1 date for an Irish farmer – you may or may not have guessed it. Votes for this choice were miles ahead of the rest, which didn’t surprise me in the least.
A good old trip to the mart – you could not beat it with a stick and that is a fact.
If she can sell the lambs for more than you thought you’d get yourself, put a ring on it. Not on the lamb's tail, but on her finger. To be frank, the mart simply doesn’t disappoint.
A place full of like-minded people - buying; selling and haggling for hours, all telling you they’re making no money at this farming business, and yet you couldn’t take them away from it for love nor money.
Bring himself or herself along to the mart with you some evening, when you have cows milked and the jobs completed. Not only will you be able to see whether they have an eye for stock at all, you’ll most likely give the farmers in attendance something to talk about!
All jokes aside if a date to the mart and a cup of tea and a cream bun in the canteen doesn’t go down well – you may go back to the drawing board. Make sure you clean out the jeep and give it a wash before you pick your date up though – they’ll want to arrive in style.
There you have it folks, a bit of craic and a few tips, compiled with the help of farmers themselves. You know yourself, farmers know everything, so it is all solid advice here!
One last word of advice – whatever you do, do not, under any circumstances, bring your date out picking stones, or to the bog - his will definitely scare them away and you’ll be left not only to foot the turf yourself, but to cook the Spuds too!
Hope you’ve enjoyed this lighter article and thanks to everyone who gave their opinions and helped to put it all together!