The wife wants a child, The wife wants a child, Eee, Aye, Addio, The wife wants a child.* [Etc] In the last twenty years or so, however, the phrase "the farmer wants a wife" has come to be synonymous with the single farmer's quest to find a like-minded partner who understands the farming way of life and spawned a reality TV series developed by Freemantle Media which premiered in the UK on ITV back in 2001 and, more recently, on Channel Five in 2009.
For six months, I called long distance and drove back roads to talk to farmers and ranchers about dating and marriage. In some of the comments after the article, a few women were talking about how farmers are usually meat and potatoes guys and won't challenge them in the kitchen. (Here is another one where I literally laughed out loud. Some will view you as an equal partner in the relationship where you will be working just as hard. There IS something sexy about working the land and cultivating plants, I mean Kenny Chesney even sings about how she finds his tractor sexy... Instead he brings home "the bread" in another sense so that we can live a comfortable life. Being someone who moved because I fell in love with a farmer, it's a hard sacrifice to give up your life where you are now and move because the farmer you are dating is rooted where he is. Of course, it can end up being a blessing in disguise, but it doesn't take away the fact it is tough. Cooking for a farmer during harvest season will challenge your creativity in the kitchen.When a friend of mine moved to a rural part of California, she called her new home “BYOB” or “Bring Your Own Boyfriend.” “The pickings out here are slim,” she said.The problem with this advice was that my dater’s luck in the city hadn’t been so great either.