Friday, April 28, 2017

Meet Carl and Ellen... a whirlwind romance

Here are FarmersOnly.com, we love hearing your Success Stories. Carl and Ellen's first date was in March and they got married in April.

Ellen sent us a note about their love story.

I thought Carl's black and white photo stood out, but his smile was what caught my eye. He joined February 28, we texted on March 2, and our first lunch was on March 4. We had two dates and I got scared. It hit me so hard, like never before. I told him I needed a break and cried for two days. I texted him back saying I was sorry for being scared and that if he's willing to try again, I'm ready! We've been together every day since then. He proposed April 14, and we married April 17. Yes! This year! That fast! It's like our bond is so strong, it hurts when we're apart. Our "wedding" is next April, 2018, we will renew our vows in front of our families. He lives in north Scottsdale and I'm in south Chandler. Our paths never would have crossed if it wasn't for FarmersOnly. I haven't been so happy in years.

What did you do on your first date?
We went to lunch at an Irish pub - The Thirty Lion.

When did you know when he was the one?
Halfway through our first date, I was so comfortable with him, my first thought was "I don't want him to leave, I want to snuggle in his arms..." that's when I knew.

What is your favorite thing about him?
He treats me so kind and is always checking on me, making sure I'm okay. He treats me like a princess, and I love that he loves me so much.






Friday, April 21, 2017

Meet Sydney and Nathan

Here at FarmersOnly.com, we love hearing your Success Stories. Sydney and Nathan got engaged in November, 2016 and are planning for their 2018 wedding.

In September, 2015, Sydney saw Nathan's profile, liked his profile and sent him a message. A few days later, Nathan liked Sydney's profile and messaged her back. They messaged each other everyday for over a month. In October, they finally met face to face for the first date. We got the chance to catch up with Sydney and learn more about them.

What did you guys do on your first date?
I was home on fall break, and we decided to finally meet and have our first date. We met at Texas Roadhouse, talked for hours, then headed to a bowling alley for a little competition. I won fair and square but Nathan would said he let me win. The whole time I wanted Nathan to kiss me goodnight. I settled for him asking me on a second date.

The second date, I drove to Rankin, Illinois to meet Nathan at work. At the time he was working for a farmer. I climbed up in the tractor and sat with Nathan as he worked. I had a chance to learn to drive the tractor! The second date did end with a kiss.

When did y'all move in together?
Nathan was living in Illinois with his lease on his apartment ending before the New Year. He decided to move closer to me. He packed up his belongings, rented an apartment in Wisconsin and was ten minutes away from my school apartment. I found myself living at Nathan's apartment instead of mine. In May of 2016, we finally moved in together.

How did Nathan propose? 
A few weeks before our 1 year anniversary, I asked Nathan what he wanted to do for the anniversary, his response is "I am busy, I am meeting your parents for lunch, you are not allowed to come with." I knew that something was up when he told me I couldn't have lunch with my parents. A week later Nathan asked me what I was doing over the next weekend. I didn't have any plans, so he told me he wanted to go to Illinois for the weekend.

We drove to Illinois and stayed at my parent's house. The morning of our engagement, I was determined to go get a new phone. I was at Best Buy when they opened and got myself a new phone. When I got back home, Nathan was dressed in a blue button down dress shirt and told me to get in the truck, because we had places to go. Nathan drove me to Perry Farm, where we met up with Dawn and Craig (Nathan's parents) who were in town from Texas. We all start walking down the trail. I noticed Nathan was walking behind me instead of next to me like he always does. I always walk fast, so I was five feet in front of him. I heard Nathan call my name, and I turned around and he is down on one knee. He asked me to be his wife, and of course I said YES.

What's next?
Our wedding is planned for June 9, 2018!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Meet Cindy + Fritz

Cindy and Fritz met on FarmersOnly.com in April 2016 and got married in February 2017.

"My husband and I met on FarmersOnly.com. He contacted me, I looked at his photo and really liked what I saw. People ask me, what made you go on FarmersOnly.com? I flat out tell them, I was looking for a real guy, I was tired of all the other ones that were out there, and I found him on FarmersOnly.com."

Thursday, April 13, 2017

He risked it and brought 12 long neck Coors Lite bottles, instead of a dozen roses...

Here at FarmersOnly.com, we love hearing your Success Stories. Heather sent us the sweetest "long neck bottles instead of roses" love story... and these two just got engaged this past November!

It's a North meets South love story! I met Jason on FarmersOnly in 2015. I liked his picture first, but he took the first step and sent the first message. It didn't take long for Jason and I to be ready to meet for the first time. My momma always told me that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, so of course I invited him down for dinner. He lived in New Jersey and I lived in Maryland. Everyone always said "when you know, you'll know..." and I just knew with Jason. He makes me a better person and at the same time, I know it's okay to just be myself with him. He completely surprised me in November by asking me to marry him!! We are so happy to plan our Tennessee wedding (in Jonesborough, since that's close to halfway between our families. Well, I'm excited and happy to plan it, and Jason... well, he just wants me to be happy, so he's going along with everything I ask! Thank you FarmersOnly. You brought me hope and love and you brought me my Jason. I can't ever tell you how much I appreciate the help in finding my heart.

What towns are y'all from in Maryland and New Jersey?
Jason was from New Egypt, NJ and I am from Galena, MD, which is where we both live now, along with Jason's three labs.

What did you do on your first date?
On our first date, I had Jason come down to my house and I cooked support for him! I was a little nervous and I just kept cooking more and more food. When he got to the house he walked in with a dozen Coors Lite (instead of a dozen roses), walked up and gave me a quick kiss, and stole my heart right then and there. It still makes me laugh to tell the story.

When did you know that he was the one?
Our first Christmas together. I was visiting Jason in New Jersey and, as always, I was cold and asked him to build me a fire. He was so eager to please me that he built the hottest and biggest fire ever! It was so hot in the house that we opened all the windows and turned the fans on. And Jason, who stays warm all the time, is sitting there sweating and just melting. And it was right then that I knew he was the one for me. My heart melted... as he was melting!

What is your favorite thing about him?
My favorite thing about Jason is that he can make me laugh. He tries so hard to make me happy and keep me smiling every day. We can laugh together and support each other and he really is the love I've waited my whole life for.





Thursday, April 6, 2017

He had never dated anyone without kids, but he gave her a chance...

Here at FarmersOnly.com, we love hearing your Success Stories. Christina sent us the best love story, just a few weeks after their one year anniversary in February. 


After having tried a couple online dating sites, I was dumbfounded at how I was treated. Men were rude, they would "yell" at me over the site if I didn't respond, they would call me horrible names, etc. Needless to say, I was done with dating for a while. One Friday night in late November 2014 I was at home watching TV and one of your commercials came on. I don't know why but I felt drawn to sign up right then and there. I signed up for a month to try it out. I talked to some nice people but no one I ever met up with. About 2 weeks in, Dustin contacted me and we hit it off! I was finally starting to feel some encouragement! I have no children but he has 3. Dustin never dated anyone without kids but for some reason, he wanted to give me a chance. I am so glad he did! We accent each other. My strengths are his weaknesses and vice versa. He is the most amazing man I have ever known. We are certainly soulmates. We don't know how we made it this far without each other. We were married on February 25, 2016 and we just celebrated our first anniversary! We are excited to see what the future holds. You don't find love like this very often. Thank you, Farmers Only!

What towns are y'all from?
Both of us lived in the metro Phoenix area when we met. He is originally from Philomath, Oregon and my hometown is Johnson City, Tennessee. 

What did you do on your first date?
We met at an Italian restaurant for lunch... it was very casual to minimize any "pressure". He was so adorable, showing up in his cowboy hat and boots.


When did you know that he was the one?
I knew he was special around the second week of dating. But around month four, there was no doubt that we were going to be more. I put this poor guy through the wringer... I had to make sure he could handle me. He was so eager to show me what he had to offer and that he wasn't like "every other guy" out there.

What is your favorite thing about him?
Everything! He is my soulmate. He is the most caring, kind-hearted, selfless, genuine, and thoughtful man I have ever met. I don't think I could pick just one favorite thing about him. 

Congratulations on your love Dustin and Christina! We wish you all the best in the future!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

This Doctor met the man of her dreams in a little country town...

Here at FarmersOnly.com, we love hearing your Success Stories. We got a great one from Alyssa a few weeks ago and we're so excited to share it with you. 

I was lucky enough to meet my now husband, on FarmersOnly. I'm far from being a farmer but came from a small country town. I know the value of Southern guys after dating so many "metro" guys! I am a doctor and ended up moving back to my small town. My best friend and I decided to each pick a dating site for one month and see how it goes. She picked Match.com and I picked FarmersOnly.com, which she teased me about. The last week of my month membership, Shane messaged me. We both thought the other looked familiar but knew we had never met. Once we exchanged last names we realized I grew up with his younger brother but had never met him! He too was on his last week of his month membership. We met for a date one week later... and have been together every night since. Two years later, and a beautiful wedding, I am the proud wife of my handsome Southern man!! I have never been happier and thought for sure my man was not in this little country town! Boy was I wrong! Thank you FarmersOnly!

What towns/states are y'all from?
We are both from Dade City, Florida. 

What did you do on your first date?
Our first date he took me to a lovely quiet restaurant so we could talk and really get to know one another. He brought me the biggest bouquet of flowers, and we sat and talked for hours, like no one else existed in the restaurant. 

When did you know that he was the one?
About a week into seeing one another everyday and talking on the phone when we weren't together, we both told the other that this may sound insane, it may be 6-7 days after meeting, and I hope this doesn't scare you; BUT you and I are meant for one another! Lol. Thank God we both felt the exact same way so soon. 


What is your favorite thing about him?
Goodness, it is so hard to pick just ONE thing I love about Shane. I guess I would say that one of the main things I love about him is that I now have a feeling of absolute joy and fullness that I've never felt before. His love for me, and how he shows it everyday is an absolute blessing for my heart and my soul. 

Congratulations on your love Alyssa and Shane! We wish you all the best in the future!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

She joined FarmersOnly.com and his first email changed her life!

Here at FarmersOnly.com, we love hearing your Success Stories. We got a great one from Penny a few weeks ago and we're so excited to share it with you. Here's Penny and Steven's story, in Penny's words:

I met someone very special on Farmers Only. In fact I had used other sites for over 3 years; and none of them come close to the options your site has. After all these years and struggles I found the man of a lifetime. This is a fairytale come true. Please accept my gratitude for your site and I hope others out there can find what you have brought into my life.

Steven and I talked for two weeks before we met. On our first date, Steven flew from his home in Georgia to my home in Ohio, to meet me for the first time. It was Christmas night. We stayed up all night talking. The next day I showed him all around Ohio and Lake Erie. We cherished every minute of that trip and not a second of it was dull.

My favorite thing about Steven is that he is a genuinely good person. There is nothing fake about him! I knew he was the one from the very first message that he sent me. We are so much alike and are going strong and planning a life together.

See more of their story in their YouTube video

Congratulations on your love Penny and Seven! We wish you all the best in the future!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ashley and Steve met on FarmersOnly.com in 2009, and they're getting hitched in October!

Steve (New Richmond, Wisconsin) and Ashley (Lake City, Minnesota) met January 1st, 2009 through FarmersOnly.com. 

Ashley sent us the sweetest note about how her and Steve started talking and how their relationship progressed -  He sent me a message on FarmersOnly.com.  He didn't have much for a profile and no pictures.  We talked for two weeks on the site and then we exchanged emails and talked for another two weeks. Finally, after a month of talking online, we exchanged phone numbers.... we talked and texted a lot. We lived about an hour and 10 minutes from each other. He lives on his family dairy farm. I was living on my mom and step dad's hog and crop farm. 

February 12th, 2009 he showed up at my work, I worked at a convenience store at the time. Mind you I did not know what he looked like and we have been talking for a month and half at this point. You know your customers and regulars very well. I looked up as I was doing inventory counts and I knew it was him. Nervous as one can be to meet this guy. I was in the middle of counts and my shift was almost done...  I was doing my best to keep count and talk to him.  He said "well, now that you know what I look like would like to go out with me on Valentine's Day?" I said "yes, I would love to go out with you".  He got me 24 long stem white and pink roses.  

I was so nervous being with him and giving him my all. I had been single a year from a very damaging relationship. Took me a few dates, weeks and months to begin go trust him and see the love he had for me.  

First date February 14th, 2009
We moved to the family farm March of 2011
We got engaged November 18th, 2016
Will be getting married October 21st, 2017


What did you do on your first date?
We had a simple first date.  We ate at Perkins in Red Wing, MN and many more after that.

When did you know that he was the one?
I fell in love with from the inside out.  We were together about a month.  I lost my uncle unexpectedly.  He drove an hour and 10 mom south after milking cows and doing his chores to hug me and say I am sorry for you losing your uncle and I love you so much hun.  It was the first time he had said I love you and I knew he meant it.  I could see it in his eyes that he loved me.

What is your favorite thing about him?
I love his soul, his love for animals, his corky grin, his love for his family, his love for me, his love for the family, his farm, I could go on.  I love how he looks at me and I can see he loves me through and through.  I wouldn't trade it for the world. 

Congratulations on your love Ashley and Steve! We wish you all the best in the future!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Meet Weldon and Leah | His country ways won her over

Weldon and Leah, from South Carolina, met on FarmersOnly.com four years ago... they actually just celebrated that four year anniversary on February 9 this year!  They've also been married for more than two years.

Where are y'all from?
I lived in Travelers Rest, South Carolina and he lived in Easley, South Carolina, about 25 miles apart. We now both live in Easley. I moved my donkey and everything else here.

What did you do on your first date?
We went to IHOP, neither of us are fancy. We sat there for around three hours talking and then he took me back to my car where I met him at and said "will ya go out with me again?" I couldn't resist his country charm.

When did you know that he was the one?
I knew on our first date. He sat across the table from me and his dad had died 13 months earlier and when he mentioned that, I saw a tear roll down his face. I knew he was a good man.

What is your favorite thing about him?
His country ways. We are both simple people, happy with gardening, tending to animals, and just holding hands, checking out projects on the farm. But the song "you think my tractor's sexy" was written for him. I tell him he is sexy on his tractor. We are 55 and 50 years old and I'm so glad to be married to my best friend and I can't thank Farmers Only enough.

One more thing, March 2015, my mom passed away. She was so special to me. We had no warning, she was just gone. The day of her funeral, I sat on the the edge of our bed and said to Weldon "I don't know where I'm supposed to be, at what time." He said, "baby, hold my hand and I will take you." So my most favorite thing about my husband is his heart. Thank you Farmers Only.

Congratulations on your love Weldon and Leah! We wish you all the best in the future!






Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Meet Andrea and Joey, a love we could talk about for days...


Andrea and Joey live in Tucson, AZ. He lived inGilbert, AZ before moving in with Andrea shortly after they stared dating... which is not in Andrea's character and really shocked her family but they knew it had to be serious for her to want him to live with her and her boys. 
We could have talked with Andrea for days about how much her and Joey loved each other.

My favorite thing about him is hard to pinpoint. He is my favorite, but his smile lights up a room and he always makes me laugh! He treats me like a princess but insists that I treat him better! He is kind, unconditionally loving, positive, a real man, and such a gentleman! Our love is perfect! He is every prayer and dream come true. Our six boys are blessed to have us as their parents and be exposed to what love and relationships should be.

Our first date lasted four days. We talked a lot, as we'd done fine we first started. All day, either texting or on the phone. We also went to dinner the first night, I went to work with him on Monday, met one of his best friends and then he met my parents! It was a very eventful four days and we have been inseparable ever since. 

We talked on the phone for 2 weeks before we could meet. He was stuck in Monument, Colorado due to weather. Two days before we met in person he told me he was falling in love with me and I felt the same way. It was crazy to me how I could have all these feelings and not even touched him. I remember talking my mom and thinking, "how could I love someone I've never met." Well sparks flew when we did meet and it's been amazing ever since.









Thursday, February 16, 2017

Farmers Only, an old Appaloosa and a double dog dare...

Dear Farmers Only
My name is Patrick Smith and I want to tell you how I met the love of my life on Farmers Only.
In March of 2015, I was living in Sterling, Virginia having separated from my wife of 25 years. I had left my farm in Gettysburg, PA and was living in corporate housing which I shared with co-workers. Life in a townhouse was far different than life at the farm. Without the daily chores of feeding horses, mending fences and repairing everything from plumbing to shelters, I had plenty of time on my hands. 
One evening as I sat watching TV and surfing the internet, I saw an ad for Farmers Only. Online dating is not the sort thing that I would normally get involved with, but I was bored and newly single and I figured what the hell. 
I opened up an account, wrote a profile and attached a picture of myself with one of my horses, an old Appaloosa named Scout. I set my search for northern Virginia and started to browse through the results. I found several women that seemed to have similar interests in horses and over the course of the next few weeks exchanged a few emails with a couple. While we discussed the possibility of meeting over coffee, it never came to pass with our busy schedules.
Meanwhile, 183 miles away Lori Baldwin sat with her teenage daughter watching TV. Lori was a single mom, divorced and raising her daughter in rural Pennsylvania. Her job as a registered nurse kept her very buy, but she spent every minute she could with her daughter Brandy.  As the two watched TV one evening, an ad for Farmers Only came up. They had a laugh over the idea of the service, not giving it any serious thought.
Lori’s life was hectic, filled with the demands of her job and her efforts to give her daughter a full life with a loving parent. It did not leave her much time for herself and although she had dated, she had not found someone worth sharing her life with. But she and her daughter had a wonderful relationship as well as a friendship. They often acted more like sisters, hunting, playing sports and horseback riding together whenever possible.
On this night as they watched the ad for Farmers Only, Brandy jokingly told her mom that she should sign up. Lori wasn’t interested but the jokes turned to dares and finally to the serious “double dog dare”. That was all she wrote. Before long, Lori had signed up and she and Brandy put together a profile for her.
As I said, Lori and Brandy had a special relationship that included a tradition of practical jokes played upon each other and anyone in range. Brandy managed to get into her mom’s account and “liked” a series of men that she knew her mom would have nothing in common with. Lori is an attractive woman and was bombarded by messages from men who she would not ever have wanted to date, but still the overall experience with Farmers provided entertainment and some new friendships with her own contacts.
Weeks went by and one evening as Lori browsed her search results she came across a photo. Her eye was immediately drawn to the photo, he was damn handsome! I am of course talking about Scout, my horse. She did manage to get past his picture and noticed that he was indeed standing with a man. After reading my profile, she decided that I was a bit arrogant but hey, that horse right?
I saw Lori’s picture and was immediately captivated by the smile of this beautiful young woman. I knew that there was no real hope here, after all she was ten years younger and 183 miles away. However, I could not get her out of my mind and finally sent a simple message to her stating that it figured that I would leave Pennsylvania only to see someone so lovely back there.  
Before you knew it we were texting back and forth, then emailing and then finally came the phone call. Everything seemed so easy, we talked like old friends, discussing everything from horses and our children to politics and religion.
It did not take very long before I received a call from Lori. She was coming down to Sterling, she wanted to meet face to face. I reserved her a room at a local hotel, so that she would have her own place and we arranged a date. It seemed a little crazy, but it just seemed right.
I arrived at the hotel to pick her up for our date. I knocked at the door, staving off the fears of some catfish event. When the door opened, I was relieved to see the same beautiful smile and was overcome with relief. I asked her if she was ready to go and we were off.
Now for Lori, this whole trip had been a little hectic. Beyond the drive across three states, she had to battle the comments from her mother, who was sure that she was being lured away into some human trafficking scheme. As she drove down, the excitement was tempered by her own concern that she may end up as a special on cable TV. “Whatever happened to Lori Baldwin?”
Our first date was fun and relaxed. We went to the air and space museum, rode in a flight simulator, had a nice dinner and wrapped things up with a walk in the park. Things went so well that Lori decided to stay another night. 
I arrived the next evening after work to pick her up for our next date. I climbed the stairs up to the second story where her room was and as I turned the corner, she jumped out yelling “Gotcha!”. I did explain about the practical joking. She laughed, I laughed …….once my heart started beating again. At this point, she figured that I was fun and I knew that she was crazy! It was a perfect match.
The following months were spent trying to spend time together between our busy schedules. We would trade off travelling, her visiting me in Sterling and me visiting her in PA. She introduced me to her daughter and the two of us took to each other quickly, sharing interests in music and books, as well as hunting and cars.
This Summer, Lori took the leap and found work down here in Virginia. We moved in together, along with her daughter far from the city. We both commute daily, but still live in the country where the horses are in the back yard, hunting is nearby and we have peace and quiet.
On November 19th, I had the happiest day of my life. I married the love of my life. She is my best friend, my partner in crime and the best thing that ever happened to me. All because of Farmers Only, an old Appaloosa and a double dog dare.

Patrick and Lori Smith





Sunday, February 12, 2017

Five Must-Know Tips for Dating a Farmer

You already know that farmers are a special breed of people. Why else would you be looking for love on FarmersOnly.com? Dating a “farm boy” or “farmgirl” (as we like to call them on FarmersOnly) is not just about blue skies and green pastures. Says Jerry Miller, founder of FarmersOnly.com, “Remember, farmers clean up well because, let’s face it, they have to get dirty.” So here are a few tips for dating farmers, and for meeting great people on FarmersOnly.com.

Tip #1 - Farming is a farmer’s #1 priority.
Farming isn’t just a job. It’s a way of life. Farmers work long hours, and calves and crops can’t wait. Gotta make hay while the sun shines, right? It’s often physically hard work, and it can be mentally draining. But at the end of a hard day’s work, there is nothing like seeing a wobbly colt take his first steps to his momma, those little month-old calves running around and kicking up their heels, or all those hay bales neatly stacked up and ready to keep your herd during the winter months. So approach the farming lifestyle with a lot of open-mindedness. Don’t judge anyone or anything too quickly. It’s not all fun and games, but it’s very fulfilling. If you’re patient, there is always a lot to appreciate, and a lot to talk about.

Tip #2 - Plans Change. So roll with it!
Because the work never ends, and farming requires a variety of tools and tricks of the trade, chances are that something is breaking down, getting stuck in the field, or getting sick pretty much every day.  Just when you think it’s time to meet for a dinner date, someone may have to turn around and head back to the farm. So make the most of it. Pack up the food and wine and enjoy it in the barn later, if you have to. The good news is there is always a quiet nook, a romantic view of the sky, and the sound of mother nature around every corner. Expect the unexpected, and try to marvel at it.

Tip #3 - Roots and Root Cellars.
Farming is about family and roots. Most farmers are part of a family business. There will be moms, dads, aunts, brothers and sisters...you name it. So be warm and gracious to the family you meet, since you won’t just be seeing them at Christmas. Similarly, if your farm boy or farmgirl lives in the house that grandpa built, expect the farm to be full of family history. Be open to learning and even embracing the history that’s part of his/her life. If you approach family and family history with a sense of curiosity, you’re likely to learn a lot and have a great time.

#4 Tip - Be You or Be Through!
A lot of farmers are experts in bullsh*t. Remember, they either smell it often, sell it often, or do both! Similarly, many can sense shenanigans from a mile away, whether dating-related or otherwise. In other words, there’s no sense in pretending to be anything other than who you really are.  Heck, get on out of your box, and be fearless and courageous about sharing your true quirks, colors, and charisma. That’s not only the best way to get a farmer’s attention. It’s the only way to keep it.

#5 Tip - Figure out where the wind blows
Farmers are probably not adept at the conversation topics you might be used to. If you’re talking about the Northwest, you ought to be talking about a place on a map, and not Kanye and Kim’s daughter. Don’t assume that the farmer you’re dating knows a lot about or necessarily cares much for the kinds of pop culture topics we’re often consumed by on either coast of the country.

Want a great conversation with a farmer?  Here’s an easy tip: Learn about the weather! It’s not just polite small talk in a farmer’s life. It’s the difference between rags and riches, life and death. Everything hinges on just the right amount of rain (too much or too little can be disastrous), on just the right amount of heat and cold, and most importantly, on being prepared for whatever is coming your way. Want to make a great impression? learn a little about barometric pressure, cumulonimbus clouds, and Doppler radar. Don’t overdo it. Just show interest and awareness. Then you’ll find that you can always keep the breeze at your back.

If our FarmersOnly.com tips all sound a bit daunting, just think of the rewards: There’s the warmth of extended family around the dinner table after a successful harvest.  Or you and yours, faces to the setting sun, crops stretched out before you.  Farmers are fiercely loyal and this lifestyle that’s becoming more and more rare is a blessing bigger than the starry midnight sky you’ll enjoy from your front porch, farm boy or farmgirl by your side forever.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New Relationship? What to buy for Valentine’s Day!


Love is in the air! If you’ve been using an online dating site like FarmersOnly and recently made a great, new connection, perhaps you may have just found “the one!”...maybe. The challenge? You’ve got to find something to give him/her for Valentine’s Day.


If you’re newly in a dating relationship, the dilemma you face on Valentine’s Day is a common one: Give too much, and you might throw up the wrong signal, sending them on a beeline for the door. Give too little, and you might send out a disappointing vibe.  You’re walking a tightrope over fresh manure! Right?


Here are some suggestions to help you make a great choice.


Suggestion #1: Show off your listening skills
You’ve been on a date or two, or more. What has your date told you that he/she really likes? What is important?  Is it a hobby, an interest in a book or movie series (Harry Potter, anyone?), a favorite food or purchase? A gift that’s perfect for any relationship is one that shows you’ve not only been listening, but also that you’re internalizing what you learn. For the Larry McMurty fan (the guy who wrote Lonesome Dove, you know him), for example, how about a special edition of “Streets of Laredo,” or even an autographed copy of one? For the cook or baker, we recommend a great cookbook with a personalized inscription that says, “I remember when you told me at dinner on our first date, how much you love fresh-baked bread. Check out page 122.  I hope you’ll share some with me. Happy Valentine’s 2017.” The person you are looking for is likely interested in something very unique. But you get the idea. Adapt our suggestions based on what you know.


Suggestion #2: Stay away from things that are too intimate
Lingerie, bed linens, sex toys - these are things that tend to send the wrong vibe early on in a meaningful relationship. There will be time for those things when you know each other better. If the relationship is new, save those things for the future. Find a gift that is fun to talk about with others, so you can share your great gift idea with your friends, and he/she can sing your praises, too.


Suggestion #3: Don’t be afraid to be resourceful, instead of lavish.


Here are some awesome Valentine’s Day gift hacks that will help you without breaking the bank:


  1. If you’re short on ideas, check out his/her Facebook page and other social media.  Chances are, they’ve posted a hint or clue about things they like: a favorite sports team, a concert they’ve attended (a lot of great country artists are touring this summer, who is comin’ to your area?), or a wish or dream that they shared. Use those clues to generate a short list of gift ideas.
  2. Create a homemade coupon book full of thoughtful experiences that are low cost. “A horseback ride to my favorite spot,” “I’ll make dinner for you,” or “A fishing trip and I’ll pack all the gear.”  Print them out on your computer.  Check out all these templates to make it super easy.
  3. Experiences are always more meaningful than gifts that fit in boxes, so think of things to do, instead of things to buy. Take a class together (cooking, line-dancing class, art, history, etc.). Make s’mores in a fire pit in the yard, like an impromptu camping trip. Or design your own tour around a fun neighborhood or town. Then turn your shared experiences into a tradition that you can relive for years to come.
  4. Revisit your childhood. The oldies are always still goodies: The local zoo. The Science Museum. A a tour around your grandparent’s homestead.  Finish it off with hamburgers and ice cream, just like you did when you were a kid.
  5. Board Games never fail for fun. Seriously. Buy an old favorite - Parchisi, Clue, Scrabble.  Purchase a classic version of the game and plan a night of fun competition with popcorn and cocktails.  Unsure about an old favorite?  Try BoardGameGeek.com for one of the new bestsellers.


If you’ve thought through all these ideas and none of them feel like the right answer, you can always check out the FarmersOnly online store at store.farmersonly.com! :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Brad and Patty found the perfect companion in each other


Brad and Patty met on FarmersOnly.com in January of 2013. They were each other's first dates from the site! Both Brad and Patty had been married previously and they both knew the perfect companion, friend, and lover was out there for them. They're engaged now and are enjoying the heck out of this chapter in their lives.

Patty gave us some of her time to talk to us more about her and Brad's relationship.

What towns/states are y'all from? I was from Newark, CA (just south of Oakland) and Brad was 90 miles away in "Wallace, CA"- we made it work until I moved out there in 2015.

What did you do on your first date? We met half way in Livermore- well, almost halfway. We went to dinner, then a movie. He said he hadn't been to a movie in years & he'd really missed that. We saw every Oscar nominated movie that year--in a very short period of time!

When did you know that he was the one? He is such a gentleman, I knew if I let him get away, I'd regret it every day of my life. Luckily, he kept calling, emailing, and texting, and I always wanted to see him again & again! Ok, 3rd date.
Their furry child, Gunner


What is your favorite thing about him? He knows I'm a strong woman and can do everything- but he always wants to do FOR me. One of our favorite movie mini series is Lonesome Dove--- he's my "Gus". I asked him once "Am I your Clara or your Lori?" He responded "both"! Makes my heart melt every time.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Patricia and Eric have added an adorable plus one to their farm!

Eric (Milton, Wisconsin) and Patricia (Arena, Wisconsin) met on FarmersOnly.com and knew they were meant to be! They have the cutest little girl, Raelynn Ann. Patricia is the farmer out of the pair of 'em, but he's a country boy at heart.

We talked with Patricia a few weeks ago to learn a little bit more about their sweet story.

What did you do on your first date?
On the first date we went to the Great Dane for dinner, and then to the movies. On our second date, we went fishing.

How did you know that Eric was the one?
I knew he was the one when he went up to Northern Wisconsin to deer camp and I missed him so much I couldn't wait to talk to him and see him again.

What do you love most about Eric?
That he didn't care what people thought and that he is very close to his family. And his blue eyes!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Meet Alyssa and Cody: After two dates, they knew!


Cody (Hammondsville, Ohio) and Alyssa (Lancaster, Ohio) met on FarmersOnly.com earlier this summer. Sometimes, when you know, you just know! We love their love story, and we're so glad Alyssa shared it with us!

Hello, this is Alyssa I'm writing to let yall know I very greatful I am for this site. Without yall we would have never found our soulmate. We both had crappy relationships prior to this. At first I was nervous about doing the whole online dating but I am so glad and thankful that I gave it a whirl. I just wanna tell ya thank you thank you thank you very much. ♡♡♡♡

For their first date, they kept it low key, hanging out at Alyssa's apartment. She says that she knew that he was the one when, on their second date, he made her feel like she had never felt before - for once she was happy. Alyssa's favorite thing about him would be that he's handy and he isn't afraid to tell her when she's wrong... even though she'll fight him on it (can I get an amen here?!). Alyssa says that Cody is a great, loving man.




Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Jim and Elissa just celebrated their one year wedding anniversary, thanks to FarmersOnly.com

Jim (Roanoke, Virginia) and Elissa (Sandyville, West Virginia) met on FarmersOnly.com about three years ago. They celebrated their one year wedding anniversary on December 19th. We love their love story, and we talked to Elissa about it.

I lived in Sandyville, West Virginia and Jim lived in the Roanoke area of Virginia... about 4 hours apart. He messaged me - I had a 1/2 picture of my face and a small paragraph, and he had a small book written on his profile. There's a place called The Greenbrier about 1/2 way between us and after 6 weeks of chatting on the phone and texting, I was going to The Greenbrier with a friend and asked him to meet me for lunch. We met up and drove around looking at cattle, we both raised cattle, and had a great time. We would meet up about every other weekend in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

I owned a business in West Virginia, and he owned one in Roanoke, so we would work our schedules out to try and visit each other. Then things got more serious, and he asked me to come to Roanoke... 4 hours away from my house and business, to work for him. I hired my daughter to run my dress shop "Ranch Dressings" (I started it in a barn) and I temporarily relocated to Roanoke and started to work for him in the kitchen and bath business he owns called Rock Fab.

After about a year and a half of dating and me being displaced... he popped the question! I was at the nail salon getting a manicure, ironically, on a Tuesday night and he messaged me to go eat Mexican food at our favorite place, called El Rodeo. He was acting all nicey nicey and I was like, what the heck is going on? He said "I ordered you a new fruity drink they have" and they brought out this big ol' pineapple out with a straw in it... I took a sip and nothing, I was just sucking air!? He popped the top off the pineapple and there was the most amazing ring I have ever laid eyes on!!!

That was in October of last year and we got married about 6 weeks later standing in his/our farmhouse in the living room with our kids and my best friend and our parents... then we went to The Greenbrier for our honeymoon! That's where we went for our anniversary too. We have opened a satellite store in White Sulphur, where we met, this town means a lot to us, we have a lot of fabulous memories here.

I guess I knew he was the one, or that I was the one for him, when we met up for a weekend and he relaxed and used his CPAP breathing machine in front of me. He has sleep apnea and has to wear that thing.

My favorite thing about Jim is that he is honest. I have a very hard time trusting and he has never lied to me or made me feel like I couldn't trust him. He's good to my heart. He's a traditional man and isn't a player. I have literally hit the total emotional jackpot when I found him!