Farm Travel Advisory — 17 Comments

  1. Thanks for the light-hearted perspective on proper etiquette for visiting farms. I especially like the “I’d hate to feel forced to compliment you back”…that’s really funny!!

  2. Ahhh…country living! One of my most memerable moments was a vistor who wanted to know where we parked our horses – and was stunned to learn that we did,in fact, drive a car. People can be so funny……

  3. So very true! I too have a horse that stays fat just thinking about grass……sort of like me thinking about food! She’s beautiful by the way.

    “City” folks crack me up and while I know we all have to start somewhere, the ones who like to tell me how to do things because they read an internet article or an issue of countryside magazine do get on the nerves! ;0)

    • I love when people look at everything you’re doing and ask about the one thing you don’t do. We have sheep, cows, chickens, a garden, an orchard (sort of) and someone always asks “why don’t you have pigs?” Seriously? Because there’s only 100 hours in a day around here! 🙂

      I struggle with the philosophical ones that people think are so easy too. Like “why do you do this?” Well…why don’t you? (Although I usually say something like, “why do you go to the grocery store? this is my grocery store.” or something a little softer.) Hopefully we give people something to chew on when they leave.

  4. I can’t believe that people just show up and start walking around your property. I mean seriously?! What could they be thinking?!

    I’d never had much exposure to farm life until we moved to Arizona and our best friends have a ranch with ponies, cats, dogs, chickens, an orchard, and soon will have goats. It’s a lot of work!

  5. I love this post.
    We have had many people just drop by,we have had them ask anything from “why do you have so many bulls?” well there is only one bulls Highland cows have horns to…”How do you dig those big pumpkins OUT of the ground?” huh? ok well that’s what the tractors for,he he.
    It can be nice sometimes,We hold open farm day once a year inviting the public in,last one brought over 600 people.
    I like your blog!

  6. I love this post! We live at the end of a 2.5 mile dirt road so we do not have many visitors but even friends and family should read this post 🙂 It is a lot of work and snide comments can really hurt.

  7. Great post! I’d like to add that sometimes following an animal to try and pet it is chasing. We’re giant and very scary to chickens and other little animals.

    • People always ask if they can they can pet the animals and I don’t know what to say. Usually if we have one that’s ok with being petted, I offer to let them pet it. But mostly they’re not pets. It’s always awkward. We just don’t handle the animals much (we don’t have any that we milk) so they’re not really petting, pets. A lot of times I can call them over as if for food and they’ll come visit, but they’re not going to stand around and be petted just because. It also makes me smile when someone tries to coax them over with a handful of straw. 🙂

    • Yeah, he leaned over to his…girlfriend?…and said “Hey, that one’s eyes look really weird.” And I thought, “She probably things you look pretty darn weird too. She certainly doesn’t see that around here every day!” 🙂

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