Breaking Down The Creed: Flirting With Farmers

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Each week (or two) I am  breaking down my creed, line, by line. Phrase by phrase. This is my manifesto- that I learned to live by to heal from an incurable disease and that I turned into this here sweet health loving inspiration I offer you. I will tell you what the creed means to me, I hope you will share what it means to you!

Flirt With Farmers (today’s tweetable!)

That’s John. He’s a farmer. I might love him. He definitely loves me. Told me so. He runs the farm that feeds us on our retreats in St. Lucia and declared his love for me, and desire to come back to Toronto with me and marry me- which prompted my mom, who was on that retreat, to chime in with “Meghan’s been a rasta magnet since she was 12″. Thanks mom.

In all seriousness (cause flirting with farmers is a serious matter), I first developed a thing for the green thumbed, bio-dynamically inspired man in the summer of 2007. I was on a break from nutrition school and was up at my cottage when my mom and I ventured to the local farmer’s market where, in the span of 25 seconds, I fell in love with a 19 year old farmer. What won me over? He told me supermarket carrots were like sticks of wood and there is nothing better than a fresh from the earth, biodynamic carrot. Any man who even eats carrots already has me won over, but this one- I was ready to pack it in and move my life to this young chap’s family off the grid farm.

That of course didn’t happen, but I did get some carrots. My image of farmers now, is very different than before. I always pictured big fat guys in overalls and plaid shirts. Turns out those tend to be the guys, who run their farm as a full on mechanized business, growing food for horrible companies like ConAgra. The farmers that win my heart have muddy hands. They have a glow from all those leafy greens and time spent outdoors. The appreciate a great salad, or even a fresh cut of meat from their land. They understand that it is about quality, not quantity. They want to know their customers and their customers want to know them.

These are the farmers that get me to the markets all year long. These are the farmers who want to tell you all about their newest heirloom tomatoes, or why this type of apple is better than that. They’ll tell you how to pick a ripe watermelon, and just to prove it, they’ll pull a knife from their back pocket and slice into one right then and there.

These farmers, men and women, are hot to trot. They are conscious and engaged and they care. And if anyone in the whole world (aside from your friends and lovers) are worth flirting with, it is your local farmers. So go on. Flirt with farmers.

And if I weren’t newly engaged to this dashing nutritionist, I would have a profile up on the website dateafarmer.com (I’d have to invent that site first though). I heart farmers!

These are some of my fave local Toronto farmers and CSA’s:

Today is the dayMake it ridiculously awesometownEat fruit, lots of cherries, while thinking good thoughts. Love what you do, and do it with love. Smile at strangers. Be youthful, truthful, playful and funfulLaugh at the ridiculousness of seriousness. Ride bicycles covered in flowers. Sit through the storms, for the sunshine and rainbows will follow. Eat real food. Flirt with farmers.

Question of the day: Do you flirt with farmers?

 

20 Responses to “Breaking Down The Creed: Flirting With Farmers”

  1. (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner)

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    Breaking Down The ##Creed: Flirting With Farmers http://t.co/F8m8TEpQ #happiness #health #carrots #flirtwithfarmers

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  2. (@trevmoy) (@trevmoy)

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    Breaking Down The Creed: Flirting With Farmers: Each week (or two) I am breaking down my creed, line, by line. … http://t.co/95EqAA74

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  3. Joanne

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    Holy Hannah, that farmer has some mean abs. Sorry, forgot what the question was.

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    • Meghan Telpner

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      Me too.

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  4. Shannon C

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    Um, no I’ve never flirted with a farmer. But this post makes me want to now – and to go to St.Lucia to flirt with that farmer! Just sayin’. :)

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  5. Shauna

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    And didn’t I wind up dating an organic farmer from the Perth County Slow Food Market after some flirting of my own last spring ;) Gotta say, he really is a salad enthusiast, and I’ve never eaten better!

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  6. Laurie

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    Can’t say that I do. The hottie farmers here tend to be carefully watched over by their spousal units. Maybe this flirty-thing explains that!

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  7. (@AmiLangman) (@AmiLangman)

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    Flirt with farmers. http://t.co/piTqGKvi via @meghantelpner

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  8. Ami @ parsnipsandpears

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    passion inspires passion. I <3 finding farmers who are passionate about what they do!! So much more fun to go and mingle with the farmers each week at the market, than go to the grocery store filled with grumpy employees!!

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  9. Danielle

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    Haha what a great post! I think you’re onto something with dateafarmer.com

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  10. Angela Farthing

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    Wholy ab’s! Eat Real Food and Fuel Your Life all the way! Great post!

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  11. Shannon

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    I would flirt with farmers…only met married ones so far but wow to those abs!

    Too funny about carrots. I got my veggie delivery yesterday from my local farm and pulled out the carrots and said ‘wow, look how beautiful these carrots are!’ Then laughed at myself for talking about beautiful carrots and was happy about how much I’ve changed;)

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  12. Amy B

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    YES! I flirt with my farmers every saturday at my local farmer’s market. BUT none of them are shirtless and ripped unfortunately:)

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  13. Erica L. Robinson

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    Oh man, that dateafarmer.com got me excited. This should be your future project!

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    • Meghan Telpner

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      Right because that’s what I need- more projects ;)

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  14. (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner)

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    we looove today’s line from the creed. what do you think? http://t.co/vdCDTaRN

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  15. Andrea

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    I saw Farmer Dan first. :)
    (But then I met his way cool wife, and found out she was married to him.)

    I’ve been known to flirt at the farmers’ market. I strongly suspect that no engagement or marriage will stop you from innocently flirting.

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  16. (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner)

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    This farmer’s abs distracted everyone from the post content! http://t.co/vdCDTaRN #allgood

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    [...] make no secret of my shameless desire to flirt with farmers. This flirtation, and subsequently, this amazing lunch is brought to you by the farming and farm [...]

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  18. (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner)

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    Love yourself some #farmers. They deserve our love and devotion! http://t.co/vdCDTaRN #love

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