Okay, these things really happened last week. This is how you know if someone is not a farmgirl.
1. Someone walked up to the booth and asked Nancy if our goat’s milk soap was moldy cheese. (Doesn’t look like Ivory soap, I guess.)
2. I have counted at least twenty people come up to the booth at the farmer’s market and ask, “What is that?” The answer? Lettuce.
3. I said to Nancy, “I wonder if the market is slow because the weather is 40% chance of dry thunder storms, 96 degrees, and wind at 12 miles per hour.” “I don’t think anyone else looks at the weather as closely as we do.” I still think it was slow because of the heat!
4. Emily was walking our baby goat, Jovie, down the aisle at the farmer’s market and a family stopped and said, “Look! A dog!” Emily said, “No, this is a goat.” They gave her a bewildered look and said, “Nooo, that is a dooog.” “Okay.” was Emily’s annoyed answer.
Now, how to know you are a farmgirl.
1. Your feet are not clean from mid-May through mid-October. Flip flops and farming leave very dirty feet. Go ahead and take a shower, in five minutes you will be back in the dirt.
2. A goat peeing on your dress is a regular occurrence and one you deal with with grace and dignity.
3. You throw diatomaceous earth on small black bugs eagerly eating your cruciferous vegetables and with an evil, uncharacteristic laugh, yell, “Die Bastards!!!”
4. You know when the sun rises and are ready for bed when the sun sets. (But of course you have way too much to do.)
5. The electricity going out excites and challenges you.
6. You walk your goats into a bar. (True story. Happened today.)
May we all find our inner farmer.