The Farmer's Husband

The Farmer's Husband

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August 1, 2013

The pumpkins are starting to set fruit

The pumpkins are starting to set fruit

For the three of you who read our blog that we don’t know, here’s some old news for you. We’re getting married!  Soon!

The whole event will happen on “our” farm this October, and we’re taking DIY to the extreme. Mostly because we want to share our farm life with our friends and family who haven’t visited us yet, but also because we don’t have a ton of money to throw at a wedding.

In Philadelphia, I was a floral designer and a partner in a floral and event design company. Thomas, being a culinary wizard with catering experience, is also no stranger to an event.  So when Thomas proposed to me many months ago (mmm, hmmm, I still got it), knotting a loop of baling twine to my finger, I obviously said yes, and we began planning the cheapest, grandest wedding two broke farmers could imagine.

The wedding will be on the farm. We already pay to rent the farm, so there is no additional facility rental. Ideally we could have the reception in the barn, but we wanted a harvest wedding, and barns are full of hay by October. So we’re renting a big tent, and filling it with friends, family, food and flowers. Oh, and booze.

Since we moved up here to farm, we’re trying out our farming skills on our guests. We plan to raise almost every bite of food our guests eat. We’re also doing the flowers, and building farmhouse tables for everyone to sit around. Here are a few of the details that are in progress. The wedding may hijack the blog for a couple of months, but for some inexplicable reason, people seem to like reading about other people’s weddings.

Menu planning started with finding feeder pigs for the big meal. They're excited to come to the wedding.

Menu planning started the day these pigs were born in May. They’re excited to come to the wedding.

Without sharing too many details, pork and chicken from the pasture and kale and pumpkin from the garden will be heavily featured. The pigs are on track for their harvest date, and we’re will soon be starting a batch of broiler chickens as well. Our first round is going well. They have a reputation for being dirty, lazy, monster birds, but we are finding them easy to maintain on pasture. So far.

Cornish Cross "broiler" chicks will rapidly become chicken dinner

Cornish Cross “broiler” chicks will rapidly become chicken dinner

We are most excited about our tables for the wedding. We love the look and feel of eating at long farmhouse tables, but they are big and heavy, and thus expensive to rent. Since we have a source of free wooden pallets and a group of handy friends, we are making all of our tables as well. We will do a post just on the tables very soon with step by step plans. The prototype turned out pretty well, even in its unfinished state. I am excited to repurpose them into pig houses and chicken coops. But I suppose we’ll build them and eat off of them first.

Prototype wooden pallet farmhouse table

Prototype wooden pallet farmhouse table

We are grateful to have so many friends who have offered to come and help us between now and October. We feel blessed to have found each other, and to have found a way to start scratching out this new farm life together. And we feel fortunate to live in New York state, where we can just get married without any qualifications, like any other hardworking farmers.

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Can’t wait for the pictures!!! Congrats!!

Jody Morris

August 2, 2013

So very happy for you both!! It will be a wonderful wedding!!!

pat puglise

August 2, 2013

Congratulations! You are on construction of a better future, you have the skills, the talent, the enthusiasm, you are really blessed. You was good workers and now you are good farmers. Be happy!

José Landrau

August 2, 2013

Michael and I are so happy for you two! Congratulations, and much health and happiness! xo


August 2, 2013

Michael and I are so happy and excited for you two! Congratulations and much happiness to you both! xo


August 2, 2013

Wonderful news!!! Xoxo renee&Greg


August 2, 2013

It would be fun to cover the tables with repurposed sheer drapes. Congratulations!

Sherri Stastny

August 2, 2013

I don’t read your blog everyday but from time to time I check it out and its always great to read!


August 2, 2013

Congratulations on your special day!


August 2, 2013

Congratulations from Spain! We are following you since we started our personal way in the farm’s world. We are a couple like you (but women) and we have leaved our lives and career on the events (too!) at Barcelona; now we are wwoof & helpex volunteers for one and a half year experience in ecological farms around Spain. And we are very happy!

Thank you for sharing your step by step!


August 3, 2013

Best wishes for your wedding day tomorrow! I don’t know how you guys are doing it all. Take some deep breaths, have fun, and enjoy the moment. It will be a wonderful day!!

pat puglise

October 11, 2013


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