The truth is, if you read my 10 Ways Marrying a Farmer Changes Your Life, that dating a farmer is hard. Lots of things can happen that will cause failures.
Some of the men and women I met were hitched and some were single.
Some were in their 20s, young and searching, and some were much older.
The wife wants a child, The wife wants a child, Eee, Aye, Addio, The wife wants a child.* [Etc] In the last twenty years or so, however, the phrase "the farmer wants a wife" has come to be synonymous with the single farmer's quest to find a like-minded partner who understands the farming way of life and spawned a reality TV series developed by Freemantle Media which premiered in the UK on ITV back in 2001 and, more recently, on Channel Five in 2009.
The Farmer Wantsa Wife format has also been successfully received in over a dozen different countries around the world, including in Australia, the US, Germany (Bauer sucht Frau) and Spain (Granjero busca esposa).
Many of you might remember that the words "the farmer wants a wife" originally came from the lyrics of the children's nursery rhyme The Farmer's In His Den, a game in which a group of children form a circle around one child (the 'farmer') and start singing: *The farmer's in his den, The farmer's in his den, Eee, Aye, Addio, The farmer's in his den.