Sometimes I feel hopelessly out of step with American culture.
I went to a grocery store to buy Tillamook extra sharp cheddar cheese. Years ago, on the way to the Pacific Ocean I stopped at Tillamook Dairy. Love their ice cream and cheese! The mother of a friend who grew up in Tillamook, Oregon likes to say:
"Tillamook has trees, cheese, the ocean breeze,
And water up to your knees."
But I digress. The only Tillamook sharp cheddar available said "Farm Style" on the package. What does that mean? Nothing on the package said it was sliced.
It meant thick slices. In the wonderful book, "Crow Lake," by Mary Lawson, farm worker's lunches had sandwiches with thick slabs of ham and cheese. They do hard work.
At 15, I turned down a marriage proposal from a farmer's son. "My parents will give us 40 acres to farm," Darryl said. "I'm going to college," I replied. Broke up with him the next day. I could never be a farmer's wife.
Can't stand the smell of shit. "It's the smell of money," a farmer said with a grin.
Timely comments about farms. I took my oldest son out to my grandparents old 40 acre place today. Nothing but the old house left. Surrounded by other houses.
It's still a great location, but alas, will never be the same with the old barn, hand water pump, chickens, berries, Grandma Ninny, weeping willow tree behind the house.
Some of the old hardwoods are still there tho. I remember a blue jay chasing me, scaring the shit out of me: "Grandma, Grandma" I cried and I ran inside. She didn't care. Old Slovack woman. At that point she had had a much rougher life than me. She didn't want no candyassed grandson pissing her off!
Shit, 40 acres out here in the Aussie Outback is nothing more than a tiny drop in a bucket when compared to the size of Sheep and Cattle Grazing properties.
My friend has a Sheep Property 50 kilometres from my home town which measures out to 93,000 acres, his son has a property that measures out to 87,000 acres and in the 'cattle country of Northern Australia they call about measuring out their properties in Hundreds or Thousands of Square miles.
I stopped at Tillamook too while looking for property out there, being in the dairy industry (manufacturing, not cows) for 32 years gave me interest. Unusually clean plant. I lived in SoCal the whole time I worked so I for sure have no interest in farm life. I did really hard work too, I ate burritos.
I went to a commercial business, something of a convenience store or the like with food service There they had "homemade" donuts, so the sign said. A person purchasing the donuts could watch an automated machine make the donuts from dough to a finished fried ready to eat item for sell.
I have never known of anyone to have such a large donut making machine in their home.