Farm Life: What’s Your Color?

IMG_1941On the farm, if someone asked your color, they were refering to your brand of tractor.  Green did not mean being an environmentalist, but driving a John Deere.  Red did not mean that you were short tempered, but you used Farmall.  Blue did not mean that you were sad, but you had a Ford in the field.  Yellow did not suggest that you ran scared, but you graded your road with a Caterpiller.  White did not note your level of fear, but you cleaned your barn with a Bobcat.  Companies have sold (Ford to New Holland) and merged (Case with International Harvester), messing up the color pallet.  But, go to the county fair, and you shall find T-Shirt’s boasting one’s colors.  Show your color in my poll from a recent county fair.


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Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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8 Responses to Farm Life: What’s Your Color?

  1. Barneysday says:

    Sorry, I can’t vote. My grandfather was JJ Case orange, through and through, and GMC green for the dump truck.

    Love your theme. Great idea

    • hermitsdoor says:

      The colors and brand change quickly. One supplier at the fair had blue “LS” and red “TM” brands which I did not recognize. Auto/truck loyalty is similar, “Are you a Ford, Chevy or GMC man” (definiately do not include any of those foriegn makers, even though most have factories here now).

      • Barneysday says:

        Ironically, the big Toyota Tundra is a very popular vehicle here.

      • hermitsdoor says:

        Come on! You are in California. The guy driving the Tundra probably didn’t even go to church this morning 😉 You can guess which is the bigger sin here in the south: not going to church, or parking a Tundra in front of the church.

  2. The Vicar says:

    I guess I’m green. We mowed the little leauge field with a John Deere riding lawn mower. That’s as close as we got to “farm life” here in the suburbs.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      Farm equipment manufacturers recognized a few years ago that there is a whole market of folks mowing lawns (home, office, sports facilities). They make lots of ride on mowers and “utility” (e.g. small) tractors. Follow the money.

  3. Mother Suzanna says:

    I voted for GREEN. Reminds me of the recently painted house down the street! I shall now think of it as John Deere’s house! In my “heart of hearts”, when I drive by, I call it the AWFUL, BILIOUS, GREEN HOUSE! She the neighbor we call “Mrs. Winchester. Those in Silicon Valley will understand the term. Like folks at fairs in West Virginia understand color.

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