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Shelburne, Vermont - October 17, 2010

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont held a different kind of event Sunday that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, "You are the apple of my eye."

A down and dirty way to find romance. It's called weed dating and it's a more casual spin on speed dating. People gather to connect with like minded community members while helping area farmers at the same time.

"In many cases the people that come to the events don't know these farmers or are not familiar with these farms, so what we're doing is trying to bring people here and introduce them to their area food grower and hopefully make a little match," said Sarah Heusner, the event's coordinator.

"It really didn't feel on the spot to me. It felt really casual and felt more friendly," said Rachel Keener, a weed dating participant.

Weed daters who were identified with name tags with vegetable last names chatted in five minute intervals. While they were on their mini date they were harvesting apples off the ground which were donated to the Vermont Food Bank. It's people that are enthusiasts, who like food, who like the local movement who love farms and who like to be outside and don't want to meet people in a bar," Heusner said.

"I live in Isle LaMotte, so I don't meet too many people, so this is a non-threatening type scene, different from the bar scene," said another dater named Mike.

Not everyone at the event were necessarily looking for love either. "Honestly, I wasn't coming out to find a hot date or anything, I just figured why not. I just moved back to the area so just wanted to meet some people who have similar interests," said Keener.

In the end, both the food bank and the daters went away pleased. "Actually pretty good, just met some new people corresponding with possibly some new people and meet some other friends," Mike said.

"We've had a couple numbers exchanged, but no marriage proposals yet," Heusner said.

Harvesting the good apples from the bad.

Gina Bullard - WCAX News


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