by Amy Merrill
Bed-hopping and hoe puns flew thick and fast at the second-annual Weed Dating event hosted by Earthly Delights farm on June 28. More than 40 participants showed up to jump into bed with each other, which was more than double the amount of RSVPs. Men and women were fairly evenly matched, although at times it was hard to tell. The men seemed to struggle with the concept of rotating after each three-minute speed dating round and had the tendency to mill around looking lost.
Since it was an incredibly hot afternoon, the beer, which was provided by Bogus Brewing's Collin Rudeen, started running out before the dating event had even started.
To kick the evening off, Earthly Delights owner Casey O'Leary laid out a few ground rules:
"Obviously, there are some matches that are probably not appropriate, age-wise," O'Leary said, "But we're all adults so let's have fun."
The ladies were assigned specific beds and the men were directed by O'Leary, who instructed attendees on "what's a plant, what's a weed," in an effort to preserve the crops.
Weed dating may seem simple on the surface, but in almost 90-degree weather, it can be a challenging balance between your best self and practicality, a point many of the Teva- and shorts-sporting daters agreed with.
"One of the things I think is the coolest out of the whole concept is, like with speed dating and so many of those other things, people get all dolled up and rightly so," said returning weed dater Jonathon Yonan, "It's just the nature of humans. We try to be on our A-game. But here, right out of the gate, you're all natural.
Although it's hard to feel attractive covered in sweat and dirt, last year, it seemed to do the trick as two interns for Earthly Delights made matches and a lot of people went on dates, said O'Leary. To encourage possible love connections, mason jars with corresponding numbers were set up for notes to be passed to possible love connections.
For many daters, this was a way for them to feel more comfortable interacting with the opposite sex without the fear of being shot down.
"You meet somebody in the park and you don't know if they're there to be by themselves or meet somebody," said Loren Lorimor, "But here, it's a dating thing so people are here for a reason."
Whatever the individual reasons might have been—rumors circulated that some participants may not, in fact, have been single—dating participants seemed to enjoy themselves, even after the beer was gone.