Nathan: When I think about all
the farmers I’ve met and talked to,
and the kinds of jokes they make,
and the expression on their face
when they make it, it’s a very dry
sense of humor.
Natalie: It’s well-natured ribbing. It
always is positive.
Nathan: They like to tease and be
teased. One of the first words that pops
into my head is smart. … I always think
of Vermonters as, ‘ They get it.’ They’re
VL: What was your first date?
Nathan: That’s hard to identify
because we did a musical together.
Natalie: I think our first date
was Rainbow Sweets [a bakery in
Marshfield]? I don’t know.
Nathan: It’s funny because that’s the
thing that sticks out in our mind as a
romantic, early, sit-down, planned thing.
But we did this musical together.
We grew up in the same area and
we’re seven years apart; we didn’t really
know each other as kids. She had my
mom for a chorus teacher, but it wasn’t
until we had both gone to New York
and moved back to Vermont that we
ended up in this small cast musical
together. That’s where we met, and we
became friends. We never had that first
Match.com date, but we do often think
about [the] time when we were meeting
Natalie: I was living in Lyndonville,
again, and Nathan was living in
Burlington, and we met somewhere
in the middle, so we met at Rainbow
Sweets [in Marshfield].
VL: Was the owner part of your date?
Natalie: You can’t be in there without
him being part of everything.
Nathan: I remember that Natalie had
a big salad and a big piece of chocolate
cake, which I thought was a funny
combination. We’ve been kind of joined
at the hip ever since. A
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