Review: Is It Right for You? An In-Depth Look

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Updated on: Jun 25, 2020

FarmersOnly is an online dating site for those who love the country. The website targets those who farm or enjoy the farming lifestyle by giving them a platform to connect over that shared interest.

Founded in 2005,® claims to solve the problem of trying to date when you live in a small town and know all your neighbors a little too well.

In this review, we’ll analyze what this platform offers to help you determine if it is the right option for you.

  • You can send “flirts” to other users through a free account
  • Niche community for people with a farming mentality
  • Customer reviews indicate a relatively high success rate
  • Website is outdated
  • No matching algorithms
  • No regulations to keep scammers off the site or ensure people like rural living
  • Free members can’t communicate with you unless you pay an additional $10 monthly fee
  • Some regions won’t have many active members

How Does FarmersOnly Work?

When you make an account on FarmersOnly, you start filling out your profile with a brief bio and then answer questions about your lifestyle, including your ethnicity, religious beliefs, drinking or smoking habits, educational level, whether you have children, and more.

You’ll then share information about what you’re looking for in a match, such as height, weight, and age preferences, as well as what kind of relationship you are looking for (casual, friendship, or long term).

FarmersOnly won’t display your real name. Instead, your username will be something like “Cowboy” or “Farmgirl,” followed by a string of numbers. People with premium accounts can modify their nickname, but they still can’t share a real name.

It’s possible to search members on the site based on a preferred age range, their distance from you, or whether they have profile pictures.

Flirting and favoriting accounts are free, but you’ll need to pay for a subscription to read the flirts sent to you.

Flirt options include several dozen pre-written phrases, including “My computer dared me to send you a flirt,” “Wishing you a HAPPY Harvest,” “Will you be my Spring Fling?” and more.

You can use the discover feature to browse suggested accounts by picture only and indicate whether you are interested or not by selecting a ‘thumbs up’ or a ‘thumbs down’. Only members who you thumbed up will get a message about your interest.

The number of active online users on FarmersOnly ranged from 15,00–17,000 while I used the site. Users are located across the United States, and about 10% of the membership base is located in Canada.

Today, FarmersOnly’s total membership is around 4.5 million users, and the company claims that they produce more than 100 marriages each year.

Premium Membership Pricing and Features

If you want to send and receive personal messages from other FarmersOnly members, then you will need to commit to a premium membership.

The cost per month depends on how many months you commit to:

  • 1-month membership: $21.95
  • 3-month membership: $13.32/month ($39.96 total)
  • 6-month membership: $10.99/month ($65.94 total)

Signing up for premium membership enrolls you in a recurring subscription until you cancel your account. You can cancel future subscription renewals at any time through the “Manage Your Subscription” option in account settings.

For an additional $9.99 per month, you can upgrade your account to “Gold Status,” meaning that your messages will be highlighted in gold in other member’s inboxes, and even free members will be able to read and respond to them.

Another premium feature is FarmPhone, which lets you send and receive FarmersOnly messages as text messages on your phone while keeping your number private from other members. Other members don’t need to have this feature for it to work for you. This costs an additional $4.95 per month.

Analysis of Customer Reviews

There are close to 300 reviews of FarmersOnly on our website, averaging 3.3-stars. The reviews indicate that this site is polarizing, as almost 90% are either five stars or one star. Here’s a summary of key takeaways from these reviews.

Common Compliments:

  • Lots of reports of successful couples and happy marriages
  • Great way to meet people with similar interests
  • Great way to meet people who live far away from you

Common Complaints:

  • Too many scam accounts
  • Not all users are farmers or ranchers
  • Some users rarely got any response to their messages
  • Too many profiles without pictures
  • Many users were surprised by the subscription billing method

Popular Alternatives to FarmersOnly

There aren’t many dating websites tailored specifically towards rural people, but many people are still likely to have luck on more mainstream dating platforms like Zoosk, Elite Singles, and

FarmersOnly Zoosk Elite Singles
Price Per Month $10.99–$21.99, plus extras $12.95–$29.99, plus extras $31.95–$57.95 $18.99–$37.99
Matching Process No matching process beyond location or age ranges Shares suggested matches and lets you browse others with Carousel feature Assigns matches based on your personality tests results and your partner preferences Short quiz focused on your demographic information and your basic partner requirements
Free Search Available? Yes No Only through the app Yes
Ability to Search by Income and Education Level? Education, not income No Yes Yes
Key Features The site targets people who like a country lifestyle Possible to connect with members in unique ways by spending coins Claims to tailor to 30+, highly educated members First online dating site (launched in 1995). No limit to daily matches.
Overall App Rating
  • Android: 3.0 (3,000 reviews)
  • iOS: 4.4 (4,000 reviews)
  • Android: 3.8 (500,000 reviews)
  • iOS: 4.4 (67,000 reviews)
  • Android: 2.4 (8,000 reviews)
  • iOS: 3.1 (13,000 reviews)
  • Android: 3 (85,000 reviews)
  • iOS: 3.8 (7,000 reviews)
Number of Members 4.5 million 40 million active users About 2 million 9 million active users

Zoosk dwarfs the other dating profiles by membership size. There are close to ten times as many active users on the platform as FarmersOnly, which means that you’re likely to find a few people nearby that spark your interest.

Zoosk also utilizes a coin system, which means that the site offers lots of additional items for you to purchase to get attention from other users. This can bring your monthly costs up significantly compared to the base monthly price.

Like FarmersOnly, Elite Singles is a niche site that’s targeted towards older, educated adults who are searching for serious relationships. In both cases, these sites don’t regulate who signs up. You could be a high school dropout on Elite Singles or a nature-adverse city dweller on FarmersOnly.

However, in my experience, most FarmersOnly members seem to indicate some interest in farming, animals, or the outdoors in their profiles.

Lastly, FarmersOnly doesn’t include any sort of matching algorithm to help you connect with others. You won’t be asked any questions about your personality or relationship style, and matches are sorted by distance as a default.

The Bottom Line

FarmersOnly is designed to help the busy, outdoorsy types find their forever matches. While the site isn’t exclusively composed of farmers, most users indicate that they have at least a general love for the lifestyle.

Compared to other dating sites, FarmersOnly has an outdated feel. Some might find that to be refreshing, as it simplifies the matchmaking process by getting rid of matching algorithms and pay-per-interaction pricing systems.

Customer reviews indicate that a lot of FarmersOnly members successfully used the site to find a long-term partner. The dating pool is smaller, but there’s a good chance that a lot of potential matches will share your interests, which might save you a lot of time sorting through members on other sites.

If you’re interested in FarmersOnly but concerned you won’t find the right people, we suggest making a free account and sending some flirt messages to people you are interested in.

You’ll get an email if they flirt with you back, so, even though you won’t be able to see the flirt, you’ll get the sense of whether they might be interested. You can then use this response rate to determine whether committing to a premium membership might be worthwhile.

Customer Reviews

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  • 59% Recommend This Service
3.3 out of 5
5 star: 51% 4 star: 6% 3 star: 1% 2 star: 4% 1 star: 36%

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  • I met my husband on FarmersOnly

    • By Beccah M.,
    • California,
    • Sep 17, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 2+ years
    Overall Experience:

    My husband and I have been together for 7 years. We met the day I signed up for FarmersOnly. We both deleted our accounts right after meeting because we just knew we had found our person. He and I were meant to be and we never would have found each other without FarmersOnly.

    Pros and Cons:

    • How quickly I found my husband
    • Easy to find people who interest me
    • Easy to update my profile
    • I wished there was an app

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Keep trying

    • By Elizabeth D.,
    • Waycross, GA,
    • Sep 17, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 6–12 months
    Overall Experience:

    It didn't happen overnight. I was on FarmersOnly for several months before I finally found the man for me. We have been together now for about 6 months and no sign of stopping. Just be careful out there and hang in there. Keep trying but relax and let it happen naturally. You have to weed through a lot of fakes and scammers. I got good at it. Watch out for anyone claiming to be a widow with one child or overseas and can't ever get home for some lame reason. Stick to men as local as possible. If they make too many excuses for not meeting you then something is up. A real interested man will want to meet with you before too long. I made a few friends too. I tried other sites but it seems there are less fakes here. Some good folks looking for a real relationship like I was. Good luck in your search.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Less scammers
    • Simple to use
    • The FarmersOnly staff seems more proactive about checking for scammers
    • Price
    • Would have liked a rating system but I guess sites don't do that

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • FarmersOnly rocks

    • By Donald E.,
    • Dade City, FL,
    • Aug 27, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 6–12 months
    Overall Experience:

    I met the most wonderful awesome girl on I would highly recommend this site over others. Yes, I had to weed through the fakes and scammers to find her. I was persistent and knew that special someone was on this site.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Ease of use
    • Quality of people
    • Support and security
    • Number of fakes and scammers

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Met the love of my life at FarmersOnly!

    • By Laura L.,
    • Akron, OH,
    • Aug 24, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    I LOVE FarmersOnly! I met some really great guys and even met the ONE. It was so refreshing to meet country guys that understand the country life and being outside, fishing, hunting, horses, gardening, and of course, family!

    Pros and Cons:

    • Met some really great country guys! Lot of fun!
    • It was easy to navigate and understand. Love the profile format!
    • Found the love of my life.
    • It is still online dating, I am old fashioned!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • There's no point in using this site

    • By Brian O.,
    • Reno, NV,
    • Aug 12, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 3–6 months
    Overall Experience:

    There's no point in using this site for 2 reasons: it's way too expensive and there are almost no real girls there, mostly fakes. I've never had a real hook-up there, no dates. If you just want to have online sex, or a real date, go to a different service, at least you are going to see real girls there, responsive to your desires and requests, and it's much cheaper. I haven't had a real date there yet, but it would have happened if I had been able to travel.

    Don't waste your money on FarmersOnly, especially if it's a real date that you want.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Fake female profiles

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Dating app + Drink or Dare = Finding my husband

    • By Brandy H.,
    • Jonestown, PA,
    • Jul 21, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    I was having bad luck in the dating scene after my divorce and one night my friend dared me to sign on to FarmersOnly, so I did. Before 24 hours passed I had talked with a few guys but one, in particular, caught my attention. We talked daily for hours and finally exchanged phone numbers. After 2 weeks of talking for 4 to 6 hours a day, we decided to meet even though we lived 3 hours apart. After that first weekend getting to know each other better, we started seeing each other every weekend, taking turns going back forth and talking every day during the week. Last year, I moved in with him after a year of dating and as of June 27th of this year, he is now my husband. I never thought I would find the man of my dreams on a dating website that I joined because of a dare. Our story has been one told at family events and gatherings and always gets shocking responses. This site has given me so much, I now have a wonderful husband, 2 stepdaughters, and my daughter loves all 3 as much I do.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Easy to navigate around site
    • The way you can filter what type of person to chat with
    • The purpose of the site isn't to find a "hook up" but to find someone special
    • No “cons” were specified in this review

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Find your soul mate!

    • By Shirley P.,
    • Oklahoma,
    • May 18, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    FarmersOnly is not just for the young!

    My new husband and I met on FarmersOnly and we're both in our sixties. Me later sixties than he! I had never been on a dating site and was very apprehensive in the beginning. My experience turned out exceptionally well. So come on ladies, put up your profile. Find your farmer and your happily ever after at FarmersOnly because that's where I found my guy and he's the REAL DEAL!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • It worked for me!

    • By Tracie K.,
    • Laurel, MT,
    • Apr 25, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I was very skeptical about this experience to start with and to be honest the first date I went on with a member was a total train wreck. I then met my fiancé Beau and we have been together ever since. I hate to say it was love at first site...but it truly was. Thank you so much for introducing me to my future husband.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • I found my cowboy!

    • By Leslie M.,
    • Waco, TX,
    • Mar 24, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I quit FarmersOnly once then decided to try again. So glad I did!

    A certain cowboy caught my eye with his very sincere profile. I sent THREE messages before he responded! He will never live that down.

    When he told me he loved me, my heart melted.

    Persevere, friends, there is someone for you.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • FarmersOnly was a successful

    • By Karen S.,
    • Platteville, CO,
    • Feb 12, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I met my wonderful man on your website on September 2, 2016. On 2/2/2020 we got married in Las Vegas. John Deere sponsored us. There were tractors in my bouquets and in his boutonniere. It was beautiful. Thank you FarmersOnly.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Billing scam

    • By A V.,
    • Michigan,
    • Jan 27, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    They bait you with a "per month" charge.

    They bill you the whole amount upfront.

    Then they try to steal $8 to change the subscription.

    All sales are final they said.

    That's BS and I don't do business with all sales are final scammers.

    The site charged me $85 but I cannot use it as it thinks I didn't pay but the charges are on my card.


    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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