Talk about conversations that your relatives don’t want to hear (or read).
I made a joke about me being barren once at a family dinner. There was awkward silence and then roaring laughter, because no one had ever thought to make fun of me for it except for me. Then again, my family is strange.
What I got from Gretchen’s comment about the farmer refusing to grow crops was that wasn’t going to have any kids, but have fun trying to make them. The comment from her husband made it personal, and mean. Gretchen didn’t start this. But you know, whatever.