The road I’ve traveled to get to this day hasn’t always been easy. And if I’m being honest, was never really part of the plan. I never intended to write a book. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would uproot my life, move to a farm, and learn how to live off the land I would have laughed in your face. Life is funny that way. However, I am so damn thankful that this rocky, unpredictable road is the road I’m traveling on. I’ve never had a clear vision of where I’m heading but here I am, and I can honestly say, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Last Sunday I got to celebrate the release of my debut book Dishing up the Dirt: Simple Recipes for Cooking Through the Seasons. I was surrounded by my local community, dear friends (both old and recent) and many new faces that traveled from the big city all the way out to my book signing. I was so overwhelmed with joy and gratitude that I’m afraid words won’t do this justice. Seriously, the amount of love, enthusiasm and support that I felt in that room is something I will take with me for the rest of my life. One of the highlights of the day was looking up (halfway through the event) to see an old familiar face. It took me a second to register who this amazing person was (I haven’t seen this man in over 15 years) But if you can believe it, my high school counselor drove over an hour to get his book signed from yours truly. Words cannot explain how happy and overwhelmed I was. This man got me through the toughest years of my life and always ALWAYS believed I would do something incredible. He was my biggest cheerleader when I felt defeated and completely lost and holy shit, after 15 years he’s still my number one fan. You know who you are and I love you from the bottom of my heart.
Aside from all the sappy, happy tears that streamed my face last weekend the event really was a lighthearted celebration. My favorite local band–The Greenneck Daredevils — rocked out the whole time and we even took a break to watch the cookbook trailer . Beer, wine and snacks from the book were served and it was one of the best days of my life. Thank you to every single person who came, brought gifts, and purchased a book. I am indebted to you.
One thing I’ve learned through farming, blogging and writing a book is this: It takes a village (and a lot of hard work). But honestly, I could not have done any of this without an entire community of folks supporting me, our farm, this blog and now the book. Thank you everyone for showing up, being honest, and cheering me along. You rule! I hope the stories and recipes from the DUTD book bring you joy, comfort and a whole lot of love when you need it most.
I’m going to end this post with one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite authors; the always brilliant Cheryl Strayed.
“The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the Mother F*cking shit out of it.” Amen.
All the above photos were taken by the talented Jolie Goodson of Art Fare .