Dishing Up the Dirt

Fridays at the farm + big news!!!!

November 20, 2015

raise those solo cups!

Raise those solo cups folks!! I have some exciting news to share and I really hope you’re hungry/thirsty for this one…..

365 days after first being approached to write a book I’m happy to announce that I have my first official book deal. Holy shit!

I’m writing a memoir style farm-to-table cookbook complete with recipes, stories and a history on how my life took a wild turn for the dirt 7 years ago. The book will be divided by seasons and each one will kick off with a narrative about life on Tumbleweed Farm, our local community and the nitty gritty details about running a small farm. In addition, the book will be photo rich with food and farm photos alike. I honestly cannot believe this is happening but I’m so stoked and feel pretty relieved to share the news with you all! It took an entire year to complete my proposal because the farm season took priority and I had to put things on hold all summer. Being patient paid off though!

This past September I got the finishing touches of my draft complete and it was eventually sent out into the publishing world. I felt totally vulnerable knowing strangers out there would be reading my story and not knowing if anyone would be interested in it. However, two weeks ago the phone rang and I got the news of a lifetime.

Honestly, for a girl who needs her husband to double check the grammatical errors and spelling on her blog (often times too late after a post has been published) I’m so damn honored! I learned how to cook in a tiny farmhouse kitchen back in Massachusetts and fell in love with the simple act of stirring a pot of risotto or chopping carrots that had just been plucked from the earth to toss into a salad. I eventually bought a nice camera and learned food photography after watching a few youtube videos. The recipes I create aren’t sophisticated and are oftentimes dreamt up when I need to take my mind off of certain farm chores that beat me down (like hauling hundreds of pounds of potatoes in a hail storm or weeding thousands of beets in a heatwave). And with that, I cannot believe folks out there believe that my recipes, coupled with the stories behind them, will make for a unique cookbook. Pinch me!!!

Honestly, this could not have happened without all of my loyal followers. You guys are the best and I’m so pumped to continue this journey with you all. I’ll be creating a ton of new recipes that will be saved just for the book but this little blog will continue to truck along through the whole process. It’s going to be a busy winter here at the farm but I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and bust out the best damn cookbook I know how.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading the blog, cooking my recipes and for rooting me, Taylor and Henry along. Our farm and dinner table is always blessed with your amazing vibes!! Cheers to new adventures, tasty food and a lot of love.



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87 thoughts on “Fridays at the farm + big news!!!!

  1. Claudia says:

    This is SO exciting! Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it:)

    1. Beth Rapp says:

      Can’t wait!! So exciting (totally thought you were going to say you were pregnant!) will be purchasing ASAP, keep up the great work out there you two!! Xoxo

  2. Mary says:

    Longtime reader here… SO excited! I cannot wait to read it! Well deserved. Cheers!

  3. Becky says:

    Congratulations, this is wonderful news. I look forward to one day owning a copy of your book. Have a beautiful weekend.

  4. Yay!!! I’m so excited! Congratulations 🙂

  5. regan says:

    Congratulations! I am over the moon excited for you. Sydney says “we love you. we are going to come visit you sometime.”

  6. Jenny says:

    Congrats! Can’t wait to read it!

  7. Ulla-Karin says:

    I can’t wait to get that! I only hope it can be shipped to Finland!

  8. Laurie Kingsley says:

    Put me on the list for the first printing! I’m sure it will sell out fast! Congratulations and I’m so pleased that your talents and love are getting the recognition you deserve. It’s wonderful how the loving support of your community creates a springboard to launch new endeavors. Enjoy the process –

  9. Gongratulations on this great news!! Hope you can ship it to the Netherlands. 😉 I love your blog and your stories!

  10. Jane says:

    Best news ever! I love reading about your farming life and admire your farm to table creativity.

  11. Sherrie says:

    HOLY SHITTTTT!!! I’m so damn happy for you friend. This is going to be one beautiful book, and I cannot wait to hold it in my hands. All my love, all of the time, xx!!

  12. Maureen says:

    Stoked to buy it once it hits the market! 🙂 Congrats lady!

  13. Jennifer says:

    Congratulations girl! I was wondering if the recent photo shoot meant a book was on the horizon! Looking forward to it!

  14. Carol says:

    That’s so exciting!!! Congratulations – can’t wait to see it! I just love your storytelling and creative recipes and know it will be great!

  15. Ariane says:

    Congrats! AWESOME! Can’t wait 🙂

  16. Maxine says:

    That’s amazing! I adore this blog and can’t wait to read the book 🙂 It’s so nice to see hard work pay off.

  17. Margie says:

    Lovely news….I’m happy for you AND for me. I’d been hoping this would happen at some point. A toast to you and Taylor!

  18. Abbey says:

    Congrats Andrea! I’m so excited to read it. You’re the only blog I subscribe to!

  19. Jan says:

    Can’t wait to give you a hug next week!

  20. Shelley says:

    Fantastic, can’t wait to purchase the first of many books!!

  21. Janine Hume says:

    Congrats Andrea! I enjoy your blog every day. I am so proud of you and all of your hard work! Can’t wait for the book! #farmersrock xo

  22. So happy for you! The book sounds perfect. Can’t wait to see it!

  23. Julie says:

    That’s awesome news! Congrats!

  24. cdpquilter50 says:

    What exciing news! I have been following your blog and thoroughly enjoying reading about your life on a farm. Can’t wait to read the book.

  25. Jill says:

    I am so very happy for all of you! And I can’t wait to purchase your book. I make your recipes often and have shared them with friends and family. This is so deserving! Good luck!

  26. Kimberly says:

    Congratulations!!! So looking forward to having copy in hand. Love the seasonal format and memoir. Happy to recipe test if you need! Best wishes!

  27. Bobbi says:

    Yippee, one more thing to be thankful for! A great cookbook to have and to share!

  28. Sarah says:

    Congratulations! I just recently started following your blog and I love it! I can’t wait to purchase your book. I’m sure it will be entertaining, knowledgeable and clever!

  29. super amazing news andrea! well deserved, you are the biggest inspiration! i dream of the day i get to physically tote around your beautiful story. xoxoxo

  30. Nan says:

    Congratulations!! I was hoping you would some day write a cookbook. Your recipes are the best and my daughter and I are obsessed with trying to make every one of them. Can’t wait to have your book!

  31. Vicky says:

    Congratulations and well deserved, your recipes and photos are beautiful

  32. Nancy Schrag says:

    Congratulations! You are going to be one busy gal! I love reading about your farm life there in Oregon from my little spot here in Homer, Alaska. Looking forward to the book and maybe someday, getting to see your little slice of heaven in person.

  33. Nicole says:

    Congratulations! How exciting, put me on the list, I can’t wait to read it and try your new recipes, yum!

  34. Alicia says:

    Yay Andrea! I’m so excited and happy for you! I can’t wait to read it!

  35. Suzanne says:

    Where and when can I get a copy! So happy for you!

  36. Congrats Andrea – looking forward to seeing the published work:-)

  37. Katie says:

    YAY! I’m thrilled for you! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Congratulations!

  38. Allyson says:

    That is such exciting news! Congratulations to both of you! Count me in for at lease a couple of copies. Your recipes are enjoyed by our whole family and it will be nice to see them on the printed page. Cant wait!!

  39. tamara says:

    Andrea, CONGRADULATIONS! I am so touched. You two work so hard and I enjoy your sharing your process so much. SO PROUD OF YOU & WHAT YOU ARE UP TOO! This is a time now to be even more transparent, as you are called to proclaim your Truth, your story – out loud – not only for your Self but for others. May you continue to BE TRUE to your calling – not to effort too much. Just Enjoy this book process being perfectly YOU. Thank you for sharing in your BLOG! You two are AMAZING (you 3) !, Love and Blessings, Tamara

  40. Carolyn says:

    I’m so happy for you!!!!! You are truly living the dream! My husband and I are in the very early stages of starting our own farm ( in Massachusetts!), and reading about yours is always enjoyable to see all the good and bad and hot and cold and everything in between! And your recipes are awesome and simple, especially with all the veggies homegrown! Rock on with yo bad self!!!

  41. Cori says:

    Congrats, I have been organic farming for years and love your blog . It is honest and real! And your recipes are awesome! So this is d is a well deserved book deal!

  42. Sue Peoples says:

    such great news. Your recipes are my go to recipes most often during the week. I will look forward to having your book in hand. I think that you and your husband are so amazing to put so much work into your farm!

  43. Casey says:

    Marvelous news, Andrea! So happy for you, Taylor, and, of course, Henry! I can hardly wait to get my copy of your book – your blog is wonderful and your recipes are amazing! Congratulations!

  44. Liz Sheeha says:

    So happy for you, Andrea. I can’t wait for my signed copy!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and Taylor!

  45. Sarah says:

    Wha!?! Pinch you! So stoked for you! But this was inevitable. Can’t wait to own it. As your ‘neighbor’, I volunteer for any help or odd jobs that you may need done throughout the process. Slay it, girl!

  46. Juli Young says:

    Hallelujah!!! I’ve been waiting for you to write a book for years! Congrats to you both.

  47. Shelley says:

    Wonderful news! Congrats on all the hard work you do- on and off the field 🙂 Considering I made two of your recipes today ( pumpkin smoothie and pumpkin, almond butter, chocolate cups), I’ll buy your book for sure!

  48. Jean Husson says:

    Yippeee! Congratulations. It’s more work than it should be but you are already a pro at that. I am going to have a copy for all my family next Christmas. And the Concord Library now has a cookbook club so they should pick it up. This is going to be fun–you have a great story to tell and wonderful recipes, one of which I am having for supper tonight. Well done.

  49. laura says:

    congrats! so excited for you, this is HUGE! can’t wait to pick up my own copy to have a lil Tumbleweed in my house. 🙂

  50. Delighted for you. Congratulations! I can’t wait for the book 🙂

  51. Pat says:

    Wahoo!!! Good for you. Perhaps living in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s house provided a powerful, good vibe!

  52. Lauren C says:

    YAY ANDREA!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!! I am truly happy for you! I have been wondering all week whether your big news would be a baby or a cookbook! I’m thrilled to have the chance to bring more of Dishing Up The Dirt into my home and will be one of the first to buy the book. I’ve enjoyed your blog and recipes for a while now. This was meant to be and your book will be a smashing success! Raising a Friday afternoon cold beer in honor of you, Taylor, and Henry! Cheers from NC!

  53. Melanie C. says:

    I can’t wait! I’m definitely getting it – I just love your recipes and reading about the farm.
    Next TV? Ha! I read The Pioneer Woman in the early days of her blog and now look at her.
    I do prefer your healthy, beautiful recipes. Wishing you a productive winter!

  54. Leah says:

    Yay! That’s incredible! Like you! Can’t wait!!!

  55. Beth says:

    Congratulations! I’m a new subscriber to your blog, but an enthusiastic one! Your love for Taylor, Henry, and the farm sings through in your writing and your recipes. It’s not only the good food, but also your way of making your readers feel like ( ok – wishing they were ) sitting in your kitchen with you, having a cup of coffee and sharing whatever’s just come out of the oven. I always feel happy after reading anything you’ve written.. Looking forward to owning a copy of your new book!

  56. Jennifer Thomas says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! I have been following this for a long while now and get so inspired! Really happy for you guys!! Cannot wait to get my hands on that book!

  57. Dianne says:

    Congratulations Andrea! I’m waiting with eager anticipation to hold this beautiful book in my hands and show my friends down here in Melbourne, Australia. Growing our own food is hard enough without the sheer hard slog of growing it for a large number of people, like you do. You have brought us with you, Taylor and Henry over the years and I can’t wait for every Saturday morning when I open up Fridays at the Farm for more of those gorgeous photos!

  58. Deana Pink says:

    Congratulations! You deserve this opportunity to have more people out there read about your
    hard work, cooking imagination, and ability to write about your experiences! I admire your
    energy and dedication. Good luck!

  59. Karen says:

    That is so exciting!! I follow a lot of blogs & always look forward to your posts. It’s actually inspired me to create my own & hope to have it up after the holidays. I cannot wait to get a copy of your book when it comes out. I’m sure everyone will love it

  60. Jean Skaane says:

    congrats!!! this is incredible! i am a big fan of yours and am always sharing your recipes with my foodie-girlfriends. loved the cashew cream sauce with chanterelle mushrooms/thyme/shallots…could eat it with a spoon. oops. i did eat it with a spoon ; ) keep ’em coming!

  61. Ashley Marti says:

    girl this book is going to be everything! xx

  62. Carrie says:

    Congratulations! This is so exciting and I am so happy for you! I can’t wait to get my hands on your new cookbook! I know it is going to be amazing!

  63. That’s awesome news, Andrea! A huge congratulations!! And yes, I do believe your personal story, insight into your life and the farm and your recipes will make an incredibly unique book people will be dying to get their hands on. Good luck putting it all together, can’t wait to see the finished product. 🙂

  64. Anna says:

    following your blog about a year now and keep wishing Tumbleweed wasn’t an ocean away!! Can’t wait to lay hands on your story in print 🙂
    Congrats from Germany!!

  65. yes to our happy life! says:

    I am thrilled for you! It will be so wonderful when your book is available for the world to enjoy! I am very happy for you and all the good you an dour wonderful guy does, and anyone else who helps you too. You are a beautiful couple, the epitome of ease, grace, joy and love.

    May you all be very blessed!

  66. I knew it!! I’ve been waiting for this day!! Congratulations from the bottom of my heart to both of you for all your hard work, tears, and long days – and to you especially for making magic out of veggies from the earth you grow it in. So excited for you and can’t wait to follow you through the process. Hoping you get to book tour somewhere around SF or Denver and I’ll be there in an instant! Can’t wait to hold it in my hands! xo

  67. liz says:

    I sure bet your parents are over the moon excited and proud!

  68. Harmony says:

    Congratulations!! How exciting! I love reading your blog and I’ve made many DELICIOUS dishes with your recipes as inspiration. I’ll be excited to see this book in print!

  69. Abigail says:

    That is so exciting!! Congrats! I’ve been hoping for this announcement and thinking “You should put together a cookbook” every time I try another of your fabulous recipes. I come to your blog whenever I need a little inspiration in the kitchen (which is often) and have been loving all I’ve been learning in the process about cooking and farm life too! As a garden educator, I am very grateful for our farmers all over the world. Keep rocking!
    When can I pre-order!?? 🙂

  70. Robert Ogden says:

    Good luck with your cookbook! It is so good to see a young couple like you two doing a CSA the way it is supposed to be done. The one here is just a couple selling produce from the Amish farmers for a huge profit. Can’t wait to see your cookbook. I check in with your blog most days, when I have time. My wife & I live out in the woods in Middle Tennessee. I have been working all summer clearing an old house trailer off our land so we can grow food on the only spot that gets sun. Again, congratulations!

  71. Congratulations Andrea! I love your website, hearing about the challenges and successes on the farm, and your simple, delicious recipes. I can’t wait to read your book!

  72. Allison says:

    Wowee! Congrats! So so so well deserved. This is exactly the type of book I love to read. Cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!
    Best of luck xo

  73. maggie says:

    CONGRATS! Can’t wait to see it.

  74. Carlee says:

    I love your blog – can’t wait to read your book!

  75. AHH Congratulations Andrea!! I can’t wait for the cookbook, your recipes and photography are always so beautiful!! 😀

  76. Sarah says:

    I’m a little late to the party, but I just had offer my congratulations here as well. I look forward to every one of your posts and now I can’t wait to get a copy of your cookbook. How wonderful!

  77. Karen Hyde says:

    I am so pleased for you – so totally deserved!! From the time I found your first blog (can’t remember the name of it now) and then when you started this one and moved to the farm it has been a pleasure to follow along on your adventure online. Love so many of your recipes and look forward to your book. Well done!!!

  78. Amanda says:

    Awesome news! When it is released I will have one in my hot little hands, and a couple for gifts. Your recipes are genius. Congratulations – you deserve it!

  79. Jennifer says:

    How super AWESOME! Congratulations!! We look forward to getting a copy when it comes out. Happy Thanksgiving to you all! 🙂

  80. Callen says:

    Congratulations!! I’m so ready to buy this book! Love your recipes, your voice and your story.

  81. Annika says:

    that’s incredible! I cannot wait to own a copy 😀

    Congrats- what a dream come true!!!

  82. Mary says:

    This is great news! You deserve it. Your recipes are so great- easy to make and delicious. I’ll definitely get the book when it comes out.

  83. Poppy says:

    WHAT!!!!! Omg, I’m so excited! I’ll be the first one to buy! Your site has been pivotal to me changing from a SAD to gluten-free, dairy-free living. Like seriously, you’re my go-to for food that feeds my soul. I adore your blog and your recipes, and I thank you for making the transition easier. You rock! CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!

  84. Hey lady! I was just searching your site for a round-up I’m doing and I came across this. I feel so bad for commenting almost 2 months after you posted it but I couldn’t leave without saying something! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’m so happy for you! I mean, I always knew you would have a cookbook some day but it’s so cool to see it become a reality. You can bet I’ll be one of the first to buy it! 🙂 xoxo

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  86. Carol says:

    Is your husband John or Gordy’s son? I used to work for the farm. He looks a bit like Gordy, but I think John had a Taylor….

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