Dishing Up the Dirt

I am Thankful

November 26, 2015

I am Thankful 2

Instead of a Fridays at the farm post this week I thought I’d take a moment to write down a few of the things I’m thankful for this year. Hopefully you all are able to step back for a moment and do the same. It’s easy to take the small blessings in our life for granted and I love taking time to appreciate the little things that make my world go round.  So here it goes….

I am thankful for all of the opportunities that lie ahead.

I am thankful to all of the farmers around the world who work from sun up to sun down (and often times throughout the night) to grow food and raise livestock to feed their communities.

I am thankful for our amazing CSA members, farmers market customers and restaurant chefs who put their faith in us to grow food that they are proud to serve on their dinner tables or restaurant menus.

I am thankful for Taylor and Henry who are my number one supporters, taste testers and the most hard working team I know. I love them more than words can express.

I am thankful that 7 years ago Taylor and I decided to chuck it all and move to his family’s 60 acre organic farm in Massachusetts to learn a thing or two about how food is grown. Farming has honestly saved my life and while it is the most challenging and physically demanding thing I’ve ever done, I wouldn’t trade my pocket knife or work boots in for any other uniform.

I am thankful for my parents who encouraged me to take the path less traveled and who have always said that if shit hits the fan I always have a bed at home so to just go for it!

I am thankful for my in-laws who not only raised the best son in the world but who have taken me in as a daughter and supported and loved Taylor and me through our farming journey–even if that journey has taken us further away from where we started.

I am so damn thankful for my siblings and brother and sister-in law. I’m blessed with the best when it comes to extended family and that family is growing which makes my heart melt (Rebekah, can’t wait till we’re officially sisters in October!)

I am thankful for our local community. We honestly live in a very special place where we are surrounded by hard working folks who enjoy good food and local beer as much as we do. #parkdalerules

I’m thankful for my kitchen– which just so happens to by my favorite room in our house. It has blessed us with so many wonderful meals, great company and a lot of warmth and comfort.

I’m thankful that I get to clink glasses every night with my best friend, favorite farmer and number one fan.

Lastly, I am thankful to all of you who stop by this place every day to check in or grab a recipe to prepare for your family. I hope this Thanksgiving that you all get to clink glasses and enjoy a nourishing meal with folks you love.

Cheers from Tumbleweed! xo



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18 thoughts on “I am Thankful

  1. Rachel says:

    Hi Andrea! On this day of being thankful , I thank you. You don’t know me , and I guess I don’t REALLY know you but your blog is my safe an comforting spot that I go to when I’m feeling caught up an overwhelmed. The pictures of your farm and all your incredible dishes bring me a real sense of comfort and warmth especially when I’m im feeling stressed from my 3 little kids an everyday stuff in this crazy world!!! May you continue to have the good health and fortune ,together with your wonderful hubby, To do the awesome work you are doing, bringing life and joy to those you know and those you may never even meet…
    Happy holidays!
    Rachel
    P.s-can’t wait for your book!!!

    1. Andrea says:

      Rachel! Thank you for such a lovely comment. Folks like you are the reason I continue to keep this blog up. Thank you for supporting our farm, reading along and cooking the recipes. I hope this holiday season you and your family are healthy, happy and surrounded with a lot of love. xoxoxo

  2. Alan Lasher says:

    And I am grateful to you for your consistentcy and positive expressions and content and feelings of goodness

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you Alan!

  3. Sandy Metzler says:

    Thank YOU for your commitment to a better world through the work of your farm! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you Sandy! xo

  4. Casey says:

    Thanks to you, Andrea . . . For being such a positive force, an inspiration, and for your amazing, creative, but so doable recipes.

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you for following along and cooking the recipes. Happy holidays!! xo

  5. Jeanette says:

    I am thankful that somehow – don’t remember how – your site – and you and your husband and your dog and your farm and your recipes have come into my life – it’s wonderful to be linked across the miles – and to look forward to what’s new with you all.

    and, of course, really looking forward to your book – and do keep us updated

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you for the lovely comment. I’m so happy you found the blog and thank you for following us along on our farm journey. Happy holidays! xo

  6. Jean Husson says:

    Beautifully said, as usual. I have wondered from time to time if you and Taylor had second thoughts when the deer invaded or the rains didn’t come (or did when they were not supposed to) and you struggled in heat and humidity or snow and ice . And now I have the answer I hoped for. Continue to find joy in what you do because your readers certainly do.

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you for following us along Jean! You’ve been here since the beginning and I’m so thankful for loyal readers like you. Would love to grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine on one of our trips back to Concord one of these times. Happy holidays. xo

  7. Callen says:

    Happy Thanksgiving (belated)! Thank you for sharing your wonderful point of view, beautiful photos and delicious recipes with all of us. I’m grateful for those who are passionate about growing and cooking and sharing the literal fruits of their labor with the rest of us! Cheers to you.

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you Callen! Happy holidays to you. xo

  8. Meredith says:

    Andrea — I am thankful for you! I’ve been following along on your journey since you were at the Emerson house and you’ve been my first rest-stop on the internet each morning. Thank you for sharing stories of the critically important work you do — feeding a community. Your smoothies have gotten me through post-wisdom teeth recovery, your vegan recipes have helped endear me to my now sister-in-law, and as recently as tonight, your pumpkin pancakes happily fed my husband and me. I can’t wait for your book and, until then, I’ll keep following along and rooting you and Taylor and Henry on from the east coast!

    1. Andrea says:

      Meredith! Thank you for such a lovely comment. I’m so honored to have loyal followers like you. Thank you for cheering us on from the beginning. Happy holidays from Tumbleweed Farm. xo

  9. Janet says:

    Those are some beautiful sentiments! What a beautiful tribute to your partner. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you Janet! xo

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