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Fridays at the farm

January 15, 2016

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More snow, plenty of chores, fresh eggs, hearty soup and my official signature on my book contract! It’s been a wild week here at the farm.

After 2 solid months of fine tuning the book contract I’m happy to share with you all that HarperCollins is my official book publisher!!! Not only has HarperCollins published a TON of amazing books but they just so happen to have published my favorite of all time– The Giving Tree pretty much floods my heart and soul with childhood memories and I know I’m in good hands with these guys!

Anyhow, aside from working on the book we’ve also been busy tackling other farm chores this week. Since the ground is frozen operation deer fence is on hold. Thankfully there is plenty of other chores that need tackling and Taylor has dedicated his free time to building a proper walk-in fridge to help store a lot of our freshly picked veggies. We’re chatting about the possibly of starting a small farm stand on the property and between the CSA, farmers markets and restaurant accounts we have, a large walk in cooler is necessary. Taylor has done a phenomenal job building the fridge and we’re stoked that our veggies will have a longer shelf life with this amazing addition!

Our 2016 seed orders and materials have been arriving at the farm daily and one of our UPS delivery drivers is so curious about our farm and CSA program that he and his wife are seriously considering joining our CSA! Honestly, I didn’t think I could love UPS anymore than I already do but this is next level.

Anyhow, this weekend we’ll be busy tackling a few more chores and organizing all the materials that have been arriving each day. It may be the dead of winter but the farm schedule has been fine tuned and seeding starts in the greenhouses next month. Yikes!!!

I hope this weekend you all are able to slow down a bit, enjoy a few drinks and some home cooked meals.

Cheers from Tumbleweed Farm.

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17 thoughts on “Fridays at the farm

  1. ale says:

    So, so happy for you!! You’ll do an amazing job. Writing a book is on my buckets list for sure!

  2. Dawn Weeman says:

    I LOVE the idea of a farm stand at your property! I would come by all the time, And I can’t wait to buy your book. I have so many of your recipes printed up in a binder – and they are all a mess!

  3. Julie says:

    Andrea I have followed you guys since that article in the NYTimes ran so many years ago. I don’t comment often, but I read all your posts and I am just amazed at the path you guys’ lives have taken! WOW! Your story has been so great to follow and I’m just in awe of what you two have accomplished. I can’t wait for the book to come out!

  4. Jeanette says:

    That soup looks yummy – do you have the recipe handy?

    love the connection you feel with the publisher of your book – beautiful

  5. Johnella says:

    Congratulations to being published. I certainly enjoy your posts!

  6. Jean Husson says:

    Congratulations on Harper Collins – nothing like starting at the top. Glad to hear about the walk-in. Should make life easier for you both. Take care.

  7. Pauline says:

    Awesome news about your book. I am very anxious to be one of your readers!
    Love to see photos of Henry, my heart melts when I see him in his element in the fields.
    A wonderful pet indeed!!
    Thanks again for your wonderful blog and look forward to hearing/seeing photos of your

  8. Melissa says:

    I can’t wait to buy your book! Congratulations!

  9. Amelia Barouxis says:

    So pumped for you and the cookbook signing!!!✨⚡️ Cannot wait to purchase it!
    Sounds like your having a very productive winter. Love the posts and seeing your beautiful farm. I have it on my must do list. So hopefully we’ll FINALLY make to visit! Cheers! Have a rad weekend!!

  10. Katie-Jane says:

    SO super happy for you both!! How exciting! Maybe we could get UPS to deliver out of state?? I so wish there was a way to be apart of your CSA….

    Cheers to a new Chapter!

  11. Leanne Thorsson says:

    Sooooo looking forward to your book, Andrea! Congrats!

  12. mayann says:

    How cool is that!!! Funny how life unfolds…you sign on as the live-in caretakers of Emerson House…the NYT does a story on that property, which gets your names out there…readers check out your blog, and love it (this is where I came aboard)…we follow your adventures as you walk down the aisle and move to Oregon (the Cliff Notes version of your story) …and now A BOOK DEAL!!!!
    I’m always glad when I see your blog in my inbox…because I know that when I read your words and look at your photographs, I feel happy.
    Congrats on your (and our!) good news!!!!

    1. Andrea says:

      This comment literally brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for following us along and reading the blog for all these years. so much love!!! xoxo

  13. Mary Ellen says:

    We subscribe to a weekly box from a neighboring farm here on the Plaine de Versailles. They have a great roadside stand! It’s coin-operated and available 24/7. You can see it here: If you need help translating, give me a yell! I can’t wait for your book!

  14. Andrea,
    Congratulations on your cookbook! Looking forward to reading it!!!


  15. Cori says:

    Congrats on the book contract! Yeah, well deserve for a your had work

  16. Dominika says:

    Congratulations on the book!
    I’ve been following your blog for som time. I love your farm, the food and your photos.
    Greetings from Poland 🙂

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