Dishing Up the Dirt

Fridays at the Farm

February 19, 2016

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The snow has melted; the deer fence construction continues; the chickens are laying a TON of eggs; the garlic is up; Henry is stoked; and to be honest, we’re pretty happy too! Spring is in the air here at Tumbleweed Farm. We’ve almost filled up our CSA for the 2016 season (only a few spots left!) and all of the seeds have arrived. We officially start seeding in the greenhouse Sunday–hundreds of kale, collards, onions, broccoli and cauliflower on the list for this week. Next week the list grows and it will continue to grow each week for the next 30 weeks. The greenhouse will be full before we know it!

The stars have really aligned for us this year. I finished my memoir/cookbook manuscript this week and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. I can officially trade in my cooking apron for my farming boots this week! Of course there will still continue to be recipes here but I feel great not needing to cook and photograph 10 meals a day! That whole process just about killed me and I’m relieved that it’s over. With that being said, I guess now is a good time to tell you all that my cookbook, which will also be called Dishing up the Dirt, will be published by HarperCollins in the spring of 2017! I know that sounds like a ways off but there is a lot of behind the scenes stuff that goes on and there will continue to be some editing going on in the next few months. I’m really proud of the work I’ve done and I cannot wait to share everything with you all! The book will be beautiful with so many photos, stories and delicious recipes alike. I’ll continue to keep you posted as things continue to unfold. Thank you for being a part of this with me!

Anyhow, this weekend we’re going to be prepping the fields, organizing seeds, working on the deer fence and well……I guess it’s safe to say we’re back in farming mode. Vacation was short lived this year!

I hope this weekend you all get to enjoy a relaxing couple of days with good food and great company.

Cheers from Tumbleweed Farm.

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14 thoughts on “Fridays at the Farm

  1. It looks positively spring-like on the farm — can’t wait for your cookbook 🙂

  2. Jeanette says:

    Congrats on getting the manuscript complete

    so looking forward already to 2017- when your book is published –

    That fence is HIGH!!!!

    Your husband is STRONG!!!!

    what a beautiful life – hard work – good food – and LOVE

  3. Lauren C says:

    Hey look! No snow! 🙂 Congratulations on finishing your manuscript and marathon cooking/photographing! What an accomplishment! Thank you for taking us along for the ride and continuing to post here, even though your schedule must have been manic at times. I am so excited to have your cookbook in my hands next year and hope a book tour might be in the works as well. Planning to make Wednesday’s harissa roasted chicken this weekend. Have a great weekend in the dirt!

    1. Andrea says:

      Ahh, thank you for the lovely comment Lauren. I hope the harissa chicken turned out well!!! It’s one of our new favorites!

      1. Lauren C says:

        It was delicious! My first time using harissa and we loved it. That recipe is going into our regular rotation now 🙂 Thanks!

  4. Sarah says:

    Congrats girl! Super impressed by all of the rad things you two accomplish together!

  5. Angela says:

    Can’t wait to get your cookbook! Congrats!!!!

  6. mary ann says:

    I wish I could pre-pre-order your book! It has “bestseller” written all over it!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you Mary Ann!!! I think it will be able to be preordered next winter. I’ll keep everyone in the loop!!!

  7. Mary Ryckman says:

    Andrea I am so proud of you I can hardly wait till 2017 in the meantime I can hardly wait to come out and get fresh vegetables right off the farm I’m excited that the garlic is coming up and I’ll be waiting for all the other things I wish I lived closer so I could help out sending my love to you Taylor and of course Henry take care sweetie your goofy Aunt Mary

    1. Andrea says:

      Aunt Mary!

      Thank you for the lovely comment. We cannot wait to get you back out here to the farm again. Love and miss you. xo

  8. Pauline says:

    Andrea…..what can I say that everyone else has not said before!!! You and your husband are two amazing people! You never stop working and enjoying your lives together!
    I look forward to buying your book in 2017…….it is sure to be a blockbuster in the cookbook section!
    And we must not leave Henry out of our posts! He seems to be the perfect “foreman” on the job!
    How old is he?

    1. Andrea says:

      Pauline! Thank you for the lovely comment. Seriously made my day! Henry is going to be a big part of the book (he’s been a big part of our farming adventures for the past 6 years!!) Henry is 7. He’s a rescue dog that had a pretty rough life and now he’s happy and healthy!

  9. absolutely cannot wait for your cookbook andrea! – – we’ve had some crazy warm february temperatures here in south dakota, enough to instill proper spring dreams. much love to beginning your 2016 growing season. xo

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