Dishing Up the Dirt

Fridays at the Farm (kind of!)

March 25, 2016

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Last week I left the farm and flew to NYC to meet some pretty important people behind the Dishing up the Dirt cookbook! Taylor was left to do all farm chores on his own but luckily my 4 year-old nephew stepped up to the plate and filled in while I was away! Look at that little guy– he loved driving the tractor and feeding the chickens! I love him so much.

I was only in New York for 48 hours but man, it was amazing. I cleaned the dirt from my fingernails, raided my sister’s closet for clean and fashionable clothes and jetted off to the east coast. The trip was a whirlwind and I don’t think I’ve been so overly stimulated in years. The people watching was incredible and it felt so strange to walk around knowing that the city is home to so many people and little Tumbleweed Farm has never felt so far away! The food was awesome, the cocktails equally so and my meeting with the lovely team behind my book was great. I cannot believe that things are moving along like they are. The book won’t be available until next spring which feels really far away but there is SO much that goes into publishing a book and the process is fascinating. Once the initial edits are complete the book heads off to a design team. It’s going to be really fun to see this whole project come together. Honestly, it took over a year to write my proposal and recipe ideas and this winter I went to town fine tuning everything. Now that the bones of the project are complete it’s fun to pass along all of my work to the professionals. I’m in good hands guys…. Really good hands! Pinch me!

This weekend we’re continuing to spread compost, seed, transplant and hopefully welcome a new flock of chickens to the farm. The weather has been horrible so things have been taking extra long to get done. The tractor got stuck for a few hours in the mud the other day and the lower field is a swampy mess which means we can’t plant down there for a while. This season we’re starting the first cycle of crops in the upper field because it’s much drier up there. This is a complete contrast to last spring and our fingers are crossed for some sunshine.

I hope whatever your plans are this weekend that you get to enjoy a few relaxing moments around the dinner table with good food and great company. Cheers from Tumbleweed Farm.

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20 thoughts on “Fridays at the Farm (kind of!)

  1. Sandy Metzler says:

    Congratulations! That is really fabulous news!!!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you Sandy!

  2. Ellen says:

    Sounds fun! Congratulations on the book progress. I have loved absolutely everything on your website, and I cannot wait to get the book for myself and also to share it with friends.

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you for cooking my recipes and following along!

  3. Margie says:

    SO happy for you–and for us! Looking forward to seeing your book next spring…

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you Margie!

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  5. Elaine says:

    Andrea, I love your recipes…looking forward to getting a copy of your cookbook! Thanks for sharing photos as well..
    Elaine in NC

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you so much for following along!!!

  6. Joan Kessler says:

    How awesome!!!! Congratulations!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you Joan!

  7. Joan Kessler says:

    Awesome!! Congratulations!

  8. Jessica says:

    I’m so happy that I stumbled upon your recipes. I can’t wait to see the book.

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you Jessica!

  9. Julie says:

    I love to receive your recipes and news of farm life. Really looking forward to cooking from the book.

    1. Andrea says:

      I’m really looking forward to you cooking from the book as well!!!

  10. Tamara says:

    Oh, i love hearing about trips to New York, even better when they’re about books! The trip sounds like it was awesome, and, well, I’ll have to wait to see the book. Will it be available in Australia?

  11. Lauren C says:

    So exciting!! I can’t wait to buy and use your cookbook. It will have pride of place in my kitchen 🙂

  12. Gena says:

    Aw, wish I’d known you were gonna be here! Congrats on the book, and hopefully it’ll bring you back to NYC soon 🙂

    1. Andrea says:

      Thanks for the sweet comment Gena! I’d love to meet up with you next time I’m back in NY! I’ll be there this Fall and next spring for the launch of the book. I’ll keep you posted! Would love to grab a coffee/drink with you. xo

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