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The Farm Diaries- December 2017

December 7, 2017

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone and that we’re officially into the month of December.  I love this quiet and reflective time of year and I also love that the farm is still producing so many wonderful vegetables. The roots are tastier than ever and the greens are still cranking! We’ve already had a little dusting of snow but that hasn’t affected many of the crops still out there. We’re still eating a great variety of veggies and I’ve been loving cooking up all our favorite late season dishes. Hearty pastas, stews, and salads have kept us going over the past few weeks.

It’s hard to believe that two weeks have already passed since we loaded the Tumbleweed Farm trailer for the last farmers market of the season. The final market is always bittersweet because on the one hand we’re mentally and physically ready for a break but we’re also sad to say goodbye to all of our amazing costumers and fellow vendors.

Taylor and I are incredibly proud of the 2017 farm season. It was one of the most difficult growing seasons we’ve experienced but somehow, through drought, fires, and crop devastations we managed to keep trucking along and produce some damn fine veggies! It wasn’t easy, and this season tested us in more ways than we’ve been tested in years passed. However, here we are, the first week of December and I can proudly say this was our most successful farm year to date. It may have aged us faster than I’d like to admit, but damn, I’m so proud of us!

This winter Taylor and I have some projects that will keep us busy on the farm but for the most part we’re really looking forward to having 2 solid months of  rest. Sure there’s a few daily chores that are necessary but for the most part Tumbleweed will be put to bed. As we’ve grown with the farm seasons we’ve matured enough to realize that killing ourselves for 9 months out of the year just isn’t sustainable. Our bodies are tired and our minds need a little more rest too. Luckily, 2018 is going to be a year of growing our crew and we’re really excited to have 2 farm hands join our family. I think next year we’ll even get to take a day off each week!! Oh the possibilities!

Evenings at the farm have been occupied with plenty of board games, warm fires, tea and Netflix. Even Henry is taking full advantage of this slower pace of life. He’s slowing down quite a bit these days but he’s very happy and content with his new role of “this looks like a great place to nap.” He’s the best and it’s both heartwarming and a little sad to watch him age. If you’ve been reading this blog from the beginning you know that we got Henry as a rescue when we lived back on Hutchins Farm in MA. He came from an abusive situation and was a challenging dog for the first year. However, he quickly won our hearts over and has turned into a wonderful companion. We can’t imagine life without him and I’m treasuring every day we get to cuddle with this giant bundle of love.

As we head deeper into the holiday season I wanted to let folks know that if you’re searching for the perfect gift for your foodie loving friends that my local bookstore will mail out books (worldwide) to whomever you want to gift the book to. You can even request a personal note that you want inside the book from yours truly and I’ll personally write any message you want. Dishing up the Dirt is also available on Amazon however it’s currently out of stock (only for a few more days) because my book has officially gone into its SECOND print! I’m beyond grateful for all of the support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has purchased a book for themselves or someone they love. And I hate to ask this of you, but if you own the book could you please write a review on Amazon (even if you didn’t purchase it there). Reviews help more than you know and the more reviews the book has the easier it is for folks to find me. So thank you in advance! You can write any review here. On that note–there was a small batch of books that went out earlier in the year with a faulty binding. The issue has been fixed but for anyone who has had trouble with the binding please email and I’ll forward it to my publisher and they’ll mail you a replacement.

I hope that wherever this post finds you that you’re enjoying the holiday season. Taylor and I are taking a quick trip to the east coast to visit family but I’ve got some tasty recipes still coming at you while we’re away. Stay tuned!

That’s all the news from the farm for now. Happy December from the three of us!

The above photos were taken by my fabulous friend Kate Schwager 

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14 thoughts on “The Farm Diaries- December 2017

  1. Joe Condon says:

    Do you have suggestions for places to buy local organic produce in Hood River from Dec-May?

    Thanks for the hard work providing healthy veggies fo the community. Maybe in your off months you can read up about vegan lifestyle and leave the eggs/meat/dairy off the table. Cheers

    1. Andrea says:

      Hi Joe,
      In the winter it’s hard to find local produce. Most things will have to be shipped in from the valley. However, there are great local small dairies and ranches to support in the off season when the greens aren’t producing. And thanks for your suggestions on a vegan diet. I’m very well versed in that lifestyle and have found it to not be sustainable for where we live. Have a wonderful winter!

      1. Emily L says:

        I’m also a (mostly) vegan and wanted to thank you for how vegan friendly your recipes are!! It’s actually the perfect mix – I don’t eat meat/dairy/eggs but my husband does so we are always able to modify if necessary and accomodate both of us.

  2. Mary says:

    I just have to say I’ve been reading ever since the NYTimes article about Emerson’s house! I love these types of posts. It is so cool and inspiring to see what you and Taylor have created. Enjoy the restful winter!

  3. Susan says:

    Hi, I’ve been reading your weekly posts for years and am so proud of your growth and success. I love reading your updates….We live in NH so feel a little kindred spirit. Merry Christmas and you both deserve a nice rest.

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you so much for following along!! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Xo

  4. Sally says:

    Link to your bookstore came up with a security warning – what is the store? I’m in the Hudson Valley but originally from Portland,

    1. Andrea says:

      Oops!! It’s Waucoma bookstore in Hood River! I’ll fix the link!!

  5. John says:

    Love the farm posts. So proud of you guys!

  6. Annette says:

    Congratulations on a successful year! I’m glad you are able to take some time off to recharge. Love your book and all the recipes you post. Thanks so much. Not sure how you accomplish everything. Very impressive! Happy Holidays

  7. Elisabeth says:

    I bought your book through Amazon in Germany (as I live there) and sadly the binding fell apart after six weeks of frequent use. So do you think that the replacement will also apply for this case?

    1. Andrea says:

      Yes! Email me at with your mailing address and Harper Collins will mail you a replacement. So sorry you were part of the small batch with the faulty binding. xoxo

  8. Cheryl says:

    My son got me your book for Christmas and I love it. I will live vicariously through you as a small farmer myself. My son and his girlfriend have the dream of doing exactly what you guys have done

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