A farmer’s life | A Couple Cooks Podcast Episode 55

“The day to day romantic vision you have of farming: that is completely gone. It’s full panic mode from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep. We have that in our chest from March until August.” That’s Taylor and Andrea Bemis on what it takes to run a farm as a husband-wife team. Theirs is Tumbleweed Farm, a picture perfect mountain-view farm outside of Portland, Oregon. What’s more, Andrea is a farmer with a first-class food blog and a popular cookbook. For Dishing Up the Dirt, Andrea develops recipes with the produce she grows and photographs them in her home studio. Hear about how she got a cookbook deal to tell their story and behind the scenes of a successful organic vegetable farm. While running a farm is not as romantic as it seems, in the end it’s the most fulfilling work they’ve known.

Andrea and Taylor Bemis, Dishing Up the Dirt & Tumbleweed Farm

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Tumbleweed Farm

Her cookbook: Dishing Up the Dirt



Chard quiche with almond crust

Grilled bok choy and turnip rice bowls with soy sesame sauce


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  • Reply
    Genevieve Crum
    October 12, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I absolutely love Andrea’s blog and I am so happy that you interviewed Taylor and Andrea on your podcast! Their story gives me such an appreciation for the people who grow our food, and it has further inspired me to eat as seasonally and locally as possible. You’re right, so much excitement and creativity can be found in the “constraint” of eating seasonally. :)

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    Janet K
    October 12, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Loved this Podcast episode. I just the other day requested the cookbook from my library.

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    October 12, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I follow Andrea on Instagram, and I love seeing the daily life on her farm. I have checked out her cookbook from the library, and it’s lovely. I am a CSA member at a local farm in Spokane, WA, and I love it. I totally agree with Taylor about signing up for a CSA and its impact on our planet’s health and as a boon to the local community, too.

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    October 13, 2017 at 5:23 am

    I loved this podcast. What an inspirational story about people doing the hard yards for what they believe in!!

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    October 13, 2017 at 8:27 am

    This was such a great episode. We look trying our hand at growing our produce and how inspiring to hear the story of their farming journey. Thanks for such a great interview!

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    Angel Kendrick
    October 13, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I follow Andrea on Instagram and the CSA pictures and stories are my favorite.I am part of a CSA in upstate NY and I fully support local farmers and all of the hardwork and love that goes into it.

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    October 13, 2017 at 10:40 am

    You guys have the most interesting people on for interviews. Thanks for telling the world more about where our food comes from!

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    October 13, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Andrea has one of the finest food blogs around. I have loved every one of her recipes that I’ve tried. I admire the work she and Taylor have done in Parkdale, OR.

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    Amy SaraEn
    October 13, 2017 at 11:39 am

    This is a dream team. A couple cooks is my favorite food podcast and Andrea is one of my favorite food bloggers!! Her food is colorful, healthy, and relatively easy to prepare! Can not WAIT to listen to this episode!!

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    amy gouley
    October 13, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I just love Andrea, this was really fun! Her cookbook is amazing, you must try to the miso radishes! SOOO gorgeous!

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    Amara Williams
    October 13, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    We continually enjoy the recipes from the website season after season. I’m looking forward to getting the book too! Fun to learn more about all the work it takes to do what they do. Thank you for having them on your podcast!

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    October 15, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    I really enjoyed this podcast and I’m so inspired to try some new recipes with ingredients that are locally grown and in season (making mead with my neighbor’s honey counts too, right?). I hope to win the book!

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    Lauren Tilton
    October 15, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I loved this episode! Always interesting to see how a couple who works together makes it all work. If I lived near Portland, I would certainly add my name to the CSA waitlist. ?

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    October 18, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I have checked out Dishing Up the Dirt from the library before but would love to own a copy. It’s a perfect cookbook to have while we have produce coming in from our CSA. Sometimes we get vegetables we don’t know what to do with, but Andrea’s cookbook has given us great ideas for delicious meals!

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    Emily S.
    October 18, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Great episode! This recipe for chard quiche sounds delicious. I am looking forward to picking up chard from my Western Massachusetts CSA tonight.

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    October 19, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Loved hearing the conversation with Andrea and Taylor. She creates such great recipes.

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