Who’s your farmer?

Well…That would be me!


My name is Andrea and I am so happy you stopped by A Farmer In The Dell!  I started this blog a little over 2 years ago to document life on the farm my husband and I were working on back east.  After long days of getting our hands dirty we would usually come home and cook a meal using all of the great produce we were growing.  Life was simple.  We were happy. And I enjoyed documenting it all.

However, after 3 seasons of farm work in Massachusetts we began feeling a strong pull to be back out West (were I am originally from). We packed our bags, our dog, and all my kitchen gadgets and drove from Massachusetts to Oregon.  We are settling in to life as Oregonians and are embarking on a new farming adventure out here.  We feel totally crazy for doing this but our fingers and toes are crossed that things will all work out!

Thanks to family, friends, and a lot of strangers this blog has grown in ways I could never have imagined. It has inspired me to continue writing. So thank you!

55 Responses to Who’s your farmer?

  1. Stephanie says:

    YAY!!!!! Love it already.

  2. Carrie says:

    Wil is a trend setter, for sure! LOVE that the name stuck!

  3. Tristan says:

    Love yr title of yr first entry, cracked me up. I’m looking forward to the next entry!

  4. Diane Corbett says:

    Wow–how cool is that?? What made you do this and HOW did you get Emerson’s house? RWE!!!!! Portland just wasn’t doing it for you?

    Hope all is well!!

  5. Aubrey Duffy says:

    This is so cool!! I’ll be checking this all the time!!

  6. cousin-in-law Grace says:

    yay! what fun to get to follow along with your journey to farmer-hood. love it.

  7. kevin says:

    This is the first BLOG I have ever read!! Now I’m hooked. Fascinatingly fun and honest…..makes one want to be there!!

  8. Aubrey says:

    Wow! Congrats on your story in NYT!! The article about you guys led me to this blog, which is amazing. Thanks for all the fantastic recipes and stories; I’m definitely looking forward to reading more!

  9. Peter Hickey says:

    Happy to see folks who love to cook and eat good food stepping up and growing it too!
    That’s huge. Love it! You live in a beautiful place. Plus, your blog’s a good read!
    Farm ON! cheers.

  10. Art Brennan says:

    Excellent, I’m a retired judge from NH and have visited RWE’s home and Concord many times, particularly when I needed a calm and centered place for a little while. RWE and the whole crew of Transcendentalists would be so happy to see you two living in the old place. “Trust yourselves, let each of your hearts beat to than iron string.” Best, Art

  11. Jody Old says:

    Fun to wake up and read about you in the morning paper!

  12. Betsy says:

    Wow…the caretakers of the Emerson house. Read about you guys in the NYTimes. And I loved that you were trading in your heels and dress for becoming the housekeeper of this lovely old house inhabited in their day by such wonderful people. Soooo, when it said in the article that you were looking for your groove in the cleaning category, I immediately picture you in the full length apron I got for my daughters on etsy last year (a fashionable toss back to the 50’s with a 2010 vibe) with lots of pockets…and a cool set of dusting brushes! Then I found your blog which is great. I think Ralph is absolutely LOVING having you guys be the caretakers.

  13. Emil Minte says:

    I’m a Concord local who just read the article about the two of you in the nyt. Awesome –

  14. Sutapa says:

    Also read about you guys in the NYTimes. Wow, you guys are famous now! And living in Emerson’s home…he and his wife would have been proud..

  15. Nick says:

    Congrats on the move!

    That view over the farm is one of my favorites in Concord. My mother runs Old Frog Pond Farm (pyo organic apples and raspberries) over in Harvard and Hutchins farm has been a great help with organic apple techniques. Stop by if you’d like some berries or if Henry needs a another dog to run around with.

  16. NYTimes article led me to your blog and I absolutely love it. Thanks for your recipes.
    Emerson would be happy to know you and fiance are the caretakers of his home. What a great place to call home. Best of luck!

  17. Emily-Rose says:

    I read the Times article online today and just love what you guys are doing! Friends of mine started a similiar adventure about 2 years ago in rural Ontario… read their blog here: http://www.luxyfarm.blogspot.com/
    Congratulations! And the best of luck!

  18. Melissa says:

    I am so inspired by your story! I especially liked your whiskey cider idea and your starbucks post- (I too am sometimes guilty of indulging in their fall time pumpkin lattes(: ) What is the Emerson kitchen like-are all the original cooking utensils still in there? The house sounds absolutely amazing! I have lived in California all my life and worked on an organic farm and ecological garden in northern CA for four years during college – I now work in a cubicle every day as a coastal planner in San Diego and am trying to find a way to escape the system and return to farm life! There are not a lot of young people out here who share the values of local sourcing and simple organic living- I am often discouraged by the expanse of subdivisions and unconscious wastefulness that persists here. You give me hope that it is possible to simply live love and farm!

    ps. if you haven’t heard of the seasonal Canal House cookbooks (http://thecanalhouse.com/) you should check them out- I think you might really enjoy their recipes!

  19. just tuning in, and already an ardent follower.

  20. Rick Henningsen says:

    Hello Andrea and Taylor,

    I’ve been reading THE MIND ON FIRE, a detailed biography of Emerson by Richardson. Having your blog to accompany this reading is a treat. I especially enjoy photos of the house and grounds. Have you found the remains of Ralph’s orchard? He had a wide variety of apples and other fruits—even a Quince tree.
    I hope you continue to enjoy being where you are and what you are doing—it’s very special.

    Rick Henningsen
    Howard City, Michigan

  21. Robert J. Kerr says:

    Dear Farmers,

    Great article in the Times! I’ve been a Caretaker for over thirty years; and was wondering how you landed such a great position? I too have taken care of historic homes, and really miss the simplicity of the olden days. Good Luck!



  22. alye b. says:

    Congratulations! I, too, stumbled upon your blog after reading the NYT article. I live two miles away (up Monument street over the Carlisle border) from Hutchins Farm and am a frequent customer. Just today I was talking to a friend about getting to know more of the people who produce my food. Thanks to your blog, I can . . .

    • drealieberg says:

      If you swing by the farm stand on Wed. afternoons I will be there! when I am not working the farm stand I am out in the fields. Swing by and say a hello! I like meeting people who are eating the food I help grow! Enjoy!

  23. Leslie says:

    You never know what you will find reading the NY Times online. Loving historical houses led me to your blog. How refreshing and delightful ! I am enjoying your new adventure. Cooking and gardening for me are fun as well. Best wishes from North Carolina, I’ll be following along…….

  24. Melissa @ HerGreenLife says:

    I just found your blog, I’m looking forward to reading more about what you’re doing and how you got there. My husband and I have toyed with the idea of farming, but we know it’s not an easy way to make a living, and the initial investment of buying land is scary! Plus, I’m a little worried that I wouldn’t adjust well to living in the boonies, since I like the bikeability/walkability and other conveniences of living in a city.

  25. katy says:

    Thanks for sharing all the great recipes!! Sending some Oregon your way!

  26. Margo says:

    This is now my go-to blog for making dinner – everything is straightforward, simple, fresh and delicious! Just wanted to say thank you!

  27. Emily Dubrawski says:

    Kathy Duffy passed along your blog to me and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I look forward to following your adventures in the kitchen and trying them out myself! Keep up the yummy stuff!

  28. webangel81 says:

    Yay, Oregon!! Eugene/Oakridge here… just came across your blog and I love it!

  29. I love this! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I have a feeling I will be around these parts checking yours out pretty often! : )

  30. Very cool blog! My husband and I subscribe to a local CSA, so I will check your blog often for recipes that feature our farm-fresh produce.

  31. candy blash says:

    hope you are feeling better… all that good nutrition and special soup shall get you through this!
    congratulations to you and taylor… WONDERFUL… and have a great time in walla walla
    oh, how i love just the sound of many of your recipes and a couple of them… yep, i actually made! love, candy

  32. coffeeandquinoa says:

    Andrea, your site is beautiful! I’ve often wished I liked gardening and farming more so that I could grow my own food. Your produce is absolutely gorgeous, and I admire you so much for being “totally crazy” enough to farm!

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  34. You are too cute! Love your blog already!

  35. This is a great blog! I wish I had the courage to start farming!!

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  37. Sue says:

    Andrea, I was following you until last year when you were in Concord, Mass. Wow, Oregon! So happy for you!! Hope everything you are hoping for, works out there in the West. Will follow your blog again now.

  38. Candy Blash says:

    Andrea, do yo have a bean and kale soup recipe you love?

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