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LH 158: Eating Local & Exploring More Flavor

LH 158: Eating Local and Getting to Know Your Local Farmer

This week’s episode is about discovering INCREDIBLE flavors…locally.

I brought back organic, foodie-farmer Andrea Bemis to discuss a national project she’s spearheading that’s all about exploring what it really means to eat local.

The premise is simple…

We may already be eating some locally-sourced fruits and veggies. But when we look at ALL the ingredients used to create our meals, there are probably many items we know nothing about.

Even Andrea (who is an organic farmer), didn’t know the source of every ingredient in her pantry. So she decided to use herself and her farm team in an experiment.

And she’d love for all of us to join in this exploration of local flavor as well.

But don’t worry…

This is not about being perfect or even feeling guilty about buying things from far away. The idea here is is be more AWARE of what we’re putting on our table…even if it’s only for a few weeks.

And by being more aware, we can be more intensional with our food choices going forward.

Andrea tells us about how her own surprising reality check when it came to food choices and how she is now discovering more amazing flavors right in her own area.

And you’ll learn about the impact your own food choices has on the environment and food production going forward.


You will learn:

  • Why Andrea’s pantry opened the flood gates on this idea
  • The three pillars of local food + what they mean
  • Why this awareness leads to so many new, incredible flavors
  • The top tips for eating local in your own backyard
  • How you can have a more local lifestyle all year long
  • Ideas for planning delicious meals with less waste
  • How to watch + track Andrea and her farm team go ALL in on this idea
  • How you can participate in your own Local Thirty Challenge
  • And SO much more

Andrea Bemis:

Andrea Bemis is a farmer turned foodie who truly manifests the farm-to-table lifestyle. She lives on Tumbleweed farm, a 6-acre property in Parkdale, Oregon. The farm grows food for its CSA (community supported agriculture), local restaurants, breweries, and farmers markets.

Andrea shares her delicious recipe creations and adventures on her website,  She blogs about her and her husband’s lives as farmers, sharing meal ideas and a lighthearted look at the not-so-glamorous life of living off the land.

The success of Andrea’s blog led to her first cookbook, Dishing Up The Dirt (Harper Wave an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers), which was published last year. Just like life on the farm, the book is divided by seasons, with each season kicking off with an essay about life at the farm and the day to day challenges and rewards—and of course, the food the couple cooks, eats, and shares around the table with family and friends.


Resources & Links Mentioned:

Dishing Up the Dirt* – Andrea’s BookDishing Up the Dirt at

Dishing Up the Dirt – Andrea’s Website

Andrea’s Instagram account

Local Thirty Challenge

Related Episodes:

Seasonal Eating With A Foodie Farmer



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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.