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This fall, we were excited when Blue Apron invited us (and our city kids) to Alewife Farm, a couple hours north of New York City. There, we spent some time with a real live farmer, lots of ginger and a big red tractor. Here are some more photos, if you’d like to see…

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The farmer, Tyler, 26, who was wearing dusty jeans and Red Wing boots, had a loping walk and laid-back demeanor. “I studied film at Cornell,” he told us. “But when I read The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, I knew I had to go into farming.”

He moved to the Hudson Valley, which is a center for a growing young farming community. “All my friends are farmers,” he said.

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First we stepped into a humid greenhouse to help harvest ginger. The boys were excited to pull it up from the ground.

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“Fresh ginger is really juicy,” Tyler said, “I’ll chop it into anything, like soups or stir fry, and you can make really good tea.”

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Next, we walked to the barn, and Anton was in HEAVEN on this big red tractor. “I listen to a lot of dorky Podcasts on the tractor,” Tyler told Alex and me. “Right now I’m really into one called Hardcore History.”

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Meanwhile, Toby, of course, requested a peek into the pick-up truck.

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We then walked through the fields, where gentle Anton seemed to find his calling…

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He was even inspired to eat raw lettuce and kale straight out of the ground. (!!)

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Tyler grows spinach, kale, carrots, radishes, beets, as well as unusual varieties of familiar things, like miniature butternut squash and espelette, a heirloom French pepper he sells to chefs. Blue Apron helps support his small farm by ordering directly from him and featuring his produce in their recipes.

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In fact, Blue Apron has supported 56 farms so far this year. Farmers are able to grow certain crops for the first time because of Blue Apron, such as purple summer beans, raja eggplant, atlas carrots, lemon cucumbers, honeynut squash, baby fennel, cone cabbage and gypsy peppers.

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The following week, back at home, we made the Blue Apron recipe with fresh ginger: Chicken Pad Kee Mao.

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Blue Apron, the meal subscription service, delivers a box of fresh ingredients with recipes for two, three or four meals a week. You can skip or cancel at any time. Here are this week’s recipes — we’ve found all their past meals delicious and especially love the family plan (great for leftovers!).

Bonus for first-time customers: Sign up for Blue Apron and get your first two meals free.

Blue Apron Farm Visit

Thank you so much, Blue Apron and Tyler!

(Farm photos by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo. Meal photos by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Blue Apron, one of our beloved longtime sponsors. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Cup of Jo running.)

  1. Kaela says...

    I went for this and Fed Ex lost my first box! Whoops!

  2. Emma says...

    This is incredible to see on your site! I am currently reading “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver (highly recommend), and learning so much about the importance of the farming industry and keeping small-scale farming alive. If more Americans (and Canadians, like me) were to adopt practices like this and purchase produce from small farms, a huge environmental and social change could be made. As an avid reader of your site, it makes me really happy that you shared this, so thank you. And your boys are absolutely adorable!

  3. Carol says...

    I am sure you have heard this a million times but your Anton is just the cutest little guy! One look and he can brighten your day!

  4. Looks like so much fun! The first photo cracks me up haha!

  5. Food made with fresh ingredients makes, all the difference in the world. Farmers are awesome !

  6. your kids are so great. awesome photos.

  7. Michelle says...

    Move over farmer chris! It’s Tyler’s turn!

  8. christi says...

    Literally came down here to be like…”Blue Apron is cool. HOT FARMER.” Glad I’m not the only one! I love the community here.

  9. Carolyn says...

    I saw that Blue Apron is now available on Zola.com so you can register for it for your wedding – what a COOL idea!! Way better than a blender.

  10. Ohhhhhh! Anton standing midfield, cramming greens into his mouth . . . priceless. Great pics!

  11. Kate says...

    As someone who grew up down the road from Oshkosh, WI (original home of Oshkosh B’Gosh), I awwww-ed at sweet Anton rocking the overalls. Growing up, a pair of those was a childhood requirement :)

    Looks like a wonderful trip!

  12. Marie says...

    Hot Farmer Alert! I hope Caroline goes on a date with him and reports back!

    • Joy says...

      All these Caroline and Tyler comments are making me laugh. Please set up the date! :)

  13. Ashley says...

    Your boys are the cutest! Love seeing them on here. :)

  14. Sarah says...

    I’ll take the farmer, please.

  15. We tried Blue Apron and I really enjoyed the recipes. It introduced us to some new things that are now in regular meal rotation.
    I love the overalls by the way, too cute.

  16. Thank you for sharing Blue Apron! We started using it a couple of months ago and as a busy mom working full-time, I LOVE that I can make fresh healthy dinner with local ingredients. My alternate would be take out because grocery shopping and planning is just too much to do!
    This is a great post – and yes, can we please set Caroline up with this hot farmer?!

  17. The post was great. I’m seriously considering Blue Apron and have been for awhile. But the comments were priceless. Very entertaining. :)

  18. Julianna says...

    Anton seems so much more country than Toby, so funny.

    Also, this is totally a dating profile for Tyler, I mean…is he single? Not for m, for a friend…

    I also had a dream about you last night. We met in the park and then went to a movie, a lingerie store, and then I came over and swiped a strawberry tart you had made. The world of Ray Donovan was somehow tied into all of this as well.

  19. diana says...

    need follow up post on hot farmer

  20. Anton in those overalls is the CUTEST.

    Also, Tyler is a totally different farmer than I’d expect! I love that he was a film studies major, and then just decided to get into farming about reading about food issues.

    I think that maybe a romance novel needs to be written about him as a hunky farmer, no? :)

    Luscious + Intuitive Eating | http://www.katieseaver.com/

  21. Ann says...

    What a lovely post–the photos, your children, the farm. I’m much more inclined to try Blue Apron now that I know they’re buying directly from small farmers. Do you know if this is the case nation-wide, or just in NY? Thank you, Joanna.

  22. Sandee says...

    Uh…does Farmer Tyler need a wife? Lol

  23. Lindsey says...

    I love the fact that Blue Apron buys directly from farmers. My brother is a young (hot :) farmer and I know how much of a challenge it is for them to get all their produce into consumers hands. That’s great that they offer packaging recycling too. Bravo Blue Apron!

  24. Jenn says...

    That photo of Anton in his overalls and pitchfork is just too cute! Also, Tyler, wowow. Haha!

  25. Jenna says...

    just came here to comment on tyler.

  26. STK says...

    Whoa Tyler. Sold. I mean…(Cough.) Blue Apron seems great.

  27. I absolutely love this post! Your little boys in overalls and eating fresh veggies is beyond adorable! I bet they had a blast.

    I really wish Blue Apron would expand to Montana! I’ve would love to try them out, but they don’t deliver this far north! There are some great local, small farms around here that I’m sure would love to partner with them!! Hopefully someday soon.

    Thanks!
    Johanna

    http://www.engineeredperfection.blogspot.com

  28. PLEASE TELL ME CAROLINE AND TYLER ARE GOING TO GO ON A DATE!

    • Wish there was a “like” option for comments…

  29. Lillian says...

    Umm.. Tyler is smokin hot

  30. Blue Apron seems like a really innovative business idea, especially for those living in urban areas. It keys into our love for local, fresh, healthy eating. Do they chop the veggies for you too? That would be heaven! But even for busy moms, just figuring what to cook and what to buy can be a real chose. It’s nice to have someone help you out on that.

    Analog House
    http://theanaloghouse.blogspot.com

  31. Jaclyn says...

    These photos are adorable! My son would be just like Anton. You can tell he is so interested.

  32. This post made me chuckle because, living in a rural agricultural area, this scene is literally what my whole community looks like. Everyone wears dusty jeans and Red Wing boots. Everyone works hard for a little money. We go to the city to visit museums and see shows and you guys go to the country to walk through farms. Ha! I’m glad you got to experience a slice of what life is like in a farming community. Everyone should have an understanding of where their food comes from and what it takes to produce it. I remember very well the day my child-brain grasped the notion that food comes from the earth, not from the store. Those moments can shape a person’s whole outlook on the world and leave us feeling a little less disconnected from it.

    • jenn says...

      Yes, it made me giggle too, that this is considered exotic! Funny.

  33. Charlotte says...

    That farmer looks like a friday night lights character

    • Kate says...

      He is definitely Matt Saracen-esque.

    • Amy says...

      OMG YES MATT SARACEN!!!

  34. I’d really love to try Blue Apron but they don’t offer any vegan options : (

    • Adriana says...

      I was vegan for a while and still used their vegetarian options, just avoiding the egg and cheeses. I was ok with still receiving non-vegan options, and just gave them to my roommate, but I could see how that would still be a problem.. Have you tried emailing them?

    • There is a vegan meal delivery service, though – Purple Carrot. It’s good, I’ve tried it.

  35. This is so cool. How does one go about becoming a farmer? BRB off to google “farmer blogs” (or maybe that’s an idea for an upcoming post???)

  36. The photos from the farm visit are gorgeous. Blue Apron has a really nice thing going for them.

  37. Summer says...

    So cool! That’s awesome for the farmers and for you guys getting to visit (Anton’s overalls = OMG!).

    Sadly, this reminds me of the one Blue Apron delivery I was most excited about that never showed up – the chicken pad kee mow. :'( (for the record – their customer service reps ROCK! :D )

  38. how beautiful! i lived in a farm house when i was in college and it was one of my best experiences. there is something so zen about farms!

  39. Allegra Liu says...

    I had to come back just to reread the comments. So funny! Seriously though that first picture of Anton with the pitchfork kills me with the cuteness. Toby is adorable too. Looks like you all had a great time. I always wonder if I’d be able to use all the produce from these subscription services. Do you find you’re able to use most of it or do you end up composting?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      the recipes they send each week use up all the produce (meaning, they sent the exact amount of produce for each recipe). so there’s no food waste!

      i love the family plan because you make double recipes (to feed 4 people total, instead of 2), so we often have leftovers which are awesome for lunch the next day.

  40. Penny says...

    Hellooooo Tyler.

  41. Can I just say, your boys are adorable!

  42. Anna says...

    Oh my, Anton looks like he’s in his natural habitat! xo

  43. Lara says...

    Little Anton looks so at home on the farm! What a sweet soul❤️

  44. Alyssa Leister says...

    Glad to know I’m not the only one smitten with the cute farmer!

  45. yael steren says...

    The photo of your little boy on the tractor might be the cutest thing I’ve seen in quite some time! Absolutely adorable!!! xo yael

    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      aww thank you! we are actually going to frame it in our hallway:)

  46. Love the pictures!! I take my city kids to a farm at least once a year. My dad grew up on one near Green Bay, Wisconsin and I spent much time as a youth in barns and haymows. Growing up in Logan Square in Chicago, my girls do not get these opportunities. It’s amazing to see how much they love it!! I wrote about why we love the farm on my site: http://rudeysroom.com/2014/08/21/why-i-love-a-day-on-the-farm/

  47. I was going to ask who did your photos here as they are so lovely! Thanks for providing the link, reading it now =)

  48. surbhi says...

    I request a Farmer Tyler beauty uniform post and a recipes series.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahahaha

    • Kim L says...

      Omg this is brilliant. Your readers would love it!

    • Anna says...

      At this point, Joanna should just start her own Bachelor version, that is, The Farmer. ;)

  49. Laura C says...

    Joanna, you know I’m in love with your Anton… that picture on the tractor reminded me a pic of my brother with the same age in a similiar red tractor with a cap too!!
    I am serious too, it is difficult too focus on the farm when seeing lovely pictures of Anton, Toby AND Tyler (does anyone notice he’s hot??)
    xxx

  50. We’re all gonna need those contact details, Joanna ;-) xx

  51. Prudence Yeo says...

    The kids seem like they really enjoy the farm trip and fresh ginger for stir-fry or tea sounds fabulous! The dish looks so yummy too, thanks for sharing!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  52. Jessica says...

    Love this (and the hilarious hot farmer comments). Am interested by the few farms who have responded – might be interesting to feature more information on the lives of some farmers from within North America? (Like your motherhood around the world post, but at home). I worry sometimes that we are losing sight of where our food comes from and what it actually looks like when it comes out of the ground, or off a tree or out of the sea etc. etc. Just a thought. Love your blog as always xo
    Jessica

  53. Megan says...

    k but did you all see Tyler? Just kidding, he clearly is the true star of this post.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m laughing out loud at all these comments.

  54. That first photo is so cute! I love farm visits with kids (or without)…my older son goes to a public Waldorf-inspired school where they learn farming/gardening in 3rd grade, and he will visit about 6 local farms on field trips this semester (we live in N. Cal., so there are lots of farms around).

  55. Kate says...

    Can we set Caroline up with Tyler please?

    • Kim L says...

      Yes!

  56. Erica H. says...

    Daaaamn, Tyler ;)

  57. Susy says...

    We visited Blue Hill Stone Barns one Spring to show our toddler the baby animals. We did a tour and tasted spinach straight from the ground…and then my water broke 20 mins later (I was 36 wks pg). We have always blamed that fresh, dirty spinach!

  58. This melts my heart and makes me want to up and leave this city to become a farmer! Lucky boys and lucky you to have such a sweet and special day! While I’m stuck in this city, I try to make knowing your food important, playful, and yummy.. have been working on videos for little ones. Check it out if you get the chance! xo

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDSkBFZkOMnpO6RMKC3Edjw

  59. ummmm HELLO TYLER! let’s be real, here!

    • Haha! I thought the same thing!

    • Hannah says...

      Agreed. We’re all thinking it.

    • RIGHT!!!!! Can we see more pictures of Tyler please? Like, for research purposes!?!

    • katie says...

      My thoughts exactly!! LOL

    • so cute!

  60. Your son is so precious!! Both of them, of course, but in particular the one in the overalls! Ahh!

    • Kerry says...

      You can grow your own inside! I have a ginger plant that grew from a little nubbin about nine months ago and now it’s about 4 feet high. They make cool, sculptural houseplants. Once they start growing, they grow really fast; in one week I measured 3 inches of growth! According to my research, I can harvest in a year or so.

  61. How can I get in contact with this man and live out all of my Little House on the Prairie dreams?

  62. Kara says...

    Yeah… ok… I’m having a hard time focusing on the farming ;)

  63. Makenzie says...

    I’m obviously not the first to notice but can I just ask one thing? Does Tyler need a girlfriend? Cause hand up in the air emoji right here! A cute farmer who listens to podcasts? I swoon.

  64. Anie says...

    I! Love! Blue! Apron! It is seriously the best thing that has happened to me, as a mama who loves to cook, in….forever. The recipes are easy, the food is fresh and fabulous. And I love that they are supporting farmers. A win!

  65. I’m so curious about so many of these monthly subscriptions, food and otherwise. The back of my brain keeps telling me I’d never be able to environmentally handle cardboard boxes and packaging coming to me this often, but I do love the idea of trying something new. (I even did a blog post on them, I love them so much!)

    Hearing Blue Apron works with local farmers does seem to offset some of the other environmental costs–I might just have to reconsider. :) Thanks for the post!

    https://eemmllee.wordpress.com/

    • Summer says...

      Dude, it is A LOT of packaging…but…it is recyclable (I know it’s about reducing, but better than feeling totally wasteful…….right? It’s what I tell myself for comfort, ha). However, it is SO fun to try new dishes! I only do it 1x per month, and it’s been surprisingly helpful for my confidence in the kitchen (and getting out of that food rut).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thanks so much for your comments and questions! I just asked Blue Apron about recycling and they said:

      Subscribers can now return 100% of their packaging to Blue Apron for recycling and reuse. We’ve partnered with USPS to use existing delivery routes, so there’s no additional carbon footprint to your return!

      Step 1: Rinse out and compact your packaging from at least two deliveries and pack into one Blue Apron box.

      Step 2: Print out your free shipping label online and attach to the box.

      Step 3: Return your box via the USPS. Schedule a pickup with your outbound mail or drop off at your local post office.

      Return shipping is free if you return 2 or more deliveries worth of packaging together.

      Thank you!!

  66. alison james says...

    YES! HOT FARMER!

  67. I love this post, thanks for sharing! I often wonder what it’s like for kids who grow up in NYC, how they relate to nature, etc. Love the trend towards farms opening up to the community and being learning places and reprieves from city life

  68. Kadija says...

    I love that you guys got to experience this…it’s such an awesome moment and I think it’s great to see where your food comes from. Anton looks like he’s so in his element, and I adore Toby’s curiosity about the place. I must say though… look at that hot farmer :) Thanks for sharing, Jo!

  69. These comments are too funny! Oh ladies in the city, if you only knew about the farm life!
    I love the pictures of the boys! They look so happy!
    Seeing the pure joy of children picking and eating food out of the ground reaffirms why Im farming.
    If you’re ever in Washington, you’re more than welcome to visit our farm! We’ve got a beautiful mountain view!

    • jaclyn says...

      LOL Yeah, I’m in New England and surrounded by farm lands and basically every guy looks like this…so much so, that honestly, I didn’t even really notice that yes, Tyler is quite a good looking guy.
      And besides their good looks, country boys are quite handy around the house and the garage too, which to me is almost *more* attractive than a loping swagger!

    • Hahaha! Yep. All the men here in my area of Wisconsin look like Tyler too. The hot farmer comments are making me LOL. I guess city women aren’t used to men who work with their hands and get dirty…

      I grew up in the same rural area that I settled back into as an adult, but I spent my college and dating years in the city and I was always so frustrated by the–in my opinion–complete lack of husband material!! Every guy I met in the city had perfect hair and perfect outfits and no clue how to chop firewood or hunt or grow a tomato or build me a dinner table. When I met the man I eventually married, I quizzed him on our very first date. “Do you chop firewood?” He was caught off-guard but then he tilted his head back and let out a belly laugh. “Every single weekend I go home to the woods and chop all my folks’ wood for them.” Done deal right there. <3

  70. What an awesome post! But the thing that made me smile was his mentioning of the podcast Hardcore History. It’s one of my favorites. Talks about tough topics in history but the narrators voice is so soothing.

  71. I have heard about Blue Apron time and time again. I always thought the concept was cool, but not for me. I love that they’re supporting local farmers though, and giving busy families a chance to eat healthily. Maybe I’ll have to revisit subscribing!

  72. um, I actually skipped ahead because I couldn’t wait to read all the “hot farmer” comments. Love it. Blue Apron gifts are my new go-to for friends with new babes. They can choose the when and what and it works out perfectly. <3

  73. Alex says...

    Seriously, is this really just a personal ad for the farmer?! Man.

    • Ana Simoes says...

      Is this Alex your Alex? Because if it is, it’s too funny.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha i’m not sure, i’ll ask him!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      my friend nicki just said it was tyler’s brother alex! :)

  74. What a wonderful experience!! The photos of the boys are beautiful. I never realized how much I like exploratory adventures like this until having Luna. My husband’s new hobby is taking photos of my reactions when Luna and I experience new things as opposed to only capturing her reaction. He says my reactions are hilarious and speak volumes—I guess I get just as excited or maybe more. I cannot wait to take a tour of Full House Farm in Sonoma County–its on my list of local family outings. Thanks for reminding me!! (Ohhh and between Us—the farmer wasn’t bad to look at. A smart, podcast listening farmer–sounds good to me. Maybe I’ll just get my husband that outfit! hahahahahahah!!!)

    xo Lendy
    http://www.twoplusluna.com

  75. Carrie says...

    Joanna, I love your blog to pieces. But I can’t pay any attention to anything in this post. Blue Apron what?! Tyler is a total hottie. If the farming thing doesn’t work out, he could do modeling. Swoon.

  76. ditherings says...

    I am curious about how all the pre-portioned ingredients are packaged. Is there a lot of plastic packaging/wastage? Are they able to be recycled. I know there is a price for convenience, but I am hesitant if that price is more packaging…

    • This is the thing I hesitate about with Blue Apron. We try so hard not to waste stuff in our house and Blue Apron seems PERFECT for our busy family with two little kids… but I just can’t get over the thought of all those plastic baggies and containers and a cardboard box…

    • Amy says...

      I think it’s really hard for companies to recycle plastic bags, because they get stuck in the sorting machinery and gunk them up. I would guess that almost none of the plastic bags that Blue Apron packages up their ingredients into get recycled by their customers, for various reasons, which is really sad.

    • jaclyn says...

      I’ve ordered Blue Apron twice and while I like that it shakes up my normal cooking routine a bit, I can’t get over the price and the packaging.

      First of all, it shows up on your doorstep in this giant cardboard box filled with ice packs and all the produce individually packaged.

      My local resource centers will recycle the hard plastic containers that some of the foods are packaged in but the plastic bags all have to go in the garbage. And 6 months later I still have the GIANT ice packs in my freezer since I can’t figure out how to dispose of them and it feels wasteful not to re-use them even though I really have no use for a huge icepack.

  77. Susan M. says...

    Ditto all these comments re: gorgeous veggies, boys, photos, farmer listening to podcasts. Maybe you can do some more farm visits for them? I worry about my kids being too citified, so have taken them to farms or places to ride a pony, touch animals. Tractors always a big hit. I’m sure I’m going to read more comments on Tyler!

  78. “where gentle Anton seemed to find his calling…”

    He really does shine in these photos. What a beautiful young soul!

  79. But in all seriousness: is Tyler single? :)

  80. Maggie says...

    I am so glad I was not the only one who came down here to comment on what a cutie Tyler is! Meow!

  81. I rarely read the comments on your posts but I had a feeling I knew where these were going to go and YUP they went there in 3, 2, 1….

  82. KT says...

    OMG, Tyler is such a hunk.
    Love this post and Blue Apron. We’ve been subscribers forever!

  83. Colleen says...

    I love that they work with 56 farmers! Here in Wisconsin an electric utility rents land for wind turbines from farmers. Of course our Governor put the kibosh on that immediate
    immediately.

    • I would love to have wind turbines on my land but the cost is out of this world!

  84. Lol! These ladies in love with the farmer are cracking me up! I swear you comments section is even better than the blog post sometimes!

    becklist.wordpress.com

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      agreed, too funny.

  85. Amy says...

    LOVE this post. Sweet little Anton in that one photos among the leaves…he’s too much!
    It’s so interesting to learn more about Blue Apron from that perspective!

  86. vanessa says...

    thanks for posting this. we’ve been using Blue Apron for the last several months and can’t quit them! their food is awesome and easy to prepare. just as i was going to maybe cancel or really cut down since it’s sort of a splurge, i don’t think i will now.

  87. May says...

    Bravo to Nick Sebastion for the outstanding photographs, Yossy Arefi for the yummy food, Tyler the Farmer, and Joanna!
    I see Blue Apron on TV ads thinking each time how much I’d love to try them out.

  88. These comments are hilarious. And I agree with everything that’s been said!

  89. Amanda says...

    Great post!
    I’m reading the Omnivores Dilemma right now. I studied Permaculture and Biodynamic farming in college and avoided reading it because I had seen 1000 food documentaries that I assumed were expressing the same message. So glad I finally decided to give it a read! Reaffirms my commitment to growing my own food and supporting other local/organic farmers :P

  90. Paris says...

    wow gorgeous photos! love this <3 <3 <3 <3

  91. Having prepared and consumed this very meal last week, it was so fun to see where all the ingredients came from! I’m loving Blue Apron. What a fun experience with your gorgeous boys.

  92. Olivia says...

    I double love this post because Tyler is my brother-in-law and Nicki (the photographer) is one of my besties!!! They are each hard-working, creative, and talented people following their passions in life. Thanks for featuring their work :)

    • Are you seeing these comments? Because if Tyler is single looks like there’s lots of ladies who would be interested ;)

  93. Hello cute farmer!

  94. Nancy says...

    Toby is sooo cute :)

  95. Sarah says...

    Studied film at Cornell and became a farmer after reading “Omnivore’s Dilemma”?! That is too much. Someone please post Tyler’s phone number for all the single girls dying to know. (Not me.)

    OMG, Anton.

  96. Danielle says...

    ummmm how cute is that farmer!

  97. Kelly says...

    I went to Cornell for a few years, and it seems like everyone leaves as a farmer or a vegan! Too great.

  98. Molly says...

    Your kids are adorable, but that Tyler? Heart eye emoji.

    • M says...

      Molly, I’m with you girl!

  99. Sarah says...

    The farm is beautiful! What fun to spend special time there with your family. Okay, I’m blushing right now as I say this but… what’s the story on the cute farmer?! Listens to history podcasts, loves film, and now works at a farm. I think you’ve found my dream guy!

    • Sarah says...

      Also, reading Wendell Berry was huge for me in reframing my ideas about agriculture and the land. Highly recommend his novels Jayber Crow, Hannah Coulter or any of his essays. Such beautiful words.

    • Judy says...

      YES! Wendell Berry. So significant.

  100. Jenna says...

    These photos are so special! I am Canadian but coming to the States this winter for vacation. Hoping to order some Blue Apron to our condo for the week. This is an amazing business idea and I love their marketing techniques.

  101. Kellie P. says...

    Cute! There is nothing better than seeing your kid in his or her element, especially when it kind of takes you by surprise!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i know! it’s fascinating to see what they gravitate toward, especially when it’s something you hadn’t expected.

  102. ashley b says...

    anton, girl. he’s just too much. adorable.

  103. SD says...

    Honestly, Anton has such an incredible photo presence. He looks incredibly smart and so full of je ne sais quoi. Of course, Toby is a light too, but your pictures of Anton in this post are stunning. How fun to see your littles growing and their personalities in your writing and pictures. p.s.- lovely to hear that blue apron chooses local produce. I’m going to look into their products now!

  104. Katie says...

    Yum ;)

  105. Kathryn says...

    The top picture of Anton with the pitchfork is amazing. The newest member of FFA.

  106. Judy says...

    That Tyler sure is cute! I think he’d be perfect for my step-daughter :-) And Anton looks right at home on that tractor!

  107. Megan says...

    Anton is so sweet! Those overalls make my heart swoon.

  108. Bindi says...

    What a hunk :-).

  109. Oh my days, Joanna. Toby & Anton are too stinkin’ cute. XO

  110. Loved this! “…real live farmer” made me laugh out loud ;)