When I moved to Louisville, it wasn't long before I heard about the dynamic duo of the local food scene, Maggie Keith and Lindsey McClave, also known as The Farmer and The Foodie. Maggie (The Farmer) totally threw my existing mental image of "farmer" threw a loop, when I first saw her speak at a panel on health and wellness. It was so refreshing to see a kick-a$$ boss babe entrepreneur donning a pair of blue denim overalls (and baby bump!) at a young professionals networking event. Maggie glowed as she passionately spoke about the sustainable and ethical farming methods being used at the 1300 acre biodynamic Foxhollow Farm.
Lindsey (The Foodie) is hard to miss for those of us who are always chasing the newest restaurant opening. As the food critic for The Courier-Journal, she shares her experiences through the lens of a well-traveled culinary expert and level one Sommelier. This self-taught home cook and food blogger turned her passion into a full time flourishing career, and is an inspiration for anyone looking to follow their dreams!
I have been lucky enough to get to learn from and collaborate with these wellpreneurs through our joint work with Slow Food Bluegrass, going on their radio show/podcast and sharing our love of food in Louisville, KY. I am so thrilled to get to share more about them as we countdown to the first season of their cooking and lifestyle show, The Farmer & The Foodie, airing on KET this Spring.
How did you develop your passion and interest in food and bringing the value/joy of good food to the community?
The Farmer: I first became interested in farming food that is healthiest for the animals, healthiest for our farm-land, and healthiest for us as consumers after reading Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan in 2007. I further developed my passion for growing food after moving back to my family farm and working the land. It brings me such joy to grow food from scratch and know that families are enjoying that food and nurturing their bodies.
The Foodie: My relationship with food was born out of a need to escape the rigors of my day job. I would pour myself into cooking when I got home, shaking off the day while giving over all of my focus to learning something new. I quickly found myself daydreaming about what new recipe I was going to attempt when I got off work and what sort of wine I would try. As I became more comfortable in the kitchen I knew I wanted to do something more with my new found passion and decided to start a blog. When Maggie and I met the creation and evolution of The Farmer & The Foodie just made sense.
Where and when did your collaboration begin? What unique skills do each of you bring to your partnership?
The Farmer: We met in 2009 at a cocktail party Lindsey was hosting at her house. She had cooked a delicious spread of food and I was so impressed by her homemade cooking and passion for feeding people. We quickly became friends and every time we got together we would endlessly discuss what we were eating, cooking, drinking, and growing. The conversations got more and more interesting as our friendship grew and my skills as a farmer grew and her skills in the kitchen grew. We began recording a podcast in our home with my brother (George Barrett of Homepage Realty) in 2013 and then in March 2014 moved to Crescent Hill Radio and have had a weekly show ever since then.
Lindsey has this incredible way of making cooking sound fun! She has a deep understanding of recipe development and being a home cook as well as a lot of knowledge about wine. I have been farming at my family farm for over 10 years and have gained the knowledge to understand and articulate the rhythms of Kentucky Farmland. I understand the seasons, the farmers’ perspective, and the need to bridge the gap between farmers and home cooks.
Where do you find motivation and inspiration?
The Farmer: I find motivation in the woods, pastures, and gardens. My favorite thing is to get up early and watch the sunrise in one of the pastures with the cattle. Everything is still but the cattle munching the grass and stomping the grass with their hooves.
The Foodie: Travel offers me inspiration a million times over. Whether it be to various corners of Kentucky or across the world, there is always something distinctive to discover that defines a community. That ‘thing’ is almost always food.
Tell us about your podcast and show! Where can we find the Farmer and the Foodie?
The Farmer and The Foodie: Our radio show airs Live on 100.9 every Sunday at 1pm. We talk all things food, farming, travel, and wine! The Farmer & The Foodie is a cooking and lifestyle show that invites the viewer to share in the joys of cooking and being out on the farm. The Pilot episode aired on KET in August 2017. We have been recording Season 1 this year and plan on airing the six episode TV series in Spring 2018 on KET. You can find out more about our TV show at thefarmerandthefoodie.com. We also have a Facebook and Instagram page
What advice would you give other wellpreneurs starting out on their journey?
The Farmer: Just do it! Lindsey and I did not have this huge plan when we first started our show together. We started in a tiny room in our condo building with this pathetic microphone and laptop setup. We didn’t know if anyone would listen or if it was any good but we recorded a few shows to get the hang of it. Next thing we knew we had a radio show on a local station and then now have a TV show we are about to launch on KET in Spring 2018. With enough passion anything can happen.
I asked Maggie and Lindsey for their favorite recipe and they shared a recent favorite, Foxhollow Farm Grassfed Beef Short Rib Tacos! Making Short Ribs for my first time as a mostly plant expert was intimidating at first but so worth it. I used grain free coconut/cassava flour tortillas and almond milk crumbles to make this recipe gluten free, dairy free and paleo. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!