48 minutes | Sep 14th 2020

Mike Tholis of Rendezvous Farm - Leaving the Chef World for The Farming Life

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On the podcast this week I have Mike Tholis. Mike is the owner of Rendezvous Farm in Frederick, Maryland. Before starting his farm, Mike was a chef for 5 years in Washington D.C. restaurants, and has also worked as a butcher. After the government shutdown a few years ago, he realized how precarious the restaurant industry could be, and started planning his exit strategy. We discuss leaving the restaurant business, his innovative CSA model, pros and cons of farmers markets, and why he's hesitant to sell his produce to restaurants.

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Mike Tholis and Rendezvous Farm

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Rendezvous Farm Instagram https://www.instagram.com/rendezvousfarmmd/

Rendezvous Farm Website https://rendezvousfarmmd.square.site/

Rendezvous Farm Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Rendezvous-Farm-MD-289982475255630

Some of Mike’s favorite resources are:

Urban Farmer Curtis Stone’s YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-BlDCX__nCLs_ZF9meYQbw

Jesse Frost’s Farming YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCejgtTHroWI5sF_2-fuiF4Q

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Outro music provided by podcast guest Dylan Ubaldo (check out Toyomansi)

Intro Music: District Four by Kevin MacLeod

https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3662-district-four

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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