The Chefs Without Restaurants Podcast – Episode 61 Mike Tholis of Rendezvous Farm – Leaving the Chef World for The Farming Life

rendezvous farm from mike tholis in frederick maryland

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This week, on the Chefs Without Restaurants podcast 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.


Mike Tholis and Rendezvous Farm


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Some of Mike’s favorite resources are:

Urban Farmer Curtis Stone’s YouTube 

Jesse Frost’s Farming YouTube 




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Intro Music: District Four by Kevin MacLeod

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