I loved meeting Josh & Brent recently on their farm and getting a beautiful tour. We went on our babymoon road trip from Sharon Springs – Lake George – ADK – Finger Lakes – Catskills and we based it around a farm tour starting in Sharon Springs. What a great town – it is small but mighty filled with the Merchantile store, yummy restaurants, a beautiful hotel and some other fun stores.
The farm wasn’t just beautiful and it wasn’t just cool to meet Josh & Brent but they gave us so much information – things you might not even realized about gardening it was great hearing about radishes to garlic and of course meeting Farmer John for a tour of the goats. The farm isn’t open all the time for tours and visits so you have to look on website under events to be able to check it out please.
So if you want to know more about them here you go …..
Short Answer: Two NYC guys who bought a farm and are sharing their experiment in living better lives, season by season, neighbor by neighbor.
When Josh Kilmer-Purcell (advertising executive and NY Times Bestselling author of I Am Not Myself These Days & The Bucolic Plague) and his partner Brent Ridge (physician and former Vice President of Healthy Living for Martha Stewart Omnimedia) purchased the historic Beekman 1802 Farm in 2007, they had no idea that it would launch one of the “fastest growing lifestyle brands in the country.” (source: Nasdaq) Originally just a weekend getaway from their hectic NYC lives, the farm became their lifeline after both men lost their jobs within one month of each other during the recession of 2008. Faced with possible foreclosure, the pair made a decision – if they were going to save their farm, they would have to make it profitable.
After taking in a neighboring farmer and his herd of beloved dairy goats, Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell began producing soaps and cheese. As other neighbors taught them how to farm, Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell shared their city-honed skills – starting a website and Mercantile. The men began working with several other local farmers and artisans to market their goods, and the entire village came together to host seasonal festivals, which are now attended by thousands of visitors from around the globe.
Soon the press began noticing this little farm and village that refused to give up. (New York Times, Daily News, USA Today) A television network launched a reality show about their effort – The Fabulous Beekman Boys (now airing on Cooking Channel) – which spread the Beekman message of hard work, living seasonally, and neighborly sharing around the globe.
In 2012, the duo competed and won the grand prize in CBS’s The Amazing Race. Over 10M viewers watched for 12 weeks as Josh and Brent beat 20 other competitors in a 45,000 mile race around the world through 12 cities in 9 different countries.
Beekman 1802 has proven that a farm can be much bigger than its fences.
Inside the store –
You have to check out their magazine that comes out quarterly called the Beekman 1802 ALMANAC
As mentioned we also met Farmer John
After nearly 10 years, Farmer John still lives on the property with them, now with 147 goats in the herd. The products inspired by the farm can be found around the world.
The Beekman 1802 Mercantile is located at 187 Main Street in Sharon Springs, NY, just over 3 hours northwest of New York City. (Mailing address only: Beekman 1802, PO Box 325, Sharon Springs, NY 13459)
There are a few events before but this sounds amazing !!! Check it out on their website.
September 15-16 | 10a-5p | Main Street Sharon Springs, NY | LEARN MORE
Fall in love with Beekman 1802 at this year’s Harvest Festival, September 15 & 16th. Join us for vendors, live demos, artisan meet-and-greets, food trucks and more at this family-friendly event. Josh and Brent will be at the Mercantile throughout the day, chatting with Neighbors, taking pictures and signing books. Farmer John will be at the Farm, introducing those who decide on a tour to his world-famous goats. The Main Stage will be set up under the Chalybeate Park Pavillion with presentations, music and more!
Beautiful products found in store or online https://shop.beekman1802.com
Also they will be available on HSN soon – check it out – https://beekman1802.com/join-the-hsneighborhood/
Thank you to everyone for making this possible to check out and special thanks to Heather & Nicole for setting this up !
After the store visit which is in town we had some beautiful lunch at THE BLACK CAT which had outdoor tables so we could have our dogs hang outside !
Right across the way is a beautiful hotel.
We then headed to dairyland for some ice cream where they had a special collaboration with Beekman Boys – for their goat poop chocolate – that was so good !
And they even had some ice cream the doggies could enjoy !
Black Cat Cafe and Bakery
195 Main St, Sharon Springs, NY 13459
Dairyland – located off route 20 – 664 highway route 20