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Sunday, October 31, 2010

October in New York - Part 2 - The Fabulous Beekman Boys

If you are a gardener, farmer, lover of sustainability, or just a wannabe and you haven't heard of "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" then you must be living under a rock. Ok, most likely you don't have Planet Green on your cable plan. While on an apple picking adventure in upstate New York a few years ago, partners Brent Ridge and Josh Purcell happened upon the small town of Sharon Springs and a vacant mansion and run down farm known as the Beekman. It is a bit of long story, one you can read for yourself in a memoir of the event written by Josh called "The Bucolic Plague". Although we happen to go on the coldest and rainiest day of our vacation, Sharon Springs was beautiful and quaint. We even had a star sighting of Doug, one of the owners of The American Hotel. It was clear upon meeting him and the nice lady who was working at The Beekman 1802 Mercantile that this truly was a town that practiced what it preached. I was happy to know that what I saw on tv was no show, but a real representation of what life is like there.
A little warning though, although the Beekman 1802 Mercantile is open 7 days a week, the rest of the town is not. Most businesses are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Also, if you are going simply to buy some of their famous cheese, save yourself a trip. Since Jean-Georges at ABC Carpet and Home in New York City started serving it, it's better to just order online and get on the waiting list.
The Beekman Boys also have a fabulous blog:
You will find amazing recipes, entries from guest bloggers, entertaining ideas, links to follow the boys on facebook and twitter and be able to purchase some of their amazing goat's milk soap.
Either way, "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" is a must see. Josh and Brent are heart warming and sincere. You will fall in love!


  1. Thanks for the great review! It sounds like you love Sharon Springs as much as we do!

  2. Oh wow! I fell across your blog's doorstep and when I saw these photos, I thought "this looks like Sharon Springs." I spent eight summers working in that part of New York, and loved seeing the re-birth of the American Hotel.

    (Did you check out the studio for Adelphi Paperhangings, just down the road? Amazing!!!)