Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Anne Reeves at the Beekman 1802 farm.
I finally made it to upstate New York to visit my friends, Josh and Brent at their farm in Sharon Springs. I have known Josh since college, where we were English majors at Michigan State University. I was part of a close knit group of friends (Josh, Tracy, Kerry, Me) and I don't think a day went by that I didn't see them. We are all still good friends, but life has us living in separate parts of the country and our "visits" are more often on the phone, than in person (though I do get to see Tracy next month!).
Over time, Dan and I have become friends with Josh's husband, Brent too and we try to see each other whenever we go to New York or they come to Michigan on a book tour.
We started planning this trip back in January and were so happy to be able to combine a visit to see Dan's relatives near Albany with a trip to see Josh and Brent and the world of Beekman 1802 that they've built in Sharon Springs.
This is their beautiful Beekman mansion on a picture perfect July day.
Now we've come to the portion of this blog post where I get to rave about my friends. Maybe you know of them already, Josh and Brent are The Fabulous Beekman Boys. I know, can you stand it?
They are stars of a reality show on the Cooking Channel called "The Fabulous Beekman Boys." It revolves around how two Manhattanites leave the big city to work and live on a beautiful piece of property in a quiet New York town called Sharon Springs. The house (built by William Beekman in 1802), land and its history takes on a life of its own and eventually turns Josh and Brent into "accidental farmers" that create a lifestyle brand around products like goat milk soap, cheese and heirloom vegetables. You can delve into their fascinating world and shop for all of their wonderful products online at Beekman 1802.
Is a show about a goat farm a little crazy? Yes. Is it a bit like "Green Acres?" You bet. But it is also light, charming, and a really fun blend of modern life with age old farming rules. Tweeting & pigs? Josh. Worried about having a clean farm? Brent.
The show is full of love and nature and goats. The beautiful cinematography showcasing all four seasons on the farm alone makes it worth watching. And my friends do indeed show the world what I've known all along...they are fabulous.
So when Josh wanted to "show us around" the house and farm, we were technically walking around a television set. Yes, this is the barn that houses all their beloved goats. I must say, it was surreal (and wonderful) to visit my friends' home, after having seen it on national tv and in the pages of Country Living magazine. It is a wonderful place to call home and since filming ended a while ago, the house and farm seem peaceful. How could you not relax with a summer breeze blowing across the open landscape?
Josh and Brent have so many interesting aspects to their life and business and I want you to know them and support them, as I do. I will share more about my visit to their mercantile soon.