The Beekman Boys are living my dream life. Not only are they running an incredible, and ethically-run, food business, but they’re writing best-selling books, hosting an amazing tv show and spending their days in upstate New York in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell moved north to the town of Sharon Springs where they bought a farm in 2007 and took in a neighboring farmer and his herd of beloved dairy goats. Shortly after they began producing soaps and cheeses and then they reached out to local artisans to market their work as well, which has lead to seasonal festivals the ‘Boys’ now host for thousands of visitors. I’ve been dying to get a glimpse of what their day-to-day life looks like and thankfully they were kind enough to oblige. I hope you enjoy this peek as much as I did. And if Josh or Brent ever need another person to fill one of their backyard swings, I’m always available. xo, grace
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All text below is written from the perspective of Josh and Brent
6:30am: One doesn’t really need an alarm clock on the farm
6:45: There is really no breakfast ritual. Sometimes we are eating leftovers from dinner the night before (from which cake is never excluded). Yesterday we made a fresh batch of goat milk yogurt so this morning we made a smoothie from blueberries and gooseberries we had in the freezer from last year’s harvest. Clinical studies have shown that starting each day with a straw dramatically reduces the signs of aging
10:00: We are just in the midst of building out the showroom to house the new furniture collection. So one of the kitchen islands in the collection is temporarily serving as a desk. (Brent prefers to stand all day–perhaps remnants of his first career as a physician)
10:30: The new Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook has just been published and for some odd reason we have decided that we would personally inscribe books that were purchased from our website. We usually try to get this done first-thing in the morning so that any orders from overnight can go out in that day’s mail
11:00: Ryan, one of our employees, preparing the fresh chevres for sale
12:30: Lunch break on the back porch of the Mercantile. Today it was tomato bread salad, and one of our employees had made something called Sticky Balls.
2:00: This is an actual “design meeting” for the bed linens. One topic for discussion is putting in a clothesline kit with each duvet. Is that too much?
4:00: When post-prandial sugar levels set in, we break out the iPhone app that inserts a llama into your photographs. (Wallpaper in photo by Ellie Cashman)
5:30: Taking Önder for a walk. Her name was a combination of Wonder and Under. It wasn’t until after we named her that someone told us this is the Turkish word for “leader”. We don’t speak Turkish
6:45: Realized that we forgot to take a picture at dinner, so instead give you this photo of the goats having dinner
8:00: Taking a moment to sit down by the pond…
…because this is the view from the pond
Goodnight. Pay no attention to what Josh is reading. Pretend that it is something really brainy and life-changing.