In Sharon Springs, New York – population 547 – Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge have discovered a farm, a calling, a community, and a home. The Fabulous Beekman Boys left the urban hustle of New York City behind and now embrace a not-so-simple life on the farm…balancing the demands of eighty goats (and a diva llama) with their uber-successful lifestyle brand Beekman 1802. Fabulous tips from the accidental farmers, bestselling authors, reality television stars and goat whisperers: where to taste, sip and shop in the charming town they call home.
We make our own coffee blend at Beekman 1802 from beans sourced from the locations that would have supplied William Beekman’s original mercantile back in 1802. The best spot to drink it is on our back porch!
Favorite spot for a cocktail?
Mixologist Warren Bobrow writes the cocktail blog for beekman1802.com and he is always sending us suggestions for ideas using ingredients from the heirloom vegetable and flower gardens on the farm. We have a harvest table in the middle of our vegetable garden, and it’s the perfect spot for an evening cocktail.
Date night destination?
We only have three restaurants that are open for dinner in our tiny village of Sharon Springs, NY, and each has its own vibe and regulars. We like to rotate through them all to keep things interesting.
Favorite find in the neighborhood?
Our favorite “find” is all the amazing artisans that make up the B. 1802 Rural Artist Collective. New ones come out of the woodwork every single day it seems, and we are constantly surprised by their creativity and craftsmanship.
Outdoor space to enjoy in the sun?
On the second floor of the Mercantile is the original fire escape to the building. In warm weather it’s wonderful to step out onto it and soak up a few rays between work projects.
Best kept neighborhood secret?
Right behind the Mercantile parking lot is a beautiful stream and a waterfall that most people who visit never see.