Authors, farmers, entrepreneurs ‘The Fabulous Beekman Boys’ eager to visit Cazenovia

The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, outside the Beekman House in Sharon Springs, NY

The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, outside the Beekman House in Sharon Springs, NY


courtesy beekman1802.com

“The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook” is “heirloom” in every sense of the word: The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, showcase heirloom fruits and vegetables; offer delicious heirloom recipes from farm, family, and friends; and include a section in the back of each chapter so you can personalize the book with your own treasured recipes — and create a unique keepsake to hand down to your family. From springtime pea pod risotto and summery strawberry shortcake to quick braised collards in autumn and yummy chicken 'n' dumplings for a snowy winter's day, this is simple yet luscious farm-fresh fare that everyone will love.

— There has been a slow, steady and excited buzz permeating Cazenovia in recent weeks that can all be boiled down to the fact that the nationally-known “Fabulous Beekman Boys” — bestselling authors, farmers, entrepreneurs and recent winners of television’s “The Amazing Race” — are coming to town on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The two-hour event, sponsored by the Historic Cazenovia Business District committee of the chamber of commerce, will feature Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge giving a special book signing of their “Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook” and Kilmer-Purcell’s New York Times best-selling nonfiction book, “The Bucolic Plague: How two Manhattanites became gentleman farmers: An unconventional memoir,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Lincklaen House on Albany Street.

There will also be a tasting of selected recipes from the cookbook prepared by the Lincklaen House chef.

“We’re excited to see the town; we’ve never been there,” Ridge told the Cazenovia Republican. “We’re always excited to see different parts of Upstate New York.”

Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge — best known by their moniker “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” which is also the name of their cooking show on The Cooking Channel — are the proprietors of Beekman 1802, a television show, a lifestyle brand and store named “Mercantile,” a bestselling cookbook and a memoir, a website and tourism destination all inspired by their Beekman 1802 farm in Sharon Springs, NY.

“We were just two guys from New York City who bought a historic farm Upstate as a weekend getaway,” Ridge said. “During the recession of 2008 we both lost our jobs and had to figure out a way to make [the farm] profitable. That’s really how we reinvented ourselves.”

The transformation from city living to the bucolic lives on a farm in Sharon Springs meant the couple had to “relinquish the overly indulgent and instantly gratified existence to which we had become accustomed,” and instead learn the patience and harmony of living with the season and within the bounty of nature and what the farm produced, they wrote in the introduction to their cookbook. After taking in a neighboring dairy goat farmer, Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge began producing soaps and cheese. They learned to farm and soon created a website and local store named “Mercantile.”

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