Hanging Out On The Farm With The Beekman Boys and HSN!

Beekman 1802 mansion

Hi, Neighbor! I bought the farm! Just kidding. I did visit one however. On a beautiful fall day I boarded a really plush Sprinter van in downtown NYC and headed to Sharon Springs in upstate New York to visit the Beekman Boys with 6 other media folks for a private tour of the Beekman 1802 apothecary, their farm and to break bread with the founders themselves. What a treat!

Beekman 1802

Beekman 1802 American Hotel

American Hotel

Beekman 1802

Beekman 1802 Apothecary

Beekman 1802 Goat Poop products on table with neon

Goat Poop (chocolate) and chocolate popcorn galore!

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge of Beekman 1802

Josh and Brent talking to us about Beekman 1802

Food on a plate at Beekman 1802 grilled cheese triangles and jam

These little grilled cheese bites topped with their beer jam were delicious!

Beekman 1802 Beekman 1802 soap wrapped bundles of 3

Beekman 1802 Mercantile

Once I boarded the bus there was a lovely gift bag waiting for me filled with Beekman 1802 treats (like their amazing Goat Poop) and a pair of (as it happened much needed) Sperry boats. It was going to by a muddy afternoon. Once we arrived in Sharon Springs, NY (about 3 hours from the city, near Albany) we checked into the American Hotel in this gorgeous tiny bucolic town (it helped the fall foliage was at it’s peak). In fact it’s so tiny the hotel was diagonally across the street from our first stop, The Beekman 1802 Mercantile.

I slipped on my new Sperry boots (so warm and comfy) and walked across the street for a tour, some shopping, enjoyed some nibbly bits and listened to a brief intro from Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge of Beekman 1802. I literally wanted everything inside the store, including their beer jam and ALL the chocolate covered popcorn.

Beekman 1802 Farm Goats eating hay

Beekman 1802 Farm Goats

Beekman 1802 Lettuce growing in wooden boxes

Look, they really grow stuff on the farm!

Beekman 1802 Farm Crypt door stone wall and trees

Here is the crypt door and there where headstones and some bones inside. Spooky.

Beekman 1802 lauren dimet waters seated on straw with farm goats

At first I was afraid the goats would mistake my hair for straw. Then I was annoyed they could have cared less I was even there!

Beekman Farm Private Tour

Next we were off to the Beekman Farm for a private tour. We did not get a tour of the mansion (yes, I was sorta bummed) but we did get to walk the grounds, see what was still growing, view a cyrpt from the original family (yes I went in) and meet the guests of honor…the goats. By the way, it was the cleanest barn I have ever been in. Mind you I don’t have a ton to compare it to, but it was immaculate.

Beekman 1802 large room long wooden table

Table setting at Beekman 1802

Beekman 1802 table setting candles cut glass whitre and gold china

Place setting at Beekman 1802 press event

Lauren DImet Waters with the Beekman Boys Beekman 1802

Josh, Lauren and Brent. I want to work for them now.

Dinner At Beekman 1802

Originally we were supposed to have dinner on the farm, but the tent they had set up for us turned out to be problematic with the weather so we went back to the mercantile where they had set up the second floor (which is where you can usually find their housewares) as a gorgeous winter wonderland. Not only was a stunning table-scape set up but the the new holiday products & HSN assortment of Beekman 1802 products were arranged for us to check out and each were explained.

What I appreciate about the brand is that all of the items are affordable, yet luxurious and natural. Also their backstory is fascinating. The whole town rallies around the business and they consider all their neighbors friends. That’s why they say “Hi neighbor” when you walk through the door. Even HSN answers the phones that way when people call to place an order. If you are a customer, you’re a neighbor. How cool is that? Then we sat down to a delicious family style dinner, hosted by Josh & Brent.

After dinner we walked back to the hotel and descended on the bar for a nightcap and interesting conversation about mediums, ghosts and of course, Beekman 1802 and how we all now wanted to buy farms there. After a delicious breakfast at the hotel the next morning, it was back to the city and life returned to normal.

 

Lauren Dimet Waters Signature

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Photos: Chris Bebout and Fountain Of 30

Beekman 1802 Farm Visit

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