Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Fabulous Beekman Boys

...may be the most random, yet addictive show on television.  Have y'all seen it?  Anyone?  Anyone?

To beat the summer heat, I was lounging around inside the past Sunday and happened to catch a couple of epis.  It airs on a random (to me) channel, PlanetGreen, and I had never heard of the show before.  Well, now it standardly programmed into my DVR, and I will tell you why. 

The boys, Brent and Josh.  One is a doctor (formerly Dr. Brent of Martha Stewart fame), the other a best-selling author.

The premise behind the show is that Brent and Josh leave Manhattan life behind to lead the "simple life" in upstate New York.  They purchased Beekman Farm, an enormous property located in Sharon Springs, NY, with the intention of living a slower and more organic lifestyle.  The couple now resides in the beautiful farmhouse on the property while raising 80 goats, 2 pigs, 12 chickens and a llama.  Oh, and they also make goat milk soap and artisanal cheese, called Beekman Blaak. 

The idyllic barn. 
Farmer John tends to the goats in the barn, and has taught the boys everything they now know about raising the personality-packed herd.  

The show is a refreshing and delightful romp, particulary when constantly dominated by the likes of reality TV brawls, spoiled bratty kid birthday parties, and gross consumerism (a la Real Housewives....I am a full time viewer, no judgment here....).   The guys are just, well, charming, and it is a riot to watch them unabashedly plunge into Kuntry living, all while keeping themselves fed and their relationship in tact. 

Plus, the shots of the gorgeous land and historic house (err, mansion) are the best eye candy out there.

The above shots are all from the Boys' really great website Beekman 1802.  I highly suggest that you check it out.  It is chock full of information about natural living. Plus, there are tons of stunning pics of the farm as well as their blogs accounting this "Shared Experiment in Seasonal Living." 

WARNING: Don't go on the site unless you plan to spend an hour there... 

I just learned that the Beekman Mansion was a stop on the Underground Railroad and is said to have had a tunnel running between it and the on-property crypt, which served as the hiding place for slaves escaping northward.  See, tons of nerdy historical facts!

The Beekman 1802 website is also their mercantile.

Beekman 1802 baby soap.

Beekman 1802 Blaak.

Beekman 1802 picnic blankie. 

The mercantile's motto is that Beekman farm is bigger than its fences.  Lovely. 

I really hope that you tune in to The Fabulous Beekman is perfect "escape" television, yet oddly educational.  Treat yourself, you will love it!




  1. I saw previews for this show at one point this weekend. I will definitely check it out!

  2. We love it! It's pretty scary being stuck in a pin with a horny angry goat!