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    Tack-fully

    BY:Josh and Brent

    We had an extra poster of William Beekman at the Mercantile.  Rather than leave it rolled up in the corner, we decided to hang it on the wall in the packaging room.   But hanging on the wall with a bit of double stick taped, Willy looked a little unfinished.  We knew he would not appreciate […]

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    Autumn Reading List

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    We always like to share the books we’re settling down with as the nights grow longer. Here’s a few of our recent favs: 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York City Tenement. By Jane Ziegelman. We came across this book while thinking about family heirloom recipes for our new […]

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    A Cornue-copia of Riches.

    BY:Josh Kilmer-Purcell

    I’ve always said that as long as someone has a flame and a pot, they can cook a meal fit for a king. And I believe that. I fell in love with cooking during my early days in New York City, when I shared a studio apartment with four other people and had a countertop […]

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    The Four Seasons

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Before we ever started designing and creating products, we started our website to chronicle our attempt a “seasonal living”. To us this meant taking the time to acknowledge what makes each season beautiful, important, and astounding.  We soon realized that developing a keen sense of appreciation necessarily meant taking the time in each season to […]

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    Mary and Cold Weather

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America There has been snow falling for two days now.   Father decided it would be […]

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    Peppy Pepitas

    BY:Angela Rae Berg

    Last year at the Beekman, Brent had the idea to carve up turnips instead of pumpkins as an homage to the original jack-o-lantern. A great a idea, sure, but with one major flaw – no pumpkin carving means NO PUMPKIN SEEDS. Devastating. I wasn’t about to let another Halloween go by without making at least […]

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    A Head Above

    BY:Ross

    Each of the ingredients of beer makes an obvious contribution to the finished product, be it ale, lager, porter, stout or any other type of beer.  Interestingly, the smaller the proportion of each ingredient, the more difference it makes.  Beer is mainly water and while the mineral content of the water can make more or […]

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    Hops to It

    BY:Ross

    Around the middle of the 19th Century hops became an important crop in Sharon and the surrounding farms of Schoharie County.  Hop growing was a delicate process and a considerable gamble for the farmer, but hop picking time in early September was a time of fun and frolic as well as hard work.  Clerks and […]

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    Mary and the Cheesemaker

    BY:Mary Beekman

    Mary Beekman is a four-year-old ghost who resides in The Beekman Mansion, and considers Brent and Josh her “imaginary friends.” Follow Mary Beekman’s Diary each week to learn what it’s like to be a young child in early 19th century America The daylight begins in a slower manner.  The morning sun takes a different path […]

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    Oktoberfest in September?

    BY:Ross

    We have our Sharon Springs Harvest Festival in September.  Should we call it Oktoberfest instead? The first Oktoberfest was held on October 12, 1810 as a public celebration of a royal marriage that had happened several days earlier. The main event was a horse race and, of course, there was plenty of food and drink. […]

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