Beekman1802.com http://beekman1802.com The fastest growing lifestyle brand in America Thu, 28 May 2015 15:46:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 For the Birds http://beekman1802.com/28245/ http://beekman1802.com/28245/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 15:45:29 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=28245 A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens

 

A Chicken for Every Yard

Chickens make wonderful pets, and our friend Melissa Caughey (author of the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest) provides all the information kids need to raise healthy chickens and have tons of fun doing it. It takes less than 20 minutes a day to care for a flock and is a great learning opportunity.  Caughey shares her advice in an engaging way so that kids understand what it means to keep chickens and what kind of housing, food, equipment, and care the chickens will need to thrive. She also includes ideas for lots of creative activities sure to spark enthusiasm and imagination, such as speaking chicken, creating a veggie piñata for the flock, and making a chicken fort in the backyard. She even offers ten egg-centric recipes that kids will love to make and eat, including French toast, egg drop soup, and Mexican egg pizza.

 

Get a copy of this book easily on Amazon by clicking here

 

]]>
http://beekman1802.com/28245/feed/ 0
Forest Bathing http://beekman1802.com/forest-bathing/ http://beekman1802.com/forest-bathing/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 18:09:50 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=28226  

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 2.01.57 PM

 

INTO the WOODS

In the Japanese language there’s a word, Shinrin-yoku. It means “forest bathing” The idea being that spending time in the forest and natural areas is good preventative medicine, since it lowers stress, which causes or exacerbates some of our most intractable health issues.  It’s not just magic, it’s science. Trees and plants naturally produce allelochemic substances known as phytoncides, which are kind of like pheromones for plants. Their job is to help ward off pesky insects and slow the growth of fungi and bacteria. These phytochemicals are scientifically proven to lower blood pressure, relieve stress and boost the growth of cancer-fighting white blood cells.

At Beekman 1802 we forage for mushrooms, wild leeks, milk weed and burdock root—foraged ingredients that make magic on our dinner table.

So this summer, head into the woods. You’ll find more than a fairy tale.

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 2.02.25 PM

 

For everything you need to get the most out of every season, visit Beekman 1802 Mercantile online click here

 

 

 

 

 

]]>
http://beekman1802.com/forest-bathing/feed/ 0
Five Beautiful Things http://beekman1802.com/28229/ http://beekman1802.com/28229/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 14:49:53 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=28229 e0316f3a20ad844380c29b91b0cc2277

 

Northern Exposure

Artist and photographer Andreas Lie is inspired by the landscape and wildlife of his surroundings in Bergen, a coastal community in Norway, nestled between seven mountains. What is particularly unique about his work is its double-exposure effect, blending the landscape photography with the figures in his work to achieve a layered look that is virtually seamless, tying the mysticism of forest lore to the animals that dwell in it. The tips of snow-capped pines become the fur on a wayward wolf. The shadows of mountains and valleys accentuate the curve of a bear’s back. Visit his website to see more of his work.

 

andreas-lie-series-five

 

 

 

]]>
http://beekman1802.com/28229/feed/ 1
Spring Mercantile http://beekman1802.com/spring-mercantile/ http://beekman1802.com/spring-mercantile/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 19:15:09 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=28223 We re-design the flagship Beekman 1802 Mercantile in Sharon Springs with a new theme 5 times year (once for each season of the year and for holidays).

Since many of you living in all parts of the world can’t make it to Sharon Springs each season, we always like to give you a little virtual tour.

Our theme for Spring 2015 is ‘Sow the Seeds of a Good Life’

 

 

For information on anything you see here, please visit the online Mercantile or give us a call at 518.284.6039

 

]]>
http://beekman1802.com/spring-mercantile/feed/ 1
America, Land of Plenty http://beekman1802.com/28202/ http://beekman1802.com/28202/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 17:07:35 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=28202 Photographic print. A large produce display, at the New York State Fair was created using a frame with horizontal spaces and a star within a circle in the center. The pattern within the frame was created with tomatoes and sweet peppers. In front of and on the top of the slanted display are bunches of celery. An American flag hangs above the display. Surrounding the display are decorated booths featuring more produce and educational presentations.

Photographic print. A large produce display, at the New York State Fair was created using a frame with horizontal spaces and a star within a circle in the center. The pattern within the frame was created with tomatoes and sweet peppers. In front of and on the top of the slanted display are bunches of celery. An American flag hangs above the display. Surrounding the display are decorated booths featuring more produce and educational presentations.

 

Last year, we were named to the Board of Trustees of the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY.  The mission of the museum is to cultivate an understanding of the rural heritage that has shaped our land, communities and American culture.

One of our favorite collections of the museum is the vast photo archive.

Plowline: Images of Rural New York is a collecting initiative. The Farmers’ Museum, with the generous support of the Gipson Family, is actively assembling original photography that documents changes in agricultural practice, rural life and farming families in New York State from the 19th century through the present.

Each week on Beekman 1802 we’ll highlight a photo from the collection that not only depicts where WE come from but where we ALL come from.

 

To learn more about the museum or plan a visit on your next trip to Sharon Springs, click here

]]> http://beekman1802.com/28202/feed/ 1 Crystal Clear http://beekman1802.com/crystal-clear/ http://beekman1802.com/crystal-clear/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 17:14:01 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=28163 At Beekman 1802, we celebrate the ability to create something out of nothing which is why Corning, NY’s Historic Gaffer’s District is the perfect home for this summer’s pop-up shop.  What’s a gaffer? A gaffer is a master glassblower and a tribute to Corning’s glass heritage.

Corning is the home of the famed glass company of the same name as well as the home of the stunning Corning Museum of Glass, but even more importantly it is the home of an indelible community spirit to keep downtown business districts thriving.

The reasons for setting up shop in the “Crystal City” are crystal clear.  Take a photo tour below

The Beekman 1802 Mercantile Summer Outpost is located at 18 Market Street from May 23 through October 4

 

Hours of Operation

Monday: 11am-6pm
Tuesday: 11am-6pm
Wednesday: 11am-6pm
Thursday: 11-8pm
Friday: 11-8pm
Saturday: 11-6pm
Sunday: 11-4pm

 

Josh and Brent will make appearances at the Summer Outpost throughout the summer.  Follow along on Facebook to see when they’re visiting!

 

]]>
http://beekman1802.com/crystal-clear/feed/ 2
Five Beautiful Things http://beekman1802.com/five-beautiful-things-43/ http://beekman1802.com/five-beautiful-things-43/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 09:35:14 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=28158 music-theme-grungy-font-number-5-vector-1573006

Painting her Joy

On April 3, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was rushed to a California hospital where she remains today. There has been no official word about the cause of her hospitalization or what ails her, but it triggered in me the realization that even the most prolific, brilliant people are vulnerable to time’s meddling fingers. The 71 year-old Canadian musician is considered, worldwide, to be one of the most influential singer-songwriters ever: more than 25 albums released over a career that spans four decades, an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, countless awards and, most importantly, songs that have changed the landscape of music and touched the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world – myself included.

Joni’s artistic talents extend well beyond the realm of music, however. She has been a painter for most of her life and the artwork is timeless, engaging and imaginative. As Joni once said, “I sing my sorrow and I paint my joy.” With the warmest of wishes for her healthy recovery, I wanted to celebrate Joni’s art this week. Below are five of her paintings, including a few self-portraits. Visit jonimitchell.com for more examples and to explore the work of this amazing artist.

 

 

joni-mitchell-art-five

]]>
http://beekman1802.com/five-beautiful-things-43/feed/ 0
2015 Mortgage Lifter Awards http://beekman1802.com/2015-mortgage-lifter-awards/ http://beekman1802.com/2015-mortgage-lifter-awards/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 10:48:09 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=28143 Of all the projects that we work on at Beekman 1802, nothing is more exciting or more rewarding to us than the Mortgage Lifter Project. With your help, we have started the Farm-to-Shelf revolution—figuring out ways to support small farms so that they can find their way to the grocery store shelf.

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 6.28.45 AM 

 

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the second annual Beekman 1802 Mortgage Lifter Lifts! (Read more about them at their profile links below)

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 7.46.31 AM

 

$15,000 Mortgage Lifter Lift: Prairie Heritage Farm in Power, MT

$1049 Mini-Mortgage Lifter Lift #1: Free Grass Union Farm in Free Union, VA

$1049 Mini-Mortgage Lifter Lift #2: Windy Hill Farm in Comanche, TX

$1049 Mini-Mortgage Lifter Lift #3: Maple Hill Farm in Ladysmith, WI

$1049 Mini-Mortgage Lifter Lift #4: Windy Hill Goat Farm in Cherry Valley, NY

 

We look forward to seeing them all GROW! We’d like to say how much we admired ALL of the hard work demonstrated by every nominee this year.  We hope next year we’re able to give even bigger “Lifts” to even more farms, and encourage this year’s entrants to read the other profiles and learn from one another and to re-apply this year. There were many worthy candidates.

We thank each of our judges for helping us identify farms that have the potential to be leaders, innovators and an inspiration to other small farms around the world

And most importantly, we thank ALL OF YOU for supporting the Mortgage Lifter Project with every jar of sauce you buy.

What our esteemed panel of judges had to say about Prairie Heritage Farm:

 

“Demonstrates initiative and success in building a year-round diversified, organic heritage grain and seed farm operation that is researching and preserving ancient, endangered grain varieties adapted to northern US growing conditions and marketing them through an innovative “national CSA” model, and vision in expanding the farm’s production and distribution by proposing unique, appropriately scaled grain-processing infrastructure suitable for replication by other small-scale specialty grain producers across the country to enable their farms’ viability and the availability of heritage grains to consumers.”

 

and

 

“Jacob & Courtney are not only running an organic CSA and livestock farm, but they’re also preserving the genetic diversity of seeds by doing their own field trials to preserve valuable genetics in ancient and heirloom grains that would otherwise be threatened by our industrial agriculture system and marketing those seeds to other farmers nationally. Their grain CSA offers high-quality, unique staple crops like wheat, barley, and legumes, as well as fresh, stone-ground flour, and in a state like Montana, where large-scale, conventional grain production rules, this is revolutionary! Their prize money would be put to the equipment that would enable them, and others through them, to have access to clean, heirloom seeds that are free from GMOs and corporate control. They describe themselves as educators first and farmers second, and this is hugely important.”

 

and a special word from last year’s Big Lift winners at Climbing Tree Farm in New Lebanon, NY

 

“Praire Heritage looks beautiful and wonderful! This has been a good (busy!) year for us, filled with lots of changes- some of which were possible because we were awarded a Mortgage Lifter. We were able to buy a used truck, a wooden shed, which we now use as a brooder for poultry, some electronet fencing, and some breeding stock with our prize. It helped so much! The day we won our Mortgage Lifter it was rainy and our dirt road was sloppy and muddy. When we got the good news we jumped and screamed and splashed in the mud in the middle of the road. The mud came nearly up to our two year olds knees. It’s a memory that will last in our family. We hope this prize allows Prairie Heritage to make improvements to [their] farm, but also that it shows you how valuable your work is, and that it helps your family make some good memories.”

**Please help us Kick-Start next year’s fund by picking up more Mortgage Lifter Sauces today either at Beekman 1802 or at one of 1500 Target stores nationwide. As always, 25% of the profits of each jar go into the Lift Awards.

]]>
http://beekman1802.com/2015-mortgage-lifter-awards/feed/ 5
Garden Party 2015 http://beekman1802.com/garden-party-2015/ http://beekman1802.com/garden-party-2015/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 22:38:28 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=28128

 

garden party logoThis is our sixth annual Garden Party Festival in Sharon Springs–our little celebration of making it through another long, upstate Winter!

Check back right here up until the day of the event for the latest details.

Saturday

 

9:30

Tours begin of Beekman Farm.  For ticket information, click here

 

9:30am-5:00pm

Chris Ottman will demonstrate how he creates his popular Cherry Valley Tincicles. Demonstrations all day in front of Cobbler and Company.

10:00

Start browsing over 100 vendors selling seeds, plants, crafts and food

11:00–Main Stage in Chalybeate Park 

Join Author Nancy DiPace Pfau as she shares colorful anecdotes about Sharon’s History, followed by a signing of her new book: Sharon & Sharon Springs

12 noon – Chalybeate Park

Become an honorary citizen of Sharon Springs!  Mayor Doug Plummer will lead a “swearing in”  ceremony.  Line up to shake his hand and get your authentic certificate of citizenship

1-1:30 – Main Stage in Chalybeate Park

Josh & Brent Cooking Demo – Josh & Brent demo a recipe from their “Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook” and take all your questions

1:30 – Meet in Chalybeate Park

Historic Walking Tour – Joshua Stillwell will conduct a walking tour of historic Sharon Springs. Delight in stories about our village. Tour begins at the Chalybeate Park Temple and concludes with “Tea at Edgefield Bed and Breakfast”.  Ticket price:  $10

2-2:30 – Main Stage in Chalybeate Park

Rose Marie Trapani, from “Our Sicilian Table,” shares her favorite spring & summer recipes

3-3:30 – Main Stage in Chalybeate Park

Ron Ketelsen, owner of the Roseboro Hotel, shares great tips on how to garden using everyday household items.

 

 

Sunday is for Shopping and Strolling

10:00

Start browsing over 100 vendors selling seeds, plants, crafts and food

11:00

Josh and Brent, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, demonstrate a recipe from their Beekman 1802 Heirloom Garden Cookbook.

12:00 noon

Ron Ketelsen, owner of the Roseboro Hotel, shares great gardening tips.

1:00

Join Author Nancy DiPace Pfau as she shares colorful anecdotes about Sharon’s History, followed by a signing of her new book: Sharon & Sharon Springs.

2:00

Rose Marie Trapani, from “Our Sicilian Table,” shares her favorite spring & summer recipes.

Additional info:

Hours:

All vendors will be set up and ready to greet you by 10:00am and will be open for business until 5pm

Parking information: 

Parking is at the Sharon Springs Central School on the corner of State Route 10 and US 20 (just behind the Stewarts Station).  Shuttle buses will run on the half-hour throughout the day.  Additional parking available at Sunnycrest Orchard on US 10.  Shuttles are also available from this location. Street parking is discouraged on festival days for safety reasons

]]>
http://beekman1802.com/garden-party-2015/feed/ 12
Mother Earth http://beekman1802.com/mother-earth/ http://beekman1802.com/mother-earth/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 12:40:31 +0000 http://beekman1802.com/?p=28123  Photographic negative.  Dante Tranquille.  Farm harvest. Image is of a mature adult woman sitting in a lawn chair holding flint corn. She is sitting among baskets and piles of produce such as acorn squash, corn and butternut squash. Behind her is a house.


Photographic negative. Dante Tranquille. Farm harvest. Image is of a mature adult woman sitting in a lawn chair holding flint corn. She is sitting among baskets and piles of produce such as acorn squash, corn and butternut squash. Behind her is a house.

 

Last year, we were named to the Board of Trustees of the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY.  The mission of the museum is to cultivate an understanding of the rural heritage that has shaped our land, communities and American culture.

One of our favorite collections of the museum is the vast photo archive.

Plowline: Images of Rural New York is a collecting initiative. The Farmers’ Museum, with the generous support of the Gipson Family, is actively assembling original photography that documents changes in agricultural practice, rural life and farming families in New York State from the 19th century through the present.

Each week on Beekman 1802 we’ll highlight a photo from the collection that not only depicts where WE come from but where we ALL come from.

To learn more about the museum or plan a visit on your next trip to Sharon Springs, click here

]]>
http://beekman1802.com/mother-earth/feed/ 0