Goat Farmers of The Amazing Race Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:37:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Christmas Party Cocktail Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:32:56 +0000 Visionaria Cocktail


This twist on the famous Arnold Palmer cocktail is truly the stuff of dreams. It combines graciously exotic jasmine tea (don’t use jasmine green tea, though: that’s different!) with homemade ginger syrup in a tall glass—and it’s the perfect showcase for Tennessee sipping whiskey. Fresh lemon juice and a hit of seltzer water give it a refreshing kick—and if you make your ice with jasmine tea, too, you can be sure your cocktail won’t get watered down over the course of sipping. Although its taste is sophisticated, there’s nothing complicated about this drink; it’s as easy to make as its ingredients are to find. It is a great match for salty snacks, so it makes a nice aperitif. Alternatively, enjoy it on its own; it’s just the thing to accompany a lazy afternoon of daydreaming.




Ice made from strongly brewed jasmine tea

2 ounces (60 ml) Tennessee sipping whiskey

1 ounce (30 ml) lemon juice

½ ounce (15 ml) Ginger Honey Simple Syrup (see below)

2 ounces (60 ml) strongly-brewed, cooled jasmine tea

1 ounce (30 ml) seltzer water

Lemon pinwheels drizzled with a little Ginger Honey Simple Syrup



Add the jasmine tea ice to a tall Collins-style glass, and then add the whiskey. Top the whiskey with the lemon juice, and pour the chilled Ginger Honey Simple Syrup and cooled jasmine tea over the mixture. Finish with the seltzer water, and garnish with the syrupy lemon pinwheel. Then, just kick back and relax.



to make Ginger Honey Simple Syrup

Make a batch of Raw Honey Simple Syrup. Add ¼ cup (25 g) finely chopped fresh (preferably young) ginger. Pour the mixture into an airtight container, and let it steep in the fridge for a couple days. Strain before using. Use within 2 weeks.


 to make Raw Honey Simple Syrup

In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup (340 g) honey with ½ cup (120 ml) water and simmer, mixing until the honey has dissolved. Let the mixture cool. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a month.




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Five Beautiful Things Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:31:31 +0000 img-thing


Agnes Miller-Parker

You may not know her name, but the wood-block prints of Agnes Miller-Parker (1895 -1980) are among the most beautiful examples of the 20th Century. (Female print makers do not often hold the gaze of art historians, which is why many of them are not very well known.) Miller-Parker was born in Britain and studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. In 1926 she began to publish her first editorial prints in journals and magazines and by the early 1930s she was illustrating books, such as The Fables of Esope and Welsh Gypsy Folk Tales. I’m really dazzled by the intricacy and liveliness of her work. There is also something intangibly ‘Beekman’ about her style. Below are five of her beautiful prints.







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Shiny and Bright Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:39:35 +0000 At Beekman 1802 our signature look is a mixture of the high and the low, and nothing demonstrates that more than this handy little project.

How many times have you wanted to use a metal tray, but when you pulled it out of the cabinet is was tarnished and you promptly put it back?

We’ve got an idea that will have you sparkling in half the time:



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5 Beautiful Things Thu, 04 Dec 2014 12:26:49 +0000 w3963

Beekman Place Wreaths

I love Brent’s and Josh’s Christmas philosophy: “There’s no such thing as ‘too much’ when it comes to Christmas.” A series of new-old wreaths available for purchase at their online shop speaks to this commitment to holiday razzmatazz and seduced me at first sight. They were created by an artist named Cackie McCarty who lives in Virginia. She scours the earth for authentic vintage ornaments and incorporates them into dazzling wreaths, such as these. Many of the wreaths contain ornaments that are highly prized by collectors today, such as an original Bradford Santa & Sleigh mantel decoration and beautiful ornaments from the 1950s from the United States, Austria, Germany and Poland. Each wreath is one-of-a-kind. I’m seriously in love with them. Click here to see more from the Beekman 1802 holiday shop!





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See Jane Run Mon, 01 Dec 2014 05:00:53 +0000 IMG_5596

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.”― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


As many of you know, we recently traveled to the Samburu region of Northern Kenya. We did so to meet up with our friend (and Josh’s former boss and mentor) Jane Newman. Jane is one of the most inspiring persons we’ve ever met. Some of you have also met her during the tours of our farm during Sharon Springs Festivals. She’s the unassuming, pretty English woman who leads tours of the flower garden, sharing her knowledge. Little did you know, however, how amazing she truly is. Here is her story…

The pale, gangly English girl focused her gaze on the short runway ahead of her.

A tree just over the site line crossed its limbs in a bloated posture. “I dare you,” it seemed to say.

She took off. Foot over foot, elbows pulling back like spiny plucked wings.

And then she leapt.

While Jane Newman’s first childhood attempt at flying resulted in a few scratches and bruising, (as jumping from a porch while pretending to be Peter Pan often does) it never really kept her from trying again.

Early in her career, she decided to up and leave the Mother Country and move to Chicagoland. From there it was on to NYC and Madison Avenue. It took a woman with Jane’s restless spirit and sheer British fearlessness to move to New York in 1982. This turned out to be a pivotal moment in the history of US advertising. Not only was Jane a woman in an industry just-slightly-evolved-post-Mad-Men, but she was a Planner when account planning was unheard of in the US (she played an integral role in the famous Apple ‘1984’ commercial.) Now it’s impossible to imagine a world without the consumer insights and strategic muscle of planning, so integral has the discipline become in agencies of all stripes. (Jane will be inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame this year.)

But self-admittedly, this devotion to career took its toll on Jane and her family. Is there a limit to how much you can plan for life and still have time for living life as it happens?

13 years ago at the age of 50, Jane heard that a friend had plans to drive across Africa. Those sorts of adventures don’t come around that often, so Jane harnessed her wanderlust and hitched a ride.

Days into the trip, the arid dessert air pressing down on their back, they barreled down the road.

When driving across Africa, the darkness can envelope you. So many swaths of land are so large and largely undeveloped that the stars actually touch the horizon. There’s a since of isolation that feels oddly similar to diving into a deep pool of water.
And then it happened. Surrounded by everything and nothing, the truck stopped running. The friends had seen no one on the road for hours. No one knew their location, and this was years before cell phones and GPS.

As her friend walked off into the night searching for help, Jane, alone, confronted the fact that she might die there.

When out of bush walked a group of children. Followed shortly by a group of women.

They were mothers from the Samburu tribe—nomadic goat herders who constantly roam northern Kenya. They took care of her and her friend for several days until one of the warriors from the tribe could walk into the nearest village and find help to fix the vehicle.

Jane promised the group that she would one day return to help them, in any way that they wished.

She finished the trip with her friend, flew back to the US and decided, at the age of 50 and the top of her “game” to retire.

Completely by herself, she set off on a backpacking trip around the world. She wrote a letter, and posted it to the closest village to the tribe. She told them she was keeping her promise to return and that she would be there in a few months time—on Feb 15.

She had no way of knowing if they would ever receive the letter. Nor if they could read it. And as the date grew closer and her journey back to that spot nearer, she began to have doubts.

“What if they don’t remember me?”

“What if they don’t want me to come?”

But one foot in the front of the other, back erect, she took another leap.

This time, she hitchhiked her way into remote northern Africa, riding along with the lonely transport trucks that drive through the night. She arrived at the designated spot on February 17, and there was the entire tribe to greet her. They had been waiting patiently for 2 days.

The Samburu are an incredibly hospitable group of people, and when Jane asked how she could repay them for their kindness. They were at a complete loss. “Repaying” for kindness was nothing they have ever heard of.

Thinking her way around the issue, Jane asked the mothers what they wanted for their children. Unequivocally, the mothers said that they realized that many things were changing around them, and that their children needed an education in order for their culture to survive the encroaching world. Formal education had eluded them because of the transient nature of their lives.

Then everything Jane had ever worked for came into play. Every strategy meeting, every planning session paid off.

She devised a way to build a school that traveled WITH the families. A teacher would be assigned to each group and could construct an entire classroom around an acacia tree when they got to the next grazing area. This became The Thorn Tree Project (click here).

For the past 12 years, we have supported one of these schools and we traveled to Samburu this year to see the first of our students graduate from high school (and head off to college!)

He, too, is ready to soar.

And Jane, like both a proud parent and a planner—works on solving all the issues that prevent kids from doing their best in school.

So if you ever find yourself on your 50th birthday backpacking through the lesser-explored areas of Africa, in the middle of the night, and you come across a woman sitting at a wooden table scribbling notes by the light of a paraffin lamp…

Grab binoculars.

See Jane run.

Run, Jane, run.

You’re flying.




You can buy a bracelet and support The Thorn Tree Project by clicking here.

]]> 31 A Walk in a Nighttime Snow Storm Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:16:54 +0000 We recently had the first big snowstorm of this season, which dumped about 14 inches of snow on the farm. It came down so fast and furious that some of our Team Beekman colleagues had to bunk overnight at the Mercantile. Önder , however, loved it. She whined at the door until we let her outside. There’s something especially haunting about snow at night…check out the pics:

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Beekman Place Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:49:48 +0000 Life is a banquet and too many people are starving to death!—Auntie Mame




Christmas at Beekman Place


If you’ve never read the book or seen the movie that chronicles the story of Mame, then you’ve certainly heard the most famous song from the musical version of the story:


For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute,
Candles in the window,
Carols at the spinet.
Yes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute.
It hasn’t snowed a single flurry,
But Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry;


Each year we try to come up with a unique holiday theme for the Mercantile, and this year we chose to honor this American literary icon (and it really has NOTHING to do with the fact that her address is 3 Beekman Place)

Mame traveled the world, re-decorated her home weekly, had a fortune, lost a fortune, took in an orphaned nephew, and all along the way never lost her zany zeal for life.

Whenever we’re feeling over worked or underappreciated, we always remind ourselves –no matter what time of year it is—that we CAN have a little Christmas, right this very minute.

All it takes is looking around and finding all those things that sparkle in your life.



All of the products we designed for the Christmas at Beekman Place Collection are of LIMITED EDITION, so if you see something you like, please click here to order now or call the Mercantile at 518.284.6039



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Vintage Christmas Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:36:12 +0000 Photograph by Adam Milliron

Photograph by Adam Milliron

 Jodi Hilliard is the official curator of the Beekman 1802 Vintage Collection. She shares regular posts about her finds and using them in your lifestyle. 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…especially at my house! Snow on the ground and my favorite vintage holiday decorations going up. I enjoy mixing pieces that my mother has given to me over the years along with vintage treasures I find when out picking. I am always drawn to the holiday decoration section at sales and flea markets so that I can add pieces to the Beekman 1802 Vintage Collection (and, of course, my personal collection).

Some of my favorite vintage Christmas decorations include elves, glass ornaments and Putz houses. Elves are very “mid-century” and  were always present during my childhood Christmas’s. Glass ornaments look great on any tree–especially when accented with plenty of tinsel! And Putz houses are so much fun;  you can build your own little holiday village by collecting them. Early this year, I came across a really nice lot of Putz houses at an estate and am happy to share those pieces with you in the Beekman 1802 Vintage Collection.

I hope you enjoy the vintage holiday items I have curated for this season as it was so much fun gathering them. Vintage Christmas items seem to go really fast, so if you see something you like, be quick like St. Nick and grab it before it’s gone!


 Vintagely yours,


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Five Beautiful Things Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:39:53 +0000 number-5

Variations on the Ginkgo

Ever since I was young, I was enamored of the ginkgo tree. I love the shape of its leaves and the uniformity of its signature vibrant yellow hue during the autumn months. It seems I am not alone, either. The tree, also known as the maidenhair tree, is native to China and was considered beautiful enough to be planted on the sacred grounds of Buddhist temples. It was first cultivated in North America in 1784 in Philadelphia and is now planted worldwide as a landscape plant. The fan-like shape of the ginkgo leaf has been used as a decorative motif for centuries: from furniture to jewelry, wallpaper to textiles.

The ginkgo’s charm may lie in its resilience. It is one of the oldest trees in the world. Modern ginkgoes are virtually the same as fossil specimens of the same species dating back more than 100 million years. The only plant older than the ginkgo is the fern. Much like the fern, the ginkgo reproduces itself using ovules that are fertilized by motile sperm, which are released by pollen grains when the tree germinates.

There is a ginkgo grove planted not too far from where I work and I love visiting it this time of year on my walk home to marvel at the swath of vibrant yellow and the striking shape of the fallen leaves. Below are five beautiful photos of the ginkgo used as a decorative motif. The first photograph was taken by my friend Lori Coleman who lives in Culpepper, Virginia. This tree grows in her back yard.



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Leftover Stuffing Hacks Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:58:35 +0000  

stuffing-hacksStuffing shouldn’t just be a Thanksgiving and sometimes-Christmas dish. We should be eating stuffing year round! It’s more versatile than you think…and can be paired with everything from fish to beef to pork to veggies. (No, we’re not getting paid by StoveTop.)

But while there are hundreds of ideas online for what to do with leftover Thanksgiving turkey, you won’t find many for leftover stuffing. Maybe people just toss it out because, after all, “it’s just soggy bread.” But we waste nothing on the farm. So over the years we’ve come up with a lot of fabulous ideas for using up stuffing post-holiday. Check ‘em out below.  (We’ve also got ideas for leftover cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.)

FREEZE FREEZE FREEZE!:  Stuffing freezes better than any other part of Thanksgiving dinner. So while you’re cramming down leftover mashed potatoes and turkey to beat the spoilage clock, put your leftover stuffing on ice. Tip: it’s best to freeze it individually portioned spoonfuls or squares on a baking sheet first, then put in freezer bags.
STUFFING QUICHE:  Press leftover stuffing into the bottom and up the sides of a deep dish pie plate to use as the shell for your favorite quiche recipe.
MEATLOAF:  You know how meatloaf calls for breadcrumbs and spices? Well…what is stuffing anyway? Yep. Bread and spices. Mix stuffing into your favorite meatloaf recipe instead of breadcrumbs.
CHICKEN SOUP DUMPLINGS:  When you get that bad winter cold next February, pull out some leftover  Thanksgiving stuffing from the freezer, mix in an egg, roll into tight balls and drop into simmering chicken soup. If it doesn’t cure you, it will at least remind you to be thankful that it’s not pneumonia.
BLUE CHEESE BITES: Roll stuffing around a tablespoon-sized hunk of blue cheese. If stuffing is very wet, roll in dried bread crumbs and bake until cheese in middle is warm and gooey.
STUFFED SQUASH:  Place acorn squash halves in baking dish, spoon stuffing in cavities, drizzle with maple syrup, cover loosely with foil, and bake at 350F until squash is softened.
FISH:  Stuffed trout isn’t just for fancy restaurants. Pick up a nice, whole fish from your best grocer and bake fish with stuffing in cavity.
FRUITY STUFFED PORK: In our first cookbook we taught you to use leftover fruitcake as a stuffing for pork. Turn your leftover stuffing into an even better stuffing by adding chopped dried prunes, apricots & apples and using to stuff pork chops or roast.
STUFFED APPLE SIDE: Baked apples aren’t just for dessert. By stuffing apples with savory stuffing before baking (add a few raisins too!) they can be served alongside the main course.
ONION SOUP ADD-IN:  Prepare your favorite onion soup recipe (leaving out any spices other than salt & pepper,) add a generous spoon full of stuffing to simmering mixture, melt gruyere cheese over top.
CROUTONS: Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, bread cubes to bread cubes. Spread leftover stuffing evenly across a baking sheet and bake at 350F until almost, but not completely dry. Cut into cubes, and return to oven until totally dry. Great with a crisp romaine salad.
STUFFING JAM CAKES:  A great savory/sweet breakfast side. Flatten stuffing into cakes, fry in butter alongside eggs, top with apple butter or concord grape jelly

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