P. Allen Smith has been known to audiences for almost 20 years from his gardening show on PBS and known to us for his style and passion for farming.  We first met him 5 years ago when we created The Art of Farming–a special charity auction of heirloom vegetables on the floor of Sotheby’s in NYC.

To celebrate the release of the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook (and our first trip to Arkansas), he threw a dinner party at his home, the beautiful Moss Mountain Farm.


by Josh and Brent

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So, where can I find the rhubarb syrup recipe with ginger and orange zest? I can’t find it anywhere on the net. Thanks

karen lopez , san pedro,ca.

love everything about your trip!! you feel like you are there. thanks guy’s!!!

jeda (jpdf)

What a beautiful gathering! Congratulations on your Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook! 🙂 <3

Susan Harper

Josh and Brent- SOOOO loved getting to know you two at Allen’s party….it was a fun night! And THANK YOU SO MUCH for your interest in my goat cheese and making sure everyone got to try it. I was overwhelmed, to say the least!! Thanks, also, for your kind words about making it a real business…I’m thinking it over. With your enthusiasm for the idea, It spurs me onward!!! Want to visit you and your goats in Sharon Springs and see your cheese operation. Tell Sandy HI when you see her. Hope to see y’all again soon…Susan

Sue Feemster

A wonderful evening! P. Allen knows how to throw a party. Would love to visit your farm some day. Hope you guys will visit again!

Mac Fechtling

It was a wonderful evening and dinner party! Well worth the drive from Kansas City to Arkansas. Great meeting you both. Thanks again to P. Allen Smith and both of you for a fun party.


Looks like you two enjoyed yourselves… Didn’t know Arkansas could be so beautiful!


So awesome! I had often thought while watching P. Allen Smith’s shows how well he would like Josh and Brent and The Beekman and all it encompassses, and had no idea he already knew them and they were friends! So happy to know that! 🙂

Beverly Nan Murphy

Hmm. What was that address again? I have loads of gingham. That tree is particularly magical and sunflower centerpieces take it over the top. The cobbler isn’t all bad either. Lovely time seemed had by all.


Much as I like P. Allen Smith, I take issue with him regarding raising chickens. A year ago, on one of his programs, he gifted a neighbor with 4 young chickens. When she asked him how long it would be before the hens started laying eggs, he was straight-forward: “10 months”, he opined. That jerked me out of a coma of chicken warm fuzzies, and I promptly fired off an e-mail to his website. Dear P. Allen, (I’m paraphrasing) you may be an authority on all things green and growing, but your information regarding chickens isn’t accurate. Most chickens start laying when they are around 5 months old, some of the bigger breeds (like Jersey Giants) lay by the time they’re 6 months old. I have had many, many laying hens, and they all started egg laying within that time frame. Naturally, I didn’t hear back from P.Allen.. It is the height of hubris to insist on being an authority on chickens if you can’t acknowledge your informational mistakes.

Dr. Brent

Hi, Jennifer. We are not poultry experts, but do know from visiting Moss Mountain Farms that Allen knows quite a bit. While we were at the farm there were actually professors and students from the University of Arkansas studying the various rare breeds in his hatchery. Perhaps if his information differs from yours he we was talking about a specific breed that has a longer maturation cycle? He has some very rare varieties.