One of the delirious memories of childhood summer evenings was capturing fireflies.  Of course, we had no idea how inhumane it was to put them in a jar and watch them slowly suffocate on our bedside table.  Such is the innocence of children.

Warm weather will bring thousands of lightening bugs to the fields of the farm.

These days we just sit on the porch and admire them from afar but their glowing signals of romance and our childhood memories inspired this idea for Firefly Candles.

 

Using votive and tealight candles, a collection of glass canning jars, and some fishing wire, we created these hanging candles.   Suspended from the branches of a tree or an outdoor umbrella, their flickering and swaying mimic the appearance of fireflies in the night sky.

The trick is to cut the fishing wire into varying links and drape the string over the branch first.  You can also twist floral wire around the branch to fashion a hook.  Then bring each end of the string over the outside rim of the jar.  Tightly screwing on the metal rim that accompanies the jar will hold the string in place. (The ends of the string should protrude from the bottom edges of the metal rim.)

You can also use all-natural citronella tea lights and votives.  The scents will keep bugs away from the dinner table or entertaining area.  Beautiful and practical.

To read more about fireflies at Beekman Farm, click here

by Josh and Brent

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Kimberly Hampton

I too grew up capturing fireflies when I was a child but here in S.C. we called them "lightning bugs" The only difference is I punched holes in the lids and released them in the morning!Unfortunately where I now live on Lake Marion there are no longer many fireflies,which I attribute to spraying for mosquitoes.Love your show,even got my "redneck" husband hooked on it!I have ordered seveal items from you and am thrilled with the quality of your products also your show has given me more awareness of how importnant it is to support our local farmers.Keep up the good work!

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mel miller

OK, so I wanted to make some of these for my back deck. I had all the components except the fishing line. So I started scouring the house to see what I could find. Then it hit me; fishing rods have fishing line on them! So, I took what I needed for fishing line off of my husbands fishing rod. He hasn't gone fishing in 2-3 years, easily. Well, let me just say I have beautiful firefly candles. My husband commented on how nice they are, then said "I think we should go fishing this weekend"…true story!!

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Darrell

I love these candles. My partner and I are planning our wedding for this summer on our farm and we are definitely going to use these as a part of our outdoor wedding. Thanks!

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Lisa dreher

I just want to say that I love your show and love you guys. It's such a wonderful show I have my husband watching it after playing ice and roller hockey.

He said you to remind him of me and him. And Josh your book is fantastic!

Please get BEES on the farm they are such hard workers! My nickname is BEEZ!

Lisa aka BEEZ!

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Parker

WOW thank you for this product. It's fun and cool. Last year I relocated from Tennessee to Colorado and was shell shocked. 4-6 weeks of summer and no there are no fire flies here. This summer I will have some you these.

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Bryan

I love this idea…I've done something similar useing the old glass insulators that used to be used by the power company. They are shaped like beehives and when you turn them upside-down a tea light fits in them perfectly.

I think I am going to make a bunch of your version using using copper wire and citronella for a mother's day picnic we are planning.

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Charlene

Dr. Brent and Josh,

What a wonderful morning I had in your store today! You truly have a wonderful establishment, the eye can see you put alot of time, love and hard work into your products/store. I bought so many wonderful things for myself and I know my husband will love the silk scarf I bought him for our 12th wedding anniversary tomorrow! I will be telling all of my friends on this side of Schoharie County to shop at your store! Thank you for being in our County. I will be back to buy some goat cheese when you have it ready. My son loves the idea for the candles! Take care

Charlene

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Charlene

Dr. Brent and Josh,

Thank you for the firefly candle idea. Our oldest son will be having a country wedding next fall and I would love to use your idea. We also live in Beautiful Schoharie County and this will fit in perfectly! Do you think the jars will look good with an earthy tone candle in them? I enjoy watching your show and poka spot always makes me smile! (I love animals) Tomorrow is my birthday and my husband is driving me to do a day of shopping to treat myself at your store! I can not wait to see all the products you have and finally see Beekman 1802.

Have a safe weekend and hope to meet you around town at some point.

Charlene

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Charlene

Dr. Brent and Josh,

I really enjoy watching your show and Poka Spot makes me smile! ( I love animals) I thank you for your idea of the firefly candles. My oldest son will be getting married next fall and they are planning to have a country wedding in beautiful Schoharie County. That is also where we live! I hope you do not mind if I use your idea for the reception…. what a fabulous idea and the candles will look beautiful! I imagine they will still look beautiful with a earthy tone candle in the jar, do you think? I will be sure to mention where the idea came from… Tomorrow is my birthday and I am planning a shopping trip to treat myself at your store today. I am a local neighbor and can't wait to see all the products you have in your store! Have a safe weekend and hope to meet you both at some time.

Charlene

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Dr. Brent

Hi, Charlene

What an honor to have one of our ideas used on this special day. We look forward to seeing you in Sharon Springs

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Jessica

I love this simple candle and jar idea. We live in Washington state and do not have fireflys here, so this will be a fun project for my two boys and I to do together. We love watching the show and it's enjoyable for the whole family.

My husband will be visiting family in NY about 40 miles from your store and he promised me he'd stop in and get me some goodies. I can't wait!

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James

I love the show as well. Here in SC we have many farms and I am happy that you guys enlighten all the people about how much work it takes to get things done and the joy it brings as well. Thank you.

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Candace Turner

I just love your idea about the firefly candles.My late husband and I were sitting on our porch one summer night and I saw the fireflies in the bushes.I went inside and got two jars and playfully asked my husband to catch them with me,like we did when we were kids.He thought I was crazy but we had a great time.He passed away the following January and I always have that memory.I am remarried and I plan on making more memories with the firefly candles! Love your show.God bless. Candy

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Brandi

I am a college professor who is part of a group of friends who gather every week for a potluck dinner and to watch your show. We all lead such busy and such different lives; gathering once a week for delicious food, fellowship, and "our" Fabulous Beekman Boys is a highlight of my week. I have spent the last few years building a new life for myself after a divorce; it seems somehow fitting that your show about creating your perfect new life has become part of the fabric of mine. I think we worry about you and hope for your success when we hear your weekly "update" just like we do all the other members of our little tribe!

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Sharon S

Our family watches your show every week and we all love it! My grandsons are raising 4-H pigs for the local Santa Cruz County Fair (held each September). They enjoyed very much the episode about the pig enclosure. We are happy for both of you and the successes you have experienced.

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Hilary

It's an absolute joy to watch your show every Tuesday evening! I must confess we just stumbled on to it the other week and now I'm recording every week! My fiancée and I absolutely love watching! It's very real and honest and the setting reminds me of my summers in Maine. It's absolutely gorgeous! Keep up the good work gentlemen!

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Cassandra McFarland

Dear Brent and Josh,

I just wanted to tell u how much I LOVE your show!! I grew up across from a farm and loved everything about it! Watching your show reminds me of home 🙂 U two are quite enjoyable to watch! Thank you for allowing us into your life!! LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU BOTH!!!

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Sharon Phipps

Dear Dr. Brent,

I just saw the April 11 post from Joanna. Are there going to bee "Beekman Bees"? (I somehow missed the mention of this) If so, congratulations!

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Patricia

Dear Brent and Josh,

I had asked about visits to the goats–but I apologize. After finishing josh's book, I was amazed at its honesty and truth. Everyone looks at you and only sees the success and the "perfectness" of all you have. But they don't see the day to day work and struggles and stresses on relationships. Having grown up in Wisconsin myself and having that life and then moving to NYC and having that life and always looking for that perfect Christmas and perfect life, I can totally relate. I wanted perfect kids and a perfect home and while I love my family, its sometimes disappointing that the kids argue and our bathrooms need to be redone and there isnt enough money to do everything. We see Martha and want that but we dont see behind the scemes–is she really happy? Everyone is human and everyone has things in their lives that they dont like. I'm glad your struggles are paying off and you are living a life you now enjoy (I hope!). But I apologize for my question about seeing the goats, because The Beekman is your home and it would drive me nuts to always have people there nosing around. Enjoy your life and your home (but we will be by the store for soap and cheese if its in stock!) 🙂

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Gabrielle

These are just lovely! Great idea… these help make it feel like summer is coming sooner!

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Carol

Dr Brent, I did not even know about your home/store and all you are doing in Sharon Springs! I lived right outside that area, next to Sunnycrest Orchards! Grew up in Canajoharie and now in Nellison. ( Do not travel far) lol

Plan to come and visit the farm and have a day of shopping with family and wil tell friends in our area, as I cannot be the only one not knowing! Read about you in the Leader Hearld.

Bless you both, and look forward to now watching as you grow your business and will get to visit from time to time especially during later Spring and Summer months!*LOVE your idea of the FireFly Candle!* Candles are something I get so much enjoyment from. Can relax and meditate with them on. We all can use some of that now.Glad to have you both as neighbors.Do you also do canning>? My grandma taught me this old time favorite and we really need to teach more people about this, and how to live off this earth. ( back to nature) My Mom lived in Ames in the country area,( their own road named after family) and worked in Sharon and I spent many Summers there.It used to be a "booming area"Summer resort!

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Patricia

Looking forward to our visit and stopping by the store for all the great soaps and your habenero cajeta. My boys–Marco Aurelio, Ottavio and Constantino–wanted me to ask if you ever let "outsiders" visit the goats!

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danielle branley

I love everything you do and am enjoying watching your business grow and your ideas develop a long with your relationship. Don't ever stop and don't forget us first fans okay?

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Patricia

Love the firefly light idea~! Also, just read The Bucolic Plague by Josh and LOVED it! My three boys (8, 9 and 11) also watch the show with me and they thought it was the coolest thing that you have ghosts at the house! They want to visit Cooperstown to see the Baseball Hall of Fame in the Fall but I think they are even more excited about seeing your town as we plan to drive through. Cant wait!

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Chrissy

Hi!!! My bf and I love your show! We watch every morning. We live in Raleigh, NC and I grew up in Vermont. Watching the show makes me miss home and makes us wish we had a farm. We are thinking of stopping by your store on our way to Vt in May. I want some of that Milkshake 🙂

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Gary

Yes, lightning bugs bring back my memories from rural Oklahoma, as well! My brother and sisters and I would spend hours chasing them. We would put them in canning jars, too! Got my copy of The Bucolic Plague and my soaps. Read the book cover to cover and cried at the end. I'm so happy ya'll survived and things are going well!

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cristy sue mcdonough

Finally! a FABULOUS t.v. show that my 11year old daughter and I can watch together. Already purchased your soaps and love them, now we are just waiting for our cheese!! CANT WAIT!

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Ed and Heidi McNamar

What a crafty idea to recycle older mason jars of all types, especially if the metal rims are rusty…

Best wishes to all in Sharon Springs, NY!

Ed&Heidi ;D

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Cynthia

So pretty! I did something similar with jelly jars at my wedding. The centerpieces were blue hydrangeas and pink roses in antique aqua canning jars. I placed some of the jelly jars around with candles in them, they just sparkled. We got married in July, so as we left the reception, they real fireflies were glittering up the night.

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Pat G

I love this idea. We certainly have our share of "lightning bugs" here in Oklahoma as well. I have an ornamental bradford pear in my front yard that really attracts them. When my granddaughters were toddlers I told them it was a fairy tree. They loved watching the little lights buzzing about. The girls are now 15 and 16 and they still think of it as their fairy tree!

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Irene

Another item to use for the candles is the glass insulators that you use to see on the top of electric utility polls. You can wire them to hang upside down and place a tea light in the inside. They are harder to keep lit on a windy day though. There is nothing better than sitting outside on a nice warm spring night, candles lighted and the peepers singing in the background…and don't forget the wine!

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Kathy Bunting

Will be triying these on our first camping trip of the season! Hang them on the trees near our campfire.

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teri tighe

Just saw these in the new episode. They are lovely, especially the jars. What wonderful pieces of art, they are.

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Joanna Hassan

Very pretty idea. Candles make everything and everyone look better. BTW Brent…in a recent issue of House Beautiful they had this really fab hexagonal honey jar looks like a honeycomb. Thought of you because you are going into the beekeeper mode. check biodidactic designs. I think it would look cool in the shop.

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Heather

We used to punch holes in the lids of our jars, and then let them out after an hour or so. No fireflies were harmed in the process.

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Sarah Melling

These are gorgeous…I love canning jars anyway, and since we have no fireflies out here in Northern California (or "lightning bugs" as we called them as kids in Indiana), this is the next best thing.

And meeting you at W-S on Saturday in SF was an absolute joy!

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Janice

Can I please come work on the Beekman Farm?

I can cook,clean,take care of all the animals when Farmer Dan needs a vacation! I would be your biggest supporter of all your products and have alot of great ideas for things I could share with you all…

I am very serious about this..

Non smoker,clean to a fault,no bad habits and so very easy to get along with.

Thanks,

Janice

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