To celebrate the release of the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook, we were invited to ring the bell to open the NASDAQ stock exchange.

Here’s the transcript from the president’s address:

Well good morning everyone.  It is truly my great pleasure to welcome the stars of the hit television show, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge.   I’d also like to extend a warm welcome to all our distinguished guests to NASDAQ.  We’re excited that you could all join us – right here from the crossroads of the world – in Times Square New York as we get set to ring today’s opening bell.  Josh, Brent – what do you think?  A round of applause to kick things off this morning?

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge are the founders of Beekman 1802, one of the fastest-growing lifestyle brands in the United States, and authors of the upcoming book, The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook which will be available at bookstores everywhere on October 4th.

Josh and Brent’s decision to leave city life behind has been chronicled in Josh’s national best-seller, The Bucolic Plague, and on the hit TV show, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys”.  Their website,, has been nominated for a James Beard Award and Epicurious hailed them as “The Next Martha Stewarts.”  Their company, based out of their 60-acre goat farm in Sharon Springs, NY, designs products that are sold throughout their website, and at major national retail stores as well as smaller shops and boutiques across the country.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, founders of The lifestyle brand, have created a gorgeous cookbook that is “Heirloom” in every sense of the word:  they showcase heirloom fruits and vegetables; offer delicious heirloom recipes from farm, family, and friends; and include a section in the back of each chapter so you can personalize the book with your own treasured recipes–and create a unique keepsake to hand down to your family! From springtime pea pod risotto and summery strawberry shortcake to quick braised collards in autumn and yummy chicken ‘n’ dumplings for a snowy winter’s day, this is simple yet luscious farm-fresh fare that everyone will love!

Now, I think we would all agree that NASDAQ OMX is the home of innovation and entrepreneurship. We’re the home of the out of the box thinkers – the passionate ones who are changing the world we live in.  So it’s fitting to recognize Josh and Brent this morning – they are the visionaries, the game-changers- as we saw from the video a little while ago – those who dream to do more.   Josh and Brent have proven that with hard work, outside-of-the-box ingenuity and passion anything is possible.


This is what it means to have your name in lights!

by Josh and Brent

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kevin gibian

So when we see on the NASDAQ as a public enterprise? Sell some shares..I will buy!


I am so proud of both of you! I have followed you and all at the farm since the beginning. Have read the books, bought lots of soap and am still a huge fan! Hugs to all of your extended family, don't forget Farmer John……


So cool you guys were invited to ring the bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange. Well, one of my goals is to visit your store in Sharon Springs and to meet you guys in person. I can't wait to get a copy of your cookbook.



Kellt Beyer

I was at the Harvest Festival last month and met both of you. You were so welcoming. I read your book and can't believe how far you've come. Thank you again for showing us a wonderful time at the Beekman. Best wishes for continued success. – Kelly

suzanne spina

This I think, is such a New York moment for you both and I absolutely love images #5 and #6. How cool you both got to ring the bell? I can remember visiting the exchange as a child and being amazed.

I hope the recent events on Wall Street have not dampened your spirits because of the sensitive and far reaching nature of events happening down there currently regarding student uprising, labor unions and others and their 99 percent campaign marches. Times it seems may be "a changin'" once again.

But that doesn't mean tradition cannot happen.

I hope you two can keep the true spirit of the "ringing of the bell" and all its historical significance in mind. (But of course you can why am I even mentioning it?) Wonderful you got that opportunity. You both look so happy. And handsome of course.


Loving these photos… what a great week you guys are having! Can't wait to see you when you stop in Chicago to sign my cookbook!

Marie Stone

I am so glad you posted this because I missed it. What a lovely speech also. "..those who dream to do more" are the key words for me. For some reason when I saw the photo of the logo and the words The FBB on the marquee, I thought of the chapter about the horrible Christmas in The Bucolic Plague, and said to myself..I bet they never imagined then that this could happen. Your drive and your happiness is an inspiration.