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True to the spirit of the first Thanksgiving, we relied on others to help us create a memorable feast.

Tom demonstrating that he is too pretty for us to eat
Tom demonstrating that he is too pretty for us to eat

We pardoned Tom this year.  Many of you will remember that we butchered one of our own last year, but this year we were welcoming 7 additional people to our Thanksgiving table and the heritage Bourbon Reds we raised just weren’t big enough.

Sap Bush Hollow Farm
Sap Bush Hollow Farm

At the last minute we were able to secure a 25lb bird from our friends at  Sap Bush Hollow Farm

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Sap Bush Hollow Farm

The farm is located just 12 miles from the Beekman in Warnerville, NY

Sap Bush Hollow Farm
Sap Bush Hollow Farm
Sap Bush Hollow Farm
Sap Bush Hollow Farm
Sap Bush Hollow Farm
Sap Bush Hollow Farm

Jim and Adele Hayes, and their daughter, Shannon, and her husband Bob, raise only grass-fed livestock on the farm:  turkeys, chickens, cattle, sheep, pigs, and geese (and probably something we are missing).

Shannon earned a PhD from Cornell University in sustainable agriculture and community development and is the author of the wonderful The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, and The Farmer & the Grill. We used her instructions for cooking our turkey and made her delicious  walnut cranberry sausage stuffing. (save this recipe for next year!)

Setting a beautiful table
Setting a beautiful table

The rest of the menu included brussels sprouts au gratin, green beans almondine with orange zest, cranberry orange sauce, roasted parsnips, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and Boston Cream pie. Of course most everything was a product of our Heirloom Vegetable Garden.

Organic cow's milk from the afternoon milking at Dharma Lea Farm
Organic cow's milk from the afternoon milking at Dharma Lea Farm

Because the goats are preparing for the winter birthing cycle, we paid a visit to our friends at a neighboring organic dairy farm and got some milk fresh from the tank.  This particular container became a delicious vanilla whipped cream for the pumpkin pie.  In exchange for the milk we bartered some of our excess pumpkin crop that had frozen (accidentally) in the garage.  Chickens love to eat pumpkins and pumpkin seeds.

Votives wrapped in the pages of old books cast a sepia glow
Votives wrapped in the pages of old books cast a sepia glow

We decorated the table very simply with a number of votives that our friend Anne Reeves made for us be wrapping pages from old books around glass votives.  The amber light was a beautiful way to eat dinner.  She maintains a wonderfully creative and inpiring blog herself.  We also placed Thanksgiving cards at each guest’s spot in which we wrote why we were thankful for them.

While much of the 4 day weekend revolved around gluttony, we had constant reminders that the holiday was most importantly about family.  Phone calls were made to North Carolina, Wisconsin, and even France.

Time that wasn’t spent cooking or eating was spent playing and exploring the farm.

A family of raccoons
A family of raccoons

A family of raccoons obviously thankful that we were not hunters

Someone else making a home on Beekman Farm
Someone else making a home on Beekman Farm

We are not certain what creatures built this hutch on Heron Pond, (guesses anyone?), but as we walked by it on a Thanksgiving afternoon constitutional, we could not help but think of a lovely family snug and warm inside its walls.

And we hope that all of our readers and customers were, too

by Dr. Brent

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teri tighe

I love the fact that there are so many farms nearby, for you and you can also get meat from them, if you wish or anything else you might need.

I cannot imagine you and Josh being gluttonous considering you both are thin but I guess you make up for eating nothing but carrots the rest of the days, right? LOL!

Beautiful pictures, as always.

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Susie

Is this the first season for the Beekman Boys? Will there be another season?

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karen

Im interested in your farm,as I read of your love for your animals and gardens that you:d write a book, recipes for the new farmer,and your decorating skills. I love your table and how you restored it. I long to find furniture and colors like you have seems Ive settled for lack of money and opportunity. Id love to be taught by your experiences. Ive done horses(dressage)and worked on a private farm and somehow did the sheep too. Im hooked,and I see the same devotion to your goats as me with sheep and farm life. Ive made my own cheece but not your hearty cheece and its fun. I hope to have a working farm soon as you have.sheep, wool, vegetables,flowers,horse,cooking, and many children..thanks for dreams do come true

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