In lieu of our normal jovial sipping game, we ask that at the end of episode 5 each of you raise your glass, tip your hat or hang your head in honor of Porky and Bess.

by Josh and Brent

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L.L.Coleman

I am a huge fan of the show, but– thanks to previews, I made sure to only watch the 2nd part of this week's show to see the cheese event. I appreciate all the hard work, (and additional effort to stay in touch on the blogs) and I do understand the full sustainable farm experience. I am glad for all the supportive comments from fans, but I have to agree with Cathy.

It's hard to see pigs trained to come when called, apparently even nuzzling you on the cheek… to be used as food… there must be other protein sources to look to!! As a physician you also no doubt realize there are healthier animal protein sources…

I don't want to judge either.. I have transitioned to occasional salmon or shrimp and majority produce for my diet,

but I do want to support your comment to Josh about needing to "work up to" the concept of raising more pigs… I am happy to back up your reservations and doubts! You both have tremendous hearts.

— love and respect, L.L. Coleman

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Cathy

I understand what the show is trying to do – show the reality of farming and respect their efforts to make it as humane as possible. But is it really necessary to eat pork? Pigs are very intelligent animals and have the closest physiology to the human body of any animal. I have been vegetarian most of my life. During the times that I did feel the need to eat more animal based protein, I stuck with fish and organic, free-range chicken and turkey. This isn't a judgment at all, just a question for people and the Beekman Boys to ponder.

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Dr. Brent

Thanks for chiming in on this discussion, Cathy. We are pondering it every single day. We are always edging a little closer to a meatless table, but are not there yet

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Norie Kany

I absolutely LOVE your show and admire the two of you for venturing out and trying something new. It is heartwarming and a show I look forward to every week. I am going to try the soap and the cheese. I can't wait!!! I think they might be put on my Christmas list this year!!

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Tommy Robertson

Thanks for the great show. I thoroughly enjoy it and look forward to this week's episode. Good luck to both of you and thank you again. Your show…."it's a good thing."

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dale mills

Hi, guys. I was raised on a farm/ranch and had a show calf each year that was sold for my college fund. I bonded annually with my pet only to feel the heartbreak come spring when the calf was sold at the 4H/FFA auction. When I was 14 my dad made me go to the locker plant to watch the calf being slaughtered. A tough lesson to experience but looking back it was a Rite of Passage. The episode with Porky and Bess brought that memory back and made me fondly think of life's lesson Dad taught me that day. I am a city boy of many years now and long for those days on the farm, even though I could not wait to flee and spread my wings. Thanks to you I can revisit my youth vicariously with your wonderful show. I wish you the greatest of success with the farm.

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Karen

This was a very touching episode. The love you both feel for the animals and for each other is very endearing and endlessly watchable. I also get the sense of what committed partners you are in the true purpose of the farm. Thank you for sharing. We love it all the way out here in Seattle.

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Kim

We actually had avacado, bacon and tomato sandwiches for dinner while watching the show featuring Porky and Bess. Never wanted to name my food because I know it would be hard to eat, but I have to hand it to you, you made me think about what I was eating and why. We not only raised our glass to Porky and Bess, but to our unknown "bacon donator" as well.

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Denise

Brent and Josh,

the episode about Porky and Bess was so very well handled –even showing them afterward. I truly respect how you guys formed relationshipe with those adorable pigs and cared for them very thoughtfully. Having been able to meet young children who participate in 4-H and work so hard to raise an animal for the annual fair has been very eye-opening. These kids know that their sheep, goat, cow, or pig is going to be sold and butchered. Watching their faces and seeing the range of emotions pass through their eyes reminds me of how cowardly I am! I can't harvest my chickens yet—choosing instead to nurse them through their"golden years". Gosh, I didn't know they can live past 10 years!!! I do give both of you lots of credit in sticking to your plan–even through the sorrow — and maybe even some guilt feelings.

Can't wait to see and read more–both of you are just great human beings!

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Cort

Dear Josh and Brent,

I just finished watching episode #5 via ITunes and just wanted to say “thank you”.

I thought you handled the subject of animal harvesting with reality and sensitivity.

It’s a show that needed to be done and you did it right. It makes us all more aware and thoughtful about the food on our table.

I look forward to downloading each week’s episode while I work this summer in China. Let there be many more shows and success ahead for The Beekman Boys, Congratulations!

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Cort

Dear Josh and Brent,

I just finished watching episode #5 via ITunes and just wanted to say “thank you”.

I thought you handled the subject of animal harvesting with reality and sensitivity.

It’s a show that needed to be done and you did it right. It makes us all more aware and thoughtful about the food on our table.

I look forward to downloading each week’s episode while I work this summer in China. Let there be many more shows and success ahead for the Beekman Boys, Congratulations! Cort

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Dr. Travis K. Brewer

My partner and I have watched all the episodes of The Fabulous Beekman Boys. You have inspired us. We love the fact that you are all organic and are promoting local farmers. Having a sustainable farm is a wonderful idea. We are both vegan, so episode 5 was a bit much for us. I know it must have been hard for the two of you. Did they really have to show the pig lying on the ground after being stunned/shot with the 22? You should really think about promoting more of a plant-based diet on the farm.

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Michael

You guys have become like family to my partner and I! We watched the show last night and I cried like a baby! My partner is like Brent and doesn't cry very often. Well, last night was a different story..he cried also. We are going to much more conscious about our meats and buy more organic and local goods! Thanks for inspiring us all! P.S. We watched the Dr. Brent and Martha episode online about making goat milk soap. We made our first bars the night before your show. They are turning out. You inspire people in so many different ways..keep it up!

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Alyson Rod

I thought last night's show was very well done. People should know exactly where their food is coming from. It doesn't magically appear at the grocery store or, worse yet, the endless fast food places. You gave those pigs a lot of love and care and they had good lives.

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Sherrie Bouldin

I wasn't sure I could watch last night's episode, but I made it all the way through. Putting the "cheese event" immediately after was a good idea. Once you give an animal a name, it takes them to another level. This is why most farm animals just have numbers. It's harder to get attached to a number. I would make a terrible 4-H person! Thank you so much for letting us look into your lives.

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Lyna

This episode was a tough one to watch. You gave Porky and Bess the best life possible. Very humane. I remember as a child on my grandfather's farm when we had to "harvest" animals to put food on the table. This is farm life. It is hard sometimes. Your show is very well done. Keep up the good work boys!

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Tyler

My partner and I just finished watching this week's episode. It was definitely difficult to watch and I appreciate both your respect and sensitivity to the subject. We've both thoroughly enjoyed watching your show, both recently read The Bucolic Plague, and we are telling everyone about you guys. One day when we take our dream vacation to New England, hopefully Sharon Springs and your farm will be one of our stops! Best wishes to you both and will look forward to more of you Fabulous Beekman Boys!

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Marilyn holibaugh

I LOVE THE SHOW.Sorry about the Pigs.

i would love to visit the farm some day. Our visitors welcome?

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Dr. Brent

Hi, Marilyn

We occasionally host public events at the farm. If you sign up for our farm newsletter you'll receive info about any future events

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ginny branch stellin

i love, love this show. i make my husband watch it with me, and my best friend pete and i catch up after every episode. this one made my heart hurt. i know it must have been so hard for you two. i wish i could have given y'all a hug. i cried like a baby.

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Nathan Cunliffe

WOW ok that is so exciting that you guys are already taking your first interns!!! When do you think you will have a formal program put together because I am quite interested! Keep me up to date 🙂 Thanks so much!

Sincerely,

Nathan

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Gloria

Love your show. Looking forward with reservations to tonight's show. You two are the best. Telling everyone I know about you. Hope you enjoy doing your show and continue to open up your lives to us.

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DANNY FLETCHER

Lookinf forward to tonight's episode. Know how hard it was you two. We had to slaughter roosters this week. too many for the hens.we raised them from chicks in the house. hard but has to be done. BTW, received our cheese, fantastic!

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Janet

I love your show, and I know I should, but I just can't watch this week's episode. I know I'd cry like a baby for days. Just watching the previews have made me consider going vegetarian again.

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Nathan Cunliffe

My mother and I watch your show (and all the re-runs) weekly! Thanks so much for being SOOOO AMAZING!!!!! We are both scared to watch the next episode because we both cry like babies but at the same time we can't pass a chance to watch all of your crazy adventures! Quick question, have you guys ever considered offering internships or residencies to college students interesting in agriculture or environmentally friendly business at the Beekman? Just a thought. 🙂 Looking forward to this weeks adventure and tears.

Yours Sincerely,

A Friend and Servant,

-Nathan

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Dr. Brent

Hi, Nathan

We are taking our first interns this summer and hope to develop a formal program that will be both fun and educational.

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Terri

When I saw the preview, I had a nightmare that night and have not been able to get Porky and Bess out of my mind. They will be missed! For sure I will toast their lives and say a little prayer!

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Martha Poole

When I saw the previews for this episode, and saw Brent wiping tears away, it brought tears to my eyes. I grew up on a farm and know how that feels, and know I couldn't do it myself. I do buy locally raised grass fed beef, and have visited the farm but you don't have the same connect you do when you spend lots of time with the animals. I will be watching the episode, with a tissue or two.

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Vicki Alenduff

I am sure this was difficult for both of you. I love that you love your animals and treat them with respect. I also appreciate your efforts to show the way a small farm should be ran. It is so educational for your younger viewing audience and adults as well. Take good care!!!

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Eileen Main

This is going to break my heart, I just know it. But, I have to watch the show because I never miss any episodes. I hope I can fast forward that part.

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