At one time or another, many of us dream about walking out on city life to reside among sheep and haystacks — even Paris Hilton. New Yorkers Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell did just that. On the “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” a new reality show on Planet Green, Ridge, a former Vice President of Healthy Living at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and his partner Kilmer-Purcell, a former drag queen turned author and ad executive, leave the hustle of Manhattan to pursue rural adventures.
“We call ourselves accidental farmers because we really didn’t plan on this,” says Kilmer-Purcell. He and Ridge came across Beekman Farm, a 200-year-old estate in upstate New York last year, and were enchanted. “We’ve just been growing and learning, discovering our own passion.”
In the first episode, the couple buys two piglets from a nearby farm and run into trouble wrangling them into a pigpen. In a later episode, the pigs will be slaughtered for food.
“They were cute,” Ridge admits. “But we grow or raise about 80 percent of all the food we consume on the farm.”
Both men hope the show will teach viewers about what eating ethically and seasonally really means.
“So much of our culture is about how cheap can we get things, but things have a real value,” Ridge said.
“We want to raise awareness of what it takes to be a small farmer.”