Sep 29, 2014

Guests at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show will get to hear all about city-meets-country antics and life on a farm with 100+ goats when The Fabulous Beekman Boys appear live at the show, October 3-5, 2014. Before asking Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell to leave the farm behind and spend a couple days with us, we asked them a few questions about sustainable living. Enjoy a sneak peek of what to expect from them at the show and get some vegetable cooking inspiration.

The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Marketplace Events (MPE): What is your favorite fall vegetable to cook, and what are your favorite ways to prepare it?
  • Beekman Boys (BB): "We love all of the winter squashes. One of our favorite (and one of the easiest) ways to prepare butternut squash, Butternut Squash Lasagna Rolls, can be found in our original cookbook, The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook."
MPE: The farm to table movement continues to be popular. What tips do you have for individuals looking to better connect with and support their local farms?
  • BB: "We know that all consumers are budget conscious and have a dedicated amount each week or month to spend on their family's food. We encourage people to take 5 or 10% of that budget and commit to spending just that amount at your local farmer's market."
MPE: The holidays are around the corner. What vegetable side dish do you recommend for those who want to WOW their guests with something other than the same old green bean casserole? 
  • BB: "These are so many options. How about celery root puree? Or perhaps Brussels sprouts au gratin?"
MPE: You won The Amazing Race. What two celebrity chefs or lifestyle experts would you love to see compete on the show?
  • BB: "When we were speaking with our friend Martha Stewart right after the race, she seemed VERY intrigued, so we think she and her daughter, Alexis, should make a run."
MPE: Everyone loves the baby goat cam at your farm. What life lessons have you learned from your goats?
  • BB: "What we try to do at Beekman 1802 (and help others do, via our website,, is to help people make the very most of each season. Anyone who lives on a farm will verify you just never know what the next one is going to bring."
Don't miss The Fabulous Beekman Boys at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show. They'll grace the Fresh Ideas Stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Make sure to buy your show tickets online to get the best deals - right now, you can get two tickets for the price of one when you like us on Facebook. What are you waiting for? Save today. We can't wait to see you at the show!