TV show follows evolution of exurbanites’ farm

SHARON SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A doctor and an adman from New York City are helping a faded spa village reinvent itself as a tourist magnet and exurbanite haven as they create their own new life together as gentlemen farmers.

The story of Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge is chronicled in a cable TV show, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” on Planet Green. They also share their rural adventures in Kilmer-Purcell’s hilarious book, “The Bucolic Plague,” a follow-up to his memoir about his career as drag queen Aqua.

The partners launched a website, Beekman1802.com, where they blog about life on their 60-acre farm and sell the wares of local artisans as well as their own goat milk soap and cheese.

The town of Sharon supervisor says the Beekman Boys have given a big boost to local business.

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