Here is a glimpse of how Beekman 1802 came to be, from the current owners themseleves:
We founded Beekman 1802 Mercantile in 2008. But actually, we consider ourselves to be a 211-year-old company.
When we stumbled across the Beekman 1802 Farm in upstate New York, we had no plans to create a business around it. But like Judge William Beekman, who originally built the farm over 200 years ago, we were inspired by the land and the community to build something lasting. In fact, Beekman himself opened the area’s first Mercantile, right across the street from where the farm still stands.
After taking in a neighboring farmer and his herd of beloved dairy goats, we began producing soaps and cheese (with LOTS of help from our neighbors!)
Soon the press began noticing our little farm and village that refused to give up. (New York Times, Daily News, USA Today) A television network launched a reality show about our effort – The Fabulous Beekman Boys – which spread the Beekman message of hard work, living seasonally, and neighborly sharing around the globe.
In 2012, we competed in a 45,000 mile race around the world, through 12 cities, in 9 different countries and ended up winning in CBS’s The Amazing Race.
And now, here we are. Beekman 1802 has proven that a farm can be much bigger than its fences.
Like William Beekman, we collaborate with local farmers, craftspeople & artisans to produce most of what you find both online and in our physical Mercantile on Main Street in Sharon Springs, NY. We pay fair prices for quality goods. We work with our neighbors to help them grow their businesses. We produce our goods seasonally, because, well, that’s how our goats, chickens, pigs, garden & trees do it. We personally eat, use, wear, and wash with the goods that we sell. And we’ll do anything to make sure that as our neighbor, you love everything you purchase.
We like to think that the values that made William Beekman’s original Mercantile a success are still valid today. Because even though Beekman 1802 is now “the fastest growing lifestyle brand in America,” we believe that we’ll never ever go wrong as long as we treat every single person like they were our next door neighbor.
Josh, Brent, the goats, the barn cats, Onder & Every Living Thing at Beekman 1802 Farm.