1 Brent and Josh started the Sharon Springs Harvest Festival in 2009 as a way to celebrate the harvest from local farmers and to bring the community together. It had a turnout of 500 people and last year, that number grew to 5000!
2 The Beekman 1802 Mercantile is located on Main Street in Sharon Springs, where Brent and Josh are committed to sharing only handmade, chemical-free, artisanal products straight from the Beekman Farm and Sharon Springs.
3 In the spring, newborn goats are often brought from the farm to spend time in this pen out front, where they are adored by young and old alike. http://beekman1802.com/
4 The growing season is over, but when there is an abundance of fresh produce, it's put on display for sale on the front porch. Nearly all of the Beekman 1802 vegetables are grown from heirloom seeds.
5 Can you tell what day they are not open?
6 A great portrait of Beekman farm goats greets you in the entrance way.
7 When they first acquired their farm and goats, Brent and Josh began making handmade goat milk soap. They use the highest percentage of pure goat milk as possible in each bar - very luxurious!
8 Their soap has become so popular that they now have a fragrant soap for each month of the year, scented by what is in season - autumn leaves, fresh garden vegetables, summer blossoms, spring grass, etc.
9 They also keep bees at the farm and harvest honey. These soaps are made with that honey.
10 Goat milk was also inspiration for goat milk caramel. There is also a version with the heat of habeñero peppers.
11 New to the store are these delicious salty goat fudge cookies in both dark and milk chocolate.
12 Other products are inspired by the garden, such as Poppy Seed After the Garden bar, Bug Repellent Bar, and Soothing After the Sun Bar.
13 The Back Porch soap collection is inspired by the scents wafting in the air during different seasons, as smelled from the Beekman Mansion's porch.
14 There are also some interesting tools for the garden, such as this Garden Cruuk, made by craftsman Randy Holdredge.
15 The Beekman 1802 Garden Cruuk is ideal for raised bed and container gardeners and can be used as a hoe, a rake, a soil aerator, and more.
16 Many of their products are multipurpose. This is the Beekman 1802 We’ve-Got-You-Covered Apron. Its clever design features a split front panel.
17 The hemline pockets are lined with Thermaflec fabric and can be used as pot holders for hot and frozen objects.
18 Another clever tool hand-forged by blacksmith, Michael McCarthy is the Beekman 1802 Book Bar. It's a simple way to keep a book opened to a specific page and was created in honor of the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Recipe Cookbook.
19 Michael also hand-forges these fruit spoons using an authentic 18th century mold and the alloy Brittania, which was popular at the time that the Beekman Mansion was built.
20 Melting down bits and pieces of scrap metal found at the farm, Michael remolds it into these charming bird's nest iron bowls.
21 Beautiful vintage pedestal plates are perfect for displaying holiday cakes and other baked goods.
22 You can also buy the collector's edition of Josh's latest book, The Bucolic Plague, chronicling their journey of leaving the city and becoming farmers.
23 This sign is a sketch of William Beekman, who built the Beekman mansion. He also owned a general store across the street from his home.
24 These historic weave silk scarves are woven especially for Beekman 1802 on historic looms by the award-winning Thistle Hill Weavers in neighboring Cherry Valley.
25 Polka Spot, the llama, is featured proudly on these adorable hand-knit children's sweaters.
26 An original hand-painted portrait of a pair of Beekman 1802 goats
27 Also in Sharon Springs is Adelphi Paper Hangings, a studio that specializes in block-printed and hand-painted wallpapers. http://www.adelphipaperhangings.com/
28 Paper wall coverings were developed during the Middle Ages, when it was popular to use tapestries as wall coverings. Obviously, tapestries were quite expensive and decorative wallpaper was a less costly alternative.
29 Many of the prints created at Adelphi are reproductions of vintage wallpapers and are crafted with the same methods that were used during the early 18th to mid-19th centuries.
30 Each piece of wallpaper begins with a plain white sheet and even the background colors are painted on.
31 Machine printed wallpaper came with the surge of the Industrial Revolution and mass production made machine printed wallpaper much more affordable than hand-printed papers.
32 Most of the work done at Adelphi is in roll form, but occasionally projects, like these panels, are specially commissioned.
33 This paper was embellished with gold leaf.
34 Most of the designs are hand-printed using large block stamps, like this one.
35 To help lighten the load of the heavy woodblocks, they're attached to an overhead pulley system, where lead weights counter some of the heaviness. After a coating of ink, the block is pressed carefully down on the paper.
36 Next, a foot pedal controlled clamp is positioned, putting even pressure on every section of the block.
37 The results are masterful!
38 A ruler is used for even spacing.
39 The papers are hung on a drying rack where they dry overnight. Many will receive another color or another printing while others are finished by hand.
40 Upstairs from Adelphi Paper Hangings is Anonymous Bookbinder, which specializes in restoring old books. http://www.anonymousbookbinder.com/
41 It is owned and run by John Townshend, who has been a bookbinder and conservationist for more than thirty years.
42 He mainly works on restoring books for libraries and private collections, including cleaning pages and installing new covers.
43 One project he had just competed was this handsome book of poetry. He also made the archival box enclosing it and creates similar boxes for Beekman 1802.
44 Night Thoughts is English poet Edward Young's most famous poem.
45 The poem was illustrated by fellow English poet, William Blake.
46 When working on vintage books, John uses a large vintage paper cutter for precision cuts.
47 Some other tools of the trade, including a white bone folder, which is used to make sharp and precise creases in paper.
48 Using wallpaper from Adelphi downstairs, John creates blank journals, which Brent and Josh sell at Beekman 1802 Mercantile.
49 This type of blank book is made by sewing several sections of folded paper together.
50 Each section is laid on top of one another and then hand sewn down the side.
51 A detailed look at the work in progress
52 Next, he cuts a piece of the hand-printed wallpaper into smaller sheets to use as book covers.
53 The finished book, ready for sale
54 Also on Main Street is The American Hotel, which offers welcoming rooms and fine dining. http://americanhotelny.com/
55 The porch of this circa 1847 building was festively decorated.
56 Another place to stay is Brimstonia Cottage, next to the Klinkhart Homestead, once a steam-powered grist and sawmill.
57 Brimstonia Cottage
58 A great old building in need of tender loving care