And a reality TV show is following their every move. Former drag queen Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner, Martha Stewart alum Brent Ridge, are starring in the Fabulous Beekman Boys, slated to air on Planet Green on June 16. The couple runs Beekman 1802, a farm in Sharon Springs, in Schoharie County. According to WKTV TV in Utica, their neighbors aren't sure whether they like the hoopla:
This new attention on Sharon Springs is getting mixed reviews. Some village residents worry the spotlight could take away from its tiny, small town charm. "Most of the people are going to stand back," said Neary. "They're going to wait and see what happens." Neary admits the idea of new interest in this village, with a population of about 600, is encouraging on a financial level. "From an economic stand point and Village Board member the more people who come here and open businesses, the better off we are," she said.
So far, reviews have been positive. Here's a peek of the show from the Mother Nature Network:
“Who says gays can’t raise kids?” say the couple — while bottle-feeding a baby goat! The Fabulous Beekman Boys doesn’t begin airing until June, but I got to see a few clips at the Television Critics Association Cable Tour Panel earlier today. What I learned: Urbanites look funny when they try to farm. We see Josh and Brent buy a pair of cute piglets — that nimbly escape and tear across the farm, with the would-be farmers chasing after them in wide-eyed panic.
The timing of the series coincides with the couple's new book, which is called -- yes -- "The Bucolic Plague?