Several months ago I was reading the Beekman Boy's blog, and noticed that they were again hosting the annual Sharon Springs Garden Party and giving tours of their farm. Well, this was an immediate no brainer for me. Upstate New York, gardens, farming, and a chance to see the Beekman Boys?! I was in!
We purchased our tickets, got our vacation days approved, and then we decided that due to our new budget, we shouldn't go. In my head I could hear all of the excuses: We should be saving money. We have our own gardens at home that need tending right now. We should stay home and clean the house. The list of reasons why we shouldn't go went on and on. Neither one of us was happy with this decision though. So, at the last minute (yesterday morning) we decided that we would indeed head to Sharon Springs and the trip would be funded mostly by our recent plant sales. This was the best decision we have made in a long time!
We left home last night at 11:30 pm and drove straight through to Sharon Springs, arriving here 12 hours later, and we hit the town for some shopping and history, as soon as we arrived. (Tomorrow this town is supposed to host over 30,000 people and I wanted to make sure that I got my shopping in without fighting the crowd!) Our first stop in Sharon Springs was The Cobbler & Co. The Cobbler & Co. is an absolutely charming little store with more unique merchandise than should legally be allowed. I could have spent serious amounts of money here. I wanted one of everything!
Our second stop was The Beekman 1802 Mercantile. The Mercantile was simply amazing and the highlight of the day was meeting Brent. I know he was busy getting the store ready for tomorrow, but he was so kind and genuine. He came out to talk with us, allowed us to take pictures with him, and thanked us for visiting. He invited us back to visit again tomorrow, and we will be touring their farm which I am so excited about.
After a few hours of shopping and wondering around Sharon Springs we needed to eat lunch, and the friendly young woman from Beekman 1802 recommended that we eat lunch at Black Cat Cafe. We both had the turkey pesto panini and the Blaack and Mac macaroni and cheese made from Brent and Josh's goat cheese. It was delicious, and the owner was so nice. We sat on the patio, spoke with him for quite a while, and watched the people of Sharon Springs bustle about.
It is easy to see why the people of Sharon Springs love their town so much. It is quaint, quiet, and you instantly get the feeling that you have stepped back in time, to when people were more genuine and friendly. I can't wait to go back tomorrow!