Title: The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir
Author: Josh Kilmer-Purcell
It all started when I was flipping channels and came across a show about farmers who had a llama on their farm. A LLAMA. And it was named Polka Spot. I had no idea what this show was, but I knew I was in love.
It turned out the show was called the Fabulous Beekman Boys. It’s the story of a gay couple from New York who bought a farm in upstate New York and are trying to successfully run it. The show is a little like a modern-day Green Acres and from the first few moments of watching the show, I was hooked.
The couple consists of Josh Kilmer-Purcell who is a drag queen turned ad man who is desperately trying to fulfill his dream of living full time on the farm and Brent Ridge a former doctor/Martha Stewart employee/business man who is making the farm a profitable business. Together, they created the Beekman 1802 brand which consists of items produced on the farm.
The Bucolic Plague tells the story about how the fellas came to own the Beekman. Both were very much city boys who wanted to live a simpler life, but weren’t quite sure what they were getting in to.
Kilmer-Purcell is an established novelist and has already published a memoir about his time as a drag queen. It’s his honesty and sense of humor that make this a charming book. After finished it, I desperately wanted to track these fellas down and become their bffs. They are that adorable. It sounded so wonderful I almost wanted to own my own farm. Almost.