Viewers who tuned in to watch “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” on Sept. 20 on the Cooking Channel heard Josh Kilmer-Purcell admit he was “a little bitter.”
His partner, Brent Ridge, had just bought a fence to contain an escaping llama that wasn’t contributing to making their business profitable, and Farmer John had quit his day job so he could work full-time on the farm Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge own.
To Kilmer-Purcell, it seemed like everyone back in Sharon Springs was getting what they wanted, except him.
“A couple years have gone by since then,” Kilmer-Purcell explained. “Sometimes I feel like Robin Hood, where I’m taking money from Manhattan and funneling it upstate. It makes it a little more worthwhile.”
Until the mercantile business and goat farm he and Ridge own becomes profitable, Kilmer-Purcell is working as a creative director at an advertising agency in Manhattan. He’s said he’s hoping that one day he will be able to quit his job in Manhattan and devote all his time to helping his business and the village of Sharon Springs grow.
That “one day” may have just gotten a little bit closer.
Recently, Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge were chosen as one of the teams to compete in the “The Amazing Race” on CBS this season.
“The Amazing Race” is a reality television show where teams of two people with a pre-existing relationship race through several countries trying to reach the finish line first. There are several challenges to overcome along the way and pit stops the teams have to reach in a timely manner or risk being eliminated.
“We can’t tell you where we went or anything,” Ridge pointed out. “It’s all top secret. You just have to watch the show and find out.”