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My Talk with Dr. Brent Ridge: Favorite Cookies

My Talk with Dr. Brent Ridge

What an excellent opportunity to chat with Dr. Brent Ridge.  You may know Dr. Ridge from several TV shows.   Additionally, he works with the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai, focusing on living well as we age.  Brent explained some of the fascinating aspects of owning a farm and growing his own food.  

Brent also started his own store, Beekman 1802 Mercantile, offering hand crafted and artisan products.  Among the products sold:  goat milk soap, edibles, and clothing.  The mercantile is located in Sharon Springs, "one of the most famous spa destinations in the world, boasting three different mineral springs – magnesium, sulfur, and iron.

First prized for their healing powers by Native Americans, the waters later spawned grand hotels and bathhouses which drew distinguished crowds from the mid-19th century up until the 1970s.  It’s summer social scene was covered by the New York Times society pages,  which chronicled the arrival and activities of presidents, celebrities, and elite world travelers.

After a steep decline in the late 20th century, the town has rallied, capitalizing on its historic roots to draw in visitors with popular annual festivals."

It seems Dr. Ridge is one of the main people responsible for the resurgence of the general store and 1800s.  He also told me that his favorite cookies are "oatmeal raisin".

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