Focus on Farmer’s

Farmer’s Rail in Hudson

About one month ago, The Farmer’s Rail opened its doors to hungry Hudsonites. The company hasn’t been around long, having opened its first location in 2018 — they now boast three spots. Emphasizing locally sourced foods, this store has become a hit with those concerned about the environment and the quality of their food.

In addition to a butcher and cheese shop, The Farmer’s Rail is home to a kitchen, grab-and-go lunch options, and charcuterie boards — the latter being one of their specialties and what I chose to review. To purchase a charcuterie board from The Farmer’s Rail, be prepared to spend some cash. Their smallest board runs $60. Fortunately, this product feeds 6-8 people, putting the cost at $7.50-$10 per person. Still, this price is around 1.5-2 times higher than similar-sized boards at local restaurants.

Given the high cost, I was expecting the high quality of the board. Unfortunately, the charcuterie board was underwhelming. The presentation appeared to be haphazard, lacking the usual artistic creativity needed for a high-quality board. Additionally, The Farmer’s Rail failed to include some basic charcuterie ​​accouterment. A charcuterie board is meant to be a holistic eating experience that includes foods that are salty, sweet, savory, spicy, briny, crunchy, soft, etc. In addition to meats and cheeses, staples on a board usually include fresh/dried fruit, crackers or crostini, nuts, olives, and various spreads. Disappointingly, all but one of these staples were missing.

However, I was willing to look past these egregious charcuterie crimes and see the quality of the ingredients. I was disappointed by the quality of the ingredients on the board. For a $60 charcuterie board, one should expect artisanal ingredients of the highest quality, not ones that can be bought at your local Costco. The ingredients present were your standard cheddar, pecorino, gorgonzola, manchego, and a goat for the cheeses — and salami, prosciutto, pepperoni, and capocollo for the meats.

Overall, I would not recommend The Farmer’s Rail. Although decently tasting, their products are too overpriced for their quality. If you are looking for a cheap lunch on the weekends or a charcuterie board for your next gathering, I recommend you find somewhere else.

Ethan Bauck ’22

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