The Farm Shoppe Is Not Your Average Farm Stand in Hudson

From the team behind Latham’s Forts Ferry Farm, the Farm Shoppe is a new urban store for fresh produce, curated kitchenware, and whimsical gifts.

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The collective of acclaimed chefs, farmers, and artists behind Forts Ferry Farm in Latham recently opened the Farm Shoppe in Hudson to provide diverse offerings, from pantry staples to antique table attire. The team behind the shop, made up of James Beard Award-nominated chef Emma Hearst, chef and farmer John Barker, and artist James Barker, is guided by their mission to have fun while growing and sharing high-quality produce with the Hudson Valley region.

An extension of Forts Ferry Farm, the Farm Shoppe sells everything from fresh-grown produce and flowers to baked goods and curated kitchen staples. Upon entering the store, visitors will be transported to a sumptuous garden, with seafoam and jade green walls and embellishing wood treillage designed in collaboration with Hearst and designer Michelle Smith of Studio MRS, which was featured on Elle Décor’s A-List in 2023.

 

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Hearst, John, and James Barker opened their 100-acre farm in 2015, quickly expanding their offerings from a handful of vegetable varieties to hundreds of vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, honey, and more. Before collaborating on Forts Ferry Farm, Emma Hearst was the chef and owner of beloved Italian restaurant Sorella in Manhattan. In 2014, Hearst closed Sorella and moved upstate to Albany, where she grew up, with her husband, who she met in culinary school. After working in a kitchen for years, Hearst decided she did not want to be in the restaurant business anymore but still wanted to work with food, shifting her focus from the industry to the ingredients she was in search of daily as a chef.

The Forts Ferry Farm team has been growing their operation since acquiring the property in Latham in 2015. Coincidentally, Hearst and her team were searching for a new retail location in a place with more foot traffic at the same time that she and her husband were looking for a new personal home. After falling in love with a building on Hudson’s Warren Street, Hearst managed to kill two birds with one stone by opening the Farm Shoppe downstairs and moving into the space above the store.

 

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“I have been coming to Hudson since I was a kid. My parents acquired a home here in Hudson before the pandemic and, over the years, we have fallen deeply in love with the magic this city has to offer and the beautiful, open-minded, and caring individuals that it attracts,” says Hearst about the shop’s location.

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Since the Farm Shoppe’s opening in February, it has served as a hub for all of Forts Ferry Farm’s offerings, edible or otherwise. The store is filled with an abundance of farm-grown produce and florals, along with frozen, refrigerated, and shelf-stable products and food produced at the Latham farm. Aside from what’s on the culinary front, the Farm Shoppe also stocks a smattering of pantry items, kitchenware, antiques, and whimsical gifts that are sourced and curated by Hearst.

“Farm Shoppe is a place to come have fun, be inspired, and learn. I wanted it to feel like an Alice in Wonderland foodie adventure on acid. It’s a unique play on a traditional farm stand gone wild!” notes Hearst.

 

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As for what’s on the horizon, both the Farm Shoppe and Forts Ferry Farm intend on showing up for their respective communities in the best ways they can. The Hudson shop plans on expanding its produce and floral offerings as the seasons change and hopes to wholesale some of its products to neighboring restaurants, while Forts Ferry Farm will be featured at the Troy Farmers Market year-round with fresh produce. Additionally, Hearst is releasing her new cookbook, Flavors From the Farm, on April 30 as a collaboration with her business partner, James Barker, who helped to shoot and style the project.

In the wake of its first few months of operation, the Farm Shoppe is more than excited to be a part of the Hudson neighborhood.

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“The reception has been phenomenal!” Hearst enthuses. We couldn’t have picked a better community to be amongst and feel like we hit the jackpot with the wonderful shop owners we are surrounded by. We are beyond proud to have a business in this wonderful community.”

The Farm Shoppe is located at 554 Warren Street in Hudson.

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