When the pandemic hit, Anthony Lanci and his wife, Rosey Ott, were living in Brooklyn with their baby daughter Leona. As Hudson Valley weekenders, they’d talked about moving north full-time and opening a market to showcase the best of the region. “Having a small market in one of my favorite places was my dream,” explains Lanci, who is an experienced chef and restaurant consultant. “COVID-19 brought that dream to reality a lot quicker than we were planning.”
In October 2020, the couple (and two business partners) opened The Farmhouse Market in a charming Cornwall storefront. With 95% of their products coming from New York State, they carry fresh produce, dry goods, creative salads, craft beers, ciders, and more. There’s also a busy deli counter, where the meats, cheeses, and charcuterie are all a cut above.
Close to hiking trails and Hudson River kayaking, the location inspired the couple to create upmarket picnic baskets. “We spent our weekends hiking, and our favorite thing was packing epic lunches,” says Ott. “Who says you can’t have an artisan sandwich or a local charcuterie plate on top of a mountain?”
Vacuum-sealed charcuterie plates have four cheeses from 5 Spoke Creamery, four types of Larchmont Charcuterie, plus jams, pickles, fruit, salad, and a baguette. Sandwich baskets (optional coolers included) feature two sandwiches, a tomato salad, Barrel & Brine pickles, and seasonal fruit.
Among the overstuffed sandwiches — all named after local hiking trails — is the fan-favorite North Point with Mountain Smokehouse ham, 5 Spoke cheddar, fire-and-ice pickles, and cracked pepper mayo on ciabatta. Not hiking? Take a seat at one of the store’s picnic tables.
Happily, The Farmhouse Market has exceeded the owners’ expectations. “Our goal is to keep doing our best and honor all the amazing things the Hudson Valley has to offer,” Ott explains. “It feels good to be supporting hundreds of small businesses while we build our own.”
The Farmhouse Market
277 Main St