Moving Meadows's Downtown Farm Stand
When you can’t make it out to the farm to buy local goods, you can’t ask for more than a farm that comes to you. That was the thinking, at least, for Wally and Amy Hudson of Moving Meadows Farm in Culpeper, who opened up a storefront on East Davis Street in November, where they sell free-range eggs, grass-fed beef and goat, pastured pork and chicken, and farmstead-fresh baked goods—straight from their 47-acre tract of land just a few miles away.
“We either had to add more farmers’ markets to our schedule or come up with something else to bring in more revenue,” says Wally. “And when we heard that this space would be open, we thought it would be perfect. It’s right next to the Culpeper farmers’ market, so it’s not a big transition for our customer base.”
Indeed, their regulars keep coming back for the high-quality meats and breads. And they come back because they know the Hudson family and how each one is contributing: Dad Wally, a former GE engineer, now runs the farm; mom Amy bakes the breads; son Matthew manages the store; son James is the farmhand; and daughters Hannah and Grace help with the baking, even coming up with recipes of their own. (We have them to thank for the cheddar-herb bread and the yet-to-be-released granola.)
So far, it looks like the Hudsons’ gamble is paying off. They’ve sold much more than anticipated, and picked up quite a few new customers. “The circle has broadened,” says Wally. “I knew that if this was going to work, I’d have to get a bigger piece of the pie. And the only way to do that is to sell direct to the consumer.”