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Farmer's Rail Beefing Up Business with New Locations
Ohio Ag Connection - 01/20/2021

Less than three years after Farmer's Rail opened, the market with meats and more in Bath is beefing up amid the pandemic.

The business -- a throwback of sorts to the old-school neighborhood butcher shop/grocery -- is expanding this year to not one but two additional locations.

Farmer's Rail was working on a second store in downtown Hudson when Cuyahoga Falls city development officials came knocking last year.

At the city's invitation, Farmers Rail owners Melanie Brunty and her husband, Jeff, visited some possible Falls locations, and came away wanting to open in the city's downtown.

"We left Front Street (downtown) saying, 'Oh my gosh that street is completely transformed,'" Melanie Brunty told reporter Katie Byard at the Akron Beacon Journal..

As she spoke, a steady stream of customers arrived at the cozy store in a building that previously housed a flower shop. Only seven customers at a time are allowed inside the narrow space because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Attracting Farmer's Rail was seen as a big win for the Falls and its downtown redevelopment plans.

Farmer's Rail has created a niche in the area, specializing in pasture-raised meats and selling cheeses, baked goods, sauces, pickles and other items. Many of the items are produced locally.

Local is big at Farmer's Rail. All the pork sold at Farme'rs Rail -- including that in the housemade sausages -- comes from the Bruntys' own farm in Ashland County. Eggs also are supplied by the Bruntys. The Bruntys also get beef and chicken from their farm, as well as work with other farms in the county.

The couple hopes to open the Hudson shop in April or May and the Falls location in June or July. Both will be in existing buildings. The Falls building dates to the 1930s and is known as the one time home of the Levinson uniform store.

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