Our part of the Hudson Valley is rapidly becoming the place to go for delicious take out and catered food. A few weeks ago Job Yacubian and his wife, Emilie Sommerhoff, opened The Farmer’s Wife in the former Mabbettsville Market building on Route 44.
Almost 15 years ago Emilie’s step mother, Dorcas Sommerhoff, opened her catering business, café and takeout shop in Ancramdale. Six years ago she and her husband, Chris, a dairy farmer, decided to take a sabbatical on a sailboat and handed the kitchen over to Emilie and Job. Job, who apprenticed with such star chefs as Daniel Boulud and Rocco di Spirito had been the head of the Farmers Wife kitchen since 2006. Emilie has directed operations at The Farmer’s Wife since 2011.
Now, after a two-month “grass-roots” renovation the former Mabbetsville Market is sleek and modern and feels much brighter and more spacious. There are two large tables, one upstairs and one down, that can seat eight or ten people. Several smaller tables have been ordered, and before long a banquette will be installed in the window by the entrance where people can gather for coffee and a chat or just to read the newspapers which they can pick up at the store.
The Farmer’s Wife refrigerator cases are stocked with dairy products from such local sources as Ronnybrook milk and yogurt, Coach Farm and Amazing Real Live Food Co. Other sources include Eger Brothers, Herondale Farm, Migliorelli Farm, Ronnybrook, Sky Farm, and Sol Flower. Prepared salads, soups and quiches are also available for grab-and-go meals. And of course they have two of the Farmer’s Wife’s most celebrated offerings – the delectable cheddar cheese twisted biscuit sticks and the Salt Lick dark chocolate bars.
At the Millbrook branch of the Farmer’s Wife the emphasis is on takeout, although Job is happy to put together a menu for a small dinner featuring ingredients they have on hand. The main catering kitchen will remain in Ancramdale where Job will continue
preparing the sumptuous meals for parties both large, small and enormous.
Emilie and Job hope the Mabbettsville Farmer’s Wife will “become a place people are fond of, a real meeting place” where friends can meet and share a cup of coffee. A welcome addition will certainly be the kids’ playroom where children will find an appealing assortment of toys including a miniature kitchen.
The Farmer’s Wife is open every day but Tuesday
Should call either number 518-329=5481 or 845-605-1595
Meanwhile until the end of the growing season, next door to the Farmer’s Wife The Tomato Shack, managed by the Buchan kids, will be selling fresh organic vegetables they have raised at Longfield Farm in the Smithfield Valley. Their produce won grand champion at the 2016 Dutchess County Fair this summer. Corn, herb, beans, berries and countless varieties of heirloom tomatoes are but a few of their offerings. And Duke Buchan will even insist his children help carry your purchases to your car.