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Self-service meat vending store opens in Hudson

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    Meat from vending machines? It’s here. Butchered and cured meat is being sold from vending machines at the new Applestone Meat Co. store which opened at 21 Green St.
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    Customers can shop 24-7, seven days a week at the new Applestone Meat Co.’s location at 21 Green St., Hudson. The store is self-service and frozen meat can be purchased from vending machines located inside the store.
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    Amanda Purcell/Columbia-Greene MediaThe Applestone Meat Co. offers cuts of meat including lamb, beef, pork and poultry.
August 2, 2019 06:25 pm Updated: August 3, 2019 05:19 pm

HUDSON — To the delight of carnivores in the Twin Counties a new 24-hour store featuring freshly butchered meats has opened in the city and the choice cuts available with a touch of a button.

Applestone Meat Co., 21 Green St., quietly opened its doors Thursday without fanfare but will be celebrating a grand opening later this month, the company said in a statement Friday.

The new Hudson shop houses seven vending machines filled with beef, pork, lamb, chicken or sausage. Like a butcher’s case, fresh cuts are stocked daily.

Customers can regularly expect to find a mix of familiar cuts, such as beef rib eye, pork chops, lamb chops and ground beef. There are also flat iron steaks, short ribs, country-style pork ribs, and lamb shoulder chops. Specialty items were also in store Friday, including gyro and chorizo sausage.

Each store also has a service window with an attendant from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The attendant can help answer questions on specific cuts and how to prepare and cook meats.

Customers can also order meats online or by telephone.

“All of our meat is antibiotic-free with no added hormones and comes from farmers who care about their animals’ well-being,” according to a statement from the company. “Our beef, lamb, pork, and chicken are sourced through multigenerational, family-owned farms and slaughterhouses in New York and Pennsylvania.”

No meat comes from farms in Greene or Columbia counties, but the company said it is always searching for new farms to work with to source its meats.

“We are a whole animal butcher shop, and that means that we sell all parts of our animals — nothing goes to waste,” according to the company. “It’s about balancing popular cuts with lesser known yet equally delicious cuts of meat.”

Applestone Meat Company operates another location in Stone Ridge. The original location in Accord is moving to a new space and will reopen later this year. Applestone also plans to expand to Eastchester in Westchester County this winter and then to New York City.

Applestone’s founder Joshua Applestone was inspired by Horn & Hardart, who operated automats, or food served from vending machines.

“A lot of our customers want to run in, get what they want and get home,” according to the company. “Plain and simple — people live busy, complex lives. We realized that a 24/7 self-serving butcher shop would be a huge convenience to people.”

All of the meat is cut and packaged at Applestone’s location in Stone Ridge, just south on the west side of the Hudson River.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to