8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue just reopened for the season, with a tasty addition to its repertoire.
Every weekend, 8 Hands will offer two to three special sandwiches as part of a new pop-up series highlighting produce and meats sourced from on-site.
The farm, which used to have a popular food truck, has been prototyping different sandwiches. The first two are a banh mi sandwich with barbecued char siu-style pork, liver paté, pickled vegetables, spicy mayo, cucumber, peanuts and cilantro, and a hoagie-style sandwich with herb-roasted pork loin, broccoli rabe, pecorino with gruyere and dijonnaise. Everything is sourced on the farm and both sandwiches feature a sourdough potato bun, made in-house.
“It’s a limited selection, but we just wanted to do something highlighting our pastured meats,” said owner Carol Festa, who noted that fans of the truck have been waiting for the farm to start offering food options again. “We feel like this is a way that we can reconnect to that segment of the market that used to come here and weren’t so much interested in buying a cut of meat, but loved our sandwiches.”
8 Hands regulars will be pleased to know that Jonathan and Carly Copeland, who ran the food truck, are behind the delicious sandwiches. Guests can order them to-go or enjoy them right on the premises. 8 Hands also makes gelato, with rotating flavors.
“We’re just trying to highlight the special nature that we have here,” Festa said. “We started out as an operation focusing on livestock, animals on pasture and organic feed. And that is a really important differentiator from similar types of products that you might be able to get. Really, everything is sourced here.”
The banh mi and hoagie will be available at 8 Hands Farm (4735 Cox Lane, Cutchogue) this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with new sandwiches debuting next weekend and throughout the coming months.