Farm to Food Truck Parks in Cutchogue

8 Hands Farm is dispersing its seeds into food truck fare. Since Memorial Day Weekend, the Cutchogue farm’s new food truck has been serving breakfast and lunch sourced with meat, eggs and produce from the 28-acre property.

“We have prepared items [at the store on the property] for people to take home and heat up themselves,” said co-owner Carol Festa. “We thought a natural extension of that would be a food truck where people can pick up something hot to eat and take in the peacefulness of the farm.”

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Husband and wife duo Jonathan and Carly Copeland, who previously worked at Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse, head the truck’s kitchen. In sync with the owners’ appreciation for using fresh ingredients, the chefs rotate the menu based on what is available in creative ways. Right now, the garden is packed with turnips and radishes that are used to make the delicious cole slaw (served on the side of most sandwiches). Festa stressed that although the garden doesn’t have carrots right now, the staff tends to source from local farms that focus on organic ingredients like The Farm Beyond in Southold. It is all about knowing the origin of the food to be able to understand how it is grown.

Popular lunch items (served at 11am Thursday-Monday) currently include the fried chicken sandwich, sausage hoagie and braised pork tacos topped with lime crema, radish and onion. All of the meat at 8 Hands is pasture raised. As far as breakfast goes (served 9am Saturday-Sunday), the egg sandwich with a choice of bacon, ham or sausage is everything you’d expect from a Long Island food truck.

After guests pick up their food, they are encouraged to snag a spot at one of the rustic picnic tables and get lost in the tranquility of their surroundings.

“How much closer can people get to the source of their food than the actual farm it is being raised on?”

8 Hands Farm is located at 4735 Cox Lane, Cutchogue