Another day, another foodtruck?
And it's part of a concept for which the foodtruck is merely the tip of the iceberg -- or is that just the rump of the pig?
Jennifer Curtis and Tina Prevatte have announced the launch of Farmhand Foods, a new venture that spun out from NC Choices, a Center for Environmental Farming Systems program at NC State seeking to grow market opportunities for Tar Heel State pork producers.
Farmhand Foods will work to provide a processing and distribution infrastructure to allow small-scale local farmers to have access to market -- something that economies of scale make difficult, given the slaughterhouse nature of eastern NC pig farms that produce your meat en masse.
Farmhand will pay farmers a premium price for meat raised humanely and antibiotic- and hormone-free, including suppliers in Orange and Granville Co.
And they'll work to bring the meat to everyone from local area retailers to restaurants.
But first, they're hitching up the Sausage Wagon, which will debut next Thursday, Oct. 28 at Fullsteam Brewery.
As the co-owners note in their press release:
“The Sausage Wagon is a fun and interactive way for us to introduce our brand, ourproducts and our farmers to area food lovers,” says Curtis.
The wagon plans to roam Durham and the Triangle with regular weekly stops at the Farmers’ Market, Fullsteam and other high traffic locations. The mobile eatery will serve an assortment of sausage sandwiches and other items created by local chef Drew Brown, co-founder of Durham’s Piedmont restaurant. Area diners can find the whereabouts of the wagon at www.farmhandfoods.com.
Brown, of course, is only the latest of the Piedmont progenitors to percolate a new business idea, though this is the first of the porcine variety. (Andy Magowan, another Piedmont founder before its sale to the Eno/Zely & Ritz team, has adopted the beloved gas station at Foster & Geer for a beer garden and restaurant, as we noted here recently.)
Look for the Sausage Wagon at Fullsteam next Thursday the 28th from 5:30pm on.
And get ready, as the announcement of Farmhand Foods suggests, to (m)eat local.