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Farmhand Foods Sausage Wagon

Posted by DID 28 Oct 2010 9 Comments

The Farmhand Foods Sausage Wagon premiered to a large, enthusiastic crowd at Fullsteam on Wednesday. The line wrapped to the corner of Geer and stayed that way for most of the night. The three guys working the truck did a nice job keeping up with the crowd and everyone seemed in good spirits despite having to wait sometimes more than an hour for a sausage.

On their first night they had four sausage offerings and one veggie sandwich option. We tried all four of the sausages, all four were served on Gugluhpf pretzel rolls and all four were excellent. The first, a sweet Italian sausage with fennel chow chow and mustard was, well, awesome. The bright yellow fennel chow chow was almost sweet and not that different from sauerkraut.

The second was a bratwurst with beer braised onions and whole grain mustard. This was my favorite of the four. The onions almost seemed caramelized and the brat was juicy and satisfying.

Next up was the smokey polish sausage with pimento cheese and pickles. I’m a sucker for anything with pimento cheese and had high hopes for this one, but it was my least favorite of the bunch. Not as juicy as the other three, the smokey polish sausage roll, while still good – I mean it’s a sausage with pimento cheese – wouldn’t be my first choice again.

Finally, we tried the country breakfast link with maple butter and roasted apples. The apples and maple butter offered an indulgent sweet contrast to the spicy breakfast sausage. Would love to see this wagon show up with this breakfast sausage at the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning.

All sausages are $6, locally sourced and created by chef Drew Brown, formerly with Piedmont. According to their press release, Farmhand Foods LLC is an outgrowth of NC Choices, a Center for Environmental Farming Systems initiative. For more info on the wagon and its owners head over to http://www.farmhandfoods.com/. The sausage wagon is another welcome sight around town!

Find them on twitter @farmhandfoods.


  • sarah (ghost world) said:

    mmm, i heart the pretzel roll.


  • Anya said:

    Looks and sounds delicious, what’s the non-local Farmhand sausage option?


  • JB said:

    As if they heard your request, the Sausage Wagon was at the Farmer’s Market this morning. We tried the breakfast sausage and brat. Sadly, they weren’t using Guglhupf bretzel rolls, but the large sub-like rolls had a nice crust and stood up to the sausages without overwhelming the rest of the ingredients. The breakfast sausage itself as a bit dry, but the yummy apples and sweet maple butter made up for it. The brat was juicy, better than most others I’ve had here in the south (I’m from Wisconsin, and brats are serious business there).


  • Ryan said:

    I really appreciate the fact they have a vegetarian sandwich..but I wonder why not keep with the theme and come up with a homemade veggie sausage.


  • Collie Flower said:

    Why do vegetarians gripe and whine the most?


    TSQ75 replies on November 11th, 2010 at 1:52 pm:

    why are carnivores always jerks? get off it


    judas_escargot replies on November 11th, 2010 at 2:31 pm:

    Why can’t omnivores make up their minds?


  • DID (author) said:

    Review update: Got word that the Gugluhpf pretzel rolls were a fluke of opening night and will not be a regular thing.


    burgeoningfoodie replies on December 9th, 2010 at 4:05 pm:

    That is a shame to know about the Guglhupf bread. Also wanted to make note to the author that the sign clearly says Spicy Italian Sausage and not Sweet. Was there a mix up somewhere or was it just not as spicy as other incarnations?


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