A food truck, like a restaurant, is a logical vehicle for a farmer to add value to his or her product. It seems like an obvious idea, but until the Skarsgard Farms’ Harvest Truck got on the road, no area farms had stepped up to that plate. Now a month into this endeavor, farm/truck owner Monte Skarsgard has a contract with UNM to sell food at the Duck Pond five days a week starting in August. He says he already has plans for a fleet of trucks.
Two of us showed up one Saturday to find a farmy-looking girl who took our order and gave it to the cook inside. The menu is small, and it varies according to what’s available. We started with a strawberry salad, which was of a size that many would consider overwhelming. It was a huge pile of some of the freshest greens in existence, with ripe strawberries, chunks of green chile goat cheese and a dish of poppy seed dressing. Even with help from a black belt in salad inhalation, it took us a while to work through that pile of greens.
In addition to thickly sliced white meat, the turkey wrap had some kind of herby pesto, along with brie, homegrown tomatoes and salad mix, and some of the crispiest avocado I’ve ever eaten. Crunchy is not my preferred way to consume avocado, but it didn’t hurt here. If I were to order it again I’d request green chile and mayo in the turkey wrap. (Come to think of it, I say that about almost everything I order, anywhere.)
We enjoyed these delicacies at communal tables shaded by an awning. Across the aisle at market, the Skarsgard Farms’ stand was set up next to its produce delivery truck, which still bears the LPO emblem. If the Harvest Truck runs out of onions or greens during the lunch rush, restocking is as simple as walking 20 feet.
That’s by design. The menu will always be dictated by freshness and flexibility, says Skarsgard. “One week the breakfast burrito might have asparagus, another week zucchini, and then chard and bell peppers,” he says. “It’s going to be like ‘Iron Chef’ every day, depending on what’s fresh.”
Any salad or breakfast burrito