Food truck to add flavor to 1661 Farm
Island resident and musician Kelly Walsh’s ambition of operating a food truck is coming to life.
“We spent the last six months working to bring our food business idea to one of the island’s main visitors attractions, the 1661 Farm and Garden,” said Walsh in a post on her Farmstead Refreshments blog in early spring.
Walsh’s idea of starting a food truck began last year when she met with Seth Draper, who helps his family run The 1661 Farm and Garden.
“Our conversation began last spring outside Elevation Studio, where I teach yoga classes. Danielle Duffy, Elevation’s owner and my friend, shared some of Seth’s ideas for the future of the farm and she recommended to both of us that we talk. When we first talked, Seth was bursting with ideas and I was inspired by his enthusiasm. I was ‘in between gigs’, as they say, and had been keeping an open mind about starting something new. Right away I knew I wanted to get involved with the farm... He wanted to utilize the garden to make fresh juice and other garden based items to offer to the farm’s visitors. I love being on the farm, hanging with the animals, and learning about gardening,” said Walsh.
The 1661 Farm and Garden was started by Seth Draper’s grandfather Justin Abrams, and is now maintained by the family. The farm is home to a diverse group of animals — goats, llamas, alpacas, donkeys, a kangaroo, camels, pig, emus, lemurs, a tortoise, and more. The farm also grows produce and flowers, with fresh eggs and honey added into the mix. The farm’s mission statement, shared on Walsh’s website, reads: “Living out the legacy of our multi-generational family farm and gardens through stewardship & sustainability, inspiring creativity through nature, education and hands on practices.”
“I’m providing [Walsh] the land, and produce and flowers will be provided from the farm and gardens. It’s as fresh as it gets,” said Draper.
“Much of what takes place on the farm was started by [Seth’s] grandfather, and Seth is carrying out what he refers to as the next generation of his grandfather’s vision,” said Walsh.
Walsh had submitted an application for a Mobile Food Truck earlier in the year to the Town Council, which was eventually approved.
“What began as a pilot project between farmer Seth and me to offer food from the garden to the island and its visitors is blossoming (pun intended). This includes a stop for locals and visitors to grab a fresh, delicious bite and a healthy, cool drink. My bestie/guitar-slinging/ chef Ted has signed on to run the day-to-day food side of the business and we plan to inject plenty of music and humor while delivering fresh and tasty offerings with a side of smile,” said Walsh.
“We will utilize produce from the farm. Menu items will be geared toward the farm’s built-in visitors — families and children, the North Light Fiber enthusiasts, the Elevations Studio clientele and, of course, our locals — who will hopefully drop by regularly. We are employing sustainable practices such as composting and making a concerted effort toward zero waste by encouraging customers to eat onsite with plates and utensils, and looking at possible strategies for a reusable to-go container program,” added Walsh.
The food truck’s mission is “Offering a playful, micro-experience to visitors by providing snacks and beverages making use of ingredients grown on the farm while observing sustainability with an effort toward zero waste.”
“Our alliance with the farm and its mission is to give visitors and locals opportunities to experience the benefits of local farm food sourcing and to observe and partake in sustainability practices such as composting and efforts toward zero waste,” said Walsh.
Walsh’s food truck is currently situated on the property of The 1661 Farm and Garden, and will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more about Walsh’s food truck and to view the menu, please check out her online website: farmsteadrefreshments.com.