By Laura Peters | News Leaders
WAYNESBORO — Cars start to pull in and park around noon on Wednesday in an empty lot.
Three food trucks are parked behind the Kline’s Dairy Bar in Waynesboro. Every Wednesday, Fresh Farm Fixins, Strite’s Donuts and My TaKito take to the lot and bring their food to the masses.
Kline’s rents out the space to the trucks for a fixed fee and has put up extra electricity to the parking lot so many of the trucks don’t need a generator.
“Our goal is to have a small food truck park,” said Marsha Jones, who works at Kline’s. “The more the merrier.”
But what is the draw to these food trucks?
“It’s something new,” said Amanda Raab, co-owner of Farm Fresh Fixins. “They’ve gone away from being known as roach coaches … the stigma was they can’t serve good food. But, you can get gourmet food out of a food truck now.”
With mobile food trucks, freshness is a big part of the appeal. People can see their food being made and local food trucks try to get as much local produce and meats as possible.
With Farm Fresh Fixins, almost the entire food supply is locally sourced and My TaKito also has fresh ingredients.
“There’s more value, people can try different things and it brings more business to everyone,” said Horacio Pina, co-owner of My TaKito.
Plus, the trucks go where the business is. My TaKito takes up space at the parking lot behind Kline’s on during the weeks and some weekends. Farm Fresh Fixins has different spots each day of the week.
Local breweries also tap into the food truck hoard. Since breweries like Seven Arrows, Redbeard Brewing and Queen City Brewing all rotate local food truck since the tap rooms don’t serve food.
“The whole point is to be mobile,” Amanda Raab said. “You have wheels for a reason. We see the same people week-to-week.”
Also, in a small food truck park, the ability to mix and match is also a big draw for customers.
“That’s the beauty of it,” said Carter Raab, co-owner of Farm Fresh Fixins. “You mix and match. I’ve seen people grab a taco from My TaKito, fries from us and a donut from Strite’s.”
The variety of food trucks in the Valley also allows residents to take a risk and try new things. Food truck menus are minimal and decently priced, so people can try bits and pieces.
“They’re able to try everybody’s food and allows them to be open minded about food,” said Veronica Pina, co-owner of My TaKito.
Michael Poole said he hadn’t tried any of the local food trucks. With the cooler weather, he said he’d be venturing out to try more.
“In the sun it’s hot in the parking lot and I’d like to go to a restaurant,” he said. “But, I was craving tacos today so I thought I’d try them out.”
Courtney Grimm came out to the park after she tried food at the Food Truck Battle on Sunday at the Frontier Culture Museum.
“It’s new and exciting and different,” Grimm said. “It’s not the same-old same-old.”