Meet a mobile version of farm-to-table dining at the Colorado Farm and Art Market's Margarita at PineCreek season opener on June 16: It's called The Local (339-7722).
The food truck — a recently retrofitted 1959 Aloha camping trailer — will also set up at CFAM's Wednesday markets at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center throughout the summer, and aims to operate as a year-round business thereafter. The challenging part about that latter detail is owners Jo Marini and Sara Crowell's mission: sustainably grown ingredients sourced almost exclusively from within a 50-mile radius.
Marini, who graduated with Crowell from the Air Force Academy nearly a decade ago, says the business will launch with two flagship sandwiches, and expand from there. For meat-eaters, there'll be a grass-fed Lasater beef burger on a homemade pretzel bun with bacon jam and arugula; for vegetarians, a chickpea fritter with carrot-radish slaw and garlic aioli on a sweet potato roll.
Being Gotta Love It! Market-based, The Local will also serve gluten-free items from co-member Tabor Mountain Bakehouse.
Also on wheels with a unique food-centric concept is Far Out Frozen Treats & Mobile Munchies (about.me/farout), a human-powered bicycle cart that patrols the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail, mostly between the Rockrimmon area and downtown.
Co-owner Angie White says she and her husband Will primarily sell a variety of commercial ice creams and popsicles, plus healthy snacks, but she's hoping to make the machine a "mobile marketing cart" as well. Example: They can essentially act as a moving billboard by displaying your signage on the cart, handing out flyers or samples and even doing advertising design for you.
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• The following businesses have closed recently: Phat Daddy's Cafe & Ice Cream at 311 S. Hancock Ave.; City of Philly Cheese Steaks at 4747 Flintridge Drive; Glad's Original Bar-B-Q at 3750 Astrozon Blvd.; and the cottage industry Whipped Cupcakery.
• Black Fox Brewing (blackfoxbrewing.com) has ceased production inside Bristol Brewing Co. and is moving to Denver. Notes posted on the outfit's website and Facebook page say the company is currently searching for a location and capital.
• The updated sixth edition of the Beer Drinker's Guide to Colorado (bdg2c.com) was recently released, adding 26 breweries for a total of 168 this year. There's a keg-load of other beer and outdoor recreation info on the map's back, and it again comes with a coupon book, this time valued at $250. I say it every year as the pot gets sweeter, but the guide ($14.95) is a killer deal, considering the 10 metro Colorado Springs free-pint coupons that will easily save around $40 to $50.