Do we have a farm-to-truck food truck with its own farm yet? Yes we do! Loud Mouth opened for business earlier this summer, but I just got around to trying it today and yum! They have Copper River salmon tacos that are just delightful and brown butter mashed potatoes that have that great, robust potato flavor with the silky edge that tells you: real food, just made.
Owner Hans Berreau grew up in Le Sueur, MN with an entrepreneurial spirit. He looked around one day and realized that a few of his best friends were great cooks, and one was a fisherman in Alaska, and he himself had been planning on getting a small organic farm off the ground. What did that all add up to? A food truck of course! So he opened one.
Why Loud Mouth? Because when you taste the Copper River salmon tacos he’s making you will want to be a loud mouth yourself and shout their praises from the rooftops, they are that gorgeous. The salmon itself is fresh and springy with a really strong, pure flavor. The fish is topped with red pickled onions, bell pepper and pineapple salsa, a light aioli, and plenty of fresh cilantro which all comes together to make everything you want in a fish taco: so light, so real, so filling.
I also very much liked the homemade tasting jerk pork sandwich, made with just a lot of pork from a family friend’s small farm in Le Center. The pork was well seasoned and very likable, though the brown-butter mashed potatoes are the headline-grabber, nothing but rich fresh potato taste, given a little halo by the brown butter. I’ll definitely be back to try the burger next, but I’m even more excited about the burger Berreau will be selling next spring, because by then it will be made from beef he's raising on his own farm.
“Me and a buddy bought a hobby farm” to raise cows and vegetables, Berreau told me. “I grew up around farms, both my uncles had 300 acre farms, it’s just a natural thing for me I guess. All my black angus are growing up right now, they will be ready to butcher next year.” This summer they sold zucchini, herbs, and potatoes from his farm; next summer they’ll have even more home-grown produce on the truck. And that’s not all! We know that food-truck season tends to grind to a halt once it gets cold, but Berreau hopes to stay out as late into the winter as he can with chili, wild-rice chicken soup, even tater-tot hot dish. “I want to get real Minnesotan with it,” he says. A south central Minnesota farmer bringing his hot-dish to the streets of downtown? That’s about as real Minnesotan as it gets.