What started as a student endeavour last summer with a Summer Company grant has gained steam for another year in the South End of the city.
The Peach Pit, which was located on Highway 69 near Richard Lake last summer, is now in front of the Harley Davidson shop at 2240 Long Lake Road for this season.
The owner of the cute utility trailer and vegan food truck is 22-year-old Natasha Gosselin of Sudbury.
Gosselin completed her undergraduate degree at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and is currently in law school at Ottawa University.
Natasha eats a predominately vegan diet and wanted to bring that concept in the form of a food truck to Sudbury, aiming to serve an untapped niche from the regular poutine, hot dog and burger trucks in town.
“I have had an overwhelming success rate. Many friends in the Summer Company grant program rave about breaking even at the end of the season. I did much better than that, servicing 50 to 70 customers per day,” she said.
Natasha gained 2,000 followers to her social media account while only being open eight weeks last summer.
This summer, her staff is preparing to bring the trailer to a number of food events, starting with a school fair at École publique Hélène-Gravel in the South End and the Great Outdoor Show in Garson on June 18-19.
This year she is also looking forward to getting in on Canada Day festivities and has another outdoor event planned in July.
Gosselin said her menu remains the same as last season with a selection of fruity smoothies and yummy food bowls. The bowls also contain added crunch from granola, coconut shreds, chia seeds, fresh fruit slices and agave.
She said customer favourites are the Sunny Side Up bowls and smoothies, which feature a mix of peaches, agave and mangoes. The Flower Power smoothies and bowls are a little more exotic with a blend of passion fruit, dragon fruit, pineapple and agave.
Gosselin said people don’t really think of it as a vegan food truck.
“It’s really for anyone who is hungry and wants good quality food,” she said.
As for the name, it was really a product of her mother’s binge watching of 90210 as a teenager that inspired the name, and the use of peaches in her product. In the show, The Peach Pit was the after-school hangout for Brandon, Brenda and the gang.
Here’s a little 90210 Peach Pit montage to feed that 1990s nostalgia:
Gosselin’s mom loves to help out at The Peach Pit, too, and she wonders if she holds onto the truck long enough, her mom might want to tinker at it in retirement.
The Peach Pit is located at 2240 Long Lake Road in the Harley Davidson lot.
Anastasia Rioux is a writer in Greater Sudbury. Let’s Eat! is made possible by our Community Leaders Program.