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Iwig Dairy seeks license for mobile food truck in North Lawrence; also considering future North Lawrence store

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Mobile milk — and you don’t even need an app for it — is set to come to North Lawrence.

Iwig Dairy has filed for a permit to have a mobile food truck that sells fresh milk and dairy items in a city parking lot near Second and Locust streets in North Lawrence.

Tim Iwig, owner of the Tecumseh-based dairy, told me the food truck idea is a bit of a test to determine the level of demand in the North Lawrence market. He confirmed his company is looking at a permanent store location in a small, vacant building a bit north of North Second and Lincoln streets.

It won’t quite be the grocery store that North Lawrence has long said it needs, but it might meet a bit of the demand in that category.

“If we could get it started, then we could see what we could pull together,” Iwig said. “We have guys who like to bring us produce and eggs and that sort of thing. If we could get people going to the location, I think it could make a difference for us and for North Lawrence.”

But first, the food truck. Iwig hopes to have his business up and running within the next week. He said he plans to sell most of the items that he currently sells in his Lawrence store at 19th and Massachusetts. That means milk, cheeses, butter and probably some ice cream. Iwig, by the way, said the mobile food truck is not meant to replace the store’s 19th and Massachusetts location. (In case you are wondering what the construction is at 19th and Mass., there’s a coffee shop that will be going into a space next to the dairy store. I’ve got an interview with the owner and likely will report back tomorrow.)

Iwig hopes to have the mobile food truck up and running within a week. I don’t yet have days or hours for the truck, although Iwig has indicated it likely would be open a couple of weekday afternoons and Saturday afternoons.

In case you are confused about what location we’re talking about, it is the city-owned lot that basically is caddy-corner from Johnny’s Tavern. (I knew providing directions from a bar would help some of you.) It will be interesting to see if the city has helped start a trend here. If Iwig has success at the lot, will other mobile food vendors seek permission to locate there?

Food trucks are big business in some cities, and they usually take off when there is a spot that allows them to co-locate and build up some critical mass. That North Lawrence parking lot wouldn’t have been the first one to come to mind as a candidate for such a location, but I guess you never know.

What I do know is a cup of fresh ice cream, a fishing pole, the Kansas River, and perhaps a cold beverage other than milk sounds like a pretty decent afternoon. (And this time, I’ll keep the ice cream farther away from the bait bucket.)

Comments

hipgrrrrl 1 year, 2 months ago

According to Hildebrand, they do feed GMO corn, which they grow themselves. They also feed soy (which is likely GMO, based on national stats). They do use low-temp vat pasturization.

I wish there were more dairy producers that skipped the grains and provided grass-fed dairy. I'd feel a whole lot better about eating their end product.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 2 months ago

What I do know is a cup of fresh ice cream, a fishing pole, the Kansas River, and perhaps a cold beverage other than milk sounds like a pretty decent afternoon. (And this time, I’ll keep the ice cream farther away from the bait bucket.)

---yeah, that does sound pretty good at that Chad.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 2 months ago

“If we could get it started, then we could see what we could pull together,” Iwig said. “We have guys who like to bring us produce and eggs and that sort of thing. If we could get people going to the location, I think it could make a difference for us and for North Lawrence.”

---could indeed make a difference.

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TheAustrian 1 year, 2 months ago

Good for Iwig and good for N. Lawrence.

Question for Iwig?

Why does a 1/2 gallon of Iwig milk cost ~ $ 4.30 and your competitors milk, Hildebrand (out of Manhattan) only cost $ 2.99 (both prices from the Merc, both served in glass bottles, both family farms, both onsite processing).

According to you (Iwig in an e-mail response to me), your cows eat GMO corn (non-GMO not readily available). I do understand that you feed all or mainly non-GMO Alfalfa and I applaud you for doing so. Your competitor also claims to try to reduce GMO feed. I have purchased and consumed both brands of milk and am equally pleased with the quality.

If I am incorrect in this statement regarding the feed used, I would be happy to be corrected by an informed source. Otherwise, is there an explanation for the large difference in price?

Thank you

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