This is the first year I’ve grown a full garden with 9 raised beds (only one is for flowers). As someone who can barely keep a houseplant alive, a productive garden is nearly a miracle. Growing my own food to that degree has given me a whole new appreciation for our local farmers and what it takes to get decent vegetables on our plates. The times we’ve had hail storms and I’ve sprinted out there to cover the beds with tarps was quite comical. I can’t imagine having to worry and care for an entire farm. Talk about a lot of (and oftentimes thankless) work. Sometimes it feels like our garden is an extra family member that requires attention.
It has been pretty awesome to walk the garden in the morning though, eating sugar snap peas off the vine for a snack, and smelling like tomato plants afterward. I’m hooked.
While I’ve fallen in love with gardening and appreciate our access to farm-fresh foods at a higher level, I’m still not giving up bacon anytime soon. I have a good number of friends who are Vegan, but it’s not for me. My weekly steak is still my favorite meal – ever.
There are few places in town who truly cater to our Vegan community members. Much like the gluten-free buzzwords we find on menus, there are restaurants who claim vegan menu items when they really don’t have them. People usually find this out the hard way.
So when we have a dining option that honestly fits vegan requirements and helps some of us steak-craving people appreciate the food that feeds our food, it’s worth talking about. The Silver Seed is that place.
The Silver Seed is a darling little 1964 Serro Scotty Sportsman-turned Vegan food truck covered in stickers and chalkboards with colorful messages. They launched in May 2014 after a successful Community Funded campaign helped them take off.
Owner, Taylor Smith and his crew aim to educate our community that nutritious, wholesome food can also be extremely tasty, serving meals that won’t make you feel like you have to go to the gym later. You can find them roaming around Fort Collins, but I’ve visited them most often at Food Truck Rallies.
They seem to have a lot of fun in the truck. At the last few Food Truck Rallies they’ve asked people who their favorite fictional character is, and then that’s the name they call you by when your order is ready. It’s a great way to catch you off guard and make you laugh.
They also have a small table set up with a few books, including Where’s Waldo. It’s a super fun way for the kids to pass the time while they wait. I love the whimsy that The Silver Seed exudes.
They have a small menu featuring three to four entrees and stick to the standards at the Food Truck Rallies. They’ll offer various snacks that includes a slice of pie from my favorite Me Oh My Pie. There’s not a whole lot of variety, which is something I’d wish more of from them. They’ll roll out weekly specials during other stops, but I haven’t been able to catch any of those.
One thing that I love and crave from this truck is their beet lemonade. Oh yes, this cup of garden-fresh redness is one of things that stands out as a quintessential Fort Collins summer flavor. It’s a perfect balance of sweet earthiness. Even my kids like it, which says something because they hate beets.
At the various Food Truck Rallies I’ve ordered their standards – squash tacos and the Good Trip panini.
The Good Trip Panini is made with marinated mushrooms, cayenne cashew cheese, garlic aioli, tomato, onion, and arugula on focaccia bread.
I feel like this is the best entree item on their entire menu. It’s filling and creamy, and jam-packed with garden-fresh herb flavors. I absolutely love this and it never leaves me feeling like I’m eating something vegan. That can be tricky with “cheese” and spreads, because these imitation products often have a weird flavor. This cayenne cashew cheese does not!
The squash tacos are a different story. Made with roasted butternut squash, pickled cabbage, red onion, carrot, avocado, and BBQ sauce, they are a creative and interesting spin on tacos.
I’ve had to try these three different times to make sure I’m really not liking them. Maybe it was an off day? Maybe someone was heavy handed on the vinegar once? Nope – for me it has been all three times, and it’s because of the BBQ sauce. It’s extremely tart because of the vinegar paired with the pickled cabbage. Now, I love vinegar, so much that when I have nothing to eat at home I’ll munch on bread, oil, and balsamic vinegar with a heavy mix of vinegar. But the squash tacos are too much for me that I can’t even finish one. Simple solution? Order it without the sauce and the flavor is better balanced.
The Silver Seed showcases vegan dining options in a fun, creative way that food trucks are known for. While not every menu item has been a hit for me, most of it is, and I appreciate the dedication to our local farms and healthy living. If you’re not into growing your own food yourself, hit up The Silver Seed to get that garden-fresh flavor on your plate.
The Silver Seed
roaming Fort Collins
Parking Lot: They’re usually parked in a parking lot
Healthy options: All of it is healthy. Well, except for the pie, but that’s good for the heart.
Budget-Friendly? $4 seems steep for beet lemonade, but it’s worth it. They also offer half-portion options for budget/calorie conscious people. It’s all under $10 anyway, with $3 tacos. So yes, budget friendly.
Recent Health Inspection: Excellent