MOUNT DESERT — Chris Brown, owner of Brown Family Farm in Otter Creek, has been issued the first license for mobile food vending at the Northeast Harbor Marina.
His “kitchen” is a push cart with a built-in grill. It is shaded by a bright red umbrella.
On his application to the town for a vending license, Brown wrote that he planned to sell “hot breakfast / beverage.” At the farmer’s market in Bar Harbor on Sunday, he was offering sweet potato and pork sausage hash. Brown and his family raise pigs.
He said he plans to start doing business in Northeast Harbor soon, but hasn’t set a firm start date.
“I’m excited to be there and look forward to working with the town,” he said.
Residents at town meeting in May voted 84-72 to allow food trucks or other mobile food vendors to operate at up to six sites on town-owned property. Three of the designated sites were at the Northeast Harbor Marina and one each at the Seal Harbor beach parking lot, Steamboat Wharf in Seal Harbor and Bartlett’s Landing. But the town’s economic development committee decided to limit mobile food vending initially to just two sites, both at the marina.
Brown will be able to park his cart at the edge of the parking lot near the town pier, just to the south of the harbormaster’s office. The other designated site is at the parking lot to the north of the harbormaster’s office.
The town’s Code Enforcement Officer Kim Keene issues the mobile vending licenses. Licenses cost $250 and are good for one year.
Keene said Tuesday that the only person other than Brown that submitted an application was not eligible because the food truck is too large. According to the ordinance, mobile vending units may not exceed 12 feet in width. Units using parking spaces in town lots may not be longer than 20 feet “including the length of any trailer hitch, trailer or other extension.”
Mobile food vendors may operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.