Garden to Fire
Slowly but surely, food trucks are starting to pop up in and around the Jackson area. A couple of months ago, we saw Fred’s Franks burst onto the scene, delighting downtown hotdog fans with their variety of dogs and toppings.
Now, there’s a new food truck to celebrate! Hal Martin, father of Paul Martin who you may remember as the original owner of Sweet Tree Yogurt in Ridgeland, has recently introduced another food truck called Garden to Fire! Just two months ago, Garden to Fire, a mobile pizza oven, made its debut at Olde Towne Market in Clinton. Now Hal and his pizza oven are traveling to different street festivals and markets serving up fresh-from-the-brick-oven personal pizza.
Garden to Fire at Livingston Farmers Market
Hal was kind enough to take a minute to talk to me at the Livingston Farmers Market, all the while keeping pizzas coming in and out of the oven. Here’s what we learned:
Eat Jackson: Where can our readers find Garden to Fire pizzas?
Hal Martin: Usually at different farmer’s markets and festivals and things. We’ll travel all around, and we’ll have a Twitter account where people can check and see where we are.
Note: So far, this Twitter account is not yet active.
EJ: Can you tell us about the ingredients y’all use?
HM: As much as we can locally source, they are, of course. This time of year we have a little squash… fresh basil we’re making the pesto with, fresh peppers and tomatoes…
EJ: I’m interested to know more about the breakfast pizzas! I saw on the menu that you’ve got sweet and savory ones…
HM: The savory ones have bacon, eggs, cheese, and hash browns with a spicy tomato sauce. It’s really good. The sweet is basically a little bit of cinnamon and sugar on the crust. When the pizza comes out of the oven we top it with yogurt and fresh fruit.
EJ: Where will y’all be this weekend?
HM: I’m doing my granddaughter’s birthday party this weekend.
EJ: So people can hire Garden to Fire to come to private parties?
HM: Oh yeah. We’ll do parties for people.
Eat Jackson will do our best to keep you updated on where you can find information about Garden to Fire! They don’t yet have a web site or Twitter account posted, so for now, let’s talk about the actual pizza!
The Menu and The Barb
Garden to Flame’s menu has just a few personal sized set pizza options as well as the option to build your own pizza. I chose The Barb, a menu option pizza topped with grilled chicken, pesto, onions, and goat cheese. Each pizza is made to order right then and there, so customization is very easy to do. Want The Allie pizza (which comes with mozzarella, pepperoni and sweet peppers) but don’t want the peppers? Just ask for them to be left off!
They ask for 10-15 minutes to get the pizza made, so I went and walked around for a while. I came back 15 minutes later to find a pizza with my name on it! It was just beautiful. The smell of the caramelized onions and the fresh, aromatic basil used in the pesto immediately let me know that I’d made the right pizza ordering choice!
Fresh, Hot, and Tempting!
I took a seat next to a few buddies and took a couple of bites. With each bite, I know my face must have said something like, “I am having a love affair with this pizza right now” because they kept making comments like, “Man, that pizza looks really good.” A few seconds later I’d hear, “Wow, that pizza smells great. Can I try that wayward piece of chicken?” After I’d eaten three of the four small, yet heavily loaded slices, I’d had enough to keep me full for a while, so I let my onlookers fight over the last piece. That was quite the scene…
FOOD: The Garden to Fire pizza I had was fantastic. It’s hard to beat a fresh pizza made with homemade dough, fresh pesto, sprinkles of goat cheese, caramelized onions, and flavorful grilled chicken. The size of this pizza was just right for a meal. All of the pizzas cost $7 or $8, and with the amount of fresh and local toppings they use, I’d say it’s worth every penny.
SERVICE: Hal and his team are enormously friendly and cheerful. It was a warm day, and for them, that wood-burning oven made it even warmer, yet they all had smiles on their faces and made each customer feel special.
ATMOSPHERE: It’s hard to have a defined atmosphere when you’ve got a traveling food truck. The atmospheres at markets are usually pretty lively ones, though, so we’ll give them an A in this category!
Garden to Fire
Found at a market or festival near you!