Eugene's growing food cart scene: 'Get a cart, get a truck, get a license'

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene foodie scene has plenty of options when grabbing a bite while out on the town as dozens of new food cart start-ups seem to appear each year.

Naco Maya's truck, El Buen Sabor, is one of the newcomers to Eugene's food cart industry. He said the flexibility is one thing that led him to open a cart over a restaurant.

"It's a little cheaper to get a food truck going. Get a cart, get a truck, and a license," Maya said. "You can change menus constantly."

Green Plow & Juicery owner Amy Green also appreciates the ease of owning a mobile kitchen.

"The rent is lower. There's a smaller space so there's less to clean," said Green.

Permits are required for food vending on public property, so some eateries require a little extra effort. Green said she used a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for her truck.

"(We) raised over $11,000 with the help of people here in Eugene," Green said.

As is the case with any aspiring cart cook, Green said the location is key.

"People weren't as interested in local and organic food as they are in Eugene," said Green.