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This food cart in front of The Joinery has become a fast favorite among Woodstock diners

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Woodstock Supernova Vegan food cart owner Lindsay Sligh (left) and her employee Hannah Halford persevere in extreme weather. That may be a useful attribute if it gets especially hot this summer. Even when it was snowing and the streets and sidewalks were icy in February, the "Supernova Vegan" parked at The Joinery in Woodstock remained open, thanks to employee Hannah Halford walking the twenty blocks from her house to 4804 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, where she has worked for five months.

On The Joinery's lot since November of 2017, "Supernova Vegan" has weathered all kinds of conditions and temperatures. Sometimes, Halford muses, customers don't think about the details and difficulties of operating a food cart!

For example, after her slippery walk on Saturday, February 9th, Halford arrived and found the water source frozen, and the cart's lock impossible to open. Owner Lindsay Sligh conceded that this situation can occur in sub-freezing temperatures. "We rely on hoses to pump clean water in, and gray water out. We take extra measures to bring everything inside, but things still freeze up." That day they waited for the hose to thaw before opening.

Last summer, there were times when the cart had to shut down under conditions of extreme heat. "We had to close due to 'inside cart' conditions. When it is 93 degrees or more [outside] we have to close, because it is not safe for employees. So customers need to know that under adverse conditions they should check to see if the cart is open. We always update customers about our closings and hours. They can use Google, Instagram, or the voice mail message at 971/ 212-3387."

Sligh tells THE BEE that this is her first experience owning a food cart. "Before choosing Woodstock, I looked around at different neighborhoods quite a bit, to see where there were [already] vegan options. A lot more people are eating plant-based food for personal health reasons." She is thankful she chose Woodstock. Business has been very steady, she says, except during extreme temperatures.

The menu at Supernova includes the Space Cowboy BBQ sandwich, the Hercules Bahn Mi sandwich (Thai glazed tempeh, with fresh herbs and vegetables), Solstice Fish Taco, and the Midnight Toker burrito (Mac & Cheese, BBQ tempeh, and Jalapeno Citrus Slaw, in a flour tortilla). There are also options for children. A full children's menu is planned.

Halford says a lot of people order online for food to-go, by visiting – www.supernovavegan.com – where are posted the full menu and prices. For those visiting the cart in person, hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the same hours apply to orders and delivery, as weather permits. Of course, any food cart on The Joinery's property will have to look for another home, when the local fine furniture business moves its operation to St. Johns in North Portland in October, and the block sells for an apartment building. But the Supernova tells THE BEE that they'll be in Woodstock at least until then.


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