Foodies for tacos

What is it about tacos that, no matter what part of the country or what time of day, people are craving these south-of-the-border finger foods? From breakfast tacos to vegetarian tacos, hard shell to soft, the idea of a great homemade taco is no longer reserved for your favorite Mexican food joint. Well folks, the craze has found our valley with Scratch Taqueria taco truck providing a way to get that taco fix locally.

Sharon Woolmington and daughter Jessica have not only captured a wide range of cuisines with their taco variety, they have also stayed true to their local roots by capturing their familial influences in each selection. Their No. 23 taco, named after the family’s Circle 23 cattle ranch near Buena Vista, captures the flavor of a ranch barbecue with a combination of smoked brisket, slow-cooked borracho beans and fire-roasted green chilies.

Offering lunch and dinner throughout the week, Scratch is just another adventure for the Woolmingtons. The family made their way here in the 1950s to work in food service for Young Life and opened Deer Valley Guest Ranch in 1954. Jessica is a third-generation native who grew up helping with and learning about every facet of the family business. After years of running the food program at the guest ranch, Jessica and her mother decided to chase their dream of providing homemade food on the go.

“We are foodies ourselves, enjoying a complex flavor in every bite, so we took great care in choosing our products featured in each taco. We had so much fun creating and taste-testing our menu. My grandmother in Texas is the originator of casual taco parties in the 1950s. It was her signature. The Mary B is named after her because she served ground beef as the meat,” Jessica smiled at the memory.

The Scratch menu is simple, created with an adventurous bon vivant in mind. The vegetarian taco, aka the Backyard, features fried avocado, fire-roasted corn and black beans, grilled peppers and onions, spinach and salsa verde. The taste conjures backyard cookout nostalgia, while the Angler taco features Cajun-spiced tilapia, and the Hen House boasts a fajita-style yard bird. But my favorite is El Guapo, a pork carnitas and pineapple combination.

After a few visits since the Scratch grand opening, I’ve made it my mission to try every taco and combination. After all, the taqueria is only open through September. The Woolmington ladies offer catering during the off-season months with a creative menu that encompasses baked goods and comfort food. The women hope to grow Scratch Taqueria into a brick-and-mortar Scratch Kitchen where they can serve a wider variety of family recipes.

For the Woolmingtons, “This is more than serving physical food to others. The biblical verse we have dedicated our business to is, ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good’ (Psalms 34:8). We want all who walk up to our window to feel welcome and appreciated and that we served them well,” Jessica said.

Hours of Operation

Open daily 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Closed Wednesdays/Sunday evenings

Social Media: @ScratchKitchenBV