Food Truck Features Smart Theme, Popular Menu Item, People Owner – SiouxFalls.Business
August 12, 2022
If you’re driving down the highway and see the Squatch Wagon, it’s not carrying sasquatch hunters.
That’s what a driver thought as he passed the food truck one day, said owner Marlys Jensen of the Viborg countryside. As he passed the trailer, he called the number on the back.
“He was disappointed because he thought we were sasquatch hunters,” she said. “I’m teasing my husband, we should do this next.”
The company’s name comes from her husband Cory’s fascination with large, hairy, human-like creatures, also known as Bigfoot, which some people believe exist, Jensen said.
The Squatch Wagon’s specialty is Indian tacos, which Jensen had been baking for school and church fundraisers for decades before he started the business.
Food truck fans can find the Squatch Wagon Saturday in Sioux Falls for the Bugapalooza event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Butterfly House & Aquarium where Jensen’s daughter is a biologist.
This is a summer and weekend pursuit for Jensen, who teaches in the Viborg-Hurley School District at Cameron Colony. She will soon be returning to school, teaching Hutterite students in grades four through eight in the same classroom. Last year she had 11 students; this year it will have five.
Jensen bought the motorhome that became the Squatch Wagon in 2019 for $500 from a hunter in Wisconsin who “drained it all the way to the walls and kept the water inside.”
She filled it with secondhand equipment and repurposed items such as a sink and cabinets as they remodeled their home.
“Everything in me is recycling, reuse. I love that. My husband asked, ‘Are we ever going to have anything new?’ And I said no. … We were both married before. I said, “I got you secondhand and it went pretty well.”
Her nephew, whom she describes as a little brother because they are close in age, does decal work as a side job in Chicago and drove here with friends to install the elaborate tree and sasquatch design on the old motorhome. If Jensen had paid the retail price, she jokes that she would have spent $3,000 on decals on a $500 trailer.
She did a few events in 2019, and then the pandemic kept her on a limited schedule. The Squatch Wagon has competed in six events so far this year. This fall, Jensen will likely do some fundraising for the school at football games and could be at a fall festival in Centerville on Oct. 22.
Making Indian tacos is hard work, she says, which is why she keeps the menu simple. Adults love them, but they’re not kid-friendly, she noted. His answer to that is the Squatch Dog – a hot dog wrapped in fried bread.
Even more popular than Indian tacos and more aptly named — by her husband, of course — are Squatch Turds. They are balls of fried bread rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
Jensen said she loves people as much as she loves cooking, and running a food truck gives her the opportunity to visit customers wherever she goes.
And with all the character of the Squatch Wagon, it’s easy.
“People honk and wave. People stop at gas stations to take pictures.
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