Me & McGee, the popular North Little Rock market selling local fruits, veggies, meats and artisan goods, has announced it is teaming up with The Southern Standard to bring the food truck on site on a permanent basis.
“Since the beginning of my time with Me and McGee Market, I’ve wanted a food truck; today is the day I can announce with excitement a partnership with Chef Josh Smith and The Southern Standard. We love local. By expanding through this partnership, we will better support the farmers by buying more of their products and showcasing them,” says Me & McGee co-owner Logan Duvall.
Last year, Chef Josh Smith of The Southern Standard started setting up at the market and ever since then has established a good working relationship with the folks at Me & McGee.
“He was always on time, worked extremely hard and delivered exceptional food. One thing that always impressed me was the pride Josh displayed in his craft and equipment, especially his food trailer’s upkeep.”
For the past 10 years, Chef Smith, a Pine Bluff native, has been at Grumpy’s Too sports bar in Little Rock. He has experience as executive sous chef for Chef Philippe Ducrot from his time at Basin Harbor in Vermont, along with time working with Chef Jamie McAfee, a 2021 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Proprietor of the Year Nominee. Chef McAfee is also a partner with The Southern Standard.
Teaming up with the food truck will allow Me & McGee to highlight the products they carry with a straightforward menu featuring burgers, sandwiches, salads, cold sides and family meal preps.
“The menu is simple and relatable with influence from many areas. Every plate supports multiple Arkansas farmers. This especially applies to the Market Burger, made with Hoien Farms grass-fed beef, Serenity Farms sourdough, and Tasty Acres tomatoes, when those are in season. A primary goal is to source all ingredients from Me and McGee Market,” says Duvall.
The Southern Standard will be open every day the market is open. Prepared take-home dinners and cold meals like chicken salad will also be available on a weekly rotation. Additionally, there are plans to have dinners and special events at the market. As the season progresses, Me & McGee will also look at bringing in other food trucks and even doubling up in the peak season.