Food Truck v. Farmville

Food Truck v. Farmville

Jessica Thompson
Show Date
January 23, 2022
Food Freedom
Pacific Legal Foundation

Joseph Campbell famously said that there are only two stories in the whole world:

1) Hero takes a journey and 2) A stranger comes to town.

This topic featured both rolled up into one.

Mark Shirley was doing well as an auto salesman when he decided to quit his job to pursue his dream of operating a barbecue food truck: the 'Ole Time Smokehouse'


He moved to Farmville, NC, and soon business was booming – at leastΒ until the established barbecue joints decided they didn't like the competition. They petitioned the local government, which made it almost impossible for Shirley to keep his customers satisfied.

The Pacific Legal Foundation took on the case and is now defending the Ole Time Smokehouse's right to operate in court

Jessica Thompson, the attorney on the case, joined me to talk about the heroic battle for food freedom. Not all superheroes wear capes.