It's been a dream of Anna Snow's for 10 years to open up her very own country kitchen and that dream has become a reality.
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Mumma Snow's Country Kitchen and General Store opened on Friday, May 31 at Tarana across from the pub in the old cafe building.
The Sodwalls local worked for many years as a cook at the Tarana pub and said one morning she woke up and decided to seize the day.
"I just woke up and said 'I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna open the shop'," she said.
Anna said the idea came from her family as she was one of nine and cooking was a skill passed on by women.
"I was brought up in a huge family, my Nan and great aunt taught me how to cook so I was pretty blessed in that way, recipes and cooking were handed down," she said.
Mumma Snow's also runs as a general store in which people can purchase bread, milk, fruit and veges as well as cold meat.
"I wanted the general store to be a place of local produce so it comes from the area and we re-sell it within the store, I'm also keeping things seasonal," she said.
She said it would save locals the trip into town and keeps things within the Tarana community with locally grown produce.
"Everything is home cooked, we might get apples from people so I'll make an apple pie or homemade scones, nothing is processed," she said.
Anna said her new business allowed for the community to help support each other.
"We save all our scraps to give to the locals whose chickens provide us with eggs, we're all helping each other," she said.
Mumma Snow's is set up as an open, family friendly space according to Anna.
"I set up the dining area nice and open because I didn't want to be known as a cafe, I want it to be a place of ambiance and softness that people can come and sit, and be comfortable," she said.
She said it's a place that's open with a wonderful view, fireplace and a whole lot of country cooking.
"On the menu I've named different things after a lot of locals here, so that keeps it within the community," she said.
There's Big Jim's snitty burger, named after Anna's partner who is a Tarana local, Bruce's Big toastie after a local legend and the Evans Crown Climb burger going in with the landscape.
"I wanted to name a few legends in our community, Bruce is one of them, you'll see his picture hanging up in the pub and he's one of my truly soul great friends," Anna said.
She said the idea was to bring the outside into her country kitchen.
"We even sell Fish River Coffee but it's actually called tiger snake here because of the Tarana tiger snake which live around here by the rivers," she said.
Since Mumma Snow's opening day, Anna said she had received lots of support from the community but also her friends and family.
"Support has been unbelievable the community is just so wonderful, we've even had a lot of tourists come in and they love the ambiance of the place," she said.
After the old cafe closed down Anna said, Tarana had lost an asset and she was glad to bring something new.
"We really needed it, we want the community to grow and I hope the country kitchen and general store continues to grow," she said.
She said Tarana worked closely together with no competition and she couldn't have opened up her dream without the help of Kaz and Mark from Tarana Pub.
"I am so blessed that I've had a great amount of support so far, I couldn't have done it without us all working together," she said.
Anna also said she was proud that she could open up jobs for local people and being known as 'Mumma Snow' meant she cared for her community members.
"I'm known as Mumma Snow, I'm everyone's mum so it feels good to be helping out my community, it's great.
"People have told me my country kitchen is a really great place so far and that makes me feel good," she said.
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