Sara Dunnett has spent the last 10 years in Prairie Queensland running the Prairie Café and now is our most remote stockist. Her customers are largely travellers moving through from May to December, when the weather drops below 50 degrees to make travel more comfortable. The 45 locals take advantage of her great food too. Prairie is 338km west of Townsville enroute to Julia Creek, Cloncurry then Mount Isa.
Sara has specialised in Prairie pies – gourmet pies baked fresh every day. She turns out great options, like chicken cheese and asparagus, beef and red wine or the always-popular corned beef in white onion sauce. Sara had the misfortune to tumble off her son’s ute, when trying to lift out a fridge for the café. She had a compound fracture of her left arm along with disc and tendon damage. The nearest hospital was at Hughenden 45 km away. Waiting for the ambulance, the greatest trouble was avoiding cooking on the bitumen.
Several years of recovery, sees her back in action, baking fresh Turkish bread to serve with our black garlic. Yesterday, having just reopened was a pie sell out. She tells me today, that two days into her career as a black garlic retailer, she has sold 3 jars – more power to you Sara!