Jodie Williams and Brett Gowley started free-range farming in Cooroy for themselves with neighbours their first customers. As their small, family-run catering and manufacturing businesses grew, they decided to combine their passions for food and sustainable farming to create Black Ant Gourmet @ Kin Kin General Store and Mayan Farm.
Black Ant Gourmet @
Kin Kin General Store
With more than 100 years and six generations of history in the Sunshine Coast, Noosa Shire “local” Jodie and her partner Brett made the move to Kin Kin in 2009, establishing Mayan Farm.
In 2012 they began work on restoring the Kin Kin General Store – which had been idle for many years – to accommodate their growing business and offer services to the local community, including a general store and post office. Brett put his experience as a shopfitter to great use in transforming the old store into a fabulous dining and entertaining space.
Jodie, a qualified chef, has more than 30 years experience and Black Ant Gourmet Catering works at many functions and exclusive events around the Sunshine Coast region providing set menu banquets, casual canapes and spectacular grazing long lunches.
Today Black Ant Gourmet @ Kin Kin General Store employs 18 staff and provides customers with a range of options for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week, woodfired pizzas every Friday evening, Black Ant BBQ Buffet each Sunday and chef’s specials most days.
The Black Ant Gourmet range of takeaway meals, dips and condiments use as many locally grown ingredients as possible and Mayan Farm’s home-grown pasture raised beef and pork are menu features.
As a chef, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to source fresh produce direct from local markets, trawlers and farms. Having our own farm is fundamental to our supply chain between the food on the table at Kin Kin General Store and Black Ant Catering and all part of our farm to plate philosophy.
– Owner and Chef, Jodie Williams
These days the Kin Kin General Store and Post Office is so much more than milk and stamps!
Kin Kin township was founded in 1904, with the Kin Kin General Store built by John Slade. By 1912 the only businesses were the Kin Kin General Store and a butcher’s shop.
In 1914 the Kin Kin General Store was moved by William Rohan using a bullock team up the road and the Country Life Hotel was established. A telephone exchange operation and the Commonwealth Bank and Post Office conducted business out of the Store.
In its heyday, the Store employed 15 people and anything you needed was available. Salesmen would stay overnight on their way from the port of Tewantin to the Gympie Goldfields prior to the rail line from Brisbane being completed. In 1954 the Post Office gained its own building.
Read more about the history of Kin Kin.
Mayan Farm Kin Kin
Mayan Farm covers 100+ acres of fertile grazing land along the Kin Kin Creek in the Noosa Hinterland.
The Hinterland’s high annual rainfall makes it the perfect setting for farming a large variety of livestock including Droughtmaster Cattle, Quarterhorses, Mascovy Ducks and Meat and Layer Chickens. All animals are free to roam in large paddocks, ensuring their health and wellbeing.
Brett has more than 40 years experience in property management services and sustainable farming and manages Mayan Lifestyle Property Services from the farm. Services include: slashing, land clearing and property tidy-ups, pasture improvement, fencing, earthworks, and building stables, arenas, shed and house pads and driveways.
Whether you need a tipper, tractor, excavator, bulldozer or positrack – I can assist with all your earthmoving and acreage needs. – Brett Gowley
MONDAY - SUNDAY
Breakfast – 7 days, 7.30am - 10.30am
Lunch – 7 days, 11.00am - 3.00pm
Dinner – Friday only 5.30pm - 9.00pm
Pizza night and full menu