A Wodonga electrician and a family daycare educator have jumped ship as they take on a new venture operating a seafood business.
Wodonga Seafood and Game, located at 35 High St in the old Aussie Mattresses store, celebrated its grand opening last week.
Owners Jeff and Morgan Barton will stock fresh seafood straight from Tasmania and Melbourne seafood markets.
Also on the menu will be game meats including venison, goat, crocodile, camel, kangaroo and emu.
“This is a huge new venture for us and we are super excited to follow our dream in opening this family run business,” Mrs Barton said.
“This side of the border has never had a seafood shop and neither side has had a game meat shop for a very long time.
“After COVID a lot of people do want better quality food at home that they can make themselves.”
The couple feel like they have landed their ‘big catch’ after starting their own business together and leaving their job where they were working for someone else.
“We both wanted more, we wanted something that was ours and something for our children,” Mrs Barton said.
After postponing their wedding twice due to COVID, the couple finally married in March this year and look forward to sharing their passion for seafood with the local community.
The couple, who have four children – Torah, 11, Isla, 9, Ian, 7, and Jemima, 5, - enjoy eating game meat most days of the week.
“We are a family of six so how we feed our family is with game meat, we live off the land really,” Mrs Barton said.
“We much prefer to eat game meat over supermarket meat; a deer will feed our family for a few months.”
Mrs Barton said their children all eat game and were starting to venture into seafood now.
“Jeff and I are both foodies and we love good quality stuff and so last year with COVID we really started to cook more at home and appreciate good quality food and so we ventured down the seafood path,” she said.
The couple hopes to later offer the ‘perfect oysters we have ever tasted’ after stumbling across an oyster farm while recently on honeymoon in Tasmania.
“They are from an oyster farm called Cape Bruny Oysters and not only are these the best oysters we have ever had, but the operators of the farm are doing amazing things for the environment,” Mrs Barton said.
Any seafood or game not available in store can be ordered via forms offered in store.
Customers will be given tips on how to cook their game meat or seafood to perfection and the couple hope to eventually sell recipe bases.
The store will open 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Weekday opening hours will be Wednesday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.
To contact the store, phone 0422 426 050.