Miss Anna Mae Hagewood was known for making the most delicious Southern-flavored breads, rolls, and deserts. She gifted her goodies to her family and friends who savored her tasty treats as much as her Southern twang!
In Anna Mae’s little white plank home in rural Tennessee, Anna Mae’s visitors were always greeted by the sights and smells of Anna Mae’s baking passion. The aroma of baked goods were a constant presence around the house – floating from the rocking chairs on her front porch to the root cellar and smokehouse in the back.
Years later, it was Anna Mae’s bread-baking legacy that lead her granddaughter, Shana to a career she never imagined. Homesick and longing to connect with her roots after a move from her home state of Tennessee to North Carolina, she began making her grandmother’s bread. After sharing it with the folks in her new community, she soon recalled just how much she and others loved its distinctive flavor.
Inspired and impassioned by her grandmother’s memory and family’s support, she built a home-based food bakery in her 12-foot x12-foot dinning room. Shana worked day and night to master her grandmother’s recipe, then slowly began developing her own recipes.
Inspired by the agricultural pride of North Carolina and Southern ingredients she’d grown up with, Shana developed a line of Southern-flavored dinner rolls based on her grandmother’s recipe. In her dinning room bakery, she made thousands of rolls by hand and sold them at farm markets, community events, and to locally owned grocery stores and restaurants.
Now with a lot of hard work and support from friends, family and folks throughout the South, the Anna Mae rolls have made it to the freezer sections of grocery stores throughout the country.