Freshly Baked Fun at Great Harvest Bread Company in Chapel Hill NC

We know. We hear you. “Where are the new recipes?!”, you say.

We’ve been holding out on you and for that we’re sorry.  But we promise that will be changing very soon. A sincere thanks for your patience as we get ourselves sorted out this month.

You see, it’s been pretty hectic at our house. Harrison is finishing up school and getting ready for graduation in a few weeks (hooray!). And we’re getting ready to move to Stowe, Vermont for the summer where we’ll be helping out on a nearby organic produce and flower farm (double hooray). And we’re also making plans for another new adventure that takes us back south in the fall (details to come!).

We’re also apparently trying to create a new world record for number of round-trip visits to North Carolina in the span of 30 days (one more to go!). We’re on the road again and again and again…

On this latest visit my brother and I met up in NC and headed to Chapel Hill to check in on our dad and step-mom who just opened the doors to their new bakery and café!

It’s amazing what your parents will get into after their kids fly the coop.

In late March they purchased the existing Great Harvest Bread shop in Chapel Hill from its former owners who were ready to transition on. They closed up shop for a few weeks, remodeled the store, put their own touches on the space and now they are off and running with my dad at the helm as the new managing baker (aka the sponge and dough man). And let me tell you friends. The man can bake!


And bake he does, starting bright and early Mondays through Saturdays at 4:30am. He mills his own flour on-site and bakes up fresh breads, warm cookies and scrumptious fruit-filled scones and muffins daily.

We arrived on blueberry scone day. Lucky us. YUUUM!


Right by his side is our step-mom Cathy who is all smiles and has the counter covered serving up free samples (including granola!), rich coffee and some fine-looking fresh bread sandwiches.


Family or not, you better believe we took advantage of all of those freshly baked samples. Our personal favorite? Their cinnamon swirl bread which my brother sliced up thick to whip up some ooey gooey delicious Mother’s Day French Toast. Oh and the warm rosemary garlic bread with a smear of melted butter – hello savory flavor.


If you live in the Chapel Hill area or find yourself traveling through, we would love it if you stopped in and said hello (walk in all VIP-like and ask for Cathy and Jeff). It’s a big new adventure for them and we know how much they will appreciate your support. Please tell them we sent you and don’t forget to let us know what you taste-tested!

Great Harvest Bread Company
229 South Elliott Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Hours: Monday –  Saturday, 7:00am – 6:00pm

Until we celebrate new beginnings again,

A+H

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The Warren Store in Warren VT {Date-Trippin}

I’m a sucker for covered bridges and general stores.  The nostalgia of it all.  This week for a date-trip he took me to both with a stop by The Warren Store.

Stepping inside is like stepping back in time, albeit with a more sophisticated flair.  Rows and rows of mass-produced boxes and cans are replaced by charming locally made treats and carefully curated favorites.

Standard stark beverage coolers are replaced with beautiful antique ice box refrigerators full of interesting brews and flavors. And the deli and baked goods section is just a dream.  We can’t seem to leave the place without a handful of impulsively bought randomness each time we visit.

This week’s randomness: a bag of mixed maple nuts, a homemade whoopie pie, and a highly touted bottle of Lawson’s Finest Liquid (a hard to snag local jewel and hands down my favorite beer sampled in Vermont so far).

Swing by their online store for your own randomness like a Keep Vermont Weird tee or a bag of penny candy. Or come pay us a visit, and we’ll be happy to drive back over the bridge and show you the way.

Until we date-trip again,

A + H

Bohemian Bakery {Field Trip to East Calais}

We interrupt our weekly Sunday Brunch post again this weekend as we hit the road in search of inspiring sights and good eats.  Today we piled in a Subaru with neighbors turned tour guides turned dear friends Jen and Ian this time bound for Bohemian Bakery in East Calais, Vermont.

Look, we know the term “hidden treasure” is used a lot but here in the good ol’ Green Mountain State when they say “hidden”, they mean it.  As the paved roads turned to dirt to winding to “where exactly are we?!” roads, we pull into the busy drive of a quaint yellow house marked with a simple sign. 

Bohemian Bread East Calais Vermont

The view as we wait.

We actually waited outdoors for a bit as its standing room only inside.  Once the crowd parted and we walked inside, the buildup was not busted as we set our eyes on the freshly baked goods.  

Bohemian Bread East Calais Vermont

The temptation to devour took over and I looked at Harrison mouthing “pace yourself”.

I had the asparagus and swiss quiche and Jen chose an almond-something-fabulous-wish-I-had-the-name pastry.  Harrison picked a veggie packed sandwich on freshly baked focaccia bread and Ian, a big flaky croissant ordered appropriately with a French accent.  Plus, there were some decadent coffees all around.  That coffee alone was so good and so rich making it so worth the drive… and my eyes are still so big as I write this weaning off my cappuccino high.

 
We met the lovely owners Robert (who has more than 30 years experience in food service, baking and specialty coffee) and Annie (who also owns a virtual marketing agency called Yellow Pop Group). Robert introduced us to Taylor who recently moved from Brooklyn and runs the fantastic website, Good Food Jobs. Then we met more neighbors from our street who just so happened to have headed up the winding 30 minute path on this Sunday afternoon as well.  Before we knew it the small space was buzzing with conversation, questions, introductions and connections.  This unassuming field trip to Bohemian Bakery turned out to be a reminder of why life here is Vermont is unlike any other.  What’s the best way to describe it? Ah yes, refreshing. Yep. That’s it.

 
Bohemian Bread has been filling the shelves of co-ops here locally since 2003 and not until recently did they open their doors for visits.  Each Sunday from 10:00am – 3:00pm you can swing by for something savory or something sweet.  We’re looking forward to many a repeat visits, especially next spring to see all those surrounding gardens in bloom.

 
Until we road trip it again,
A + H