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,