Great Day For A Great Harvest

April 7, 2012

There’s nothing worse than being bored at work, and we are never bored on a Saturday here!


More wonderful things about working in a bakery are:

1) The temperature is always 80* – like a tropical island year round!

2) There is no shortage of food if you get hungry

3) There is always fun music playing

4) Every day is a fresh start at the elimination game. The goal is to get rid of everything in the store, so it’s a very organized process for type A people like me Smile 

5) People interaction all day long. Our customers are so nice.


I discovered that I was suddenly starving at 11:30, but then a tub of frosting presented itself after Alex has frosted some cinnamon pecan buns. A [clean] spoonful was enough to keep me going.


Healthiest snack of the year award : )


By the time I actually did have time to sit down for lunch after the lunchtime rush, I was craving protein and veggies badly!


I put together a salad with tuna salad, hummus, pimento cheese, cheddar and lots of veggies, plus a few croutons of bread.



The farmer’s market sold out of bread an hour early!

And we are OUT of Honey Bunnies here already!

Next year = make more!

Happy Easter Weekend!


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1 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco April 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I’m so glad you’re enjoying your Saturday, Kath! Happy holiday!


2 Björg April 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Thats so awesome!! Those bunnies were so cute :)

Im kinda jealous for you and the bakery, sounds like such a fun and enjoyable job, i bet you neverget bored :]


3 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm

That frosting. I want that whole bowl :)

And never thought about the “always 80F” phenomenon. That would be perfect for me…along with the frosting :)


4 Katherine April 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Ironically, I am checking the blog on my lunch break at work and am having a painfully slow day!! I am hoping they will let me go early!


5 Jeri April 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm

We Sooooooo need a Great Harvest in Va Beach. You guys should open another one here. :)


6 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde April 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

My mom picked up our honey bunny this morning – SOO adorable. I can’t wait to have it on our dinner table tomorrow. That’s awesome that the bread sold out an hour early! Well, not so awesome for late-comers, haha, but great for you guys. Love those colored eggs! My mom, sister, and I are coloring our eggs now but they’re very light – I like your brilliant colors!


7 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama April 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I would love to be in 80 degree temps all day (except when I’m working out). Plus, I’m sure the smell of fresh baked bread makes it all the better!

Love the vibrant egg colors! Hope you take some time to put your feet up off and on throughout the day!


8 J @ ... semplicemente ... j April 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I am not a baker, I mean I bake some times but I am more of the savory type kind of cook … I have to admit that lately I am enjoying baking a lot more … I follow your blog and it sure seems like a great place to work!

Have a great Saturday!


9 Laurie April 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Those bunnies were amazing looking! I want one!!!!!!


10 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Wow! Awesome sell out at the market! Not surprising…your bakery goods look soooooo good!


11 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Sounds like Great Harvest had a Great Day! Happy Easter!


12 Cait's Plate April 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Healthy shmealthy – those buns look delicious!

Congrats on the successful day of sales!! :)


13 Molly @ RDexposed April 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Do you guys sell dig treats? I picked one up at our GH because the were too cute!


14 KathEats April 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Mmmm dig treats!! [Yes we do :) ]


15 Molly@RDexposed April 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Good grief! I need to stop commenting on my phone. Ha


16 KathEats April 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm



17 katie @KatieDid April 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm

congrats on a successful business day!! I waitress and also LOVE all the people interaction, it keeps things fun and interesting.


18 kathleen @ the daily crumb April 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

love the bright and colorful eggs!! we did not dye our own for the first time in years (sad!), but i’m still looking forward to tomorrow’s easter egg hunt :)


19 j3nn April 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Congrats on a successful holiday weekend! I’d like some frosting, too, please. You can kern the 80F though! :)


20 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

That’s great for you all that you already sold out of bunnies! Great business day!


21 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

80F sounds lovely!! I think working in the bakery would be so much fun – like you said, the customer interaction and delish food (and smells!) would be enough to make me want to stay there for hours – and the frosting spoons of course! 😉 Congrats on a great weekend of sales!


22 Michelle @ Esculent Dreams April 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm

just got back from a visit to the rockville great harvest store! got to sample all sorts of amazing bread!!!! the bunnies were super cute to see in person :)


23 Emily @ Life on Food April 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm

That sounds like an amazingly fun day. Right up my alley. Happy Easter and I hope you got a Honey Bunny for yourself.


24 Kerry @ Totes My Oats April 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm

That salad looks good! Happy Easter!


25 Jen April 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I can feel the busy-ness :)

It might be interesting to do a future post about the ups and downs of owing/opening up a new business. Most new places struggle to build up in the first few years but it seems you guys are doing well!


26 jojo April 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I knew the bunnies would go fast!
I love working in an environment with food… but the only thing is that when it’s free for me to eat it, I tend to overeat 😛


27 Laura @ She Eats Well April 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm

What a fun day in the Bakery! Whenever I eat straight up sugar, aka frosting, which is sometimes quite often (ha), I always crave veggies and protein after too. And your salad looks lovely! But so does that frosting…about to make a Bunny Cake for tomorrow and now I have frosting on my mind.


28 Cheryl Boswell April 7, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I don’t know how you show such restraint. I’d be 800 lbs if worked at that bakery.


29 KathEats April 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I don’t work there everyday :) And also, you really do get “carbed out” quite quickly!


30 Ellie@Fit for the Soul April 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm

yayyyuhhhh!!! I now live a liiiitle closer to the GH in socal so I’m quite stoked! 😀 hehehe. I would love to work at a bakery like that too~except I used to once upon a time, and I had a bad habit of eating 5-6 pastries at once. I hope you have a very happy EASTER Kath!!!


31 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Congrats on a successful day at the bakery! :)


32 Angel7 April 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm

The perfect Julia Child hard boiled Easter eggs :) I wrote down what you said about how to make perfect hard boiled eggs many posts ago.


33 Ali April 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I wish you were at our Farmer’s market! So many tasty baked goods to choose from ;).


34 Katherine H April 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

Thanks for the GREAT lunch on Tues. We were the family (2 tall D’son grads with kids in tow) that came by Tuesday. We had a great picnic at Monticello thanks to you, Matt and your wonderful crew. A great trip to VA– Hot Springs, Douthat State Park, Monticello, Crozet’s Pizza, FOAMhenge, paddled the James, biked the Creeper…can’t wait to head back.
Happy Spring–Katherine


35 KathEats April 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

So glad you enjoyed it!


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