It’s All About The Honey

June 1, 2011

Da da da dum dum dum dee dee

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Lots of training, lots of test baking goin’ on!!

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I had half a muffin for a mid-morning snack. With all the adrenaline going on, I’m hungrier! Or maybe just the tempting muffins were calling me.

I biked in today with no problems!! WOOOO!!! <3 my bike. Once I arrived I had to zip back up to the City Revenue Office for some sales tax paperwork.

Life lesson: small towns rule. Had I had to do that in Charlotte I probably still would be in some waiting room. Today I walked in, spoke directly with the Commissioner of the Revenue himself and was hand-given everything I needed. <3 you Cville!

We’ve been running around the store doing this and that at high speed. Time is crunching!!

Janet brought in some snacks for employee nibbling. Lots of owner nibbling too! These Oat Bran stix were good!

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Just broke for a quick lunch before the all-afternoon customer service training starts. Wheeee!

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I brought in a salad from the garden today to balance in all the meals out this week.

Greens, carrots, radishes, green pepper, honey, olive oil, avocado, and leftover relleno pepper!!

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Even better as leftovers!

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I’m sure I’ll nibble on a cookie after this for a palate cleansing dessert Winking smile 

2 days till fresh hot bread!!

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1 Natalia - a side of simple June 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Can’t believe you’re opening SO soon! I mean…you’re actually training YOUR employees!!


2 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan June 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Your salad looks wonderful!!


3 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I buy those sesame sticks from the Bulk Barn all the time. I didn’t realize they were made with oat bran! Score!

Also, on a scale of 1-10 how excited are you for the big opening? I’m excited and I don’t live anywhere near Charlottesville!


4 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews June 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I love those oat bran sticks! So tasty.


5 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

mmmmm your salad looks great! Have a great day baking away.

YAH for hot bread :)


6 SquatLikeALady June 1, 2011 at 12:13 pm

It must be soooo surreal to be training your own employees!!

Your salad looks awesome 😀


7 Chloe (South Beach Girl) June 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm

TWO DAYS!!!! Woo-hoo! I wish I was in Cville for the opening, I’d love to try some fresh bread and also rub elbows with a few of my favorite bloggers :)


8 Karen June 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Glorious fresh from the oven muffins photo!

As Samantha expressed above, I too can hardly contain my excitement…wish I could join you!

Have fun!


9 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food June 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Just so you know, I would be happy to taste test all of that for you 😉


10 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) June 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

“spoke directly with the Commissioner of the Revenue himself and was hand-given everything I needed.”–

THAT right there is 100% why small towns do rock. Things like that are a bureaucratic nightmare in most any situation or town…and the bigger the city, the worst it usually is.

Love that you have the personal connection and small town service thing going on!

And those oat bran sticks…I used to go to town on O.B.Sticks. I think I need those again! :)


11 Mary Frances June 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Kath, Maybe when things settle down a little bit, you can write a note to the Commissioner’s superior… it might go a long way for him to have in his personnel file if he is looking at a promotion sometime in the future. People are always quick to complain, but it sure is nice to send Kudos now and again! :)


12 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 2, 2011 at 8:34 am

That’s really awesome advice – I love to leave positive feedback when I have a pleasant experience!


13 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Oooh the muffins look divine! Speaking of honey, Kashi Heart to Heart in the Oats n Honey flavour was part of my breakfast today and it is Oh.So.Good!! Good luck with the customer service training!


14 Angela (The Lady Eats) June 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Those muffins look amazing! I love small towns I couldn’t imagine living in a big city!


15 Holly @ The Runny Egg June 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Whether you’re hungry or not, fresh muffins just BEG to be eaten. And those look amazing. I want a whole tray please!


16 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life June 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm



17 Marina June 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Those muffins really are looking great. I would be all over them :))
Glad everything is going well, although busy! Good luck!


18 Janelle June 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Yum; this is my cue to go take lunch. I wish I had yummy bread with me!


19 Margaret June 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I will be at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg in the fall, but I will so be making some road trips down to your bakery!!!


20 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl June 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Congrats on your bakery! I’m very impressed that you had the time to throw together a delicious salad during all of that baking!


21 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Those muffins look fantastic! Adrenaline definitely makes me hungrier too. Sooooo exciting!


22 Mom June 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Oh my gosh. It truly is a real bakery. I remember when I saw you for the first time, I thought–wow, there really was a baby in there.

And now muffins!!!!!!!!!!! A bakery for sure! And beautiful bread.


23 Johanna B June 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Congratulations for growing someone truly wonderful. She turned out pretty good – doncha think.


24 Mom June 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Yep, and I just got home from buying her a small in size but high quality present in honor of the opening! Matt too. His is liquid; Kath’s is not.


25 Mary Frances June 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Can’t wait to hear what it is… have fun with the festivities. They are fortunate to be able to share this wonderful event in their life with you.


26 Susan (Oliepants) June 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I’m so excited about your store opening!! And right now – just as excited about the salad. I love the use of the leftovers in the salad!


27 Ellie@fitforthesoul June 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

OooOo can’t wait till it opens! I’ll live through it vicariously and reading your blog 😛


28 Halley (Blunder Construction) June 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

The muffins look fabulous! Are you considering mini-muffins? It’s more work, but sometimes one muffin is a bit much for one sitting, and I’d rather try a few different flavors that settle on one.


29 KathEats June 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Mini muffins would rock, but we don’t have the commercial pans


30 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey June 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm

It is ALL about the honey. Honey Whole Wheat, that is! 😉

Just finished my sharp white cheddar and jam sandwich on GH honey whole wheat. Love, love.



31 Hope June 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Those oat bran sticks look good! Oh, and that honey wheat bread looks fluffy and heavenly! Yay for 2 days!


32 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm

So close to opening! Excited for you guys!


33 Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble June 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I think a cookie is well deserved! I also love leftover the next day. They taste better for some reason.


34 Katherine June 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm

O that salad type thing is GORGEOUS!

O, and BTW I am leaving for Guatemala in 13 hours, so I won’t be commenting on your blog for a good 10 days. Sorry to leave you, but I will have a massive post when I get back :)


35 KathEats June 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Have a great trip!


36 Kristen @ The Red Velvet Life June 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

WOW everything looks gorgeous. Inspiring to see you follow your dreams! :)


37 Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Woo hoo!! Two more days! And I love that you use cookies to cleanse your palate! :)


38 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I swear I’m getting more excited for you everyday and I love no where close to the bakery! I’m glad things are going well!


39 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life June 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I’m so excited for you guys!


40 Kiran @ June 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Time flies! 2 more days to opening!! I am so excited 😀


41 Pat June 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Are all your breads shaped like, well, regular loaves? The GH in Anchorage (AK) does all its breads as round loaves… just wondering if the shape is a local choice. It’s really fun following all that goes into the business. I’m excited for you!


42 KathEats June 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Everything is up to us!!

We are going to do maybe 70% rounds, 30% toasters.


43 Selena June 3, 2011 at 9:56 am

Ours does mostly round too but I like the toasters. Is there a benefit to the round ones? I find them harder to cut into a reasonable (and equitible…which is important with 3 little girls) size/shape. Maybe I’m just uneducated on how to cut it…


44 Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free June 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm

That relleno pepper YUM! I’m definitely putting your store on my to do list when I go down south this summer!


45 Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I’d much rather live in a small town like Charlottsville over an big city. It’s so cute and you still have everything within biking distance!


46 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I can’t wait to hear all about opening day on Friday :)


47 Angel7 June 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Great looking salad! You always add a touch of color to brighten it :)

Get the dough rolling :)


48 Cait's Plate June 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Oh my gosh I want to dive head first into that fresh loaf of bread. It looks SO delicious – as do those muffins.


49 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Oh all of your pictures of breads and muffins are leaving me with a drool trail…

It’s great that you’re making room for fresh greens in your diet! I’d need a whole lot of lettuce to offset how much bread I’d be eating if I worked at GH 😉


50 staceyhealthylife June 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Good luck with all the training.


51 Alexa @ Simple Eats June 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm

You guys must be so excited! I would be nibbling treats all day, too!


52 kaila @ healthy helper! June 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Wow that pepper looks delish! But what exactly is in it!?! Well whatever it is it looks amazing!


53 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen June 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Yum yum yum!! The baked goodies look delicious – as does your salad!


54 Christine June 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Yummmm- I’d be on total carb-overload if I ran a bakery!


55 britt June 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

i NEED one of those muffins!


56 Hannah June 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm



57 Katie June 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm

2 more days!! How exciting!!! I can not believe it! So excited! Wish I could be there for the first day!!!


58 Natalie June 1, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Can’t wait to see the pics from the opening, wish I could visit the bakery in person! I haven’t been keeping up with my fave blogs over the past few months, have you done a post on the full story of the bakery? I always love reading how people put their dreams into action and get things done from beginning to end (or in this case, opening day!)


59 KathEats June 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I’ve talked about it – if you search for the tag “Greatharvest” you’ll find all of our bakery related posts!


60 Natalie June 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Ah, didn’t even think to check the tags, duh! Haha Thank you! :)


61 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out June 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I love that small town lifestyle.

Salad looks amazing!


62 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I can practically feel your adrenaline in this post!


63 Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates June 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I wish I could bike around my town, but even if I could.. it was almost 90 degrees this morning at 9:00…. seriously. :/


64 Khushboo June 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Wow I feel like we’ve all opened GH with you (sans the hard work of course)! I know I say it every day but you and Matt are doing a fabulous job and even though I don’t ‘know’ you guys, I am extremely proud of the 2 of u!


65 Logan June 2, 2011 at 6:45 am

Me too!


66 Jenny June 2, 2011 at 12:45 am

Kath, Please do a post on gardening!!!!!


67 Molly @ RDexposed June 2, 2011 at 6:30 am

Where do you find oat bran sticks?


68 KathEats June 2, 2011 at 6:57 am

No idea, I didn’t buy them


69 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 2, 2011 at 8:33 am

If you don’t mind my asking, what kind of bike do you have? I’m on the bike market since my cruiser makes it feel like I’m riding through molasses.


70 Emily June 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

So exciting! I would love to open my own bakery/restaurant someday.


71 Katie Perkins June 6, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Do you have bike racks at the store? As a fellow cyclists (we sold both our cars and only use our legs or bikes to get around!), I find that so many places claim to promote healthy living but then forget bike racks and only have a parking lot. As you know, biking is a MUCH healthier living option for both the individual and the environment.


72 KathEats June 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm

We have asked our landlords for bike racks, as we would love to use them ourselves!


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