me & my sandwich

January 19, 2011


We served nearly 150 sandwiches today! Great Harvest opened its doors to the public – sandwiches for all ‘till we ran out!


The worst part of sandwiches is the prep work


I was ATTACKED by an onion!! Just being in the same room with the slicer had many of us in tears


Had to get some fresh air for the eyeballs


Our store will most likely not be putting onions on the sandwiches. Not just because of my aversion, but because they turned our sweet bread bakery into a stinky deli. Not good for bread sales or the customer experience! We’re going to do cucumbers, lettuce, and tomato on all sandwiches instead.

We made a large catering order for all of the teachers at the local high school


Making sandwiches is so fun!


We had quite the rush



Too many cooks in the kitchen and after a dozen sandwiches I was banished to a break


Snacks included bread end pieces!


And an apple shared with Matt


When our crowd thinned out around 1:30 we made sandwiches for our selves



Mine was veggie + avocado + mustard




If you have never had a GH PB&J – oh my word. We all declared them the best we’d had since we were kids. The GH jams (especially the raspberry) are incredible.

Had a piece for dessert! It was the most wonderful dessert imaginable for my palate


And then we cleaned


And cleaned


And cleaned!


Time to hit the road [jack] and try to beat the clock to Big Sky Brewery!

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1 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Looks like a lot of fun actually… definitely work too. It’s been fun to travel vicariously with you on this trip.


2 Evan Thomas January 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm

You make owning a business sound like so much fun! I guess when you’re constantly surrounded by freshly baked bread it’s hard to be anything but happy.


3 Courtney @ the granola chronicles January 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Haha, you and those onions!!


4 Erica D (Gratitouille) January 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I’m totally with you on the onions; I can hardly be in the same room with a freshly sliced one! Who needs em, anyway?


5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Look at you rockin’ the tye dye!! :) Looks like such a fun afternoon Kath!


6 KT January 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm

=( I love onions. Including the smell! I would be sad if I got a veggie sandwich and could get no onions on it.


7 Andy January 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm

When I was a kid, we’d eat onion sandwiches. We’d yank an onion out of the ground, take it in and mom would make us the sandwiches with butter on white bread. Stinky? For sure, but we loved them!


8 Christine January 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I agree…

Kath, if I ever visit your bakery I will BYOO — bring my own onions!

Oooohh brewery tour/tasting planned?


9 Eliz January 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I would be so sad if I couldn’t get onions too!

Maybe you could make pickled onions? They would be less stinky. :)


10 Christina January 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I totally agree with ya’ll…i love my onions on sandwiches!


11 Kevin January 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I agree. Red onions add so much! Yum…


12 Carrie H January 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I love onions too! I’d be sad if I couldn’t get them either. It wouldn’t be something that would stop me from going to a bakery for the bread, but I probably would skip the sammys and go elsewhere. I’m not trying to be rude — just saying! :) Have a fun time at the brewery!


13 Mary Frances January 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Vidalia onions are the best. Sweet, least smell. Keep them covered till ordered. Slice them in the basement with a separate slicer if you have to. People will feel deprived if they cannot get their onions. They are good for you. Go to for these ‘onion shaped’ containers that will keep them fresh and literally no smell in the frig. They also have others… so cute peppers, tomato, garlic, lemon/lime, etc. brightens things up and no question about what’s inside. Vidalia…please reconsider :)


14 Christin@purplebirdblog January 19, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Mmm, yes.. Vidalia onions are delectably sweet! Three cheers for onions!!!


15 Karen January 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Love vidalia onions, esp. from the farmer’s market in the summer! Glad my local bread bakeries (including Great Harvest) include onions on their sammies!


16 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles January 19, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Walla Walla Sweets! I’m sorry, but my sammies require onion, and I think they smell delish!


17 laura January 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

hahahah! people will feel DEPRIVED if they cannot get their onions! hahahah


18 Lori January 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Yes to Red Onions!!


19 Samantha January 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Me too! I find your decision quite tragic!


20 Christine January 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Or maybe instead of BYOO I’ll set up an onion stand right outside and people can buy onions from me for their sammies!


21 Kelly January 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Already makes me question what your customer service will be like when you are choosing sandwich toppings based on YOUR own likes and dislikes. Sometimes the customer’s happiness comes before your own. That’s business. Like it or not. I know from experience. (And onions contained in a bin – if fresh and raw – don’t “smell up” anything but the container.)


22 Jenn January 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Kelly, you don’t have to be rude. As a long time reader of KERF I know that Kath and Matt are very dedicated to providing a good service. Just looking at the quality of this blog and the content proves that. If they choose not to serve onions that doesn’t mean that they don’t value their customers’ opinions and aren’t committed to their customers. It just means they aren’t going to serve onions. Geesh.


23 Kelly January 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I actually wasn’t being rude at all. Onions are a pretty big sandwich request and I can see if they omitted something else, less common, then fine. But, omitting something based on your own likes and dislikes is not going to do well in a food-based business. As I said, I know this from way too many years of experience. It’s like opening an Italian restaurant and not serving marinara sauce because you don’t like tomatoes. If you’re going to do it, then do it with an open mind geared towards the ones helping support your business….i.e. customers.


24 Rebekah January 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I’ve never been to any sandwich shop where you couldn’t have onions on your sandwich! It’s like not offering bread or lettuce. And I’ve never noticed an overwhelming onion smell in any sandwich shop, even somewhere like Subway where they have their onion containers “open.” I think it would be a terrible decision if you didn’t offer them! :(


25 Johanna B January 19, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I love avocado on my sandwiches, too.


26 Stephanie @ Thorns Have Roses January 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I LOVE onions on a sandwich but you’re right..they are stinky!!


27 Laura January 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Love GH Jam!


28 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I’m sad about the onion! I eat onion on every sandwich I make and would be sad if it wasn’t an option at a deli. The sammies look great though!


29 Misty January 19, 2011 at 11:14 pm

But Great Harvest ISN’T a deli. It’s a bakery, which should smell sweet.


30 Flourchild January 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm

My Monique is starting her second day of training at GH Bread here in Idaho..SHe loved it!! Your sandwich looks great!!


31 Laura January 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Do you think you might keep some onions on hand at your store, and just cut them on an as-needed basis for customers who request onions on their sandwiches?


32 Amanda (Eating Up) January 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

You make me want to open my own sandwich shop!


33 Dorry January 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

All of your posts leave me craving a sandwich! That’s a good thing. :) I love the idea of cucs, lettuce and tomato on a sandwich…with hummus! Mmmm.


34 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) January 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm

You seriously make me want to work in a bakery! I already make my mum’s sandwiches for work everyday (i am such a good daughter – she’ll miss me when I leave home in a year :p) so I’m very well practices 😀 if you ever want an intern at your bakery (maybe my freaky british accent would attract customers!!?) you know who to call :p


35 Mary Frances January 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Are you moving across the pond?


36 stacey-healthylife January 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm

That town must love having the training center there and all the freebies.


37 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm

My eyes always tear up whenever I cut onions!! If you chew gum, though, it helps 😀


38 Mary Frances January 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Breathe through your mouth only and keep hands away from face-makes a huge difference-try it.


39 Heather (heathers dish) January 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I adore the tye dyed shirt! and I’m down with great harvest sandwiches for all :$


40 Trish @I_am_Succeeding January 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm

We need a shop like that here in Maine for sure…looks good and healthy!


41 Nadine January 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Another vote for onions! I like them on my sammies, and I’d be disappointed if you didn’t offer them. Of course, I live in Pennsylvania, so I don’t think I’ll make it to your store……… Just my 2 cents!


42 foodandfarm January 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm

love love love that y’all aren’t gonna have onions at your gh!


43 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Sandwich making looks like so much fun! I just discovered that there is a GH right by house in Oregon! Too bad I’m all the way in Cleveland, OH for school right now, where the closest GH is 19 miles away :(


44 Alicia @culinarybliss January 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

you’re making me miss being in a kitchen sooo much!
and slicing red onions is the worst job ever (I’ve done it more times than I care to recount) but I’d be so sad if I couldn’t have them on my sandwich!
One way around the stink is to have people slice them the night before. You can also put the sliced onions in a little vinegar and that really takes the heat off!


45 Inanna January 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Oh please…please…please…I eat onions on everything and I can’t even comprehend thinking onions as smelly…an onion and tomato sandwich is beyond good!!! Not to mention their incredible health benefits!!!


46 Amanda January 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I have been dreaming about Great Harvest bread + avocado throughout this entire post. YUM! I love the 9 grain so much.


47 Karen January 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm

The Great Harvest that has been in my neighborhood for many years (I believe one of the very first in the chain) offers onions on its sandwiches and I’m glad they do. That said, we are lucky to have several locally based ‘mom and pop’ bread bakeries that are not franchises and I tend to favor them. I do purchase Great Harvest bread periodically, but I’ve always wondered why it’s relatively high in sodium – seems excessive for one serving of bread.


48 Sarah January 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Congrats on finishing your training! Good luck getting to Missoula in time for some Moose Drool and I wish you a safe, calm flight or two tomorrow.


49 Lori January 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Silly idea on the no onions. To each their own, and just because you don’t like them (neither do I), doesn’t mean others don’t! Why would you not offer onions on sandwiches? re-think that one


50 Ally January 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Ditto, please reconsider. I think a lot of customers would not buy sandwiches if they couldn’t get onions on them. I adore the panera meditteranean veggie sandwich and don’t think I would want it with no onions for instance. I like the suggestion of having them around just in case…I bet you could get a small quanity already pre-sliced. I didn’t like onions (raw) when I was a kid but alwyas liked things made with them cooked – now I can’t imagine not eating them they are in so many recipes I make!


51 Caroline January 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Okay, a) I love your life. b) I want one of those sandwiches. c) You have the most BEAUTIFUL skin–how do you do it?! Especially on the road, I’m very impressed.

Hope that doesn’t creep you out. Also hope that knowing your blog has become a daily (hourly) ritual of mine doesn’t creep you out either. You are wonderful!!


52 cathyb.@brightbakes January 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm

wow…looks amazing…can’t wait to see what KERF specialties you come up with for your bakery!
cathy b.


53 Katherine January 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I’m with you on the onions. Besides, it’s a bakery not a deli so as you said, sandwiches are a small part of the business!


54 Sophie January 19, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I don’t know Katherine… we have two Great Harvest locations in the Jackson, MS metro area and the one that serves sandwiches says that sandwiches/lunch crowd create over 50% of their business so it may make a difference. I’ve gotten sandwiches there many times and I never smelled onions and I have a pretty good sniffer. Who knows if it’ll make a difference with your location Kath, but I personally love them and would miss them on my sandwich!


55 Katherine January 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Interesting. I’ve never been to one – hope to remedy that soon – so I was just going by what Kath said. I suppose in the end it’s Kath and Matt’s decision!


56 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I SO wish my local GH made sandwiches!


57 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Sounds like a fun hard working day. Ya know, to avoid fresh onions, there may be relishes with onion you could put on the sandwiches. I am not one to really be into onions on sandwiches anyway, but I do love lettuce, tomato and cucumber!


58 Natalia - a side of simple January 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Great Harvest looks like it’s just beaming with energy! It’s so alive there! Must be all the yeast… :)


59 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm

1. Orange is defintiely “your” color.
2. Do you think you could ever get sick of sandwiches? Just curious… there are so many possibilities! :)


60 Kath January 19, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I’ve been told that before – strange that it is orange! Thanks!


61 Christine (The Raw Project) January 19, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Looks like a blast, I would love to spend a day making sandwiches. Great pics and the onions would get to me too. But, I admit, I do like them in sandwiches and salads. :-)


62 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm

i may visit the GH near us soon – and get one of those PB and J sandwiches!!!


63 Meg January 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I would be bummed if I couldn’t get onions on my veggie sandwich. That’s what makes it complete! I think you guys should reconsider…for this customer, it would keep me from coming to your store for my sandwiches!


64 Sana January 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Not only do onion make me cry, but the burning I can’t deal with!


65 Hannah January 19, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Hmm, is Matt going to become known as the Great Harvest Snazzy Hat Wearing Owner? 😀


66 Christin@purplebirdblog January 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I do love that hat of his!! 😀


67 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Woohoo! Go you on your sandwich making! Looks like you had fun!


68 Nicole January 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Hmmmm…I have to say, I would be sad if I couldn’t get onions on my sandwich! And “stinky” really is relative, isn’t it? My family loves when we get salads or sandwiches and we can smell the onion in them…yummy. I’m not so sure everyone would think it smelled bad!


69 Heather January 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Oh, Kath. I adore you and the blog, but you gotta work through this onion thing. Onions are the foundation of good flavor in so many meals (not the least of which are sandwiches). There are certainly ways to stock onion without permeating the smell of the bakery. I honestly never smell onions in delis or bakeries where they’re offered for sandwiches. So let me just pile on and encourage you to rethink your onion embargo.


70 ES January 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Yeah I have to agree. I love your blog, but you’re borderline immature about onions. You can phrase it however you like, but just because you don’t like onions is no reason not to serve them at a SANDWICH SHOP. C’mon Kath! You’re smarter than that!

Really not trying to be mean, but I think you need a talkin’ to about this one!


71 Anna January 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm

It is a bakery not a sandwich shop. Also she said it wasn’t Because of her aversion but the smell overpowering the bakery. As someone who is very allergic to onion, I wouldn’t buy bread from somewhere that stunk of onions.


72 Tiffany January 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

True, it is a bakery. But as someone who has frequented many Great Harvest locations (as well as sandwich places), I can’t say that I’ve ever felt like the smell on onion overpowered the fresh bread! And this is coming from someone who actually HATES onions on her sandwiches =)

Ultimately, it IS their decision, but I can think of SO MANY people who love onions on sandwiches. I almost feel like i’m in the minority.


73 Tiffany January 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm

smell OF* onion.

Also forgot to add – since i’ve been to places where the smell ISN’T overwhelmingly oniony, there must be a way to mask it? Or seal it up?


74 Clare January 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Yes. Sorry, Kath but I don’t know how you can cook ANYTHING without onions. They are an integral part of so many wonderful recipes, good for you etc. No more onion bashing PLEASE (unless you’re allergic which is a different matter entirely). I’m always trying to get my children to try things that they think they don’t like and you know what? eventually they do and they figure out that they’re not so bad after all…


75 Sara January 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Gosh, I can’t believe you cook so much without onions! I find them to be SO important to food and flavor. I think that’s almost worse than cooking without garlic! Yes, they sting your eyes a bit when you’re cutting them, but smelly?? Have you ever had a vidalia onion? they’re all sweetness. Please tell me you at least eat caramelized onions… they taste nothing like a raw onion and if you don’t like these either, then I’m thinking you simply have an an onion prejudice and you need to reconsider.

I’d be sad to get a sammy without onions, too. But of course you can do whatever you want!


76 Natalie @ WIll Jog for Food January 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Those look YUMMY!

I guess that’s the good thing about wearing contacts…my eyes don’t get affected by onions, the lenses block all that stuff out.


77 Stacy January 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I gotta agree with Heather. One of the best parts of a sandwich is the crunch of the onion.

The PB&J looks great though – and definately no onions needed on that :)


78 Errign January 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I am at Big Sky right now!


79 Jessica January 19, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I think I hate onions almost as much as you do :(
I’ll use them sometimes though, but only after they’ve gone through the food processor and been sautéed done to almost nothing, haha.

I’ve had some luck with chewing a fresh piece of really minty gum while cutting onions. I actually keep some in our kitchen cupboards for just that. All I smell is the minty-ness and none of the onion.



80 Cara Craves... January 19, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Lots of heard work, but worth the sandwich treat at the end, I’m sure!


81 Krystina January 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I think you should at least have the OPTION of onions for customers. After all, the customer is more important than your aversion to onions/the smell. It’s a pretty standard sandwich topping.


82 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 19, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Oh, Kath! You’re breaking my heart! :( NO onions on your GH sandwiches?! Gufffff! Onions are in my top 10 favorite foods, LOL. I could literally eat an onion sandwich, and probably have to some extent. 😆


83 Missy January 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm

No onions on my sandwich….that just makes me really sad….:(


84 Jess (Sweet Potato) January 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I like onions, but I agree that I dont want to be smacked in the face with the smell when I walk into a deli. Good call on cutting out the onions!


85 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Love your bright shirt! Good call on the onions.


86 Alaina January 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I love onions. But definitely vidalia over red onions. :-)

Glad sandwich school went well!


87 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 19, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Love the tie dye shirt! and all the sammies!!!


88 Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

You’re a yoga makin machine!!! I’m sure the schools appareciated such a wonderful meal :)


89 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm

My mom gave me onion goggles because I have such sensitive eyes! They work well, but it’s a catch-22 because I wear glasses. Either I can’t see what I’m doing but my eyes don’t tear, or I can’t see what I’m doing because I’m not wearing them and my eyes are tearing!


90 Allison @ Happy Tales January 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm

That’s a very interesting point about onions! It makes sense to not have them in your bakery (and I’m even say that as a huge lover of onions…)

Funny that you snacked on the ends of the bread loaves… at races, I always ask Jeff if I can have an end piece… I don’t know what it is about that crust!! Mmmmm


91 Michelle January 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

What an exciting day! Your bread looks delicious, and I can’t wait to see more behind-the-scenes from the bakery. I LOVE Great Harvest Bread – I just wish there was one closer to me!


92 Larryh200 January 19, 2011 at 8:21 pm

The sandwich school session was amazing. I have often wondered how those sandwiches come together so quickly. However, I need onions for my lung disease according to my pulmonologist so I would for sure be skipping your store for sandwich items. I like Vidalias raw on my veggie burgers. Can’t get Walla Wallas down on the Border. We tend to eat onions every day – usually sauteed with Garlic Gold and my spouse demands red onions for salads. I like the white onions when the sweet onions are not around. However, I will settle for a good yellow onion. Here in the Mesilla Valley we raise hundreds of acres of onions and supply the national market for portions of the year. Onions rock and they are not hard on your tummy, I am 66 and never have an onion problem. You need an onion Yoga class!


93 Mama Pea January 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I love that you’ve banned onions. Can you get a liquor license while you are at it and sell some home brew and Manhattans?


94 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles January 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm

LOL, I think this onion debate is hilarious. Get some onion goggles ( or have Matt cut em for ya :) My turkey sammies must have onion.


95 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

This brings me back to working at Brueggers…ahhh memories!


96 Ilana January 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I have a few GH loaves stored in my freezer for special occasions and all your GH posts made me compulsively need to take one out and defrost. Dakota..mmmmmmmmmm!


97 Allison @ Can't Wait for Breakfast January 19, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I can’t wait to go to your store when it opens! (Just have to convince my boyfriend to drive me down from NYC!)


98 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy January 19, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Ugh, I hate onions, so I agree with you decision to leave them off your sandwiches! Don’t let the onion lovers get to you! 😛

And I ADORE raspberry jam – yum!


99 Amanda January 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I know you said it was because of the onion smell and not your personal dislike for the taste, but I don’t really understand. Most places that sell sandwiches have onion as an ingredient, and I can’t think of one shop that smells like them!


100 Mollie January 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Someone once told me: “You can’t be everything, to everybody.” Thought about that as I was reading thru some of these comments. Gotta follow your heart! (or in this case your nose) :)


101 Kori January 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Exactly! For crying out loud people, they are freakin’ onions. You’ll live if you don’t get your onion on a sandwich. Geez!!


102 Nancy January 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Yeah, I could live without onions on my sandwich but why should I have to? My money, my choice. I might buy my bread there but I would go elsewhere for my sandwich. Love the onion on a sandwich. I think it’s a big mistake to not offer them. Maybe explore types of onions. Not all are super smelly. And is it possible Kath that you are a bit over sensative to the smell since you have a personal aversion to them?


103 Ashley January 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm

You have the happiest HAPPY face I’ve ever seen. Just lovely!


104 Faith A January 19, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Kath, you are so right about the onion smell! I love the TASTE of onion but having worked in a sandwich shop – oh the smell can be gross. And linger forEVER. Yuck.
Sandwich school looks so fun, I wanted a sandwich all day!


105 val January 19, 2011 at 9:04 pm

i HATE cutting onions. but i LOVE LOVE LOVE them on any and all sandwiches. i think you should still offer them… maybe just have the closer cut them at night and serve them the next day. they will keep fresh if you seal them properly and prep enough for the day before.

i’m from VA so i hope to visit your store one day, onions or not! :)


106 Christine January 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

no onions=big mistake!


107 kathleen January 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm

onions pun-ions. all of those delicious veggies, bread, condiments…i don’t think i would miss an onion.


108 Paige January 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I totally understand what you mean about the onion-y smell in sandwich shops. My boyfriend works at a local deli here in St. Louis and every day when he comes home I tell him to shower immediately because everything about him just REEKS of onion. Bakeries should smell like the bread in them – it’s part of the charm and appeal! I have faith that you guys will have other sandwich embellishments that will satisfy the die-hard onion lovers. :)


109 Maria @ The Fitted Apron January 19, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Ahhh, the bakery looks like so much fun. Can I work for you?


110 Marci January 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I think your sandwiches have looked great! And I respect and understand the no onions. The breads always look to die for. Have a great trip back east.


111 Kaci Higgins January 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I love your blog and independence Kath!!!! My twin sis and I have already planned to make a trip all the way from Oak Ridge, TN just to get some of that famous Great Harvest food, and, of course, meet you!! =) I won’t miss the onions at all. 😉


112 Kath January 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Did you know Matt’s aunt Donna owns the Hot Bagel Company in Oak Ridge!/


113 Kaci Higgins January 20, 2011 at 5:04 am

No we didn’t, but that’s so cool!! =)


114 Lara January 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm

The learning stuff sounds like fun… But I think if I went into a sandwich shop and they said that they didn’t have ANY onions (when every other small shop I’ve been into does) I probably wouldn’t go back. It just seems silly to me.


115 Kat @ Cupcake Kat January 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Yum, yum, yum once again I am so jelous of the yummy breads you get to eat


116 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I used to think onions were absolutely essential for a good sandwich, but now I rarely put them on. It’s so true that they spread their smell everywhere! 😛


117 Camille January 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Haha, I truly don’t understand your onion aversion, but hey, each to their own! :)


118 Rose January 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Kudos! Great job today, guys!


119 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 19, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Looks like a fun and busy day!

Oh, and your eyes are gorgeous in the first picture! 😀


120 Kath January 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm



121 Tammy January 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I’m with all the onion fans… a sandwich is not a sandwich w/o them… but they are SUPER good for you and fight off the bad stuff in ya!
However, the jam looks awesome way better than “store bought”.


122 Olena January 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Just out of curiosity, are you allergic to onions or simply dislike them this much? I guess you are not a fan of the French onion soup :) As an avid onion lover, it makes me a little sad your customers will not have this option, as red onions are awesome in a sandwich, in my humble opinion. Best way not to feel anything when cutting onions: wear contact lenses. Though, admittedly, not a solution for people with perfect vision.


123 Kath January 19, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I have a super smelling nose and don’t wear or need contacts!


124 Eileen January 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I had no idea people feel so strongly about onions! I hate them raw, but like them cooked and use them in recipes all the time. My initial response was that you were right, but if this is a random sampling of the potential GH customer base, I think you should probably reconsider!


125 Nicole - yuppie yogini January 19, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Sad you’re no longer in CLT. I hate onions too & would relish an onion-free zone!!


126 Tracy @ Commit To Fit January 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I too, love onions, but I can totally understand how they might make your bakery smell less than appetizing :)


127 Kelly January 20, 2011 at 12:29 am

Nooooooo….whats with the tie-dye?!?!
Love the no onions though!


128 Susan January 20, 2011 at 7:51 am

I think the final decision on onions will come down to your customers. It’s a business you are going to be running, and if the paying customer want onions for their sandwiches, well then ……..


129 lauren January 20, 2011 at 8:48 am

This looks like so much fun! I could seriously eat a veggie sandwich for lunch every day and never get tired of it! Would love to be on your journey of opening a shop! GOOD LUCK!! :)


130 Kristen January 20, 2011 at 9:55 am

Hey Kath!

I read that if you put a piece of bread in your mouth and let it hang out while you slice onions, it doesnt bother you? Who knows, but yall have plenty of bread around to try!


131 Cyclist Kate January 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

I find that chilled onions don’t give off any smell and don’t make me cry. I’m not going to get involved in the great onion debate, but if you’re ever forced to cut onions, put them in the fridge first!


132 Amber K January 20, 2011 at 10:24 am

very true!


133 Amber K January 20, 2011 at 10:23 am

It’s not a sandwich until somebody adds the onions 😉


134 amy January 20, 2011 at 11:01 am

those sandwiches look awesome! beautiful pics!!


135 Abby January 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I worked at a coffee shop and we made sandwiches. When I had to slice the onions I would cry like a baby. It was such an awful smell and task–and I like onions! I think that it’s fine you’re not putting them on your sammies. People are coming for the bread anyway!


136 Alaina January 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Man oh man, these comments are intense!

While it’s nice to get feedback from people, ultimately this is a decision to be made between you and Matt because, you know, you kind of own the place and invested money and time into it. If people aren’t coming to your GH just because there aren’t onions then I think that’s a little ridiculous, but don’t worry about them. You’ll have plenty of people who appreciate the hard work you guys do now and will continue to do.

Honestly, I could eat an onion like an apple (I know, super weird) but knowing I wouldn’t have onions on my sandwich wouldn’t make me stop going to a place. Variety is the spice of life, right? Every sandwich doesn’t need onions.


137 Bec January 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I feel that in the end people probably wouldn’t care to much about not having onions for sandwiches if it’s simply not a choice. It’s not like you will have a giant we hate onions sign at the entrance. I know subway has gotten rid of some toppings I loved but I still go there. As you said great harvest has great sandwiches because of the bread and I have never heard of anyone loving any sort of food place bc they had great onions! Hope you have a safe day of traveling :)


138 shan January 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

just chiming in with the others re the onions :) as a vegetarian, i find onions to be an integral part of my food experiences and are so important to me on sandwiches! i would personally not buy a sandwich if onions were not available. it’s your bakery and if you choose not to have onions that’s totally fine! i just thought it was worth noting that some people may opt out for those same reasons and it might be worthwhile to explore customer preference in your area and possibly adjust for the sake of your business.


139 Darien January 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

onions might not have a strong smell in a sandwhich shop, but i dont want to sniff them in a bakery! i like them a lot, but i think its the texture that makes them so desireable on sandwhiches. are you going to sub anything in for them that vaguely shares a texture, like maybe leeks or mild crunchy apples?


140 Mama Pea January 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I am sorry, Kath, I know it isn’t funny, but I’ve taken so much crap the last few days that I am laughing so hard I am crying that people are so worked up over onions. The tears are streaming down my face.


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