Posted by Sara Goodwin Brown, Great Harvest Burlington, VT bakery owner and guest blogger
I remember the first loaf that I gave away. I was driving home from the bakery a few weeks after we opened and I saw a disheveled man by the side of the road with a sign that said he was hungry. I drove past before remembering that I had a loaf of whole wheat bread on the seat beside me, and I turned around, pulled over and handed it to him through the window. He was surprised, I was awkward, I was honked at by the car behind me, and I drove away. I remember the feeling that then bloomed inside me. I was young, new-to-town, and overwhelmed by our new business, but I was powerful because I had something to give.