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Great Harvest is a community of people who love whole grains, fresh bread and owning our own businesses in our towns across the U.S.


Business Tips from the Sports World: Create Interest & Bold Changes

Posted by Mike Ferretti, CEO

July 21, 2014 at 5:40 AM

Things just got interesting for a boring part of the sports year. 


Has the NBA offseason become as interesting as some months in the regular season? Yes, as the saga of LeBron going home proves. I enjoy the NBA more than any other spectator sport and don’t like the Heat so this is all good for me. But the point isn’t who plays for what team.


Topics: Great Harvest CEO, business ownership

Campfire Cooking: Tips to Re-Create Montana’s Outdoor Experience

Posted by Scott Molyneaux

July 17, 2014 at 5:47 AM

Living in southwest Montana in the summer, I tend to view the work week (as important as it is) as the five (or four) days in between camping trips in the mountains. One of the big reasons that I moved to and can survive in the small town where Great Harvest is headquartered is because of the unrivaled opportunities for outdoor recreation that exist mere minutes from the office or my house.

Since moving here three years ago I have populated my “outdoor toy” repertoire to include an ATV to run around the endless backcountry trails, a NuCanoe to float the several amazing rivers that run right through our area, a fly rod, and this year I added a small camper to make weekend camping truly turn-key. Being able to be packed up and ready to roll to the mountains or a lake in under an hour with a fully-stocked camper is priceless.

Sure, camping is about the recreation, the beautiful scenery, the hiking, and of course a spectacular fire. But let’s face it – camping really is mostly about the food, especially if you’re a chef. Live fire cooking is one of the most primal experiences and there is nothing I like more than “cheffing it up” in the outdoors.


Topics: recipes, real food

Life Lessons: 25 Years in the Bread Business (& Loving It)

Posted by Bonnie Harry

July 14, 2014 at 6:00 AM

How do you stay engaged in your business, and (more importantly) engaged in life? I recently had the chance to learn about this very subject from Bill and Peggy Dial, long-time owners of the Albuquerque, New Mexico Great Harvest. The Dials recently sold their Great Harvest Bread store after 25 years in the business.



Topics: business ownership, Great Harvest bakery owner stories

Key Tips to Staying Healthy on a Vegetarian Diet: Spotlight on Iron

Posted by Melissa Seith, RD, LD

July 10, 2014 at 5:21 AM

Iron plays an important role in the body. This mineral is critical to the structure of the hemoglobin and myoglobin which are the oxygen-binding proteins found in your red blood cells and muscle cells, respectively. The iron-rich, oxygen-binding hemoglobin is able to deliver oxygen from your lungs to all the cells within your body to fuel their functions. Myoglobin’s role is to receive the oxygen from the hemoglobin and deliver it to the cells throughout the muscle. 

Iron Helps Carry Oxygen Throughout Your Body

Iron plays also plays a role in energy metabolism, growth, DNA synthesis, enzymatic reactions, neurotransmitter synthesis, and protein synthesis. 


Topics: nutrition, real food

How to Live a Farm to Table Lifestyle Without a Farm

Posted by Mike Ferretti, CEO

July 7, 2014 at 6:05 AM

And I am going to subtitle this “without telling you to shop in Whole Foods even once.” I will also not tell you to buy only organic food. Curious?

farm to table

Let me start with the premise. I want to know where my food comes from. I want to eat a healthy diet in line with one I’ve outlined in previous posts (here and here). And I want to not go broke. How do I do that?


Topics: healthy choices, real food, local

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