Community Counts with National Food Day

We have celebrated National Food Day every year since the holiday was founded in 2011.  Every October, cities around the US join to celebrate local artisans who make handcrafted delicacies using local ingredients.  It’s not always easy to do that with bread in South Louisiana! What we try to do is bake with local fruits and vegetables when they are in season like strawberries, figs, blueberries and zucchini.

This year, we highlight our Seasonal Grain Bowl which is topped with local satsumas.  But we also want to highlight a non-profit that is working to get food into the hands of those … Continue reading »

The Number 12

These days we are a little sentimental about this number. 12 years ago, we launched into a life of grinding grain, baking bread and serving-up scrumptious sweets. Weeks before opening this new chapter in our lives, my siblings and cousins were helping us unload panels of sheet metal, lumber and supplies to finish construction of the bakery. We insisted that they leave; it was time for them to go back to their own homes and board up windows for the threat of the storm. 12 years ago, Katrina and Rita blasted through Louisiana skirting both sides of Lafayette.

Within days, the … Continue reading »

Who We Are

I get goose-bumps when I watch this because it’s such a great way to understand who we are and what we do!  I wanted to write a blog about this but really…I should just shut up and let you watch.  It says it all.  (The only thing that’s missing is a big picture of MANNY at the breadboard!)  Enjoy and share with friends if you like what you see!

 

Whole Grain Goodness

Last year, research suggested you may live a longer, healthier life by adding 28 grams of whole grains to your daily diet. The research was based on data spanning 25 years and over 100,000 people. This is great news for all of us who are trying to lead healthy lives!

There are actually even more recent studies that correlate the results of several different studies together to look at trends of data. One of the articles, published in the journal Circulation, analyzed fourteen studies, which included 786,076 total participants. Another study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), reviewed 45 prospective studies, … Continue reading »

You Give Twice With Fair Trade Gifts

Have you ever purchased or received a bread basket gift from our shop?  There is always a tag attached…not the price!… a little tag that says “Handmade with a story.”  Recently, I was blessed to be able to spend 3 days learning more about those stories.

The seeds were planted for me back in the 90’s.  After leaving the professional world, I longed to be able to have a sense of purpose outside of the home while raising our children.  I came across the National Green Pages.  This magazine opened my eyes to how we can vote with our … Continue reading »

Eating VB6

I have a few of Mark Bittman’s cookbooks. I’ve never been interested in “diet” books.  But when I saw Bittman’s take on a diet book, VB6, I was intrigued.  What caught my eye was the picture of him on the back panel; compared to his previous books, he looked like he had lost 50 pounds!

For the last couple of years, I’ve watched my weight move up a slow incline and I was looking for something to change the
trend.  As I was heading “over the hill”, I was hoping my weight would too so that it could start a steady descent! … Continue reading »

Great Harvest is a Family Affair

When our bakery opened my kids’ ages ranged from 0 to 6 years old.  We made sure that they weren’t forced to be there hours upon hours hoping that they would not be sick of the bakery by the time they were teenagers!

Through the years, I’ve had to combat “mother’s guilt” of working in the store instead of spending more time with my kids. I’ve learned that having the children with us in the store means I get the best of both worlds!  Now, Stewart takes a kneading shift at the bakery on weekends. When I’m helping customers, it’s so fun to turn around and … Continue reading »

What Does a King Cake Symbolize

That’s what a friend from Boston asked last week and I was at a loss for words!  A million thoughts flooded my brain but I couldn’t verbalize any of it.  “Do you have 5 minutes or 50 minutes?”

When I think about King Cakes, it’s just the tip of the iceberg as a symbol of Mardi Gras season in Acadiana!  The memories of Courir de Mardi Gras flood back from my childhood in Eunice — hiding from the masked revelers as they begged for a chicken or grabbed our arms to dance with us on Mr. Coonie Brown’s farm.

Then, the Colorado memories of anticipation … Continue reading »

Reflecting on the Last Decade

There are so many memories that flood my brain when I think of our 10 years in the bakery. Two days before we opened the bakery, The Times published a great 5 page article about our endeavor! I looked to see what we had to say back then and if things had changed…front cover

The 2005 article states, “Many of the bakery’s ingredients come from local growers and suppliers.”  Sure enough, for 10 years, we’ve used Bernard’s Acadiana Honey, a key ingredient in our bread.  We … Continue reading »

“Localize” Your Burger

 

Burgers…Coming up on the Fourth of July Weekend, it’s the subject at hand.  If you happened to be at the Farmer’s Market at the Horse Farm a couple weeks ago, we were celebrating Father’s Day with burgers made with local ingredients: Gonsoulin grass-fed beef, veggies from Helping Hands Farm and Inglewood Farm, Russell’s Cajun Barbecue Sauce, and last but not least: Great Harvest burger buns.  What an inspiration!

Making a meal (like burgers) using fresh local burger chartingredients enables creativity & ingenuity … Continue reading »