Community & Events

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 who are struggling.

All week long, if you mention FoodNet, we’ll donate 20% of your purchase to FoodNet.  In addition, you can bring non-perishable goods to the bakery and we will deliver to FoodNet.  Julie Lafleur, Executive Director, and members of the Board will be helping

our crew on Wednesday and handing out info on how we can help FoodNet in the future!

Spread the word so that we can all make a difference.

 

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 for the King Cakes arriving for our annual neighborhood party — sharing the tradition with our Rocky Mountain friends.

Now, making memories for others as we create King Cakes in our bakery!  This simple bread brings folks together to foster community, to continue the ritual of celebration before the silence of Lent takes hold.

We want to go one step further to foster community.

Pecan King Cake

Pecan King Cake $28

SHARE THE SEASON…for every Pecan King Cake that is purchased at our bakery in January, we are going to donate a second King Cake to non-profits and charities around Acadiana.  We want to SHARE THE SEASON…foster community…celebrate with Acadiana.

Help us SHARE THE SEASON in 2016.  The Mardi Gras season is short this year so don’t delay!  I look forward to seeing you in the bakery.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Michelle Lafleur MacFadyen

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 look forward to the seasonal changes of our local produce like strawberries, figs, and zucchini.  Our customers start asking for Ponchatoula Poundcake in spring and Fig Bars in the summer.

“When Great Harvest opens Oct. 21, it will become the only bakery in Lafayette to mill its grain on site.”  Yep, you bet, for 10 years, we’ve been making bread not only from-scratch, but turning those beautiful wheat berries (packed with nutrients) into whole-wheat flour every day so that our customers could have the healthiest and freshest bread in town.

“The free slices are not an opening-day promotion…but rather a consistent reminder of Great Harvest’s commitment to customer satisfaction.”   That’s right, for 10 years, we’ve welcomed every customer with a free slice.  If you’re lucky, Mr. Manny will be the guy giving it to you.

We want to sincerely thank all of you for being loyal customers!  Our family-owned bakery is only possible because our customers pick up their weekly sandwich bread, our customers order lunch for the office and our customers choose us to bake their homemade gifts year-round. We are extremely grateful!newspaper mission statement

More on our anniversary celebration, here.

Our mission statement:
Great Harvest Mission Statement

Last but not least is Give Generously.  We are dedicated to improving the quality of life in our region and bringing community together in the process.  We do that in the bakery by nurturing community like providing a place for moms to drink coffee while their children read at our Kid’s Corner.  We do that in the community by donating our fresh made-from-scratch product to various auctions, running events and more.

Our year around community fundraiser called Community Counts highlights 36 different non-profit groups throughout the year.  Three groups compete each month for the top monetary gift.  All groups win.  By showcasing these non-profits, our community learns about these groups and their valuable work.