We've all done it. For years. We've all gone into Great Harvest Bread for giant slice of their warm bread, drizzled with honey and butter. You know it was delicious. But, did you know that Great Harvest Bread in Layton does in house tours? (Huzzah to Angie for the tip!) We didn't either! Until just recently. I was sitting in the parking lot one night and thought I'll just give Great Harvest Bread a call. They answered...it was at 8 pm, I was kind of surprised, because don't bakers start and the first morning light? I was all flustered and not prepared, because I was planning on leaving a message. In the end, it all worked out. (I know you were worried.)
So here are a few tips about scheduling a tour:
Tours can be scheduled with Kathy or Burke (Owners.)
They like to schedule tours before the Lunch rush.
It's $20 for a group of ten kids.
It's worth every penny.
You start out on the main floor watching the Bread Makers in action. The owners, Kathy and Burke were the BEST hosts ever.
Burke, actually gave us the tour, he was so personal and very passionate about his bread. He has been with Great Harvest Bread for 22 years! He knows his stuff.
We headed upstairs to their loft (How cool is that? A loft above a bread store?) and each kid was given their own whole wheat bread dough. (Aiko's panda shirt is from Zulily.)
Everyone got busy making their own little shapes and decorating with raisins, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
Stephanie and I even made our own. After the 10 minute buzzer went off downstairs, we put up our hands and placed our dough on the pans.
The kids watched Burke carefully take their dough into the big ovens below.
While we waited for our whole wheat bread to cook, Stephanie read The Little Red Hen to everyone. We all learned how important it is to do our share.
Burke came back up the stairs (what, he's already gone up those stairs three times now?) to give the kids a little lesson about yeast, honey, salt and flour.
The kids gathered around (how pretty is their butcher block tables?) and listened. I don't know how he made it so interesting, but he did! We talked about where all the items come from, how much they have to order, how many loaves a bread they make (200 a day!) everything and anything with bread. At one point we were having a conversation about honey and one of the kids had a wheat tare in their hands. Little Riz did what any 4 year old boy would do, he tickled Burke on the face, over and over and over. I was kind of waiting for Burke to say something, but he never did, he didn't even miss a beat!
Burke drizzled some honey on a tray and let all the kids dip their fingers in it. It was a mess, but a good mess, a good sticky mess.
After mixing all the yeast, salt, flour, honey and warm water together in a container, we followed Burke down the stairs for a tour of the baking area.
We got to see where they store their wheat, see their ginormous mixing bowl and watch them pull out fresh loaves of bread. We even got to see their bread slicer in action! I was kind of supervised how there weren't any "incidences."
Finally, our bread was done! We headed back up stairs, found our creations and started munching! We also got to sample their Cinnamon Burst Bread and Honey Whole Wheat. Yum.
The kids loved every minute of it. Now that we know how much work and love goes into their bread, it makes it even more delicious! Our kids (the ones that can talk) said they gave it a 5 star rating.
Thanks for having us!
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