A Community-Focused Artisan Bread Family

A community is built on its people. On the shoulders of the men and women who take an active role in making where they live, —and the people they live with—better.

A community is built on bread. No, you read it right—bread. Or more specifically, the people who make the dough. I am talking about Jason and Kim Jacobs, the masterminds behind our very own Great Harvest locations right here in Henderson. Having purchased the business almost five years ago now, Jason and Kim are here with me today to shed some light on their top-secret methods. Every day they make their fresh bread in-house, from scratch!

“Nothing comes in frozen or partially baked from a central source. We mill our own wheat and mix raw ingredients every day.  It takes five to six hours to produce a batch of bread.”

And this isn’t any old wheat; the ciabatta champions of Great Harvest will settle for nothing but the best when making your bread. Using this select fresh-milled wheat allows Great Harvest to have deeper and more complex flavors, without using as many unnatural preservatives, chemical additions and unhealthy ingredients. Some of their recipes have hardly changed since the company was founded in 1976. They use simple, whole ingredients like water, salt, fresh yeast, fresh ground wheat and honey to craft some of the best bread I have ever eaten.

While I am impressed with the effort Great Harvest puts into their bread, I was a bit confused as to why they wake up so early each morning just to mill the wheat. Whatever the case, what the Jacobses said really changed my views!

“You see, when grain is milled, it starts to lose its nutritional value after 72 hours. This starts to happen because it oxidizes. This is why you buy ‘enriched’ flour because, by the time you get it, the nutritional value has dissipated, so they have to put back into the flour the vitamins and minerals that are lost. Great Harvest’s flour is put into your bread within 24 to 48 hours from the time it is milled—no artificial additives required!”

And there is no need to feel guilty after trying some of Great Harvest’s challah, sweet treats, pita perfections or muffin masterpieces because of the healthy whole wheat. The use of the whole wheat berry adds that good fiber in your diet. Also, a little known best-kept secret is that Great Harvest makes a mean sandwich from their fresh-made slices of bread. 

And while their bread is to die for, and indeed the main attraction, I am sure you are dying to know what I was talking about at the beginning of this article. Well, much like how bread is a staple of most peoples diets, Great Harvest is a staple of the community. Being a global company, Great Harvest locations nationwide have raised money for youth homes, breast cancer awareness and many other nonprofits. Our very own Great Harvest locations do more than their part. All year round, they donate gift baskets and prizes to charities and silent auctions. Great Harvest’s day-old bread gets donated to shelters, local missions and churches. A lot of food programs rely on Great Harvest for their consistency and quality of their donated food. And every summer they give thousands of certificates to the Henderson Libraries’ youth reading program to incentivize young scholars with a sweet chocolate chip cookie.

I would even go as far as to say that Great Harvest is the reason for my love of literature, and they are the reason I’m a writer today. So, if you want to be a part of this fantastic community, then take a trip to any of Great Harvest’s locations.

Horizon Ridge: 5924, 2520 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway #160 Henderson, 702.459.3663

Sunmark Plaza: 661 Marks St. Suite B, Henderson, 702.454.1262

So drive, walk or bike on down, and pick up your delicious, always fresh loaf of bread, sandwiches or sweet treats. You will definitely be happy you did.