ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Great Harvest Bakery in Rockford is celebrating its 17-year anniversary this month. Owners, Barb and Steve Kaiser, who’ve lived in Rockford for 27 years, bake up whole grain breads and specialty loaves and sweets featuring daily-milled whole grain flour and pure-and-simple ingredients with passion at their bakery located at 1668 North Alpine Rd at Highcrest Center.
In honor of the bakery’s milestone, Barb and Steve are hosting a Customer Appreciation Week with daily promotions and events beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10 through Saturday, Sept. 14. These include:
-Tuesday, Sept 10 - triple punches on frequent buyer bread card
-Wednesday, Sept 11 – specialty loaf White Chocolate Cherry bread, a local favorite will be offered
-Thursday, Sept 12 – “red envelope give away” on purchases over $20. Each envelope will have a prize including free frequent buyer bread card punches, free loaves of bread, free cookies and sandwiches, and even free bread for a year.
-Friday, Sept 13 – Balloons for children and free cookies and samples of soups, jams, dipping oils and more for everyone
-Saturday, Sept 14 - triple punches on frequent buyer bread card
“We are ecstatic that we can be a part of this community and continue to bake the best bread in town,” said Steve. “We’re excited to put on this weeklong appreciation celebration for our customers.”
The Rockford Great Harvest bakery offers a wide range of freshly-baked, whole grain breads such as Honey Whole Wheat, High Five Fiber, Dakota Whole Wheat, and specialty loaves including Cinnamon Swirl, Cheddar Garlic, Apple Crumble, and Roasted Garlic 3 Cheese. Among these whole grain and specialty breads are popular customer favorites Cranberry Orange, Oregon Herb, and Cinnamon Raisin Walnut.
The bakery offers a full lunch menu of made-to-order signature sandwiches on their freshly-baked, hand-sliced bread.
Great Harvest is also known for made-from-scratch sweets including giant cookies, muffins, scones, brownies, Fruit Bars, Orange Rolls, Cookie Bars, and one-of-a-kind cinnamon rolls. Other items for sale include gourmet jams and honey and a large assortment of Frontier soup mixes, dipping oils and sauces.
Made-from-scratch mixes include Cranberry Almond Oatmeal, Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Nine Grain Cereal and Whole Grain Pancake, which customers can use at home to recreate Great Harvest favorites. They also offer three kinds of made-from-scratch granola.
The bakery enjoys donating extra bread and sweets to the Rock River Valley Food Pantry and partnering with community charities, organizations, and schools through donations. Each customer visiting the bakery always receives a free slice of bread.
“As local business owners, we embrace opportunities to give back to the community,” said Barb. “The bakery has become our second home and we love sharing our passion for health and phenomenal food with our customers. It’s important to us that we have an open-door policy where we welcome everyone and foster an environment of hospitality, fun, and generosity for the community to enjoy. We’re so grateful to be Rockford’s neighborhood bakery and look forward to many more years of baking for the community.”
The Rockford Great Harvest Bakery is located at 1668 North Alpine Rd at Highcrest Centre. Bakery hours are Tuesday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.rockfordgreatharvest.com or the bakery’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GreatHarvestBreadCoRockfordIl.