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Alexandria Great Harvest Bread Co. Celebrating 25th Anniversary With Free Treats and Music Starting Thursday, August 30

Free pancakes and live music at neighborhood bakery with special prizes 

Local business owners Brad & Megan Hurst are marking the 25th anniversary of Great Harvest in Alexandria with warm baked goods and treats for new and old customers alike.

On Saturday, September 1, the bakery will offer free pancakes in addition to their regular slices for anyone visiting the bakery between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. In addition, there will be a local acoustic bluegrass band playing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m to celebrate the quarter century anniversary of the neighborhood bakery The celebration will last three days from Thursday August 30 through Saturday September 1.

Giveways and Baking Lessons

The celebration will last three days from Thursday August 30 through Saturday September 1. The bakery will be hosting regular giveaways for special prizes throughout the three days as well as the opportunity to learn about and practice kneading loaves to take home during one of the six classes offered.

How It Began

Megan and Brad Hurst, owners of the Great Harvest Bread Co. in Alexandria. (Photo courtesy of Yelp.)

Great Harvest originally opened in the Fairlington Centre in 1994. Brad and Megan are the fourth owners of this location. “We are excited to celebrate this milestone with the local community,” owner Megan Hurst reflects, “We have enjoyed making new friends over our season at the bakery and look forward to celebrating the legacy of serving great bread as a neighborhood bakery over these twenty five years.”

Great Harvest mills premium Montana wheat berries into whole-wheat flour multiple times per week to ensure freshness, flavor and maximum nutritional value. It’s the fresh-ground whole wheat flour that gives Great Harvest bread its rich taste, nutrients and heartiness. The bread also does not contain preservatives, additives or dough conditioners.

What to Expect Everyday

Daily bakery menu items include the signature Honey Whole Wheat crafted from only five simple ingredients: freshly ground whole wheat flour, honey, yeast, water, and salt; plus a variety of tasty loaves like Cinnamon Burst, Dakota Bread, Challah, Apple Scrapple and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip. Other menu items include cinnamon twists, cookies, muffins, and scones.

Originally founded in 1976 in Great Falls, Mont., Great Harvest has more than 200 bakeries located throughout the nation including Alaska and Hawaii. All bakeries are individually owned and operated, and no two are alike. Great Harvest is known for handcrafted breads made with freshly ground whole wheat purchased from family-owned farms. The neighborhood bakeries create an array of legendary fresh-baked breads and sweets, as well as specialty items during the holidays.

The Alexandria Great Harvest bakery located at 1711 Centre Plaza is open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit or find them on Facebook as “Great Harvest Bread of Alexandria.”



Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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