A Fresh Start
Great Harvest Bread has been baking authentic whole grain breads since the 1970′s, long before it was trendy. Founders, Pete & Laura Wakeman opened their first bakery in Great Falls, MT. Word spread fast about their uniquely flavorful bread made with pure-and-simple ingredients and wheat purchased from local farmers. It didn’t take long before neighbors asked about starting up their own Great Harvest. In 1978, the freedom franchise was born and the next bakery opened in Kalispell, Montana. Slowly and organically, Great Harvest began to grow into the nation’s first family of independently owned and operated whole grain bread bakeries. Authenticity, a spirit of camaraderie and individuality remain the foundation of the organization. We consider ourselves a Co-Op of bakeries, sharing recipes and techniques with each other. The Boise location opened in November, 1982 at its current location on Fairview Avenue near Curtis Street. It was one of the first handful of Great Harvest Bakeries in existence today. You will find that no two bakeries are alike, all dependent upon the local market and the owners.
In 2007, Zach & Mallari purchased the original Boise Great Harvest Bread location on Fairview near Curtis street that opened in 1982. We have experienced a lot of growth in the area since then, including an additional location in Meridian (sold to new owners in 2008 & again in 2016) and several remodels! We really enjoy living in the Treasure Valley, we love our business, appreciate our customers and we hope it shows when you walk in the doors and take in the sights, sounds and smells of a “from scratch” bakery. We strive to provide quality bread, sandwiches and baked goods to our friends and customers using the freshest and local when possible ingredients.
Zach was born in Idaho Falls but also grew up both in Utah and Wyoming. He has a BS degree in Sales from Weber State University and has been involved with Great Harvest Bread since 1998. Mallari was also raised in Wyoming and Utah where we met and married in 2006. She is an avid runner, loves crossfit and is an amazing mother of 3. We chose Boise because of the quality lifestyle it offers us and our family. In our spare time, we enjoy getting out to explore the outdoors including skiing, running, hiking, watersports & backcountry. With a hoppin small business and a young family, we keep busy! but we love it. Please feel free to introduce yourself to us down at the Bakery!