Prepare to meet your baker!

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty LLC 200311024

Meet Jim and Robin Condie, the owners of the Clackamas Great Harvest Bread Company located in the Clackamas Promenade on Sunnyside Ave. This great family brought in the young women’s group of our church which my daughter is a part of.

Clackamas Great Harvest Bread Company

Their goal today was to teach the girls how to make bread and teach them about grains and what they can do for our bodies. Wow, I learned a lot while I was there and was amazed at what the Condies have to do each and every day to bring us this awesome tasting bread.

Clackamas Great Harvest Bread Company

Clackamas Great Harvest Bread Company

I was amazed to find out that an unbroken wheat berry will last forever. They have found 3000 year old wheat berries and planted them and they grew. (How cool is that?) But, there are 3 parts to the wheat berry that are similar to an egg. The shell is wheat bran, the inner part is white flower and then the center is the wheat germ. (Did not know that)

Clackamas Great Harvest Bread Company

So, the girls started out by rolling dough for rolls they were going to make themselves. Then once they were done, we got to see what actually went in to the process of making bread at the Clackamas Great Harvest Bread Company.

Clackamas Great Harvest Bread Company


Great Harvest Bread Company

Now, I thought the dough came in frozen each day, but much to my surprise, they actually mill the wheat right there in the store. Then from there they mix the different kinds of dough that makes all the breads they sell, roll them by hand and then cook them up in their giant oven.

Great Harvest Bread Company

They do this all before they open the doors, just so we can have fresh bread. Now, they repeat this throughout the day and wow, it takes some work! Not only by the people that work there, but by Mother Nature.

Great Harvest Bread Company milling machine

You see not only does Mother Nature supply the wheat, but her little bees supply the honey that is used in a lot of their recipes. Great Harvest Bread uses about 625 lbs of honey every week or two. (The average bee makes only ¼ a teaspoon in their lives. So, what that means is a half of a million bees where kind enough to make that home for this bread that tastes so good. (Thanks bees)

625 lbs of honey

honey whole wheat

So, come by the Great Harvest Bread Company in Clackamas and enjoy some fresh made bread daily as it will be some of the best bread you have ever had.

Comments (24)

Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

The best part is each of the girls got to bring a dozen rolls home. So, guess what we are having with dinner tonight.


Jan 18, 2012 04:23 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Great Harvest Bread has become an icon for successful franchises. The interaction between the different owners gives them a step up on any competition. I have looked at franchises in the past and stumbled upon Great Harvest through a client who was an owner... 

Jan 18, 2012 04:42 AM
Jack Tenold
Jack Tenold LLC - Spokane, WA
Specializing in Reverse Mortgages

Enjoyed reading your blog...great title by the way and good photography.  Fresh bread is one of life's great pleasures.  I'm sure everyone enjoyed the experience, the education and the food.  Now, do the boys get to do this too? 

Jan 18, 2012 05:07 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Todd outstanding title that caught my attention right off the bat!  Great pics and Localism.  You knocked this one out of the park my friend.

Jan 18, 2012 05:51 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Todd.  Oh thanks so much.  Now I have a craving for home made wheat bread.  Bread is one of my biggest weaknesses.  I haven't found a great diet yet where I can eat all the bread I want and still lose weight.  Darn!!!!! 

Jan 18, 2012 07:17 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Todd, wow!  What an education.  This is so unlike the home economics classes that we took (from nuns) when I was in high school!

Jan 18, 2012 07:53 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Todd, That is one of my greatest food weaknesses- a great piece of bread and quality butter. I guess if I could keep it to one piece and not several pieces I'd be in better shape. Nice to spotlight the good work of the local business.

Jan 18, 2012 08:22 AM
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Fantastic photos, Todd.  Looks like it was a fun learning event with quite a delicious ending!

Jan 18, 2012 09:02 AM
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

On my diet and exercise program I'm not supposed to eat bread either, but I told my trainer that sorry, can't give it up! Still at 60 lbs weight loss, so I guess I'm doing everything else right though.


Jan 18, 2012 09:02 AM
Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team
Ken's Home Team LLC. - Vancouver, WA

Todd that is a great Blog, it sounds like a great place to go for FRESH bread, Thank you for sharing

Jan 18, 2012 11:37 AM
Barbara Altieri
Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Todd -- Delicious post. Fresh warm bread with butter. What's better than that?

Jan 18, 2012 12:37 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Todd, great Localism post on the Great Harvest Bread Co. There's nothing better than bread right out of the oven, it pulls apart so easy and if the butter is there it's sinfully good

Jan 18, 2012 02:02 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Todd, this is very impressive and the photo story is so well done and provides almost a documentary in photos of the bread making process. Very well done!

Jan 18, 2012 02:59 PM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


What memories the smell of bread brings back. There is something magical abou the smell of fresh bread right out of the oven

Jan 18, 2012 09:31 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Todd, what an experience those girls must have had!     The smell of freshly baked bread is still my fav scent!

Jan 19, 2012 12:46 AM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

That is super cool that they teach the girls like that, plus Im sure the girls have a lot of fun. You have to love fresh bread!

Jan 19, 2012 02:35 AM
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Ha, I was going to comment something about the exercise and diet in my earlier comment, but I think it is worth it to treat yourself once in a while especially good bread, this way you can stay focused and motivated.

Jan 19, 2012 04:28 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


Great post. Love the topic but all of the photos really make it special. :)


Jan 19, 2012 06:16 AM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Now how fun was this day??? I bet it was awesome spending time with your daughter making memories that will last a lifetime...

Jan 19, 2012 11:12 AM
Marilyn Harrell
Better Homes and Acres - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Reminds me of the "How it's Made" tv show! Enjoyed learning a little about the wheat bread and bees. Have a great week.

Jan 22, 2012 02:11 PM