A Fresh Start

This Great Harvest Bread Co. in Charlottesville is a dream come true — our dream! Our passion for great tasting, nutritious bread, and our desire to run a community-based business, led us to Great Harvest. They have been making great bread for communities across the U.S. for over 30 years.

Our Great Harvest looks like no other Great Harvest out there. We operate under a “Freedom Franchise.” The “Freedom” part means that we get to run our business in a way that meets our community’s unique needs. The “Franchise” part gives us access to the recipes and processes that Great Harvest has continuously improved for over three decades. The result is breads and sweets that will knock your socks off!

We are committed to giving back to our community with a particular emphasis on feeding the hungry.  Rather than selling "day old bread," we give it for several food banks in our community.  In addition we budget for several donations of food or gift baskets for silent auctions for fundraising each month.  Our guidelines include a focus on helping the community at large rather than individuals, and we give first priority to programs that feed the hungry and provide for children.  If you have an event and would like to request a donation, please stop by the store for a donation request form . Our budget is typically allocated a full month in advance, so please submit your request as early as possible.

With over 30 years of experience in the food business in Western Pennsylvania, Michael and Aileen are excited to continue their passion of creating healthy foods in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Join us in the bakery cafe to share friendship, smiles, and a warm slice of heavenly bread!
  And share Smile with Charlottesville with our Cville Smiley Cookies!
Thanks for stopping by, we’re glad you came 
-Aileen & Michael Magnotto