Planting The Seed
20 01, 16 06:16 Filed in: News
by Paul Holje & George Kelley
In 2005, Paul Holje and George Kelley came up with the dream that became Dakota Harvest Bakers. The concept was to use the bounty of our Northland harvest to produce the highest quality baked goods. Gathering local flour, sugar, dairy, eggs, and honey, and sourcing directly from local farmers when able, our team of Dakota Harvest Bakers have created a true farm-to-table baking experience for our customers.
We are incredibly proud of what we have built at Dakota Harvest, and have been overwhelmed by the community’s response. It’s still thrilling to be out in public and overhear someone making plans to go to the bakery for lunch. The bakery. Not bad.
Dakota Harvest bakes the very finest artisan breads, hand-crafted pastries, made-from-scratch soups, and specialty sandwiches. We’ve assembled an amazing team of bakers and staff, many of whom have been with us for years. We have established a regional brand and reputation, and a passionate group of customers. Most restaurants don’t survive the first three years, let alone thrive for a decade. Again, we’re so terribly proud of the Dakota Harvest team.
But, we’ve done what we wanted to do, and it’s time to move on to our next adventure. We just adopted a daughter last year, and having a new 11-year-old in the house simply changes your priorities. The seasons of our life are changing, and it’s time for a change in leadership at Dakota Harvest, too.
We’re looking for someone who is going to embrace the Dakota Harvest dream and take it to the next level. Maybe that’s opening new stores across the area, maybe it’s franchising to a regional or national chain. Maybe it’s something completely new. And maybe it’s just continuing to run the best bakery in Grand Forks. We’re looking for the right people who truly understand what we intended with Dakota Harvest.
Meanwhile, nothing is going to change on North Third Street. We’re still there, still open, and still going to be doing what we do best. We’re going to keep on being Dakota Harvest Bakers until someone else comes along who shares our love of baking and hospitality; and is ready to move forward with Dakota Harvest Bakers’ next chapter.
Paul & George