Inland Empire: Great Harvest – Giving Back

By K.P. Sander


Eastvale – Being a part of the community to promote healthy living is a passion for the folks at Great Harvest Bread Company.  They get up in the wee hours each morning to head to the shop, and start the process of making delicious, whole grain breads and tantalizing treats to help you start your day off right.

“We are here to offer the freshest, best tasting options for the residents of Eastvale,” says Great Harvest owner, Meredith Sumenek.

Great Harvest mills their grains daily in the bakery to create high protein, whole grain flour of the highest nutritional value – and their delicious breads stay fresh for seven to ten days, with no preservatives.  With high quality ingredients and a variety of fresh choices every day, you can feel good about serving your family delicious, wholesome breads.

And the quality doesn’t stop with fresh breads and treats.  Sumenek believes in giving back to the community that she lives and works in.  Great Harvest takes pride in supporting local high school athletics, PTA, as well as the Lions and Rotary clubs, and many other groups.  She also shops for many of the bakery’s ingredients locally, which supports nearby farms and businesses in and around Eastvale. Schools can even schedule bakery tours to help educate children on how healthy bread is made.   

If you haven’t stopped by to try one of their sandwiches yet, you are missing out on a great opportunity to grab a meal that’s quick, but happily lacking the poor health consequences of fast food. Their breads are moist and delicious, without the use of chemicals or dough conditioners.  They even offer gluten-free bread on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Great Harvest has a variety of interesting sandwich choices, all lovingly put together with quality ingredients and great customer service.

“I am so proud of our employees.  They are ethical and bend over backward to make everything consistently great for our customers,” says Sumenek.

As the weather cools down, Great Harvest will be adding delicious, healthy soups to the menu, and, of course, the holidays bring special treats for their customers. 

You can pre-order frighteningly good bread spiders and witches fingers for Halloween; and come Christmastime, bread shaped like teddy bears will be available to make your holiday meals a little tastier.

In addition, Great Harvest will soon be offering more outdoor seating, making the bakery an even friendlier place to stop and dine in.

So, don’t be a stranger.  Drop by local favorite Great Harvest Bread Company, and pick up some hot, fresh handcrafted bread, or enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with the folks that love being a part of the Eastvale Community.

Great Harvest Bread Co. is located at 14244 Schleisman Road, Suite 130, in the city of Eastvale.  They can be reached at (951) 427-5737, or visit  And follow them on Facebook at /EastvaleGreatHarvest.  Their hours are Mon. through Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sun. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.