Great Harvest is getting crusty

Tim and MariAnn Heeren, owners of Great Harvest Bread Company

For the most part, cooks can get by with the ingredients sold in Wichita stores, especially since the arrival of the “Gucci Dillons” at Central and Rock.

But there’s one exception.

Wichita is severely lacking in crusty bread department. None of the grocery stores carry anything resembling a nice, crusty loaf. Panera will do in a pinch, but the good stuff tends to go early.

Great Harvest Bread Company, which recently completed its move from 6509 E. Central to a bigger space at 535 N. Woodlawn, has just added a new selection of crusty breads, owner Tim Heeren told me this morning.

He now offers several varieties of sourdough loaves, including asiago and Kalamata olive flavored, as well as crusty French baguettes and ciabatta bread.

I haven’t tried the new bread, but I can vouch for Great Harvest’s fabulous braided challah bread, which it sells each Friday. Slice it, toast it, slather it with butter and honey, thank me later.

Great Harvest’s new breads are available from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. They’re open on Mondays, too, but they spend that day making the “starter” that fuels the bread.