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In a perfect world I would be able to subsist entirely on a diet of cheeseburgers, tacos, and donuts every day of my life. Unfortunately, this would be in direct opposition with my plans to, you know, continue living past 45 years old. With that in mind, I try to remain fairly health conscious whenever possible. Old Mill Bakery has been a staple in our home for some time now due to their ability to provide exceptional whole-grain breads and rolls. Sure, you expect to pay more for a loaf of stone-ground honey whole wheat from Old Mill than you would for a bag of Wonder Bread from Wal-Mart, but the quality and nutritional benefits in the former always outweigh the price of the latter. I am fond of Old Mill bread for its density, earthy-whole grain flavor, and soft, chewy texture. The whole grain breads come in a variety of tantalizing flavors including raisin, cinnamon and walnut, sesame and sunflower seed, or cranberry with orange zest. If you are not in the mood for a hearty whole grain bread, Old Mill is churning out a large variety of savory and sweet breads to fit any palette. Many breads are on a rotating list of daily specials. I won’t bore you with a lengthy discussion of each, but one you will not want to miss is the tomato, Italian herb, and mozzarella cheese available on Thursdays. It’s a purchase that will likely last less than two days in your breadbox, I promise.

Somehow, I had never made it to Old Mill for breakfast until recently. But after hearing they made honorable breakfast sandwiches and other tasty breakfast morsels, I could not resist the call o’ the carbohydrate for long. As I walked through their doors soon shortly after opening, I was immediately greeted by the wafting aroma of freshly baked bread. A couple young bakers stood in full view, kneading and cutting dough for the days loaves, and a worker behind the counter toted large trays carrying many of the day’s goods for the display case. There are few better ways to begin a morning.