Of Note
creamy soft scrub
May 2018

Recipe courtesy of Women’s Voices for the Earth (www.womensvoices.org) You will absolutely love this recipe to use on kitchen countertops, stoves, bathroom sinks, etc.   Keeps 2 years in a sealed glass jar. 2 C baking soda 5 or more drops essential oil, such as tea tree, rosemary of lavender ½ C liquid castile soap

May
2018
honey varieties in bottles
Mar 2018

Honey is a good-for-you (in moderation!) sweetener. But a lot of honey in the U.S. is cut with cheaper, less wholesome corn syrup. This is unethical. This is illegal. And it’s a lot more common than you’d think.

Mar
2018
Jun 2017

Milk and Molasses both are wonderful plant foods. But which to use — and when?

Jun
2017
Honey bees
Mar 2017

What is royal jelly?  It’s the food the nurse bees manufacture for the sole purpose of sustaining the queen bee.  It’s the superfood that keeps her healthy and allows her to live longer and be stronger.

Mar
2017
Feb 2017

Originally written the morning after we learned the new administration would ban entrants to the US from six countries, including legal permanent residents of the United States.

Feb
2017
Jan 2017

“The world’s most expensive dates” (that’s dates, as in *food* we’re talking about!) are jet black, sweet, and lower on the glycemic index than other dates.

Jan
2017
Sep 2016

RUNA’s mission is to improve livelihoods for indigenous farmers in the Amazon. “We believe people everywhere can benefit from the bounty of the rainforest without destroying it.”  

Sep
2016
Jul 2016

With all the turmoil in the world, all the violence, all the hatred, I was thinking about how to make the world a better place. I was thinking about things that are important to me, remembering Tip O’Neil…

Jul
2016
Apr 2016

The natural products industry occasionally honors one of its own for outstanding contributions to the industry — but more so, to the movement. This year, Debra was honored.

Apr
2016
lavender fields
Nov 2015

Smell can trigger memories, emotion, creativity, and can help heal. This science of smell and how it affects us is called “aromatherapy.”

Nov
2015
Oct 2015

I loved this when I read it in the Natural Foods Merchandiser back in 2003, and love it still today! It reminds me that we’re not as smart as we think we are… “Chimpanzees can tell the difference between organic and conventional fruits.” Zookeepers at the Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark, began putting both types of bananas

Oct
2015
Jun 2015

Flower growers have used blackstrap molasses to get stronger, longer lasting blossoms for ages. Molasses supplies trace minerals along with bio-available sugars that feed plants.  Milk, too, is a soil and plant food.

Jun
2015
May 2015

From a 2005 Debra’s Natural Gourmet newsletter. I still find it interesting, sez Debra! In Jack Challem’s book, Feed Your Genes Right, Mr. Challem says nutrition feeds our genes, which not only are found in every one of our 70 trillion cells, but which contain the basic biological instructions for everything from eye color to

May
2015
Apr 2015

Been told by your dentist that you need gum surgery because you have periodontal disease and have deep pockets in your gums? You might want to try something old-fashioned before making an appointment for surgery that will be painful, may or may not work, and is not covered by insurance.

Apr
2015
Mar 2015

Thanks to those of you who came to our olive oil tasting that snowy February evening! Did you know that real olive oil is simply the juice pressed from the fruit (the olives) of the olive tree? Pressing olives for their juice is the way olive oil has been made for thousands of years. Why

Mar
2015
Mar 2015

Our television cooking show, Eat Well Be Happy, is releasing four new shows in March. We are having fun! And we’re happy to announce that Eat Well Be Happy is now airing in Cambridge Sundays at 5:00 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. We need a resident sponsor for Watertown, Newton and Wellesley. If you

Mar
2015
Feb 2015

Crooked Row organic farmer, Elena Colman, has ordered some pretty strange, exotic-sounding seeds that many of us can’t wait to try. Of course we have the tried and true veggie seeds as well.

Feb
2015
Feb 2015

Staffer Jocelyn sent this email, “A customer who just bought castor oil waxed eloquent about your protocol for dry eyes. She said she’d tried everything for chronically dry eyes, and that finally out of desperation, she started dropping castor oil in her eyes both morning and just before bed.  Her doctors at Westford Family Eye

Feb
2015
Jan 2015

The tried-and-trues and strange, exotic-sounding seeds. I grew ground cherries last year and fell in love (they’re easy to grow, taste great; kids love ‘em!) Another thumbs up: a trailing nasturtium, which covered my fence, bloomed forever, made a fantastic garnish and were spicy and delicious too!

Jan
2015
Jan 2015

The mad rush is over and the holidays have come and gone. To get back on track, here’s a gentle detox, which is a modified fast. Start off every day with 2 tablespoons raw, organic apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice and a splash of liquid chlorophyll in water (with some raw honey if

Jan
2015
Dec 2014

We love that you are watching Eat Well Be Happy, our cooking show. If your public access TV station isn’t airing, ask them to because you pay for programming with your tax dollars. If you don’t have a TV and want to watch on line, go to: http://actontv.org/on-demand/public. The latest? Eat Well Be Happy is

Dec
2014
Nov 2014

We were thrilled to be awarded 2014 Retailer of the Year (Community Engagement) at Natural Product Expo East. A quarter century as your natural market, and now the 2014 Retailer of the Year (Community Engagement) in the US natural products industry. Thank you for walking through our doors.

Nov
2014
Oct 2014

Mark your calendar – Debra’s Natural Gourmet Turns 25! Birthday Party and Non-GMO FOOD FAIR, Saturday October 18. 10:00-2:00. We will have birthday cake and ice cream, of course, but also a ton of our favorite companies sampling food. Come have a great time and help us celebrate! We’re all grown up! And, as a

Oct
2014
Sep 2014

For those of you who have been asking, we have more Vitamix 7500’s on the way, and you, too, can reserve a black, white or red one at the extraordinary price of $479.  Call today so we put your name on your new whirlwind of a machine.  This is a great price, and Vitamix has

Sep
2014
Sep 2014

Are you watching our television cooking show on your public access TV station?  Let us know because soon we’re going to launch a chance to win something if you watch us on TV… You can watch on line too.  http://actontv.org/on-demand/public

Sep
2014
Aug 2014

Eden Foods Puts Their Money Where Their Mouth Is, and Now We Wish They’d Put Their Foot Where Their Mouth Is, But We Still Will Not Boycott Eden Foods In our industry, there’s a very, very short list of companies that have stood the test of time, managing to grow large and successful without compromising

Aug
2014
Aug 2014

Eat Well Be Happy, our great new cooking show on Public Access TV is airing happily in many towns.  Now in Concord (showing Monday at 5:00, Wednesday at 9:00, Thursday at 2:00 and Saturday at 4:00), Littleton (showing Tuesday at 12:30, Thursday at 5:30, Saturday and Sunday at 7:00), Lexington (showing Monday at 1:30, Wednesday

Aug
2014
Jul 2014

Did you know that flower growers have used molasses to feed the blooms for decades in order to get stronger and longer lasting blossoms?  Molasses supplies trace minerals along with bio-available sugars to feed the plant immediately.

Jul
2014
Jul 2014

This just in from the Boston Business Journal: Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Science got a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to run a five-year project to build RoboBees. Yep, fake bees to pollinate… Why?

Jul
2014
Jun 2014

Thank you to everyone who shopped the day before Mother’s Day, a benefit day for Vitamin Angels.  We were able to send Vitamin Angels a check that allowed them to reach an additional 5,000 children with the essential nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy. Vitamin Angels recently visited beneficiaries in Honduras and found

Jun
2014
Apr 2014

Rooibos Tea Rooibos tea is red tea from South Africa, and we’ve carried it since 2001. We love all our organic rooibos teas (we have bulk red tea and red tea in tea bags; we have some red tea in tea bags in combination with other plants and herbs too). One tea box says, “Since

Apr
2014
Apr 2014

We’ve got shows in the can. Local friend, Nancy Kaplan, has played the music for our theme song. My brother, David Stark, has done some fun graphics, and we’re shooting four more cooking shows at the beginning of May. Not long now until our cooking show will air. What’s the show called? Eat Well, Be

Apr
2014
Apr 2014

Many of you, our customers, are fabulous cooks. How do we know? Well, over the years, we’ve all exchanged recipes and cooking ideas and they’ve been great. So, to celebrate warmer weather, we’re holding a cooking contest!

Apr
2014
Mar 2014

We had a great run with Benbow’s Coffee Roasters out of Maine. And we’re still going to keep many of the old flavors in bags for you die-hard fans. But we’re switching to Dean’s for our bulk bins because: Dean’s supports Fair Trade and social justice like nobody’s business Dean himself gave an awesome speech

Mar
2014
Jan 2014

I found this simple recipe for koji (Japanese gruel) in my files at home and it reminded me that sometimes the simplest foods are what do a body good. That the old time remedies really work. They not only soothe, they make us well. Their very simplicity is in itself calming and healing.

Jan
2014
Dec 2013

Like you, I was sad to read that Dabbler’s, a store in West Concord, is going out of business. And I grieve that others in our surrounding communities may have to close too. I fear that newspapers as I know and love them, newsprint and all, are going away. My world, our community is changing,

Dec
2013
Dec 2013

We were so pleased to read our name on the Boston Globe’s Top 100 Women-Led Business list.We couldn’t have gotten there without each and every one of you! May 2014 be a happy and health New Year for you and yours.

Dec
2013
Dec 2013

IIn the spirit of the essay above, I managed to buttonhole these four bodyworkers in the store (and I know there are tons more excellent bodyworkers in the area, so accept my apology in advance!). The four below enthusiastically want to offer you, our customers (just mention Debra’s Natural Gourmet) 20% off an Introductory Session

Dec
2013
robot dog and japanese food
Oct 2013

Debra’s long op-ed on genetically modified foods ran first on the Concord Journal.

Oct
2013
Aug 2013

I loved this when I read it in the Natural Foods Merchandiser back in 2003, and love it still today! It reminds me that we’re not as smart as we think we are… “Chimpanzees can tell the difference between organic and conventional fruits.”

Aug
2013
Jul 2013

Wondering how to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food, worried about the new reports that show our gut flora are being affected by them? The short answer is, Buy organic. Buy products verified Non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project because you’re not a science experiment. We’re doing our best to make sure we only

Jul
2013
Jun 2013

EFFECTIVE JULY 1. Including the senior citizen discount (a.k.a. “Wisdom Discount.”) There’s good news, and bad news. More good news than bad news, for most of us. The good news first: We are lowering the pricing on the Debra’s Natural Gourmet brand protein powders by an average of 25%. This isn’t a sale, it’s a

Jun
2013
Jun 2013

Shortened oldie but goodie by Debra. Long version available in store What is nail fungus? Typically caused by microscopic organisms with the sweet name of “dermatophytes,” nail fungus manifests as discoloration and thickening of the nail, most commonly the toe nails. When you’ve got it, sandals are out because the nails are unsightly, and as

Jun
2013
Jun 2013

Thank you to everyone who shopped the day before Mother’s Day, a benefit day for Vitamin Angels. We were able to send Vitamin Angels a check that allowed them to reach an additional 5,000 children with the essential nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy. Vitamin Angels recently visited beneficiaries in Honduras and found

Jun
2013
Feb 2013

Most of you are familiar with my article on dry eyes and castor oil. (If you’re not, talk to me!) You know I’m a castor oil fan and always have a bottle on hand at home. But last month, Susan Feist, LMT of Concord Sports and Therapeutic Massage was in our store and spoke about

Feb
2013
Dec 2012

The Boston Business Journal’s Top 100 Women-Led Business list has our name on it again this year. We are so pleased, and we know we couldn’t have gotten there if it weren’t for each and every one of you who come through our doors. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We wish you

Dec
2012
Dec 2012

The labeling of genetically engineered food. California voters rejected Proposition 37 by 53.1% to 46.9%. Chemical and food company giants outspent proponents 10 to 1 during the campaign. Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Yogurt, Chairman of Just Label It called the spending spree an “an unequal contest between the single voter and corporate money.” Don’t despair, polls

Dec
2012
Dec 2012

Debra Stark (published originally in 2002!) Don’t you wonder why everyone doesn’t get sick when the cold and flu is going around? It boils down to how healthy your immune system is and whether it has the strength to stop those invading bad bugs. I rarely get a cold and ‘tis true (for the record!)

Dec
2012
GMO Corn Field
Oct 2012

What are GMOs? Genetic Modification (GM) is when genes from one specie of bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans, are forced into the DNA of another species.

Oct
2012
Sep 2012

We loved the way The Wool Pack in Acton introduced their Point of Sale System (POS) to their customers.  Here’s what they said, “The tables have turned, figuratively speaking.  For years, we have been recognized by our customers for our levels of understanding and patience…But now it’s your turn.  We implemented a new POS with bar codes

Sep
2012
Aug 2012

What kind of salmon are you eating?  Thomas May, a writer we’ve met at trade shows, wrote an article entitled, Farmed Salmon Found Higher in Pollutants, which says don’t eat salmon raised in ocean net pens because their diet of concentrated fishmeal pellets contains high levels of toxic chemicals which may pose a health threat

Aug
2012
cold coffee
May 2012

Cold-brewed coffee is a a treat even for the snobbiest of coffee snobs — and it’s EASY — and it’s low acid, so it’s easy on the digestion, too.

May
2012
1,4 dioxane
Oct 2008

It was especially upsetting to read the Organic Consumer Association’s (OCA) report on 1,4-dioxane on “natural” bodycare and household products.

Oct
2008
Inflatable turkey in our front window
Jan 2006

The day we finally bought our space and became masters of our own destiny, it occurred to me: we have 68 different kinds of lip balm. The day before, when everything was still up in the air, it occurred to me: this place feels like home. On that day, a customer came up to me

Jan
2006