Since 1989, Debra’s Natural Gourmet has been bringing health, deliciousness, and a sense of mission to West Concord and the surrounding communities. In 2015, we were named Retailer of the Year (a.k.a. “The Best Health Food Store in the Country”) by Whole Foods Magazine.
Debra Stark — the “Debra” in “Debra’s Natural Gourmet” — was raised by a mother who used natural remedies, ground her own grains, and had organic produce shipped across the country. The author of three cookbooks, founder of Stark Sisters granola, and a community resource on cooking and nutrition, you can still walk right up to Debra in the store she built.
Today, Debra is joined by her son, Adam, who writes most of the Healthy Dose columns, and a team of almost 50 other geniuses and superstars. Store GM Jim Leahy has worked in health food stores for more than 40 years. Our Supplements and Bodycare departments have a combined 165 years of experience in natural medicine. Our kitchen wins awards. Farmers work in our produce department.
The first thing you’ll see is organic produce. Behind that, bulk beans & grains, herbs & spices. You’ll see a community table. Yes, we have spectacular takeout, high-end charcuterie, and enough vitamins to choke an elephant. But we want to start with the basics. And the basics are the fresh, clean, organically grown staples you need to make a home-cooked meal. And a place to sit.
For some customers, shopping at Debra’s Natural Gourmet supports a way of life they remember and treasure. For others, fighting an illness or concerned about wellness, organic produce represents a vital health resource. For everyone, it’s a joyful social event! The bounty everyday reminds us just how blessed we are. Like the general store on Main Street that once was the heart of a community, we see old friends trading news while picking up a head of broccoli, and new friends swapping recipes around bok choy or daikon. In season, the produce bins over-flow with local, organic and sustainably-grown vegetables of every kind. When the snow flies and the fields are cold and barren, we look forward to trucks that bring us organic produce from outside New England.
For a little store, we carry a lot. Delicious bulk, packaged, and fresh foods without additives and preservatives; deodorants without aluminum; shampoos without toxic ingredients; exotic and specialty foods you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll find everything from the tried and true, to Israeli seaweed seasonings and fabulous date candies from Egypt. While we hope you’ll take an interest in reading labels, at Debra’s Natural Gourmet, we’ve done your homework for you. If it doesn’t meet our high standards, you won’t find it here. Need a reason to try something new? Just read the signs throughout the store or ask any of us for our personal favorites. We’re always glad to help you understand how something works, explain why it’s better, or share an interesting tidbit of folklore.
Over the years, we’ve heard all the reasons not to adopt a healthy diet; customers concerned that healthy food won’t taste good, their families won’t like it, or that it’s harder to cook. At Debra’s Natural Gourmet we know it’s the word “healthy,” not the food, that’s the problem, so we stick to adjectives that are easier to digest— delicious descriptions such as luscious, crunchy, savory, and juicy. Whose mouth wouldn’t water at that! Walk into our store and aromas from our kitchen will readily convince you that good food can be good fun. Exotic, Eclectic, and gourmet, the soul-satisfying, body-nourishing food in our deli delights all the senses—great tasting, eye pleasing, and fragrant. Even luscious and decadent can be natural too: just try our chocolate mousse!
What natural supplements offer an alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy? How can I ward off a cold, or flu? Are there homeopathic ways to stop smoking? Minimize bone loss? Control my weight? Treat inflammation?
Bring us your natural health questions and together we’ll research the answer. Whether you choose a bottle of supplements, or have us help you shop for a given vitamin, herb, or mineral in the foods you eat, we want to hear how something worked, or if it didn’t. Always learning, we credit our vast selection of dietary supplements and herbs to all of you who’ve come in seeking the many natural remedies and preventative therapies we’re proud to offer.
Health and happiness should be as simple as enjoying good food, and at Debra’s Natural Gourmet we making shopping for that food informative, easy, and fun. Treasured as a joyful place to gather, shop, and learn by customers and staff alike, you’ll find any one of us eager to explore your natural health question with you, share a recipe or remedy, and carry your bags while we catch up on news of your family and goings on.