Good Earth Nat­u­ral Foods

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Pho­tos by BETH BRIGHT

Don’t worry, this is not a ploy to con­vince you to be ve­gan or veg­e­tar­ian. Al­though hav­ing su­per pow­ers does come in pretty handy when deal­ing with rac­ing sea­son traf­fic in Hot Springs. Just think, six months on a raw food diet and you will be so healthy that you can lit­er­ally leap the length of Cen­tral Av­enue in a sin­gle bound. But let’s be hon­est, we live near too many BBQ joints and taco trucks to let the prom­ise of near flight keep us from a pulled pork sand­wich or carne asada!

For­tu­nately for Hot Springs there are sen­si­ble people like Karen Gard­ner that not only live here but have taken the re­spon­si­bil­ity of open­ing a place like Good Earth Nat­u­ral Foods and guide us through this di­etary jun­gle.

Gard­ner grew up on a small farm in Texas. And her agrar­ian diet was all too nor­mal un­til she got to col­lege. “I was kinda shocked when my class­mates asked my why I ate ‘healthy’ and ‘nat­u­ral’ foods. I didn’t know they had a name. That is all we had, so that’s what we ate.” says Gard­ner.

This re­ac­tion and some time spent over­seas in­spired Gard­ner to open a food store in Hot Springs. Good Earth not only pro­vides cus­tomers with healthy ed­i­ble op­tions but also ed­u­ca­tion, and more im­por­tantly, mas­sages.

“Our staff is al­ways learn­ing about our prod­ucts new ways to help people. People need to know what they are eat­ing and how it can help them,” says Gard­ner, “We also have a mas­sage ther­a­pist on lo­ca­tion Mon­day- Fri­day from 11-4.

Gard­ner has also stayed true to her roots by sell­ing lo­cally grown pro­duce, eggs, cheeses, and meats — yes, MEATS — from fam­ily farms in Bis­mark and Mena. “You can’t beat the taste of lo­cally grown pro­duce, and it comes in fresh off the farm ev­ery week.” says Gard­ner

So don’t be afraid of the sign. This nat­u­ral food store is meat-eater friendly and is a great place to get started eat­ing health­ier. Gard­ner eats meat, al­though not much. She sug­gests a few things to do to help your diet right now: in­crease your con­sump­tion of wa­ter, lay off on the soda, and use fresh in­gre­di­ents when you cook.

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