Although Joseph Kressley’s interest in health and fitness began as a youngster, he never imagined himself as the new owner of Green Earth Natural Foods in Emmaus. As a small child, he was overweight and often bullied. A combination of overeating and eating the wrong foods contributed to his obesity, but as he progressed into his teenage years, he began to take control of his diet—even shopping for his own food.
Along the way, other factors in his life caused him to stay on his path toward overall health and wellness. His mother died of complications from diabetes in her 50s and about two years ago, his sister, also in her early 50s, passed away after suffering from heart disease. “Their deaths motivated me to want to live healthier,” he says.
He says that his wife, Wendy, was a driving force behind his decision to purchase Green Earth Foods in November 2012. “She’s been my inspiration for the last 16 years,” he says. “She is a vegan and we have found very few places in the area that we can go eat. Although we’re not a restaurant, our thought process was that we could help people like her by providing sandwiches and other vegan options for sale.”
He has two employees, Linda Bossard, who has years of experience, and Chris Gaines, who has been with Green Earth more than a year. Both are highly knowledge and invaluable to Kressley.
“This is a very friendly environment that’s like family,” he notes. “The girls are just outstanding and the three of us make a great team.”
Read more about Green Earth Natural Foods and health products in “Naturally Motivated” by Beth Davis, which appeared in the June Edition of LHV.