PHOENIX NEW TIMES: Phoenix Is Sweet On Earth Sugar's Raw Organic Snacks
This article was originally published on the Phoenix New Times on October 22, 2O21. To read the full article, please visit: https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/restaurants/phoenix-goes-sweet-on-earth-sugars-raw-organic-desserts-12251610
By: Robrt L. Pela
Writing won out over baking, at least at first. At Penn State, Meyers studied journalism and ran the university’s lifestyle magazine. Then something happened to her stomach.
Meyers was eventually diagnosed with a serious digestive illness known as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, or SIBO. She switched to a gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free diet, stopped eating processed foods and began reading the ingredients list on every grocery item she bought.
On a whim, she booked a flight to Phoenix from her post-college home in New York City. While she was here, she met her boyfriend and decided to stay and see if she couldn’t make a go of confection-making.
She launched Earth Sugar in March with what was meant to be a test run.
All at once, Meyers was in the sweets business. Today, Earth Sugar is available at a half-dozen farmers' markets, at various valley retail outlets, and through the company’s website. She regularly sets up shop at the Carefree farmers' market on Fridays, downtown Chandler's market on Saturday mornings, and the High Street market on Sunday mornings. She attended the downtown Vegan Night Market earlier this month and plans to return for the next one on November 13. Followers can keep up with Earth Sugar on Instagram, Facebook, and Tik Tok.
“I’m overwhelmed,” she admits. “Sort of overnight, I became a full-time confectionist.”
Calling herself a confectionist sets her apart, Meyers believes. “I haven’t found anyone who’s making sweets that don’t have any thickeners or gums or toxic chemicals or food coloring. My confections are just nuts, seeds, and fruits sweetened with some form of plant. A lot of others are adding monk fruit or tapioca fiber, which are both natural. But are they healthy?”
Meyers is kind when people refer to her as a baker.