Organic foods are becoming more available to consumers. Most grocery stores offer some selection of organic food, but for those that want a grocery store that features mostly organic foods, there are grocery stores that serve this market. The San Francisco Bay Area has a number of these stores, since the area has a high number of residents that want organic foods in their diets. I am going to start out with some stores that are becoming successful chain grocery stores. They stores, chains or not, are worth putting on your shopping list.
Whole Foods – This grocery store began in Berkeley as one of the first organic grocery stores. Whole Earth features a large selection of locally grown foods and organic foods that cannot be found elsewhere. Products at this store are not cheap but they are wholesome. If you want to shop organic foods in a comfortable indoor location instead of an outdoor farmer’s market, this is your place. Whole foods has stores throughout the Bay Area including San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Redwood City, Oakland and Palo Alto. They are busy trying to expand their outlets.
Grocery Outlet – These stores have everything at bargain prices, but strangely, carry mostly organic products. If you want organic, but can’t afford or don’t have a Whole Foods store in your area, you will be happy at grocery outlet with their selection of organic foods. They also have a great garden section every spring to help you grow your own foods. You can find these stores throughout the area including San Francisco, the East Bay and the Peninsula.
Trader Joe’s – This store features all kinds of unique organic items and their pricing is pretty reasonable. Trader Joe’s is a specialty organic grocery store, looking to carry items that are not found at other places. They also carry a good selection of local goods. My favorite store is the Castro Valley store but the San Leandro store is very helpful as well. Parking can be hard to find here on the weekend.
Mollie Stone’s Grocery Stores – This is an organic food grocery store chain in San Francisco and the Peninsula area. These stores feature organic and fresh foods at great prices. They also take an active role in lobbying for safer food for all of us.
There are also some great one of a kind organic grocery stores that are worth making a trip to visit. Let’s list several of these.
Berkeley Bowl and Berkeley Bowl West – This store is a combination daily farmer’s market and grocery store. Vegetarians will feel quite at home here, but so will anyone else. Their wares includes fruits, vegetables, muffins and breads, vegetarian “meats” and organic dairy. Located in Berkeley, these stores also provide a place for their clients to stop and get a bite to eat while doing their errands.
Rainbow Grocery Cooperative – Located in San Francisco on Folsom Street, this store features both organic groceries and health foods. The feature monthly specials and let their customers know about them in advance. The cooperative is owned by the employees, so this store has great customer service and is a neat as a pin. They want their shopper to have an experience while shopping.
Palmetto Organic Grocery – Located in Pacifica on Palmetto, this singular grocery store is all about organic products. Shopping here will free you of the worry of buying unhealthy foods for your family. This store is becoming very popular in the Pacifica area.
Lakeshore Natural Foods – Located in Oakland on Lakeshore Avenue, this grocer has been supplying locally grown fresh organic foods for years. This grocer also features a great selection of gluten free products as well.
Local farmer’s markets can also be a good source of organic produce that is in season. If you want to go the source, you can also shop the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Markets. Fresh, organic food is readily available in the San Francisco Bay Area.