Rainbow Grocery, a cooperative-owned grocery store.
With 17,500 square feet of retail space, they have 14 different departments. It’s classified as a vegetarian health food store, but it also has books, gifts, bath and body products, and much more.
There are bulk bins with cereals and grains, unusual flours, beans, pastas, olives, nut butters, and more.
The produce department has a dozen kinds of mushrooms; it is brimming with seasonal fruits and vegetables in every season. Look at all the apples, and they’re organic.
Nutritional supplements abound, as well as medicinal tinctures, herbs, and oils; and the most knowledgeable supplement sales people you could ever ask for.
And don’t get me started on their bulk herbs and spices…so fantastic.
Moreover, it is not just great, fresh food to take home with you. It’s a culture.
A worker-owned cooperative since 1975, the store is owned by its 243 workers. Without corporate influence, the business is run democratically, including investment in the local community and environment.
Customers and workers here are colorful people of all ages, social classes, and ethnicities.
I’ve been walking through Rainbow’s doors for decades. And can say with conviction, that if you want to see the true heart of San Francisco, check out Rainbow.
Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends. To all my readers, may your days be filled with fresh food, health, and lots of love.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander