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What are some of the best san diego health food stores and what specialty items do you like at each?

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  1. Define "Health Food" please.

    Almost every store has an organics section. Some vitamin stores also have organic vitamins. Making smart choices within any store means you buy healthy foods.

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    1. re: Cathy

      We are blessed here in the SD area to have a lot of "health food" stores that are also great grocery stores in their own right - My love affair with Frazier Farms will never completely be over, but Henry's is closer to work and it's growing on me. There's also Sprouts, Jimbo's, and Whole foods (though not near me)

      At frazier farms, its the cheap, good quality produce for sure.

      1. re: Jeters

        Von's has had its whole Organics line for more than two years along with the organic produce. Costco has far more organic labeled products show up in the last year and thir fresh fruits and vegetables are wonderful. Sprouts, Henry's and Windmill Farms are all greatmarkets with fresh produce, Trader Joe's has plenty of organic foods. There are lots of smaller vegetable markets around, as well as a farmer's market somewhere around the county every dayof the week except Monday.. You can buy healthy food anywhere...the OP wants "Health Food Stores"...

        1. re: Cathy

          What i mean by healthfood stores is jimbos, trader joes, etc.

          1. re: lovesfood11

            Eh, they both sell potato chips and cheeto-like products...not what I consider "Health Food Stores" and although there is a Trader Joe product line...that thread has so been done here. Those are gourmet grocery stores with some organic products...but Ralphs, Albertsons and Vons all have groceries, organic products and gourmet-ish stuff, too.

            I bought the Muir organic canned tomatoes at the 99 Cent Only store on Clairmont Mesa last week...certainly not a "health food store" but has great products sometimes...

            I was thinking that there was someplace not a chain you were referring to...OB Co-Op is the only place like that I can think of...and there is nothing I "need" to shop for there.

            1. re: Cathy

              gotchya I do like going to trader joes though they actually have a lot of good stuff and also jimbos has a bunch of organic baked goods.

              1. re: lovesfood11

                Right. There are so many places you can get organics now as your option...in fact, this week at Vons, most of the organic veggies and fruits are the same or lower priced than the non-organics.

                I have never had any baked goods from Jimbos that were fresh and just don't bother any more. I suppose I could look again.

    2. windmill farms in del cerro nice. not as crowded as the others listed and have much of the same products. great bulk bins, produce, vitamin, and meat sections.

      1. There are really only three bona-fide health food stores I know of in San Diego. (Note: that I know of, there may be more I've never heard of)

        They are People's Co-Op in OB, Jimbo's in Del Mar, and Rancho's Mercado in North Park.

        Henry's is not a health food market, nor is Whole Foods. They both sell large amounts of non-organic items, plus just plain unhealthy food.

        Part of what makes a health food store is a commitment to stocking food that is free of additives, artificial ingredients, and heavy processing.

        Jimbo's is a nice market, but People's is my favorite. The buyers at People's have all been working there for a really long time (more than 20 years in some cases) and they know their stuff.

        Highlights for me at People's are: produce, breads, bulk staples (some really nice brown rice blends and exotic whole grain products), dried fruits, coffee, cheese, and chocolate. The deli upstairs is worth a visit, especially for breakfast.

        Note that People's is a lacto-ovo vegetarian market. They sell no meat items, nor will they sell cheese made with animal rennet. They are very strict about what they will stock on their shelves, which is another reason I like them.

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        1. re: Josh

          Does that mean the other Jimbo's are different than the one in Del Mar ( I know one in Escondido and one in Rancho Bernardo)?

          I should go to OB again and look around. Thanks, Josh.

          1. re: Cathy

            No, I guess those must be new locations. (New to me, anyway)

            Info on Peoples:
            http://www.obpeoplesfood.coop/

            1. re: Josh

              Thanks so much Josh. The Mister and I were talking about it last night and we went to the Co Op when it sort of started and we first moved out here (late 80's/early 90's) and we had the Co Ops from Ann Arbor in mind and this wasn't it, so we never went on any regular basis...and eventually eliminated it from our regular rotation.

              The website shows much more of what we had wanted to go to so long ago but were resigned to never seeing again...it has taken this question on CH to get me to think about it and now go down there again. Thank you so much. .

              1. re: Cathy

                Yeah, in those days it was pretty tiny, and not much selection. It's geographically in the same place, but they built a much larger, green building. Their selection has consequently gotten much better and larger. They have even added some pretty nice California-produced gourmet cheeses. I've seen some incredible aged goat cheeses there.