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Golden Natural Foods

dml Jan 7, 2008 10:06 PM

Golden Natural Foods, the new market from the owners of Golden Produce, opened today. Or at least I assume they did--the owner said that they were planning to open, and when I walked by tonight (after business hours--I couldn't make it by earlier) they plywood was down. The market is considerably larger than Golden Produce, and will have a meat counter and a seafood counter, the owners said.

9:00am-8:00pm, seven days.

Golden Natural Foods. 130 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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  1. Lori SF RE: dml Jan 8, 2008 07:11 AM

    Really? I go to Golden Produce all the time I had no idea. Thanks for posting. I wish they could open a place like that in Cole Valley it would be Golden.

    1. rworange RE: dml Jan 8, 2008 08:59 AM


      Golden Natural Foods
      130 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

      1. larochelle RE: dml Jan 8, 2008 01:15 PM

        I've been checking that space almost every day - it was not open last night when I walked past it.

        My understanding is that Golden Natural Foods is opening in addition to Golden Produce. When I saw them stocking GNF the other day, I did not see a produce section. I'll definitely stop by tonight.

        1. ChowFun_derek RE: dml Jan 8, 2008 03:33 PM


          I think the pyramids took less time to build!
          I peeked in and it is a surprisingly large space...nice addition to the neighborhood...

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            dml RE: dml Jan 8, 2008 07:33 PM

            I went back today during normal business hours and took a look around. People walking down Church St were stopping dead in their tracks in incomprehension under the super-bright entrance. They paused, then entered, looking vaguely dazed, and wandered the aisles slowly. It's bright, it's large, it's preternaturally clean. The eerie silence is the welcome absence of muzak.

            The store has some big empty spaces here and there where late-breaking product has yet to arrive. Stock skews towards organic, natural, and gourmet items, but though the freezer case was stocked with Amy's & Boca products and organic frozen fruit & veggies, they also carry Ben and Jerry's. Their stock includes much that will look familiar to people who know Golden already from the location down the street. They've
            expanded the selection of many items (lots of oil and vinegar, a much larger freezer case, lots of chocolate, a selection of coffee and tea, etc) and added meat and seafood counters, a wine & beer, section, something that I think will be an olive bar, and a
            cheese island (what do you call those standalone, two-tiered coolers?). There is no bulk (save a single barrel of rolled oats), no bread (I may have missed it), and none of the
            interesting curiosities (dried galanga, pucks of palm sugar) available at Golden Produce.

            The meat and seafood looked good from a quick look; it was not labeled hormone-free, grass-fed, sustainably harvested, or anything else with regard to its provenance or quality.

            Prices are about the same as Golden Produce, which is to say a little higher than the Safeway across the street. As examples, some prices I can remember:

            B&J Cherry Garcia: $5.49
            Straus organic butter: $8.59
            Muir Glen tomatoes (28 oz): $3.09
            Rice Dream (32 oz): $2.89
            Clif bars: $1.69
            Whole, cooked Dungeness Crab: $10.49
            Pork loin: $6.99/lb
            Casa Sanchez hot salsa: $4.09
            Large bottle of Chimay Blue: $9.49

            I'm glad to have it as an addition to the neighborhood, and I hope that they hold their own against Safeway. That said, what I'm *really* hoping is that they will move the groceries to new store and expand the produce selection at GP.

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              david kaplan RE: dml Jan 9, 2008 04:51 AM

              Golden Produce has been my most dependable source for Fra'mani uncooked sausage. Does Golden Natural have a wider selection of Fra'mani products?

              1. ChowFun_derek RE: dml Jan 9, 2008 02:20 PM

                They're not fully stocked yet...and many things don't have price labels...but a very brightly lit, fluorescent space...
                they do carry Italian imported OO flour if anyone has been looking for it for pasta making...
                and Alexander Valley Manhattan Style and Bread and Butter Style pickles..YAY!! (still no saurkraut) These are fresh refrigerated...

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                1. re: ChowFun_derek
                  dml RE: ChowFun_derek Jan 9, 2008 06:15 PM

                  Didn't notice the fra'mani products, but I'll look out for them next time.

                  I saw the Alexander Valley pickles and was wondering about them. I'll have to give them a try now that they've been recommended.

                  FYI, Rainbow also has 'farina tipo 00 tenero' in bulk.

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                    Philip RE: dml Jan 12, 2008 07:15 AM

                    Stopped by quickly yesterday. Spent the most time looking over the chocolate selection. Vosges bars were the most expensive @ $5.99. There was one with bacon in it.

                    Picked up a Charles Chocolate bar (crystallized ginger in 65% bittersweet choc). They have 5-6 varieties of CC bars. Mine was $3.99.

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                      david kaplan RE: Philip Jan 12, 2008 09:11 AM

                      Not a bad price for Vosges bars, I believe.

                2. oliviaware RE: dml Apr 3, 2010 10:26 PM

                  Golden Natural Foods is a neighborhood gem! The staff is so knowledgeable and friendly, and their meat products cannot be ignored -- they have an amazing, reasonably-priced selection. Also try their made-to-order sandwiches, which are stellar (I recommend the eggplant). They occasionally don't have some produce I'm looking for, but Golden Produce half a block down (same owners) always pulls through. Lesson: These two stores are perfect complements to one another, and they almost always outdo Safeway on selection.

                  Golden Natural Foods
                  130 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

                  Golden Produce
                  172 Church St, San Francisco, CA

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