Rainbow Grocery is a vegetarian food store that has been serving San Francisco and the Bay Area since 1975. While they strive to offer the widest selection of organic and locally sourced products at the most affordable price, they also hope to be a resource for our community to exchange information about the health and sustainability of the foods we put on our tables.
As a worker-owned cooperative, those who work there are more than simply the labor-force of this business, they are the business. And while they have come to work there for many different reasons, they all share the common desire to work in a non-hierarchical, democratic workplace where everyone’s opinion matters. Not only do they hope to make a difference by providing healthy food and products to everyone who shops with them, they believe that through their successful business model for cooperative work they are also putting the ideals of sustainable living into practice.
Since they moved from 15th and Mission to their building at 13th and Folsom, they have more than doubled their workforce from about 85 people to over 220. While they add new worker/owners every year, some of them are celebrating their 20th, 25th, even 30 year anniversaries!
Rainbow is more than just a job for its employees. And their hope for you, is that the store is more than just a place to find healthy food!
Rainbow Grocery Cooperative is committed to being a positive presence in our community, both economically and ecologically. Each year they give donations to local non-profits, social justice organizations, schools and artists. They actively support the development of cooperatives and collectives that bring living wage jobs and democratic workplaces to the Bay Area. They regularly donate their time to local fairs and community events. In an effort to minimize their footprint on the planet, they recycle and compost as much of their waste as possible, while drawing on the sun’s rays for energy.
Rainbow Grocery is proud to announce the addition of a cafe attached to our Native Plant Garden. They have worked with Stumptown Coffee Roasters to learn how to brew their highest quality (and most ethically grown) beans with the most delicious results possible. They offer brewed coffee as well as a variety of espresso drinks off our beautiful La Marzocco espresso machine. An unparalleled selection of teas from their large Bulk Tea selection are available. They use Strauss organic whole milk in all steamed drinks and offer Califia cold-pressed almond milk as a non-dairy alternative. The menu includes fresh baked pastries from Starter Bakery. New additions will be added to the menu in the future!
Cafe hours: Monday – Saturday 8am – 6pm. Sunday 9am – 6 pm.
Learn more about Rainbow Grocery at Rainbow.coop.com
To visit their Nutritional Library CLICK HERE