|1745 Folsom Street , between 12th and 14th streets|
|9 am - 9 pm daily|
|Credit card, cash|
Rainbow Grocery is a worker-owned co-op supermarket that sells only vegetarian food (except for the pet food!) with the mission of providing shoppers with healthy and ecologically friendly products. Rainbow's worker-owners voted in 2000 to ban the sale of genetically modified products from the store. Rainbow also sells a great deal of fair trade certified products, such as coffee, tea, chocolate and rice. The store uses daylight harvesting to light the store: Skylights are the sole source of light when it's bright out, and the lamps only turn on when the skylights aren't providing enough light. The store also receives most of its energy from solar panels on the roof.
It's a nice place to buy nice-smelling shampoo and lotion in small or bulk quantities. Their herbal tea and coffee section is ridiculously well-stocked (it's like a library!) and their selection of baking ingredients (including flour, seeds, chocolate, etc.) isn't bad either. They lots of different types of eggs along with an egg matrix with vendors and farming practices explained.
Be sure to check out Rainbow Grocery's website for a list of nearby cooperatives and collectives, and for ecologically friendly household advice.
Senior citizens get a 10% discount. Shoppers who bring their own bag get a 10-cent discount, and those who bring their own containers for bulk items get 5 cents off per container.