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Exceptional, sustainable food & drink in California’s Central Coast

Specialty Markets

The markets listed here sell organic, sustainable, gourmet, hand-crafted, bulk, artisan, local, fresh, and delicious products. Have in mind a great market that offers such things? Let us know.


Charcuterie and cheese at MEZE

Central City Market, Santa Maria

DePalo & Sons, Shell Beach

El Rancho Market, Solvang and Pismo Beach

Food Bin/Herb Room, Santa Cruz

Grande Foods Market, Arroyo Grande

Isabella Gourmet Foods, Santa Barbara

Isla Vista Food Cooperative, Isla Vista

Lazy Acres Market, Santa Barbara

Los Olivos Grocery, Los Olivos

MEZE Wine Café & Market, San Luis Obispo
Well-selected wines, intriguing cheeses, fresh menu options, unusual and delicious products: hello MEZE. One of my favorite places to conduct business meetings with colleagues in the Central Coast foodie industry, this place has helped raise the bar for better fare in SLO.

Mountain Feed and Farm Supply, Ben Lomond

  SLO Natural Foods,  San Luis Obispo :: CCFodie Sponsor
The little store with a big heart: it’s everything from books to bulk foods, organic produce and products, to the friendly, well-informed staff that make this store a frequent stop for us whether it’s to pick up 5 lb. bags of carrots or the best ice cream I’ve ever had (Sea Salt Caramel by Talenti: yum)

Nature’s Touch Harvest and Nursery, Templeton
Melanie Blankenship isn’t messing around. You want to sell your organic produce in her store? Bring a soil sample and be prepared to answer a few questions from this grocer, educator, and food purveyor who takes her organic and community philosophy seriously. The real deal.

New Leaf Community Markets, Santa Cruz and environs

Paradise Pantry, Ventura

Presidio Market Liquor & Grill, Santa Barbara

Rainbow Bean Coffee Co., Cambria

Rainbow Bridge Natural Food, Ojai

Rounbub Market, Santa Ynez

Santa Cruz Local Foods, Santa Cruz

Shopper’s Corner, Santa Cruz

Soto’s Marketplace, Cambria

Staff of Life, Santa Cruz

Star Market, Salinas and Seaside

Sunshine Health Foods, Morro Bay

Westridge Market, Ojai

Woodstone Marketplace, Avila Beach