SLO Natural Foods

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SLO Natural Foods – New Name, New Place and More Space!
July 13th, 2013 Grand Opening

SAN LUIS OBISPO: The Natural Foods Co-op of San Luis Obispo now has a new name, SLO Natural Foods and a new location which includes nearly twice the retail, produce and freezer space and a separate room full of natural supplements and health products as well as off-street parking spaces.

Everyone is invited to join the Grand Opening Event on July 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join the staff, volunteers and Member Owners at the Grand Opening for great food, entertainment and giveaways. Music will feature local favorites: Bob and Wendy, Matt Frakes and Kevin “Tex” Bennet.  Vert Foods will have samples of the delicious food customers can expect from the deli cases for quick items on the go, and an ever greater variety later when the in-store cafe opens.  Many other local food vendors will also be there throughout the day.  These will include: Airen’s Confections, Coastal Peak Coffee, Mama Ganache Chocolates, Joebella Coffee, SLO Fresh Catch, Central Coast Grown, Benefit Foods, makers of the locally produced V-Bar, Crucial Chocolates, and Manzanita Manor Organics growers of organic dry farmed walnuts from Paso Robles.

SLO Natural Foods is still the same Member Owned Cooperative that San Luis Obispo County residents have counted on for over 30 years to provide value and useful information that empowers community health and well-being by promoting local small farmers, organic products and non-GMO standards. See the new store in our video.

Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday hours are expected to begin on a trial basis later in the month. Annual memberships are $25 and member/owners receive additional offers and discounts. See more at or stop by the new store for good food and information.

Our new location is 2494 Victoria Av, one block off Broad Street at the east end of Caudill where it meets Victoria, and just two blocks away from the former location on Francis Street.

Company Contact:

Gwen Schmidt, General Manager



Here is an update from Virginia that I received in March. Vert Foods launched in October 2012 with a vision to provide nourishing foods to individuals and families in SLO County. Our image was similar to a farm box but instead of being filled with veggies and fruits, it would be packed with ready to eat prepared meals using nutrient dense cooking foundations.

With the help of SLOW Money SLO, Vert Foods was able to establish our company and get a kitchen in cooperation with the SLO Grange Hall. We are now 60 days into our official start and are serving over 25 families and hosting events throughout SLO County. Vert Foods looks forward to furthering our vision by expanding into teaching classes, a cooperative kitchen and space, where the mission of providing nourishment and joy will thrive.

Stay up to date on Vert Foods events at and check out this recent press! Vert Foods in Santa Maria Times


The first loans provided by members of the Slow Money San Luis Obispo chapter have been made to The Natural Foods Co-Op in San Luis Obispo, The Co-op has been serving the local community for more than 30 years. Specializing in locally sourced food and with on staff experts, they provide a full service grocery plus many other items. Currently located on St. Francis street off Broad, south of downtown San Luis Obispo, the Co-op has signed a lease on a space just down the street and will soon receive approval for their construction. The new location adds on site parking, more than double the space and the opportunity to provide a wider selection of food choices.