DINA WEIMAN, prepares a sandwich for Kyle Schildman in the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op Deli Wednesday September 4 in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins


Time out: Placerville Co-op has it all

By From page B4 | September 06, 2013

Restaurant: Placerville Natural Foods Co-op

Address: 535 Placerville Drive in Placerville

Phone: 530-621-3663

Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

So here’s what I know about the Placerville Natural Foods Cooperative.

It is located at 535 Placerville Drive in Placerville and is a full service grocery store featuring organic produce, raw milk, organic and grass-fed meats, gluten-free foods, bulk nuts and grains, fancy health drinks and health supplements and more.

Here’s what I didn’t know.

The store has a terrific deli that serves hot and cold dishes made right on the premises and it now is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner items.

I took the family there the other day and was pleasantly surprised at how varied and delicious the menu items were.

Mrs. Camembert shared one of the massive and extremely fresh made-to-order deli sandwiches with the eldest daughter, I devoured a half pound of the organic and extremely flavorful glutton-free lasagna (if nobody had told me there was no way I could have guessed that it was glutton free, believe me), and the picky baby of the family enjoyed one of the bean and cheese burritos from the freezer.

Believe it or not, even in this enlightened age, there are still many stereotypes associated with a natural food cooperative like the one in Placerville. I know because I have heard them, many times, first hand.

Let’s go through a few so we’re on the same page.

I will offer the top two stereotypes and then attempt to write a brief response.


You need a graying pony tail and an agricultural degree from the University of California, Davis in order to appreciate what they have to offer.

No, anyone can shop there. The mission statement of any natural food grocery store is to attempt to educate the public on the benefits of consuming naturally grown and organic products. The folks at the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op truly believe that every person can improve their health when they stay informed about nutrition and have access to quality products. Oh, they also want to show you that eating healthy can taste great.

I don’t like tofu, apricot kernels or hazelnut butter, so why would I want to shop there?

When you actually make the decision to go there, you will be very surprised at the variety of choices available. The co-op has bread, meats, cheeses, vegetables, milk, cereal, fruit and yes snacks and desserts. And yes, they are good.

The Placerville Natural Foods Co-op has been open for business since late 2011 and is a community owned business. When the store opened 247 were part of the co-op. Today, there are more than 800 owners.

Ask any one of them and they will tell you that they are there to provide the public with local, sustainable and totally organic food choices.

The store gets its produce from many El Dorado County growers which enforces the absolute commitment to providing quality local products to the community.

The store offers seniors a 10 percent discount (for non-sale products) each and every Sunday and there are yoga and other educational classes and movies which are always open to the public.

Placerville Natural Foods Co-op is located at 535 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The phone number is 530-621-3663 and hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Make sure you say “Hi” to General Manager Melissa when you stop by and don’t forget to visit the store on Facebook or the Website

Earle Camembert

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