Revolutionary Fairfax store an instit...

Revolutionary Fairfax store an institution 40 years later

There are 12 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Aug 13, 2009, titled Revolutionary Fairfax store an institution 40 years later. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

When Mark Squire and his partners decided to open an organic health food store in 1969, they had two problems: no one could agree on what "organic" meant, and many people had a very different idea of what a "health food store" was.

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Mary

Mill Valley, CA

#1 Aug 13, 2009
Wonderful store. However, let's not forget to encourage other stores that can truly respond to the community because they are local and family owned to sell more organic.
I'm thinking Mill Valley Market which has their own farm and is getting better and better every day. Out of town chain monsters like Safeway and Delano's are faking it and don't really care, they just want to grab market share...Delaino's could have been something great, instead they insult the customer with a few pathetic organic offerings.
Woodland and Paradise, Good Earth is the standard to which you should aim. What about Whole Foods? They were once great :

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/arti...

"Mr Mackey admitted shoppers had been let down by filling his shelves with fat-laden products.

He said: "We sell a bunch of junk. We've decided if Whole Foods doesn't take a leadership role in educating people about a healthy diet, who the heck is going to do it?"

While his comments were intended to stir shops into action, they revived memories of the jewellery chain tycoon Gerald Ratner, who made one of the most famous gaffes in corporate history.

He saw his business empire collapse after claiming one of his products was "total crap"."
Carol Allen

San Francisco, CA

#2 Aug 14, 2009
I really don't care. I have never like organic foods. I like the real foods. Organic the prices are too high.
wingnut_nation

Oakland, CA

#3 Aug 14, 2009
I'm not enamored with The Good Earth, but very much appreciate their contribution and existence.

My preferred option is to buy directly from the organic farmers at your local farmer's market. Even in the winter, the San Rafael Civic Center version is twice a week.

A quick note to Carol Allen: please, if you drink, don't post.
Pete

Novato, CA

#4 Aug 14, 2009
Carol Allen wrote:
I really don't care. I have never like organic foods. I like the real foods. Organic the prices are too high.
I like your style, lady. What do you say you and me get together for lunch? McDonalds OK? We can double-size it...
Pete

Novato, CA

#5 Aug 14, 2009
wingnut_nation wrote:
A quick note to Carol Allen: please, if you drink, don't post.
A quick note to wingnut nation: leave my new girlfriend alone. And if you're smoking crack, don't post.
huh

Mill Valley, CA

#6 Aug 14, 2009
The people in the health care section seems to be too busy doing other things to help me when I shop. They have that arrogance of the wheat grass eater.
wingnut_nation

Oakland, CA

#7 Aug 14, 2009
Pete wrote:
<quoted text>A quick note to wingnut nation: leave my new girlfriend alone. And if you're smoking crack, don't post.
LOL!
Carol Allen

United States

#8 Aug 14, 2009
wingnut_nation wrote:
I'm not enamored with The Good Earth, but very much appreciate their contribution and existence.
My preferred option is to buy directly from the organic farmers at your local farmer's market. Even in the winter, the San Rafael Civic Center version is twice a week.
A quick note to Carol Allen: please, if you drink, don't post.
wingnut_nation: I don't drink I only drink Dr.Pepper!!!!!
Steve K

Santa Maria, CA

#9 Aug 14, 2009
Carol Allen wrote:
I really don't care. I have never like organic foods. I like the real foods. Organic the prices are too high.
" I have never like "

Duh
dano

Santa Maria, CA

#10 Aug 15, 2009
Its much better than Whole Paycheck. If you keep your prices down and treat you employees well--
yes employees--you have my dollars. Don't get
carried away with ego and thinking people will
not smarten up about Organic. You can eat well
at Safeway, but your store is just a convenience
and I right now I feel sorry for the underdogs.
Pat Brothers

Mill Valley, CA

#11 Aug 15, 2009
If you cannot say something nice on the b'day of the Good Earth - then don't say anything at all. Congratulations to Good Earth and all affiliated - thank goodness for an all organic food and goodies place right here in our lovely town.
Best regards,
Pat Brothers
Mr Ed

Westminster, CO

#12 Aug 25, 2009
Another reason to go...they usually have hot hippie gals working there. I used to work there back in the day and it really was a cool place.
Thanks for the memories ...

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