Product Standards

We dig real food & good taste

Shopping for food products should be easy. You shouldn’t have to read labels looking for undesirable ingredients that are bad for you or the planet.

It’s not what we want, and we’ll never sell it to you. So we’ve done that all that ingredient scouring for you.* By sticking to a very strict buying guideline, we will not carry any product with questionable ingredients or from questionable producers.

Our aim is to only carry food and goods that are as close to nature as can be.

You can shop knowing you will NOT find any of the following in our products throughout the store:

No chemically processed foods
No synthetic ingredients, fillers, sweeteners or additives
No hydrogenated oil (no trans fats)

No non-organic refined white sugar
No products containing monosodium
No chemical food coloring
No chemical preservatives

That means, at a minimum, all of our products will be at least all-natural. It’s our preference and we primarily sell only certified organic goods. We strive to keep the food fresh, locally produced, Non-GMO certified and minimally processed when possible.

*You’ll have to look for allergen info, and nutritional facts as that varies person to person. We do have extensive selections of foods for those with special diets too.

Guidelines for Eggs, Dairy & Meat

All animal products sold at Castro Valley Natural Grocery come from producers who are committed to raising their animals in humane standards, and that provide their goods in the way nature intended.


Castro Valley Natural Grocery will only sell eggs from hens raised cage-free and fed on only 100% vegetarian feed. All of our lines of eggs are certified organic, and we have a preference for carrying eggs from locally-owned family farms.


We have a vision for a better world.

There are guideposts that we believe in to help us get there. Every decision we make as a business and member of the community is shaped by our core values.

We wrote a manifesto about it. This is what we stand for.


All of the meat sold at our store is certified organic. In addition, the following criteria must also be met:

  • No use of antibiotics or growth-promoting hormones.
  • All animals are raised on vegetarian diets
  • No feed containing animal by-products.
  • No artificial food colorings or preservatives.
  • No meat or dairy from cloned animals or their offspring.

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