Rainbow Bridge Natural Foods & Deli
Posted on 11 / 29 / 2009
Rainbow Bridge is a full service market providing natural foods and an amazing deli. But they are more than that. As their home web page says they are "A community gathering place". The sidewalk tables filled with folks enjoying their coffee, tea and deli menu items are testament to that.
The market and deli gets its name from a local legend. According to the Chumash, Earth Goddess, Hutash, made a bridge over the water out of a very long rainbow so her people could get from from the tallest peak on Santa Cruz Island to the tall mountains near Carpinteria.
The store Co-Owner and General Manager, Ernest Niglio, describes the Rainbow Bridge market as follows: "Rainbow Bridge provides a wide range of healthy and natural products. In the general store, we carry a vast selection of specialty foods, many of which are made from organic ingredients and formulated for special diets. All of our produce is fresh, most of it is organic and some from local farms. The cosmetics aisles have chemical-free personal care items from deodorants and lotions to bath salts and aromatherapy oils. In the vitamin department, there is a vast selection of vitamin and mineral supplements, homeopathics, herbal remedies, and protein powders. For a snack on the go or a savory sit down dinner, our deli offers salads, sandwiches, juices, smoothies, and hot foods."
Ernest's market and deli, therefore, is similar to the rainbow bridge of Chumash legend: it provides a link between the people of the Ojai Valley and the wholesome, natural foods found at the market.
Fresh, Organic, Wide Variety