New Leaf Community Market - Downtown

  • Health-food-store Health Store
    ( 2 reviews )

1134 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, California, USA, 95060

Natural foods market with several locations. Stocks a wide range of natural food and grocery. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-9:00pm.

2 Reviews

First Review by bianchina

Everything you could want, quality fresh produce - Edit

This is a very well stocked store and the small meat section, unlike in some other places, is tucked away and easily avoided which is nice.

The fruit and veg that I tried looked like it ha been just picked and the fruit was really delicious - excellent peaches, berries, figs etc.

They have all the packaged, canned, and bulk foods you could possibly be after; tofu, tempeh and all the usual stuff, with a good range of variety and reasonable prices.

The store was really busy both times I went in and staff were still taking the time to be friendly which I know isn't easy when you have a line of customers to serve and you are expected to b answering phone calls to the store at the same time!

They also have a program where for every bag that you bring in (instead of using paper bags from the store) they donate 10 cents to charity of your choice. Charities are listed and you choose one by dropping your token in the box. They've raised a lot of money for local charities with this program - a very nice touch!!

All in all I thought it was a great store with a lot of provision for vegans.

Pros: excellent range, good quality, pleasant service and atmosphere, supports local charities

Cons: isn't completely veg

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Convenient location, all the basics and more. - Edit

This is 1 of a Central Coast chain of 6 stores. This one is a bit smaller than a lot of the big box health food stores around these days, including some of the other New Leafs, but it definately seems to cover all the basic veg/an needs for groceries and household.
Nice frozen foods section with a good half dozen vegan frozen pizza choices, dozen or so vegan frozen entrees, 4 to 6 vegan ice creams and a nice selection of veg and vegan frozen meats(tofurky/quorn/veggie burgers, etc.) and a smattering of frozen veg/an ethnic foods. The dairy section has a good dozen varieties of vegan milks, plus a great selection of vegan cheeses, dairy cheeses, vegan butters and lots of vegan spreads(try the vegan Annies cashew spread - it's pink and delicious). Over to the bulk section, you'll find a nice selection of beans, grains, treats, cereals, coffee and herbs, most of which are organic. In fact, the whole store strives toward organic and locally produced items, from the produce(great selection), to the beer and wine(great selection), to the household products, to the great bread selection. You can also find things like canning jars, cast iron pots and such. Throughout the store is scattered a smattering of vegan treats and packaged items.
The deli is excellent, with a few nice vegan options(often vegan pesto pasta) and a great fresh sandwich option(my faves are the vegan grilled panini($7) and the baked tofu sandwich with avo and fakin bacon($8). There is also a hot food bar($7.99 per lb.) which lags for veg/ans after 11am, but has a great tofu scramble and vegan potatos for breakfast. Also, always 3 hot soup options with 1 veg and 1 vegan($4 to $7), and a nice antipasta bar($9.99 per lb.). Great salad bar($7.99 per lb.) with lots of vegan selections(baked tofu, baked tempeh, and all organic.
There is a meat section here, but it is in the back and very unintrusive.

Pros: Convenient location., Good pricing on some items., Friendly and helpful staff.

Cons: Meat section., Aggressive panhandlers outside., Some items pricey.

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