The Only Locally Owned Green Certified Market in Santa Cruz!


Staff of Life Natural Foods, a Santa Cruz Landmark specializing in farm to fork goodness was opened 50 years ago by Richard Josephson and Gary Bascou to address the growing demand for organic produce, natural meats and bulk shopping.  From our beginning, in 1969 we have grown from a small natural foods bakery into a major natural foods supermarket that has become a Santa Cruz tradition.  Our promise to our customer is simply to offer the best products at the best price. 

Our Store boasts:

  • Thousands of Non-GMO and Gluten-Free Products
  • Open Air Organic Produce Department mainly for local farms
  • The largest Bulk Department in Santa Cruz County with over 1000 items
  •  The largest Vitamin and Supplement Department in all of Santa Cruz County
  •  In house bakery offering over 40 breads and pastries made daily from scratch in traditional, vegan and gluten-free varieties
  •   In house deli preparing made to order sandwiches and specialties while offering a large grab and go selection of homemade items
  • Complete salad and hot bar available for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a wide variety of made from scratch entrees and soups including many vegan and gluten-free alternatives.
  • Complete Butcher department offering all hormone and antibiotic free meats and poultry hand cut in house to ensure quality and freshness. Fresh fish delivered daily and hand cut on site
  • Open air cafe offering coffee drinks, organic smoothies, fresh pressed juices and fresh in-house pastries


      We are located at 1266 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz.   Our building is certified by the city of Santa Cruz as a Green Building and is outfitted with a clean air system and many energy-efficient implantations such as daylight harvesting.  Our parking lot provides electric car charging and is designed with Bios Swales to keep pollutants out of our ocean.   In addition, we are a Santa Cruz “Clean Ocean Business”.  Staff of Life received this recognition for compliance with the City of Santa Cruz Best Management Practices to help protect water and wildlife from pollution. Clean Ocean Businesses help the city meet their objectives of reducing pollution from stormwater protecting local creeks, the San Lorenzo River, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

      Staff of Life prides itself on having the most complete selection of natural foods at the lowest prices.
Enjoy your visit to our website and please stop by our store soon. You'll be impressed with our size, our selection, our customer service... and most of all our prices.

      For contact information and a map, please visit our Contact Us page.


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