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Your Natural Foods Community Marketplace

Business History
The Food Mill was established in 1933 during the Great Depression by John Denis. Once a stone-mill salesman, John found himself out of work and got creative by setting up a few unsold mills and peddling their whole grain flours door to door. Eventually they opened a little shop on MacArthur Boulevard and The Food Mill was born. Run by the Denis family clan for 60 years, the Food Mill was primarily a grain milling business serving local farmers who would bring in grains, nuts, fresh and dried fruits for milling or sale. In 1969, a new member to The Food Mill family was introduced. The 16-year-old Kirk Watkins began packaging Food Mill cookie bars part time, just as his older brother had done before him. Over time he worked his way up the ranks, eventually becoming the manager. After the passing of the original owner, the Denis family offered to sell the store to Kirk in 1993. Eventually his family would join him, including his brothers, wife, and sons, keeping it a true family affair.

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Welcome to The Food Mill, your natural foods community marketplace! Located in the Upper Diamond District in Oakland, California, we’ve provided 83 years of dedication to helping customers make better decisions about their health and well-being, while providing the finest quality foods and supplements available. We offer 100% Organic produce, beauty and hygiene care, supplements, groceries with a dedicated gluten-free section, and boast a large bulk selection with over 800 items, featuring a wide variety of flours, nuts, granolas, snacks, culinary and medicinal herbs and spices, and pre-packaged items for convenience. We bake our own breads, snacks, and famous cookie bars on site, keeping true to the old-fashioned style of keeping it simple. We roast and grind our own nut butters on original equipment, which are available jarred or in bulk. Nutritional consultants are one site daily to provide information and guidance toward health conscious options for optimized living. We strive to serve our customers by helping them achieve their goals in obtaining maximum health. Looking for something specific or large quantities? Let us special order it! With access to multiple distributors and companies we can order items not regularly carried, or in bulk quantities. Bulk orders save between 5-10%! Stop by to see what healthy living’s all about. We look forward to meeting you!
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Payment method
all major credit cards
Lower Dimond, Fruitvale
Social Links
Natural Foods, Health & Diet Food Products, Vitamins & Food Supplements, Grocery Stores, Grocers-Specialty Foods, Health & Wellness Products
Other Information

Parking: Street, Lot, Private

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Brian K.



I would buy items here from time to time and I am not dissapointed with the service. I highly recommend this place to anyone who want to do grocery shopping.

Dita R.


great staff, I get lost in this place 8-)

Good stock of natural, organic foods, reasonable prices and great staff.



Great Store

This is store is great for organic produces and produce. The staff is very knowlegable and helpful. I always find what I'm looking for and if they don't have it, they'll get it for you or assist in finding it.