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About Us

The Food Mill’s story is a testament to resilience and the power of adapting to changing times while staying true to one’s roots. Starting out of necessity during the Great Depression, The Food Mill was Oakland’s first natural foods store and it was well received.

Primarily a grain milling business at the start, local farmers would bring in grains, nuts, fresh and dried fruits for milling or sale. Much of the store’s inventory came in this way through the 1970’s, and was key for providing the quality ingredients used in their delectable baked goods.

Their commitment to quality ingredients sourced from local farmers set them apart, laying the foundation for a loyal customer base that appreciated their dedication to wholesome products. The addition of Kirk Watkins to the family business further solidified its legacy, with his eventual leadership guiding The Food Mill into a new era while preserving its cherished traditions.

The Food Mill is a second generation family run company, we have been in the business of alternative medicine, and nutritional supplements since 1933. 

In an age where commercialization often dominates the food industry, The Food Mill’s adherence to its “old homey feel” is a refreshing reminder of the value of community and authenticity. As they continue to evolve, one thing remains constant: The Watkins Family and their employees unwavering dedication to providing quality goods and maintaining the spirit of a true family affair.

Our physical store is located at 
3033 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94602

We are open Tuesday-Saturday 9-6.

Questions for in store only- 510-482-3848

Anything related to online- support@thefoodmill.com