Organic vs. All-Natural: What’s the Difference?

Posted in Blog, Local, Natural, Organic, Produce, Products, Uncategorized

Walking down a grocery aisle, you see “organic” and “all-natural” stickers on everything from food to soap, but do you know the meaning behind the labels?

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One major difference distinguishes organic from all natural. Simply put, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must certify anything labeled “organic”. Its stamp of approval means that the ingredients included in the product did not encounter pesticides in any part of the growth and manufacturing process.

Often when plants are grown without chemicals, they are smaller and not as flashy as the huge, perfect-looking produce we’re used to seeing. While the produce may be less aesthetically attractive, it’s better quality and chemical free.

While being certified as USDA organic is important, the certification is expensive, especially for the local family farms Barons purchases food from. Often these small, local farms grow pesticide-free products but cannot afford the official certification. They are organic without the sticker.


On the other hand, “all-natural” doesn’t have a formal definition. You could technically put an all-natural label on anything, but Barons holds products to a high standard.

To us, all-natural means no preservatives, artificial colors, sugars or monosodium glutamate (MSG). We always check the ingredients in the products we choose because even if a product is labeled all-natural, it may not fit our definition.

Ninety-six percent of the products on Barons’ shelves are organic or all-natural, but we’re not stopping there. We have committed to bringing our customers the best products available and plan to reach our goal of 100 percent in the coming years. When we say “good food,” we don’t simply mean good-tasting food; we mean food that is good for your health and good for your body. Being tasty is just an added bonus.

“Nice Legs!” Book Signing and Wine Tasting – Saturday, February 15th

Posted in Blog, Community, Events, In the News, Local, Locations, Natural, News, Point Loma, Wine

Nice LegsWant to extend Valentine’s Day? Bring your sweetie or BFF to our “Sign and Wine” event this Saturday, February 15th, 3-6pm at our Point Loma market’s tasting room!


Local authors Larry Zeiger and Jack Beddows will be selling and signing their hilarious new book “Nice Legs!” and we’ll be serving some of the wines mentioned in the book along with gourmet cheeses and antipasto salads. Entry fee is $5 and all proceeds will go to the Children’s Museum in Escondido.


You can purchase “Nice Legs!” at the tasting for only $15 (tax included in the price), cash or check only. You can purchase tickets to this event at the door only, as there is no pre-sale.


It will be a delicious event with a ton of laughs. We hope to see you there!


For more information, please email

Barons Market featured in this weeks San Diego Reader!

Posted in Alpine, Blog, Community, In the News, Local, Locations, Natural, News, Organic, Point Loma, Products, Rancho Bernardo, Temecula, Uncategorized, Wildomar


Check out this great story about writer and foodie Dave Good going vegan for a couple of weeks, after attending our Vegan Taste Team Meeting!

Healthy, budget-friendly, kid-friendly lunches for the New Year!

Posted in Blog, Community, Family, Grocery, In the News, Local, Locations, Natural, News, Organic, Products, Uncategorized



We were on San Diego’s KFMB Channel 8 News this morning talking healthy, budget-friendly and kid-friendly lunches! We have a variety of awesome on-the-go snacks that are perfect to pack in lunch box. Our favorites include Justin’s Peanut Butter squeeze packs, local Grombomb Healthy Rehydration drinks, our very own Quinoa Edamame Salad and locally made Mamma Chia Squeeze snacks!

Southern California’s Baron’s Market a Hidden Gem Among Natural Food Stores

Posted in Blog, In the News, Local, Natural

Barons Cheese CaseNicolle from Just Luxe Magazine joined us for one of our weekly (in)famous Taste Team Meetings. She ate, laughed, and judged her way through about 80 different food samples. Here’s what she had to say :)

Barons Market Featured in Gourmet Retailer Magazine

Posted in Blog, Community, Family, In the News, Local, Locations, Natural, News, Point Loma, Products, Rancho Bernardo, Temecula, Uncategorized, Wildomar


Check out this article about our kid-friendly selection of snacks and foods in the latest issue of Gourmet Retailer Magazine. Kids can be gourmands too you know.


Barons Market featured in the San Diego Union Tribune!

Posted in Blog, Grocery, In the News, Local, Locations, Natural, News, Point Loma, Rancho Bernardo, Temecula, Uncategorized, Wildomar

Barons Market tasting food samples!

Barons Market tasting food samples!

So this is cool. The folks over at the Union Tribune came out to one of our Taste Team meetings

Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese…yes please.

Posted in Blog, Cheese, Natural, Point Loma, Products, Rancho Bernardo, Temecula, Wildomar


We’re not saying that you HAVE to try this cheese. We’re just STRONGLY SUGGESTING that you try this cheese.

Behold…the majesty of the garlic

Posted in Blog, Gluten-Free, Local, Natural, Organic, Point Loma, Products, Rancho Bernardo, Temecula, Wildomar

A customer brought us a tub of locally made Majestic Garlic spread and quite honestly, we had no idea what to do with it. The package said it was made with fresh raw organic garlic and was raw, vegan and gluten-free. Well whoop-dee-doo.

What’s for lunch? Introducing our new Salad Bar!

Posted in Blog, Locations, Natural, Point Loma, Produce, Rancho Bernardo, Temecula, Wildomar

Barons Salad Bar

Barons Salad Bar

I’m a sucker for a good salad bar. There’s a Souplantation across from the Barons Market in Point Loma that I frequent every other week for lunch. I know it’s wrong when we have perfectly fresh and delicious pre-packaged salad options at the store but still…there’s something about making my own (we can get to my control-freak nature in another post).