Lydia's Organics to expand in Petaluma

Will keep some operations in Fairfax; plans for cafe and educational centerPETALUMA -- A Fairfax-based organic and raw foods maker and kitchen is moving much of its operations to northern Petaluma as part of an expansion of production and to open up a larger cafe and holistic center.

Lydia’s Organics ( has leased approximately 8,000 square feet at 1435 N. McDowell Blvd. and an additional 3,500 square feet across the street, according to owner Lydia Kindheart. The 3,500 square-foot property will house a production facility for the company’s dehydrated food line, all of which is vegetarian or vegan, both cooked and raw food, and gluten free, Ms. Kindheart said.

The larger property will be a cafe and educational center, to be called the Sunflower Center, which will hold trainings, screenings, speakers and other events geared toward teaching people about healthful foods and other topics, Ms. Kindheart said.

“My whole niche is to supply food with the highest integrity,” she said, adding that much of her products are geared toward people with allergies.

The company has three branches -- Lydia’s Organics, Lydia’s Kitchen and Lydia’s Lovin’ Foods -- and employs 75 people at its current Fairfax location, at 31 Bolinas Road.

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