By Melanie Falina

We all know that eating fresh fruits and vegetables offers a plethora of heath benefits. From reducing the risk for heart disease to protecting against certain kinds of cancer to lowering blood pressure and more – not to mention being amazingly delicious – eating fresh produce is a win/win situation. And certainly in Chicago there’s no lack of places to buy fresh fruit – every grocery store has their own produce section and even neighborhood convenience stores will carry a few offerings as well, but if you’re looking to buy the freshest, best tasting fruit in the city then check out the following markets.

Cermak Produce
2750 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60647
(773) 278-4447

What began in 1986 in a 2,500 square feet store space has now blossomed into more than 10 independent grocery stores and continues to grow and serve the Chicagoland area. Family-owned Cermak Fresh Market in Chicago’s Humboldt Park/West Town neighborhood offers not only the fresh produce, meats and fish options, dairy and beverages, and a fresh bakery but an array of ethnic foods too. Featuring food items from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia and other European and Latin American countries, Cermak Fresh Market is a melting pot just like the city that houses it. And when you need to pick up some of the season’s most exciting fruits, stop by Cermak Fresh Market and shop the selection from both local farmers and international ones as well.

Stanley’s Fresh Fruit Vegetables
1558 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60642
(773) 276-8050

“Best buys of the season” – it was a simple but important motto when Stanley’s Fresh Fruit Vegetables opened their doors in 1967 and that motto is ever important today. Working with farmers throughout North and South Americas Stanley’s brings the sweetest and juiciest fruits to you, both in and out of season. Located in Chicago’s Noble Square/West Town area, Stanley’s is close to home downtown and the expressways, as well as close to home where ever home may be in the Windy City – and their family owned and operated nature will make shoppers feel right at home as well. With a huge, stunning array of produce, Stanley’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetables also offers a deli and an exciting juice bar too.

Hyde Park Produce
1226 E. 53rd St.
Chicago, IL. 60615
(773) 324-7100

Located in Chicago’s bustling Hyde Park neighborhood is a downright gem for shopping for fresh foods – Hyde Park Produce. Offering not only the best tasting fruits and veggies, Hyde Park Produce can easily be your one-stop-shop for groceries. With reasonable prices that won’t ruin the appetite, come browse their selection of ethnic items and imports, gluten-free and organic products, meats, cheeses, and an array of local foods too. Delivery is also available for their homemade sandwiches and other lunch options, and they have an entire party tray menu available for parties. Check the website for weekly specials and even online ordering. If it’s possible to fall in love with a produce store than Hyde Park Produce is that love you’ve been searching for.

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Devon Market
1440 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60660
(773) 338-2572

Come for the fresh fruit and vegetables – stay for the amazing smell of fresh baked bread! Sitting pretty in the Windy City’s trendy Edgewater area, Devon Market has got all the essentials from milk and butter to imported cheeses and the best hand-picked produce. With value in mind, Devon Market provides the most flavorful foods while accommodating every budget, and they do so with a smile. Shop local while picking up items that are low in fat and calories but high in vitamins and flavor and enjoy the fruits of summer. And don’t forget to pick up a bottle of wine in the process!

Amish & Healthy Foods
1025 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60622
(773) 278-1717

Tucked away in Chicago’s hopping West Town/Ukrainian Village neighborhood is the unforgettable – in name, and for your shopping experience – Amish & Healthy Foods. If you’re shopping for more unique items like duck eggs or chocolate covered mangoes slices then you’ll be in heaven at Amish & Healthy Foods, but they also offer all of the best in fresh fruits and veggies, organic items, non-GMO and gluten free options, and more. With a friendly staff, the family owned Amish & Healthy Foods can get you what you need for a delicious dining experience, and even offer suggestions and recipes as well. Check out their website to peruse their online catalog and then stop into the store for all of your dining and snacking needs, and don’t forget to try their amazing homemade, organic soft serve ice cream before you leave.

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