Kelly the Culinarian: Food find: Jerry's in Niles

Monday, August 25, 2008

Food find: Jerry's in Niles

Sunday came and went this week with no stand mixer, so I'll catch up on that next week. In the meantime, let me tell you about my absolute favorite place to shop for produce and specialty items.
I don't know how long Jerry's Fruit and Garden on Milwaukee Avenue has been there, but the place is always packed. The prices at Jerry's really can't be beat. The produce may not be the greatest quality all the time, but there are real gems to be found. I always find great green beans, there's usually tiny lemons 10 for $1 and I've netted jars of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil 2 for $3. They also always have specialty hummus and cheeses as well as artisan breads. My favorite is the kalamata olive hummus with whole-wheat mini pitas.

I can fill up my cart with produce and a few snacks for under $20. Even after Tim moves away from Niles, I think we may have to make trips here. The only thing they don't have at Jerry's is fresh meats. They have some packaged stuff, but that doesn't really fit the bill. However, there are some other options in the neighborhood that I can't wait to share.

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