It was hard to decide which store I would feature on my first blog. I didn’t want to break out the big guns on such an early post, so I let my stomach decide. It was a rainy night and I thought I’d pick up some stuff for dinner at a place I’ve seen for the past 2 months on my way home from work.

Amish Farmers Grocery Store

Amish Farmers located on Grand Avenue in Franklin Park.

You can easily miss Amish Farmers when driving by on Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. As a graphic designer, I immediately noticed the clean simple logo along a stretch of blah signage. Their tagline: organic real food sparked my interest, too. I pulled into a free street parking spot and went inside. I was immediately greeted with “tak,” Polish for hello. Not what I was expecting, but then I realized it meant one thing: they’ve got to have great smoked meat.

Amish Farmers Smoked Meat

Amish Farmers Smoked Meat. Sausages on left smoked “in the country” while larger cuts of meat smoked in-house.

I thought they would only carry vegetables, but they had a great selection of meats, dairy and dry and canned (literally through canning) goods. They’ve only been open for 3 months so far, and they carry products from Amish farmers in Indiana and Wisconsin. When I looked at above the meat display, “MEAT ONLY GIVES ASSISTANT!” I fell in love.

Amish Farmers Fresh Meat with No Hormones

Fresh chicken, pork, veal and lamb from local Amish Farmers. The meat is slaughtered fresh for the owners. All the animals are grass fed and have no hormones.

The prices were amazing. I bought 30 eggs for $6.50 and some gouda cheese curds for $2.25. They offered samples of the cheeses and the smoked meats, so l left with a little sampling of both. They had a great selection of dried goods and root vegetables. The woman who helped me said they have a larger selection of products on Fridays and Saturdays, similar to a Farmer’s Market. She recommended the brownies, but I said I’ll have to wait for next time. I’ll definitely be back, and you should, too.

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Amish Farmers, 9711 W Grand Ave, Franklin Park, IL 60131. (847) 916-2483. Hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm, Sunday 9am-3pm.

 

 


3 Comments

  1. Betty Ilic
    Posted March 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    …great blog, keep it up!

  2. Mish
    Posted September 20, 2014 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    did they have RAW MILK? how much?
    i know there is another Amish store in downtown chicago (Ukranian Village) that sells RAW Milk.

    • Grocery Gal
      Posted September 20, 2014 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

      I believe they had raw milk, but not every time I’ve been in there. I think it’s all based on customer demand and availability from the farmers they work with.

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