Fresh produce might be the main attraction at health and organic food stores, but it's certainly not the only one. The finest stores tempt your palate with a full selection of food – and they're located within a potato toss of North Aurora and Romeoville.
1. Cermak Fresh Market
Aurora and Naperville
It’s unlikely you’ve witnessed produce as colorful and robust as the bounty at Cermak Fresh Market. However, the market offers customers more than just fresh, organic produce; they offer a wide variety of ethnic foods catering to European, Greek, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Polish, Russian and other specialty palates. Your challenge might be curbing your enthusiasm, but you really don't have to: Cermak accommodates bulk purchases, too.
2. Garden Fresh Market
955 W 75th St #1, Naperville
Garden Fresh Market has distinguished itself in Chicagoland for offering healthy, high quality food at a great value — and helping meal planning come together right before its customers' eyes. The market prides itself on a large deli department with top-end cheeses and cold cuts, a premium selection of meats, and the “world’s best produce."
Be sure to try one of the signature dishes prepared by the market’s seasoned chefs — each chef has been with Garden Fresh Market for more than 15 years. From Balkan skewers to beer bread, you’ll find a diverse range of freshly prepared foods to go along with the market’s wide selection of your favorite brand names.
3. Naked Sprout Organics Market
938 S State St, Lockport
If ever a name captured the essence of a grocery store, Naked Sprout Organics Market is it. The Lockport market buys “farm direct” and uses only organic oils, spices, beans, nuts, seeds and raw sweeteners in its food products. If you're still uncertain about “going organic,” let the market’s vegan chefs show you the path to healthier eating during regular cooking demonstrations. Try getting into the spirit of this “one-stop shop for all things wellness” by sipping on a smoothie from the juice bar or visiting the yoga studio next store — and create your own healthy essence for living.
4. Nature's Best Market
257 N Cass Ave, Westmont
At Nature's Best Market, you might find yourself repeating the store motto: “It doesn't get any fresher than this.” The market's colorful harvest of locally grown and ethnic produce is hand-selected daily, which ensures customers get only the freshest food available. Strolling through Nature's Best is like experiencing an old-world neighborhood market, where the warm and friendly environment converges with eye-popping selections of deli products, cheese and fresh meat.
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