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Harvest Fresh -- ethnic groceries in NW 'burbs

LAZ | Feb 22, 200408:33 AM

Harvest Fresh International Farmers Market
100 E. Rand Road
Arlington Heights

7 a.m.-9 p.m. M-Sa; -8 p.m. Su

I've only had a chance to make a couple of brief forays, but so far this seems like a welcome addition to this otherwise relatively white-bread section of the suburbs. You can call it a small supermarket or a large grocery store.

The stock leans toward Eastern European, but there's also Greek, Middle-Eastern and other foods. There's a big section of beautiful-looking Polish pickles and vegetable spreads in jars. The dairy has Russian-style sour cream. There's also a locked case of imported caviar. Lots of European chocolates.

The special finds so far have been a savory Russian-style chopped mushroom salad from the deli (which also has sausages, stuffed grape leaves and a bunch of other stuff I haven't had a chance to try), and round Israeli cookies labeled "honey cookies" but more like soft ginger nuts; on my second visit, just before closing time, I couldn't find these, but found some very similar Russian ones with an orange filling.

They also sell most of the things you'd expect a supermarket to have, so you can pick up staples without having to make an extra trip to Jewel or wherever.

It's probably not worth making special trip out from the city, where there are plenty of places to get this kind of stuff, but it's lovely to have it out here.


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