Wish Irv and Shelly a Happy Anniversary this April 1

March 29, 2012 at 9:36 am

A couple of years ago, Beet Reporter Brad Moldofsky attended the Financing Fair for what was then called the FamilyFarmed Expo, and is now called the Good Food Festival. He listed to a man named Irv Cernauskas speak.

If we’re really going to bring this mainstream and increase the volume of local food reaching Chicago, it’s going to take some capital investment.

Irv talked about founding Freshpicks.com through borrowing where they could, and digging deep into their own accounts. Six years later, he and his wife Shelly remain. They remain as an outstanding way to get local and organic foods in the Chicago area. Freshpicks delivers to a big part of our area each week from an ever changing inventory. We love best of Irv and Shelly, a few things. For one thing, at nearly any time of year, there will be some stuff local, and we mean not just eggs and bacon. You can go to that site in January and find locallly sourced carrots or go now and find local produce including apples, potatoes, bok choi and rocket (which they call arugula). For another thing, as we just said, there’s always local eggs and bacon, but also there are all sorts of other local products like grassfed, organic beef and locally made jams. On any given week, there’s hardly any other place that has as much local food. It really helps you eat local.

To celebrate six fantastic years in business, Irv and Shelly are hosting an open house this Sunday, April 1. It will be a fun day, but go, especially, to thank them for all the great work they’ve done to help you eat local. Details below from Irv and Shelly.

Please join us for the Fresh Picks Open House!

Bring a friend & get a gift
Please RSVP to openhouse@freshpicks.com

Come Meet Us & Each Other

It has been a pleasure to provide great fresh food to all of our customers and now we want to meet you! We think you might also like meeting each other. You and your friends can come see how we do things at the Warehouse and hear more about the sustainable practices we and our farmers employ. We’ll be offering tours of the warehouse so you can see just exactly what it takes to get you your food each week.

Meet our Farmers & Producers
Many of our farmers will be at Fresh Picks to meet you and talk with you about their passion for growing healthy food. Come find out what they’re growing and how they work hard to use the most sustainable practices. Farmers from the following farms will be there:

Genesis Growers
Green Acres
Hillside Orchards
Springdale Farms
Living Waters
River Valley Ranch
Angelic Organics Farm
Oriana’s Orchard & Nursery
And More!

Taste Local Treats
Some of the great chefs in Chicago who are committed to using local and organic foods in their dishes will provide us some tastings. So far chefs from the following restaurants will be serving up delicious bites:

MANA Food Bar
Flying Saucer
Bleeding Heart Bakery
Green Spirit Healthy Living (will also be providing a raw cooking demo!)
River Valley Kitchens
Chef Ryan Nilson (our very own warehouse manager!)

Enjoy Local Drinks
Half Acre Beer Company will be serving up tastings of their amazing local brews and we will be pouring local and organic wines from Lush Wine & Spirits

Win Fun Prizes
We will be raffling off gift certificates to local businesses, restaurants & of course to Fresh Picks!

Kids’ Activities
Be sure to bring the whole family as we’ll have fun activities to entertain the kids while you’re here.

Hear/See Our Local Musicians & Artists
We are fortunate to have some talented members of the Fresh Picks team who will play some music for us & put up their art. Driver Paul Gulyas (of the Shams Band and New Deal Crew) & warehouse member Ellis Seiberling (of Jon Drakes & The Shakes and Mucca Pazza) will play music. Cashier Justin Homer Jackson will have paintings on display and driver Sean Michael Bell will display sculptures.

4:00 – Doors Open, Food & Drinks Served
4:30 – Warehouse Tour
5:00 – Farmer Spotlight
5:30 – Warehouse Tour, Live Music Starts

Our Location
We are located at 5625 W Howard St in Niles, just off Central Avenue. The Blue line Jefferson Park stop, Yellow line stop in Skokie & the Edgebrook Metra Station all come close enough to take a bike the rest of the way.