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Jan Czerw--pictured on the left, standing--on the day he purchased Czerw's


Jan Czerw, our grandfather, immigrated from Mislsi, Poland. He was employed as butcher.
Jan would make kielbasa for his family and friends in the basement of his home. Word quickly spread that Jan was making the kielbasa and demand grew for his product. Jan decided to open his business.
In 1938, Jan opened Philadelphia Provisions. He saved money by converting a horse stable into a shop. Jan built the brick oven smoke houses himself. Czerw's Kielbasa still stands in that original spot, using the same brick ovens built almost 70 years ago.
Jan passed the store to his two sons: Thaddeus (known to everyone as Ted; our father), and Konstant. Konstant retired and handed sole operation of the business to Ted.
On Ted's retirement and eventual passing away, ownership of the business was passed on to his sons: Dennis and Jeffrey, and John.
Since the start of the business, it has always been family operated and oriented. Our aunt worked for both our grandfather and father, in the retail store. At young ages, we were all involved in the business in some way; such as carrying bags out for customers and cleaning out the smokehouses. Our mother still comes in every day to "give a
hand". She continues to make golabki (stuffed cabbage) for the store, which always sells out.
Czerw's still uses the same recipes for kielbasa that were created over 70 years ago by our grandfather. We continue to smoke our products using only quality, real fruit woods; just as it was done in 1938.

Our goal is to provide delicious, quality homemade Polish foods. 

We are the manufacturers of the finest quality, old-fashioned Polish Kielbasy.

Tender pork butts are used exclusively.  And, our Smoked Kielbasy is smoked in old-fashioned bricks ovens using only seasoned, natural fruit woods. 

We guarantee all homemade products to be of the highest quality.  Taste is your assurance.

Our kielbasy contains no by-products, artificial color, fillers, or added water; unlike other brands sold in the marketplace.

Czerw's--the Easter wait, 2009

Czerw's Kielbasy has been featured on:  Fox 29, ABC, NBC, CBS,The Frugal Gourmet, FYI Philly, & Bizarre Foods. 
Czerw's has also been seen in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly Magazine.
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