Not quite a year ago, I almost moved to Oak Park. And now, even though I think it was the right decision not to go, every now and then, I think of what it might have been like to live there, especially when I have weekends like this last one.
Saturday morning, I met my friend/once-roommate Katie at the Oak Park Farmers Market and tasted fresh, homemade donuts at the Pilgrim Church and bought a huge green pepper for $0.75 and drank the best apple cider I’ve ever had. (No, really, it was like drinking a pure, fresh-picked apple.)
The day was a cool, jacket-weather kind, and everywhere I looked were children covered in powdered sugar, bites of donuts crumbling around their mouths.
Since I couldn’t bring you with me, I thought you might enjoy a few pictures:
About the donuts: These home-baked goods are what brought me to this market in the first place, after I read someone’s comment on Joy the Baker’s Great Doughnut Hunt. Obviously, then, they were the first thing I looked for when I arrived.
My brother and I got there first, so, when Katie came, I told her I was sorry only one kind (the cinnamon sugar) was left in our box of a dozen.
I had assumed the cake version would be boring and the powdered sugar too sweet and only gotten one of each of those. Big mistake.
Trust me: they’re all delicious, but pace yourself. There are a lot of things to try, and, you don’t want to miss anything.
Oak Park Farmers Market
460 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60302
Contact Number: 708.358.5780
About Shanna Mallon
Shanna Mallon is a freelance writer who holds an MA in writing from DePaul University. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including The Kitchn, Better Homes & Gardens, Taste of Home, Houzz.com, Foodista, Entrepreneur, and Ragan PR. In 2014, she co-authored The Einkorn Cookbook with her husband, Tim. Today, you can find her digging into food topics and celebrating the everyday grace of eating on her blog, Go Eat Your Bread with Joy. Shanna lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with Tim and their two small kids.