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 homebaked 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
(last week is this Saturday, October 25, complete with free stone soup!)
460 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60302
Contact Number: 708.358.5780
About Shanna Mallon
Shanna has a Masters in Writing through Depaul University. Her mantra? Restoring order and celebrating beauty through creative content, photography and food. Shanna's work has been featured in Bon Appetit, The Kitchn, MSN.com, Everyday Health, Better Homes & Gardens, Houzz.com, Food News Journal, Food52, Zeit Magazine, Chew the World, Mom.me, Babble, Delish.com, Parade, Foodista, Entrepreneur and Ragan PR.