The first farmers’ market of the season is Saturday, May 23, from 8 a.m. to noon, and at least a dozen Oak Park moms are praying for great weather and a great turnout. This is because they are all spending the week before slaving away to prepare some delicious fresh breads, muffins, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, chocolate-covered pretzels and even some diabetic-friendly treats for the first charity bake sale of the season, benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the leading charitable funder and advocate of Type 1 diabetes research, worldwide. Many of these moms are well known (at least in the northeast part of Oak Park) for their various homemade treats, and now all of Oak Park and River Forest can get a sample!

I recruited the fellow moms and bakers, and will participate in the Ride to Cure on June 27 in Sonoma, Calif., and have pledged, along with several members of my family, to raise $20,000 for JDRF. Though JDRF isn’t the typical charity organization found at the market, we’re sure it’s a cause many fellow residents are connected to, as there are nearly 3 million sufferers of Type 1 diabetes in the U.S., and it’s diagnosed in 30,000 kids every year.

So get out there and buy some goodies on May 23! For more info about JDRF or the Ride to Cure, go to

Elizabeth Diskin
Oak Park

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