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Aug 27, 2001 05:39 PM

Cider donuts

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Where are the best (freshly made) cider donuts within an hour or two of Boston? I've had the ones at Goodale Orchards (near Crane's Beach) and I wasn't that impressed. Hot and fresh, to be sure, but not much oomph. A few years ago I had superb ones in some little shack on a side road somewhere in Central Mass., but I have no idea even what town I was in (it was probably in the vicinity of North Brookfield, but I'm not sure), let alone what road I was on.

Many thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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  1. I really like the ones at Applecrest Farms in Hampton Falls , NH. I am not an outdoorsy person and my version of apple picking is buying the apples at the farm stand. Yet, I drive an hour EVERY year (sometimes more than once) just for these donuts. It is a nice place too especially if you have children. They have entertainment on weekends and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.

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    1. re: Maura

      Try Parker's maple sugar farm. I think it is in Union, NH.

      1. re: Donut guy

        I second the Applecrest recommendation. I also enjoy the cider donuts at Connor's farm in Danvers. It is just off Rt 97 close to the "back" entrance to Topsfield fairgrounds.

    2. Try Atkins farm in Amherst, Mass. The best.

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      1. re: bob

        I'll second Atkins Farm for cider doughtnuts. I've never had them anyplace else, so my recommendation may not carry much weight. But they're good enough that I'm already plotting an autumn "sick day" to drive out that way and pick some up.

        1. re: kate

          I'll third Atkins. Kick-ass cider donuts.

      2. Can you give a brief explanation of what a cider donut is? Just for us folks following along from afar. I suppose cider is an ingredient, which makes it start to sound good ...

        Thanks, Jim

        1. I've had good ones at the Topsfield Fair, which is the week before and thru Columbus Day. Fresh out of the vat, very tasty.

          To the person who asked, yes cider is an ingredient in what is basically a plain donut often with sugar sprinkled on top.

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          1. re: Joanie

            i second the Topsfield Fair vote...the donuts are a yearly tradition for me.

          2. Don't know if they actually have donuts, so this may not be terribly helpful, but the best cider I have found in the area is at Dowse Orchards in Natick on the Sherborn line, Rt. 27.