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homemade pies, donuts, etc. at farms in tri-state area?

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surly Oct 14, 2006 12:17 AM

i'd like to know which farms in the ny/nj/ct area you guys recommend for great homemade donuts, pies, and other goodies. i'm particularly interested in the donuts, esp. since it's fall now and i'm thinking that there might be some great apple cider donuts out there at the moment, with apples in season, but i'd like to hear about anything and everything worth trekking out to from the city.

i have to head up to southwestern connecticut soon and was hoping to hit up some places in the westchester/putnam/fairfield/new haven/litchfield county areas, so any recommendations in those regions would be great.

but again, i'd like to hear about places throughout the tri-state area, as i'm willing to travel beyond metro nyc if there's something especially noteworthy.

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    spa RE: surly Oct 14, 2006 01:18 AM

    We like the donuts at Salinger's Orchard in Brewster. Really good apples, too. It's one of the few remaining working orchards in the area, and unlike Outhouse, for example, it is not a tourist trap.

    http://www.salingersorchard.com/

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      GoKarenGo RE: spa Oct 15, 2006 02:40 AM

      I second that! Salingers is great. The donuts are incredible. And the pies are fabulous.

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        jeanki RE: GoKarenGo Oct 23, 2006 08:09 PM

        Another rave from me. I went to Salingers this weekend and thought it was so much fun; the smells of fresh homemade baked goods were incredible, and the variety was great. The donuts were indeed amazing, and the apple pie I took home was still warm from the oven. A real foodie find.

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          surly RE: jeanki Nov 15, 2006 02:02 AM

          just wanted to thank you guys for all the tips - i hope to make it out to as many of these places as possible over the next few months.

          i was finally in the putnam/sw ct area this past weekend and decided to stop by salinger's. you guys were right - this place is great! the donuts were indeed fantastic. i personally liked the plain donuts better than the sugared ones, but they were both extremely tasty with a nice, slightly crispy edge and a soft, tasty (not sickly sweet) interior. i liked how they were "normal" size (i.e. not ginormous like most everything else out there) and warm. the pumpkin pie we got was still warm as well and, without question, one of the best i've ever had. didn't get to eat the apple pie till that evening, but it was still incredibly delicious. and of course their apple cider...i drank some there and got a jug for the road as well. perfect.

          later, i stopped by phillips diner in woodbury, ct. i actually passed by the place twice before realizing that it was disguised as "dottie's diner" (at least that's what the large sign hanging above the establishment read), with "phillips" written in small font just below (virtually impossible to see from the road). there's also a small sign next to the front door that identifies the place as "phillips restaurant", but again, you can't really see this from the road.

          my question: is this a new change, or has it always been this way? why the need to display "dottie's diner" prominently while "phillips" gets relegated to small, hard-to-see-from-the-road font? perhaps phillips has new owners who've changed the name to dottie's, but decided to keep "phillips" on the sign, just in case? or has it always been this way?

          i'd never been here before, so thanks in advance for clearing this up.

          in any event, i arrived dottie's/phillips just before closing time, and asked for 2 chicken pies (1 with veggies, 1 with just the chicken) and 2 donuts to go. the donuts were pretty good - i imagined that they were great when warm and fresh - but the chicken pies were virtually inedible. i asked them to heat up the pies, but the people in the back must've nuked them for about 10 seconds, because they were still lukewarm at best. perhaps if i'd gotten a hot, fresh chicken pie i'd have thought differently, but i was very disappointed to say the least.

          next time i'll try to make it to phillips earlier, grab a booth (loved the retro interior), and try everything freshly prepared.

    2. adamclyde RE: surly Oct 14, 2006 01:31 AM

      beardsly farm in shelton, ct has good pies and great cider donuts. also a good place to pick apples.

      if you are around on a saturday morning, the greenwich farmers market also has good pies and cider donuts

      1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: surly Oct 14, 2006 12:17 PM

        At Wilkens in Yorktown Heights last Saturday, the line for fresh donuts was an hour long. Stupidly, I waited on this line-- I'd like to say it was worth an hour. Yes, the donuts were DELICIOUS, fresh, and hot (you can watch them being made verrrrrry slloooowwlly) but I felt guilty ordering more than half a dozen since they took so long to come out of the machine. So I can't say it was worth the wait. I'd try going at a weird time (first thing in the morning or during the week perhaps if they're open then).

        If you happen to be in the Binghamton area, Cider Mill in Endicott has outstanding donuts, cider, cheese, and other goodies.

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          marieber RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Oct 16, 2006 07:14 PM

          We went to Wilkens' in the AM last weekend (not outrageously early, like 10 AM) and they didn't have donuts yet! I found that odd, given how everyone raves about these donuts. They should be up at the crack of dawn making them for us!

          We bought a pack left from the night before, and they were good, but there's no way I'm EVER waiting over an hour for them fresh.

        2. sivyaleah RE: surly Oct 14, 2006 12:30 PM

          Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck, NJ is wonderful. Their apple cider donuts are particularly great. I'm very partial to their apricot danish too :-)

          http://www.deliciousorchardsnj.com/

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            Denial RE: sivyaleah Oct 15, 2006 02:58 AM

            You took the words right out of my mouth. i was just there on Thursday. Took the kids apple picking and then did a wonce around at Delicious Orchards. So yummy. So bad for the waste line.

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              sivyaleah RE: Denial Oct 15, 2006 04:35 PM

              And the waist line :-)

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                The Engineer RE: sivyaleah Oct 16, 2006 05:12 PM

                I was going to correct something else, but once is enough. :-)

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            debmom RE: surly Oct 15, 2006 01:40 PM

            Youngs Farm in Brookville Long Island makes wonderful pies! My Mom brings them to me and we LOVE them! I don't think they have apple picking though.

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              dolores RE: surly Oct 15, 2006 02:47 PM

              If apple picking is not of vital importance (I don't do apple picking), I am a new convert to the donuts at Phillips Diner in Woodbury, Ct, thanks to a pointer from this site.

              I have two dozen in my freezer right now. Yes, they nuke up just fine. Oh, and I got the day old ones at 35 cents since I planned on freezing them anyway.

              Since the yuppies took over the donut/cider place on Route 22 in Armonk, I rely on Kneaded Bread in Portchester NY and the vegetable place on Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains NY for my donut craving, when I can't get to Phillips.

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                momof3 RE: dolores Oct 26, 2006 02:27 AM

                What's the "vegetable place on Mamaroneck Ave."? Does it have a name, where is it on the Ave?

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                  dolores RE: momof3 Nov 15, 2006 12:48 PM

                  I'm sorry, momof3, apparently I never came back to this thread!

                  Ugh...I'll have to remember the name next time I go there, but if you head towards Mamaroneck from White Plains on Mamaroneck Ave., it's on the left (alongside Mam'k. Ave. going north) and is before the entrance for I-95.

                  You can't miss it, they have plants and furniture out front, and advertise the weekend-only donuts.

              2. NYchowcook RE: surly Oct 15, 2006 05:01 PM

                Columbia County:
                In Valatie, right on Route 9, Golden Harvest farm stand has terrific cider donuts. I like to get there early when they're warm. Yum! Sugar or plain. They also have pies, apples and other treats. I go for the donuts.

                Best apples in the northern Columbia County area, IMHO, is Samascott Orchard, off of Route 9 in Kinderhook on Sunset Ave; pick your own, plus donuts, and great cider. Samascott's has a farm stand on Route 9 in Kinderhook, but no donuts there.

                Love Apple Farm in Ghent (Route 9H) is a farm w/ farm stand with lots of produce, and pies.

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                  coll RE: NYchowcook Nov 15, 2006 11:26 AM

                  I just had some cider donuts at Golden Harvest in Valatie; I don't love donuts in general but these were the best I ever tasted! (The turnovers left something to be desired, but the apple crumb pie was unusally good too) Too bad I didn't read this first, I got my apples there as well although they're pretty darned good.

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                  MRS RE: surly Oct 15, 2006 11:09 PM

                  I mourn the "passing" of Schultz's in Armonk!

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                    SLO RE: MRS Oct 23, 2006 08:35 PM

                    Especially when you see what that space has become!!!!
                    Not only were the donuts good, the square hambugers were delicious (with lots of the chopped onion and relish).
                    They also had an unpasturized cider that has become the standard for my children ... too bad they sold out (and from what I understand they weren't the ones who made the $$$$$)

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                      MRS RE: SLO Oct 26, 2006 10:30 PM

                      I am honestly so sad that I will never take my kids there. What a central part of memories for children who grew up in Westchster. Every Sunday involved a trip there somehow.
                      I'm sure the developer cleaned out and they got too little.

                  2. Chris VR RE: surly Oct 26, 2006 02:30 AM

                    Pies from Briermere- especially the cream pies- Riverhead or thereabouts. While you're out in that neck of the woods you can do some wine tasting and pick up some pumpkins and apples to fulfill all your harvest needs.

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                      pinenutswitheverything RE: surly Nov 15, 2006 02:12 AM

                      There's nothing wrong with Wright's

                      http://eatapples.com/bakery.html

                      Cheers

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