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Aug 3, 2007 07:58 AM

Delicious Orchards Favorites?

OK- so what is everyone's favorite items from D.O.?

Im probably forgetting some things, but tops on my list are:

- fresh figs
- sun-dried red peppers
- muffin bread
- of course, apple cider doughnuts
- fresh wheat pasta
- apricots
- dried strawberries
- dried cantaloupe

Im interested to hear others.

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  1. You beat me to the apple cider donuts, but I'll add the apricot danish, yum!

    1. Love all the dried fruit, apple crumb, irish soda bread, and my kids' favorite -- "String Bean Mountain."

      1. Their pies are mostly great. My favorites are the apple pies, especially the apple crumb and the iced apple when they have it.

        Their apple crumb cake, sold in the same metal tin as their brownies, is so good I had it sent to me when I lived in los angeles years ago.

        Most of their melons are as mistake proof as somebody like me, who has a hard time choosing a melon, can ask for.

        The local shitake shrooms are big and fresh and cook up nicely.

        About the only thing I don't like there are their prepared foods.

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        1. re: seal

          DEF the AC Donuts, was just talking about them! Dried fruit and during season, the ice cream sold outside. The BEST icecream ive had and that includes nj, ny and italy! I do not know the brand, i was told once Sedutto's and another time Hersheys. May do a trip there this W/e. Their chocolate selection is decent, coffee too but the lady back there is a meanie.

          1. re: nyebaby37

            I just bought coffee there yesterday, and the woman who waited on me couldn't have been nicer.

            As I posted elsewhere, they've greatly expanded the outdoor service. It's now like a cafe. A wide-ranging menu + lots of shaded tables where you can enjoy a bit of al fresco "dining."

            As regards favorites, it's the only place in the area that carries D'Artagnan's merguez sausage. They have a goat blue cheese that I like -- not found anywhere else. I always buy Parmesan cheese by the chunk there. When it comes to baked goods, my favorites are their danish, particularly the almond but also the prune, and the eclairs.

        2. My office is near D.O. and for a while I couldn't stay away; having lunch outside almost daily.

          My family loves their:
          apple cider donuts and they freeze beautifully
          the apple cider is wonderful, as is the apple cider freeze from the outdoor cafe
          all of the cheese & wine parties we throw are due in large part to DO's cheese selection (prefer it over Sickles Farm)
          the entire dried fruit section is outstanding

          this time of year I can't pass up the
          mushroom varities
          herbs (even tho I grow my own)

          my cart probably contains something from the
          chocolate/sweets dept
          coffee tea dept
          and the outdoor plants dept every time

          my personal favorite item at D.O. is still:
          cheese bread

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          1. re: HillJ

            Realize this is an older post but today based on your recommendation above had my first DO Apple Cider Freeze/Slushy - AMAZING!
            Thank you for posting.
            This was pure HAPPINESS!

            1. re: shabbystorm

              Dang shabby, were you on line w/me. DO is one of my new accounts and I never leave there without a cider slushy!

              1. re: HillJ

                I've never had the cider slushy. I was at DO late this afternoon, but the today's weather was way too cool for me to try it. (More like mid-May than July!) I will keep it in mind the next time I'm there on a much warmer day.

                1. re: RGR

                  That's funny - I was there after lunch.

                  Your right it was cooler today, just glorious. I was SOOOOOOOOO thirsty from eating that BBQ at lunch I was parched - gave it a try - sweet, cold, and delicious.

                  1. re: shabbystorm

                    It was chilly today. We just returned from Havana Grill/Highlands for dinner and the outdoor dining area was breezy but we loved it anyway!

                    RGR, would love to hear your impression of the cider slush.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      Will do, HillJ. I'm sure it will be soon since the forecast is for more seasonal temps ahead, i.e., in the 80's, and DO is on my regular food shopping rotation.

          2. Their dried fruit is exceptional, especially those huge raisins...fabulous in banana bread pudding. I also love their coffee...the pumpkin spice (available in the fall) is wonderful, and on occasion a piece of their peanut butter fudge...worth every fat gram and calorie! :)

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              1. re: karins

                I haven't been in a while but I would add the following to the above noted items: apple cider, lemonade, orange juice, brownies, hamburger patties, hot dogs, sausages and epoisse (best price in the area).

                  1. re: nyebaby37

                    nye, Epoisses de Bourgogne is cheese, pungent but delicious!

                    1. re: HillJ

                      Thanks HillJ. Photo below.