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
- dried strawberries
- dried cantaloupe
Im interested to hear others.
Love all the dried fruit, apple crumb, irish soda bread, and my kids' favorite -- "String Bean Mountain."
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.
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.
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.
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
herbs (even tho I grow my own)
my cart probably contains something from the
coffee tea dept
and the outdoor plants dept every time
my personal favorite item at D.O. is still:
Lemon Meringue Pie!!!
Almond Butter Crunch Cookies!
Prepared stuffed portabellos
Whatever fruits and vegs that are in season (recently, their range of plums come to mind)
Since it's about an hour from where we live in Hillsborough, we usually go late morning, then shoot over to Keyport Fishery for "fish on the dock." My wife usually augments the fried fish with some asparagus salad from D.O.'s prepared section.
Apple Cider donuts are the BEST!!! Also love there pies I go there every Thanksgiving and Christmas for them
The almond butter crunch cookies are my all time favorites -
- applesauce cake (w/frosting, of course)
- cheese selection
- haricots vert
Add my chorus to the one praising the apple cider doughnuts...nobody does them as well as Delicious Orchards does. I don't know if it's their own recipe or something from a commercial mix (which is what most placed like this seem to use...but whatever it is, and whatever they do to make them, none really compare to what they sell there.
Also a fan of their little wheat dinner rolls.
Long ago I became addicted to both the dried Bing and Ranier cherries they sell as well as the tart dried red plums.
I always recommend the apple cider there too, but with one caveat: Their regular apple cider is a bit on the sweet side, I suppose made that way to appeal to the lowest common denominator and the American 'too sweet' tooth. But best of all is the house branded apple cider they package in a _green carton_; it's nice and tart the way good apple cider is supposed to be. It is a thing of beauty...great to drink, and amazing to braise a nicely marbled cut of pork.
No, sorry. I was just wondering the distance because I might like to drive to Delicious Orchards the next time I take the ferry over from Lewes. Does breakfast in Cape May, a walk on the Atlantic City boardwalk, and a drive to Delicious Orchards sound reasonable to you? In a day, I mean.
If you wanted to do AC and Delicious Orchard in one day, bring a cooler and it can be done. I would definately do breakfast in Cape May and then go directly to DO. From DO, take 537 east and make a left onto Swimming River Rd and then a right onto 520 in Lincroft. Immediately past the small shopping plaza on your right is a great lunch at Manow Asian Bistro.
After lunch, if you have room, get a treat from Ralph's Ices next door. Then continue out of Lincroft on 520 a few miles to meet up with the GSP to get you back home. On your way, stop in AC and do the boardwalk.
Well, that's how I'd do it anyway ;o)
re: The Megadon
Nobody does produce like them. It's worth the few extra pennies. A guy named "Jay" or Jeff will help you pick out the perfect melon when in doubt. He's always there and he's never wrong.
I love their corn, cherries (though this year they are on the small side), champagne grapes, eggplant, zuccini blossoms, cheeses, potato salad, biscuits, boston cream pie when very fresh, cupcakes, napolen and they used to make a turkey or ham wrap with russian dressing and havarti that is now only available when you order in advancel brownies with nuts, donuts and on and on.