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Sep 22, 2008 07:50 PM

Cider Mills Near Boston

Are there any cider mills near boston to get cider and doughnuts?

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  1. It depends on your definition of "near Boston" - see, for instance, this currently active thread on apple cider doughnuts:
    Do you have a car? Most of the local orchards are well outside of the city.

      1. re: trufflehound

        Allandale makes cider? I don't think so, but I could be wrong. I don't think they even have an orchard.....and I know they don't make on site doughnuts of any kind.

        1. re: Science Chick

          I've been there when they pressed cider. Not sure if they still do.
          One Stack Farm in Stow does and has excellent cider. No dognuts though.

        2. re: trufflehound

          I thought Allandale farm was in Brookline, granted that much of Brookline is closer to downtown Boston than is most of Boston!

          1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

            It's right on the JP line, so pretty close. Their address IS in Brookline, though. A nice farm, but still not what the OP was looking for.

        3. For pasteurized cider available in supermarkets (Whole Foods, Lucc's, Roche Bros among them), you can't beat Carlson Orchards, in Harvard. They sell it at their orchard store as well. The main reason I make the trek to Gould Hill Orchard in Contoocook NH every fall is for their UNpasteurized's the champagne of non-alcoholic ciders, made from blends of their countless variety of heirloom apples.
          I've never seen donuts either place, but perhaps they are made on weekends. I've only been on weekdays. Both have websites.

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          1. re: greygarious

            Cider Hill Farm's (in Amesbury) cider is also un-pasteurized (and yummy!).

            1. re: ScubaSteve

              It freezes great also with little to no loss of flavor.

              1. re: Infomaniac

                and if you freeze it in cubes you can make some interesting Calvados-inspired highballs with no dilution of flavor.

                or, spike the cider with warming spices before freezing into cubes for a drink that changes flavors as the cider-ice melts....


                1. re: ScubaSteve

                  wow....thanks....i like both these ideas.

                2. re: Infomaniac

                  Honeypot Hill in Stowe also sells unpasteurized cider. Their donuts are also good. Stood in line for about 45 minutes Saturday as batch after batch of fresh donuts were sold: by the time people got to the front of the line they'd buy three dozen, and the batch would get used up quick. Nice donuts; they sell 'em plain or sugar coated.

                  1. re: Infomaniac

                    EXCEPT....make sure you give it PLENTY of expansion room. Don't put 1 cup of CHF's unpasteurized cider in a 1-cup container. It'll blow the lid right off the popper and leak icky stickies in your freezer and on other containers.

                    Not that I know anything about that from previous purchases. ;-)

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Excellent point...and I learned that the hard way many moons ago.

              2. Wilson Farms in Lexington sells their own cider (not sure if they mill it there in Lexington or up at their NH site) and makes doughnuts on-site (the aroma is overwhelming) including right in front of you during Fall weekends.

                If the parking lot is full there is a satellite lot across the street.

                T-access: Alewife Station and then Bus # 76 to Pleasant St and Fern St, right in front of Wilson's.

                Wilson Farm
                10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

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                1. re: GretchenS

                  It's pastuerized, unfortunately.

                2. Of all the cider I have had around the Boston area, the UNpasteurized cider at Dowse, in Sherborn, is my favorite. No doughnuts though.

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                  1. re: AHan

                    dowse's is great. they have owned the land for over 200 years. they have been making cider since before the civil war (1853) and the current mill has been in use since 1947. i believe they expose their cider to ultraviolet, but having had it before and after, there seems to be no difference. freezes well.