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Good cider donuts close to Boston?

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K8109 Oct 7, 2009 01:32 PM

I need some moderately good cider donuts but only know of places that are 45-60 minutes from Boston. Are there any closer places where I could find a few dozen donuts? Thanks!

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    ChocolateMilkshake RE: K8109 Oct 7, 2009 07:16 PM

    Wilson Farms in Lexington makes them fresh outside on the weekends. I think they're pretty tasty. http://www.wilsonfarm.com/

    I've also seen cider donuts at the Copley Farmers Market (Tuesdays and Fridays).

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      scorp508 RE: ChocolateMilkshake Oct 8, 2009 04:29 PM

      Agreed, Wilson Farms has some tastey donuts and they aren't far from Boston at all.

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      ikt RE: K8109 Oct 16, 2009 07:32 AM

      I'm also looking for great cider donuts close to Boston - even far from Boston I haven't found any that compare to the ones I used to get from cider mills in Michigan. I've tried the Copley Square farmers' market ones and wasn't impressed. They tasted kind of stale, and you couldn't really taste the cider. I also tried Wilson Farms' donuts (packaged) - they weren't being made fresh when I was there - and I wasn't impressed with those either. The taste just wasn't that great. I hear that Ohlin's in Belmont is supposed to have great cider donuts, but they were sold out by the time we got there last Saturday afternoon. I think she said they sold out around 10 am...

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        ziggles RE: ikt Oct 16, 2009 07:55 AM

        I am also from Michigan and have been relatively unimpressed with the cider donuts in the greater Boston area. That all changed last weekend when I visited Wilson's farm and tried one of their fresh donuts. I think you'll find that their donuts are much better when you get them right out of the machine in the garden center. It seems that they only offer the fresh donuts on the weekends, but I could be wrong. I've tried the cider donuts from Ohlins and wasn't overwhelmed....they were good, but paled in comparison to others and especially when compared to some of the other donuts at Ohlin's (e.g., the jelly filled and boston creme donuts).

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          Prav RE: ziggles Oct 16, 2009 01:00 PM

          Michigander here as well - I thought the Wilson Farms' cider donuts were as good as my back-home favs like Wiards or Dexter Cider mill. :)

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          kmhayes RE: ikt Oct 17, 2009 03:25 PM

          I think I can help but only far from Boston. Crosby's Bakery in Nashua, NH on East Pearl Street makes great cider donuts. Definately fresh, they're excellent dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

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            ikt RE: ikt Oct 19, 2009 06:21 AM

            Good news to report: I made the trek up to Cider Hill in Amesbury on Saturday, since it's one of those places that gets great reviews but I hadn't it tried yet, and their cider donuts are fantastic. Exactly what I was looking for, just like those you can find in Michigan (my place was Spicer Orchards in Fenton). We also got their cider and caramel apples, which were delicious as well. Plus, it turned out to be not much of a trek - it was only a 40 minute straight shot from Cambridge, taking Route 1 and 95 N, about a mile off the exit. : )

          2. fmcoxe6188 RE: K8109 Oct 16, 2009 07:35 AM

            I treated myself to one from Sportello last week and it was the best cider donut Ive had in a long time. I dont know how accessible they are for a dozen or so...but I enjoyed my one :-)

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              justbeingpolite RE: fmcoxe6188 Oct 16, 2009 07:56 AM

              Honeypot Hills Orchard in Stowe. Though it can be a zoo, the high turnover keeps the fresh, warm donuts coming!!

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                MtVernon RE: justbeingpolite Oct 20, 2009 05:40 PM

                That was the best cider donuts I had. I ate the whole bag and felt a little gross after, but they were so hot and yummy.

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              mezzodiva54 RE: K8109 Oct 16, 2009 08:18 AM

              Cider Hill Farms in Amesbury. Circus-like atmosphere on a nice autumn weekend, but fabulous cider donuts, often inhaled before we can leave the parking lot. Also the most varieties of apples around (lots of rare varieties, and a reliable source for the Northern Spies I demand for my pies and dumplings), plus local produce, cider, honey, even organic meats, and PUMPKINS!
              http://www.ciderhill.com/

              1. Joanie RE: K8109 Oct 16, 2009 09:21 AM

                They have them at the Sun. Harvard Sq. farmer's mkt too but they obviously lose some punch when they've been sitting around. Altho they're not packaged so that helps.

                1. jdubboston RE: K8109 Oct 19, 2009 07:34 AM

                  Oh boy - you must try the ones from Russell Orchards in Ipswich - they are amazing. Depending on where you are in Cambridge, I'm guessing it's probably about the same driving time as getting to Cider Hill.

                  Russell Orchard
                  143 Argilla Road
                  Ipswich, Ma
                  http://www.russellorchardsma.com/

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                    Ernie Diamond RE: jdubboston Oct 20, 2009 04:38 PM

                    Big fan of Russell Orchards for donuts and just about everything else but I have found far better ones at Red Apple Farm in Phillipston (near Athol). Not convenient, not at all close but ALMOST worth the trip for the donuts alone...they are that good.

                  2. SaraASR RE: K8109 Oct 21, 2009 10:54 AM

                    This is going to sound crazy, but Sorellina has a cider donut dessert and they are AMAZING. I didn't order them in fear that they would never compare to what you can get at an apple orchard, but I tried my friend's portion and they were even better. The portion was three regular sized cider donuts (so smaller than the "typical" donut") and they came with a side of vanilla bean creamy-ish sauce and an apple-cinnamon puree type of thing.

                    1. chefbrendan RE: K8109 Oct 21, 2009 01:38 PM

                      ditto on russel orchards. they make them in small batches and theyre usually still nice and warm. plus they have tons of cool jams, jellies and preserves, about 50 types of apple and thier pears are fantastic right now.

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                        fredid RE: K8109 Oct 22, 2009 05:36 AM

                        For next year: fresh from the fryer!! Donuts + Art/Fort Point, Boston/Oct open studios!

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