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  • DrMag Sep 11, 2011 05:54 PM
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So fall really seems like it is getting here, and I'm having my yearly craving for apple cider donuts. If I can get them at a pyo apple place, so much the better, but really I'm in it for the donuts. Where do you all like?

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  1. Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury. Their cider is also excellent and it's PYO....

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    Cider Hill Farm
    45 Fern Ave, Amesbury, MA

    1. Russell Orchards in Ipswich is fantastic. They have PYO apples, delicious cider, and you can round out a 10,000 calorie trip by stopping by one of the nearby fried clam shacks.

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      Russell Orchards
      143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

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      1. re: DoubleMan

        Have to second, third, and fourth Russel Orchards. Get 'em fresh and hot out of the frier, and, as a bonus, you're a short drive away from Fried Clam and/or North Shore Roast Beef heaven.

        There is PYO there, and delicious cider (also, a selection of regionally produced fruit wines). If you've got little kids, there are is a nice playground areas and farmyard animals to visit.

        1. re: sablemerle

          And I will fifth, sixth, and seventh it. I eat cider donuts every place I can find them, and Russell Orchards has the best anywhere. There is no competition.

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          Russell Orchards
          143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

      2. This isn't an orchard, but the best cider donuts I've ever had were at Island Creek Oyster Bar last fall. They were incredible.

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        Island Creek Oyster Bar
        500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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        1. re: ecwashere7

          With caramel dipping sauce.... They are soooooo good.

        2. I second Cidar Hill but the last few times I had them at Russell Orchards, they seemed underdone.

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          Russell Orchards
          143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

          1. My current favorites (better than Russell IMHO, though they are also very good) are the ones at Cider Hill Farm, but it's a long way for me to go for doughnuts. I saw in another post (on my screen, it is actually linked below this post) that Ohlin's Bakery in Belmont has great cider doughnuts in the fall. I'm a fan of their regular doughnuts so I'm looking forward to trying the cider doughnuts. Can anyone report whether they have them yet this year?

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            Ohlin's Bakery
            456 Common St, Belmont, MA 02478

            Cider Hill Farm
            45 Fern Ave, Amesbury, MA

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            1. re: stomachofsteel

              Hubby went this past Saturday morning and brought them back. Almost did not get a chance to have them, as the kids dove for them.

              1. re: Crazy Egg

                Excellent. I know where I'll be Sunday morning.

            2. Smolak Farms in North Andover...donuts are yummy and great apples to buy or pick!. Check out their website...lots of different crops.

              1. My favorite is at Honeypot Hill Orchard. They have PYO too.

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                1. re: catsmeow

                  Ditto - we loved it last year...

                2. My favorite are the Honeypot Hill also.
                  Had Russell's yesterday, and they are really good too, but Honeypot is still my favorite orchard and donut.

                  1. I had them yesterday at Shelburne Farm in Stow. They had pick-your-own peaches and apples (peaches are almost over, but still going - apples are just starting). The donuts were fresh (still warm) and had a mild nutmeg flavor. Pretty good, although I wouldn't make a special trip only for the donuts.

                    1. Ohlin's in Belmont does a very good version. Their raised/glazed and butter crunch are also amazing as is the apple fritter.

                      Other items not so much, so stick to the above.

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                      1. re: StriperGuy

                        Just tried Ohlin's and it was just not my thing. Are they supposed to be crunchy? The one's I had from the Topsfield Fair in the past were not crunchy. The Ohlin's ones were a little too grease soaked. They also had these brown chunks in them that I thought would be maybe brown sugar or something but no... just greasier crunchier bits. I found it very odd.

                        I'm surprised because I really do love Ohlin's butter crunch donut. The cider one is just totally different. Somebody educate me! Did I just get one out of a bad batch or do I just not like cider donuts?

                        1. re: heypielady

                          I also finally tried them this past weekend and was disappointed. It's a cake doughnut and I prefer raised doughnuts, but I just thought it was kind of heavy. And I agree -- I wasn't a fan of the crunchy bits.
                          Not that it was necessarily bad -- but based on my love for some of Ohlin's other doughnuts, I was hoping for more.

                          1. re: heypielady

                            I'd say I prefer the Topsfield Fair ones myself, and don't know about chunks IN the donuts. Sorry if you got a bad batch. In my experience the Ohlin's ones are really a crunchy, cinnamon sugar cake donut as much as anything.

                        2. Nobody's mentioned Wilson Farm in Lexington yet? They make them fresh on weekends, along with caramel apples. You can get one right out of the fryer.

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                          Wilson Farm
                          10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

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                          1. re: Pia

                            Perhaps because, while fresh, I have always found them lacking. Maybe it's just the variety of apple they use. YMMV.

                            1. re: sablemerle

                              Yah, I was refraining from bashing them, my SO brought some Wilson Farm cider donuts home and I found them totally flavorless.

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                              Wilson Farm
                              10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

                              1. re: StriperGuy

                                But they're hot and crunchy! OK, I will try Ohlin's, and maybe make it out to one of the orchards.

                                1. re: Pia

                                  In the past I've absolutely loved Wilson's donuts. As also stated above, Russell's are fantastic. They probably still have blackberries to pick, though I think the season is just about done.

                                  1. re: Pia

                                    I had killer fresh ones at the Topsfield Fair a few years back.

                            2. Mann's Orchard in Methuen...satisfying, pretty minimalist (not super sweet), and used to be cheap. Didn't get any last year due to a crazy schedule. You used to be able to buy them by the single or half dozen.

                              1. I love the ones at Honeypot in Stow as well as the ones at Wilson Farm in Lexington. Honeypot can get crazy this time of year, so Wilson's seems a better bet for me (plus it is closer to me).

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                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                  Honeypot Hill donuts are good but Shelburne Farm's are better. Wilson trails far, far behind. We've never headed to the North Shore for apple-picking but Russell Orchards is sounding pretty good. I like that balance-the-fresh-fruit-with-lots-of-fried-seafood idea...

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                                  Russell Orchards
                                  143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

                                  Shelburne Farm
                                  106 W Acton Road, Stow, MA 01775

                                  Honeypot Hill
                                  Stow, Stow, MA

                                2. Carver Hill Orchards

                                  A little further out from Honeypot (which I have never been to) and from what I've heard, far mellower. No frills, just a cute general store, pumpkins outside, and walk into the orchards. I love their donuts, and they have some tables outside near the lot to eat them.

                                  1. Went to Idylwilde farms in Acton last weekend for lunch on the way to George Hill Orchards in Lancaster. They were frying cider donuts out front, and let us take our pick of donuts right from the freshly fried part of the pan. Probably a mix, but being fresh out of the fryer, with no wait, it really didn't matter much. The ones at George Hill Orchards weren't bad. Heavy on the spice, if that's your thing. Tasted a little more homemade, and less like commercial applie pie filling than Idylwilde's, but we weren't allowed to pick the freshly fried ones, so they were cool, and weren't at all crispy on the outside.

                                    1. I love the Cider Hill donuts like everyone, but I have to say that the apple fritters Clover is doing in the afternoons might be EVEN BETTER than cider donuts. They taste similar but just a tiny bit more apple-y, and I think there is salt in the cinnamon-sugar coating. I am cursing the day I found out how good they are.

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                                      1. re: BostonCookieMonster

                                        Whoa, why did you tell me this, I am near two different Clover locations! Gotta go get one, byeeee!

                                        1. re: DrMag

                                          pretty sure these have stopped now- they've been replaced with beer battered apple rings. its a pretty thick batter, kind of turns the ring into a mini apple pie... which is to say i like them even better than the fritters they had just before they switched to this :)