There is nothing like a chill in the air and a hot apple cider donut in each hand to make a Long Island, New York autumn day complete. Here are a bunch delicious spots to celebrate the cider donut season.
Breeze Hill Far
(31215 County Road, Peconic):
Breeze Hill Farm has 30 acres of apple orchards and a lovely farm stand that sells freshly picked fruits and veggies along with highly regarded apple cider doughnuts of the cakey variety.
Fairview Farm at Mecox
(19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton):
The Ludlow family grows vegetables and flowers, raises heritage pigs and pastured chickens, and debuts a new, themed corn maze every fall at the waterside farm. It is well known for from-scratch pies and breads. The cider doughnuts are made from scratch as well, never from a mix. Nor are they coated with sugar, since the family feels they are perfect as is, fresh from the fryer.
Hallock’s Cider Mill
(1960 Main Rd., Jamesport):
This family-owned cider mill has a store stocked with housemade jam, apple butter, pickles, and fruit syrups. The baked goods, including pies and breads, are exceptional. Hallock’s, surprisingly, doesn’t sell apple cider doughnuts. But it does sell apple fritters and doughnuts filled with apple pie filling that are pretty amazing.
More info: 631-298-1140
Harbes Family Farm
(715 Sound Ave., Mattituck):
There’s a wine store, an ice cream shop, picnic tables, and a playground. In the barnyard area, you can pet baby animals, watch pig races, and take a hayride with a guitar-playing guide. The farm store does a brisk business in airy cider doughnuts, as well as fruits, vegetables, flowers, and honey from its apiary.
Jericho Cider Mill
(213 Rte. 106, Jericho):
At this old-fashioned cider mill, some of the product is used to bake-never fry- moist cider doughnuts. They are sold by the piece and in 5-packs at the cider mill as well as other retail outlets around Long Island. A variety of other apple products, all housemade, are available at the mill, including pie, salsa, and apple butter.
Originally a poultry farm and pie stand, this circa 1940 business now serves gourmet baked goods and house-packaged foods with a country feel. The cider doughnuts, light and crisp, are available on weekends. Enjoy them in the backyard garden, where free-range chickens wander in and out of the coop and also ducks.
The Milk Pail
(1346 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill):
Over 20 varieties of apples are grown at the Halsey family’s Milk Pail orchards. After you pick your own (or pick up a bag of just-picked) Braeburns or Pink Ladies, stop by the store for fresh apple cider doughnuts.
Wickham’s Fruit Farm
(28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue):
If you want to taste apple history, visit this farm, which was established in 1661 and includes some of the oldest continually cultivated land in the country. The cider here is made on Long Island’s oldest cider press. Plain, sugar, and cinnamon-sugar cider doughnuts are sold singly and in bags of six, Monday through Saturday.