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The cider doughnut at Blackbird Doughnuts is a seasonal treat.
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It’s Cider Doughnut Season: Where to Eat Them Not Too Far From Boston

Go for the doughnuts, stay for the cider and pies

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The cider doughnut at Blackbird Doughnuts is a seasonal treat.
| Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

Aside from leaf peeping, the most autumnal thing one can do in New England is eat a cider doughnut. The ideal specimen should have a crispy, golden-brown exterior and a supple, airy crumb.

New Englanders have strong feelings about whether or not cider doughnuts should be coated with cinnamon sugar (they should be), but everyone can agree they should be eaten warm. Cider doughnuts should also be accompanied by a cup of hot apple cider or coffee. Bonus points if there’s a pumpkin patch nearby.

While there are no apple orchards in Boston proper, Bostonians don’t have to travel too far to sate their cider doughnut cravings. Here’s where to score the best cider doughnuts in the Boston area.

Further reading: Where to eat doughnuts in and around Boston; New England doughnuts worth the drive

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1. Cider Hill Farm

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45 Fern Ave
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 388-5525
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This North Shore orchard has a farm stand stocked with honey harvested on site and pies made with the farm’s own fruits, but the doughnuts are the stars of the show. Grab half a dozen hot from the oil (and rolled in sugar), and eat them with a cup of hot apple cider.

2. Mann Orchards

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27 Pleasant Valley St
Methuen, MA 01844
(978) 683-0361
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Mann Orchards in Methuen is less than an hour from Boston in the beautiful Merrimack River Valley (leaf peeping opportunities abound!) Grab some mums for mom (grown at the farm), and don’t forget the cider doughnuts. Mann Orchards also sells house-made pies and other baked goods, if doughnuts aren’t your thing.

3. Kimball's Fruit Farm Stand

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184 Hollis St
Pepperell, MA 01463
(978) 433-9751
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Pepperell is on the New Hampshire border, but it’s still less than an hour away from Boston and worth the drive for the cider doughnuts at Kimball’s Fruit Farm Stand. Kimball’s produce can also be found at various farmers markets in and around Boston.

4. Parlee Farms

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95 Farwell Rd
Tyngsborough, MA 01879
(978) 649-3854
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Another border town farm slinging exceptional cider doughnuts. Parlee’s version is plump (the holes nearly disappear) and covered with sugar.

5. Smolak Farms

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315 S Bradford St
North Andover, MA 01845
(978) 682-6332
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Smolak is another farm in the Merrimack River Valley doing a lot of things well, cider doughnuts included. And after gorging on deep-fried apple goodness, one can procure a custom-made flower box for one’s kitchen window.

6. Marini Farm Stand

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259 Linebrook Rd
Ipswich, MA 01938
(978) 356-0430
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The first of two Ipswich spots on this list. Along with cider doughnuts, Marini Farm Stand offers baked goods and produce.

7. Russell Orchards

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143 Argilla Rd
Ipswich, MA 01938
(978) 356-5366
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Another from Ipswich. Russell Orchards has been around for nearly a century, so the team knows a thing or two about apples. Fans of the orchard’s cider doughnuts are radical in their devotion — ask one, and they’ll assert that no other cider doughnut exists anywhere in the world. Fair warning to the sweet-toothed out there: Russell doesn’t roll the doughnuts in sugar.

8. Brooksby Farm

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54 Felton St
Peabody, MA 01960
(978) 531-7456
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Go for the adorable sheep, and stay for the cider doughnuts. Brooksby Farm is a quick drive up Rte. 1 or I-95 from Boston — so, it’s an easy, gluttonous escape.

9. Calareso's Farm Stand & Garden Center

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100 Main St
Reading, MA 01867
(781) 944-6010
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Calareso’s in Reading offers fresh fruits and vegetables, a butcher shop with a vast selection of meats, and a laundry list of other specialty foods — but don’t forget the cider doughnuts.

10. Bolton Orchards

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125 Still River Rd
Bolton, MA 01740
(978) 779-2733
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The Bolton Orchards farm stand has been operating since 1945 and sells a variety of produce and other foodstuff. Bolton’s cider doughnuts are some of the best in central Massachusetts.

11. Wilson Farm

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10 Pleasant St
Lexington, MA 02421
(781) 862-3900
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Lexington is famous for its Revolutionary War lore, but it’s also got some stellar cider doughnuts. Wilson Farm has been doing its thing since 1884. Along with cider doughnuts, it offers a large variety of produce at its farm stand.

12. Honey Pot Hill Orchards

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138 Sudbury Rd
Stow, MA 01775
(978) 562-5666
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Like fans of Russell Orchards, Honey Pot Hill evangelists are adamant in their conviction. This Stow, Massachusetts, orchard has been operational since 1926, and, along with cider doughnuts, offers its patrons the opportunity to get spooked on a haunted hayride.

13. Pizzi Farm

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495 Lincoln St
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 891-1032
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This Waltham farm is perhaps best known for its ice cream shop, but stop by Wednesday through Sunday between Labor Day and Halloween for classic cider doughnuts, featuring Carlson Orchards cider. Also keep an eye out for apple cider doughnut caramel core cones to order with ice cream...and apple cider doughnut ice cream sandwiches...and apple cider doughnut sundaes.

14. Union Square Donuts

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20 Bow St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 209-2257
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Now with four locations around Somerville, Boston, and Brookline (and one more on the way), the growing local chain features two seasonal cider doughnuts. There’s a cider cake doughnut made with cinnamon, nutmeg, and Carlson Orchard cider, tossed with cinnamon clove sugar, and there’s a vegan chai cider doughnut, a yeasted option with a spiced cider glaze.

15. Red Apple Farm at Boston Public Market

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100 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 530-0755
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Red Apple Farm’s home base is in Phillipston, Massachusetts, but cider doughnut seekers based in Boston can find them by taking the orange or green line to Haymarket and popping into the Boston Public Market. The Red Apple kiosk is located near the entrance, so the smell of cider doughnuts (mini ones) greets all who enter. There’s also frozen cider to drink and fudge to eat. So much fudge.

16. Kane's Donuts in Boston

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90 Oliver St
Boston, MA 02110
(857) 317-2654
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Head to Kane’s for a coffee roll the size of a Buick, or head there for cider doughnuts, a seasonal treat. (A gluten-free version of the cider doughnut, glazed with honey, stays on the menu year-round.)

17. Blackbird Doughnuts

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492 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 482-9000
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This South End-born doughnut chain turns out some of the city’s very best doughnuts, including its takes on cider doughnuts (as a seasonal special). This year’s cider varieties include a spiced cake doughnut with cinnamon sugar and a vegan brioche doughnut with cider glaze and fall sprinkles.

18. Atkins Farms Country Market

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1151 West St
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-9528
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Alright, so Atkins Farms isn’t exactly close to Boston, but no Western Massachusetts trip is complete without a cider doughnut from the Atkins market. Headed to Mass MoCA to see the latest installation? Be sure to drive through Amherst for a cider doughnut before banging a right and heading north.

19. Volante Farms

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292 Forest St
Needham, MA 02492
(781) 444-2351
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This Needham farm boasts an extensive grow list — from bok choy to celery root to kohlrabi and beyond — and has a deli serving soups, salads, and sandwiches. It also boasts one of the best cider doughnuts in Greater Boston. And for those Bostonians who can’t make it too far outside of the city, Volante Farms cider doughnuts are available on weekends at Allandale Farm on the border of Brookline and Jamaica Plain.

20. Ward’s Berry Farm

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614 S Main St
Sharon, MA 02067
(781) 784-3600
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Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon is best known as a pick-your-own berry spot with a great farm store, but don’t forget about it as a stop on the Greater Boston cider doughnut trail (available on weekends).

1. Cider Hill Farm

45 Fern Ave, Amesbury, MA 01913

This North Shore orchard has a farm stand stocked with honey harvested on site and pies made with the farm’s own fruits, but the doughnuts are the stars of the show. Grab half a dozen hot from the oil (and rolled in sugar), and eat them with a cup of hot apple cider.

45 Fern Ave
Amesbury, MA 01913

2. Mann Orchards

27 Pleasant Valley St, Methuen, MA 01844

Mann Orchards in Methuen is less than an hour from Boston in the beautiful Merrimack River Valley (leaf peeping opportunities abound!) Grab some mums for mom (grown at the farm), and don’t forget the cider doughnuts. Mann Orchards also sells house-made pies and other baked goods, if doughnuts aren’t your thing.

27 Pleasant Valley St
Methuen, MA 01844

3. Kimball's Fruit Farm Stand

184 Hollis St, Pepperell, MA 01463

Pepperell is on the New Hampshire border, but it’s still less than an hour away from Boston and worth the drive for the cider doughnuts at Kimball’s Fruit Farm Stand. Kimball’s produce can also be found at various farmers markets in and around Boston.

184 Hollis St
Pepperell, MA 01463

4. Parlee Farms

95 Farwell Rd, Tyngsborough, MA 01879

Another border town farm slinging exceptional cider doughnuts. Parlee’s version is plump (the holes nearly disappear) and covered with sugar.

95 Farwell Rd
Tyngsborough, MA 01879

5. Smolak Farms

315 S Bradford St, North Andover, MA 01845

Smolak is another farm in the Merrimack River Valley doing a lot of things well, cider doughnuts included. And after gorging on deep-fried apple goodness, one can procure a custom-made flower box for one’s kitchen window.

315 S Bradford St
North Andover, MA 01845

6. Marini Farm Stand

259 Linebrook Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

The first of two Ipswich spots on this list. Along with cider doughnuts, Marini Farm Stand offers baked goods and produce.

259 Linebrook Rd
Ipswich, MA 01938

7. Russell Orchards

143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

Another from Ipswich. Russell Orchards has been around for nearly a century, so the team knows a thing or two about apples. Fans of the orchard’s cider doughnuts are radical in their devotion — ask one, and they’ll assert that no other cider doughnut exists anywhere in the world. Fair warning to the sweet-toothed out there: Russell doesn’t roll the doughnuts in sugar.

143 Argilla Rd
Ipswich, MA 01938

8. Brooksby Farm

54 Felton St, Peabody, MA 01960

Go for the adorable sheep, and stay for the cider doughnuts. Brooksby Farm is a quick drive up Rte. 1 or I-95 from Boston — so, it’s an easy, gluttonous escape.

54 Felton St
Peabody, MA 01960

9. Calareso's Farm Stand & Garden Center

100 Main St, Reading, MA 01867

Calareso’s in Reading offers fresh fruits and vegetables, a butcher shop with a vast selection of meats, and a laundry list of other specialty foods — but don’t forget the cider doughnuts.

100 Main St
Reading, MA 01867

10. Bolton Orchards

125 Still River Rd, Bolton, MA 01740

The Bolton Orchards farm stand has been operating since 1945 and sells a variety of produce and other foodstuff. Bolton’s cider doughnuts are some of the best in central Massachusetts.

125 Still River Rd
Bolton, MA 01740

11. Wilson Farm

10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

Lexington is famous for its Revolutionary War lore, but it’s also got some stellar cider doughnuts. Wilson Farm has been doing its thing since 1884. Along with cider doughnuts, it offers a large variety of produce at its farm stand.

10 Pleasant St
Lexington, MA 02421

12. Honey Pot Hill Orchards

138 Sudbury Rd, Stow, MA 01775

Like fans of Russell Orchards, Honey Pot Hill evangelists are adamant in their conviction. This Stow, Massachusetts, orchard has been operational since 1926, and, along with cider doughnuts, offers its patrons the opportunity to get spooked on a haunted hayride.

138 Sudbury Rd
Stow, MA 01775

13. Pizzi Farm

495 Lincoln St, Waltham, MA 02451

This Waltham farm is perhaps best known for its ice cream shop, but stop by Wednesday through Sunday between Labor Day and Halloween for classic cider doughnuts, featuring Carlson Orchards cider. Also keep an eye out for apple cider doughnut caramel core cones to order with ice cream...and apple cider doughnut ice cream sandwiches...and apple cider doughnut sundaes.

495 Lincoln St
Waltham, MA 02451

14. Union Square Donuts

20 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143

Now with four locations around Somerville, Boston, and Brookline (and one more on the way), the growing local chain features two seasonal cider doughnuts. There’s a cider cake doughnut made with cinnamon, nutmeg, and Carlson Orchard cider, tossed with cinnamon clove sugar, and there’s a vegan chai cider doughnut, a yeasted option with a spiced cider glaze.

20 Bow St
Somerville, MA 02143

15. Red Apple Farm at Boston Public Market

100 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02109

Red Apple Farm’s home base is in Phillipston, Massachusetts, but cider doughnut seekers based in Boston can find them by taking the orange or green line to Haymarket and popping into the Boston Public Market. The Red Apple kiosk is located near the entrance, so the smell of cider doughnuts (mini ones) greets all who enter. There’s also frozen cider to drink and fudge to eat. So much fudge.

100 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02109

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16. Kane's Donuts in Boston

90 Oliver St, Boston, MA 02110

Head to Kane’s for a coffee roll the size of a Buick, or head there for cider doughnuts, a seasonal treat. (A gluten-free version of the cider doughnut, glazed with honey, stays on the menu year-round.)

90 Oliver St
Boston, MA 02110

17. Blackbird Doughnuts

492 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

This South End-born doughnut chain turns out some of the city’s very best doughnuts, including its takes on cider doughnuts (as a seasonal special). This year’s cider varieties include a spiced cake doughnut with cinnamon sugar and a vegan brioche doughnut with cider glaze and fall sprinkles.

492 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

18. Atkins Farms Country Market

1151 West St, Amherst, MA 01002

Alright, so Atkins Farms isn’t exactly close to Boston, but no Western Massachusetts trip is complete without a cider doughnut from the Atkins market. Headed to Mass MoCA to see the latest installation? Be sure to drive through Amherst for a cider doughnut before banging a right and heading north.

1151 West St
Amherst, MA 01002

19. Volante Farms

292 Forest St, Needham, MA 02492

This Needham farm boasts an extensive grow list — from bok choy to celery root to kohlrabi and beyond — and has a deli serving soups, salads, and sandwiches. It also boasts one of the best cider doughnuts in Greater Boston. And for those Bostonians who can’t make it too far outside of the city, Volante Farms cider doughnuts are available on weekends at Allandale Farm on the border of Brookline and Jamaica Plain.

292 Forest St
Needham, MA 02492

20. Ward’s Berry Farm

614 S Main St, Sharon, MA 02067

Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon is best known as a pick-your-own berry spot with a great farm store, but don’t forget about it as a stop on the Greater Boston cider doughnut trail (available on weekends).

614 S Main St
Sharon, MA 02067

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