The Best Apple Cider Donut Destinations in the Hudson Valley

If it’s autumn, it’s apple cider donut season. Here’s where to go for farm-fresh options in the Hudson Valley.

The arrival of fall brings so many wonderful experiences in the Hudson Valley. From apple picking to pumpkin picking, farms are at the center of it all. Of course, it wouldn’t be a farm visit without an apple cider donut or two! Here’s where to go for the sweetest treats in the Hudson Valley.

Pro tip: You’re going to want to bring some home! Cider donuts are an ideal breakfast or snack alongside a steamy cup of coffee or tea.

Adams Fairacre Farms

Kingston, Middletown, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Wappinger

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Perks: multiple locations, onsite bakery, grocery shopping, garden center/nursery
Hours: Mon-Sat, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Part farm market, part supermarket, Adams is 100-percent a favorite among Hudson Valleyites who want to shop and support local. Cider donuts are a staple here, and each location has a full service, in-store bakery to ensure they’re always as fresh as can be. Pair them with a glass of Adams’ own fresh-pressed apple cider (warm or cold, the choice is yours) for a top-notch autumn snack.

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Auntie El’s Farm Market

Sloatsburg

Perks: PYO pumpkins, country store and bakery
Hours: daily, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Auntie El’s delicious fall staples include gluten-free and organic products so everyone can have a taste. The farm store also includes a one-of-a-kind store filled with antique gifts where you might find the perfect item to add to your collection. You might even get to pet the two dogs, Samson and Goliath, during your visit to this family-friendly farm shop.

Dr. Davies Farm

Congers

Perks: PYO apples and pumpkins, farm market
Hours: daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The name of Dr. Davies Farm originates from its history,  when Dr. Lucy Virginia Davies helped deliver more than 6,000 babies in her personal medical suite in the farmhouse. At the same time, she was a celebrated farmer because of her shipments of strawberries to New York City. Taste the years that went into making this farm what it is today by grabbing fresh produce from the road-stand or a warm donut.

Dubois Farms

Highland

 

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Perks: PYO apples and pumpkins, onsite winery and brewery, new pizza and ice cream shop, farm animals
Hours: Wed-Sun, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Although Dubois Farms was voted “Best Pick-Your-Own” in our Best of Hudson Valley Awards, its farm offers much more during a visit. Besides yummy baked goods, visitors can grab a glass of homemade wine or craft beer at the tavern or a quick bite from the new pizzeria. Make sure to stop by the market to pick up local goodies (and, of course, a cider donut or two).

Fishkill Farms

Hopewell Junction

Perks: PYO apples and pumpkins, harvest festivals, onsite cidery
Hours: Tues–Sun, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fishkill Farms is rich with history as it was founded by the same man who would serve as Chairman of the Farm Credit Administration under President Roosevelt in 1934. As a strong proponent of ecological farming, the farm offers organic apples for personal picking. It also serves delicious cider donuts and other fall staples.

Golden Harvest Farms

Valatie

 

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Perks: onsite bakery, cider mill, distillery, smokehouse and road stand
Hours: daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thought cider donuts were season-specific? Not at Golden Harvest. Its in-house bakery churns out cider donuts year-round, so if your cinnamon sugar game is permanently strong, you can satisfy your cravings just about any day of the year. And sure, you could wash it all down with some apple cider (which is pressed from the farm’s apples and sold throughout the year), but we recommend a visit to Golden Harvest’s onsite farm distillery, Harvest Spirits, for some of the stellar Core Vodka.

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Hurds Family Farm

Modena

Perks: PYO apples and pumpkins, barn café, farm market
Hours: Mon and Fri, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Thurs, 2-7 p.m.; Sat–Sun, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Aside from the ever-important apple cider donuts that help define fall in the region, Hurds Family Farm offers experiences as a part of its Fall Festival that are traditional to the season. From hayrides to the corn maze, giant slide, and even an obstacle course and zip line, Hurds encourages families to have a blast in the Hudson Valley.

Jones Farm

Cornwall

Perks: PYO apples, country store and gift shop, barn animals
Hours: Wed–Sun, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

When you arrive at Jones Farm for a fresh apple cider donut, you can stop by Grandma Phoebe’s Kitchen, where Great, Great Grandma Phoebe’s recipes are used to keep the family tradition alive. The farm is also home to a country store, gift shop, frame shop, and art gallery that showcases the work of noted artist Terri Clearwater.

Love Apple Farm

Ghent

Perks: PYO apples, farm zoo and playground, bakery and café
Hours: daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Before bringing home the box of fall treats that you have been waiting all season for, why not take the time to visit with some adorable rescue and senior farm animals? Love Apple Farm is home to a handful of animals, including a pony and many goats that expect to be petted! Fall snacks always taste better after a successful day of admiring precious little farm friends.

Pennings Farm

Warwick

Perks: PYO apples, onsite beer garden, ice cream and bakery
Hours: daily, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

A true farm experience in the Hudson Valley, Pennings is a one-stop shop for apple picking at the orchard, shopping at the farm market and garden center, and local eats and drinks at the beer garden, ice cream stand, and pub and grill. Of course, every visit to the Warwick farm requires at least one of its signature cinnamon-coated donuts – preferably with a cup of cider in hand to wash it down.

 

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Saunderskill Farms

Accord

Perks: PYO apples and pumpkins, market and bakery
Hours: Tues–Sun, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Perhaps the oldest farm on this list, Saunderskill has been farming since 1680! Granted the rare “Tricentennial Award” from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it has continuously been a source of fresh produce and homemade bakery items. Grab a fall treat and sit by the garden and pond to truly appreciate the changing of seasons in the Hudson Valley.

Soons Orchards

New Hampton

Perks: PYO apples and pumpkins, farm store
Hours: daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Soons Orchards encourages customers to eat local by providing the freshest products in its farm store. In addition, it offers farm dinners throughout the year as a way to spotlight in-season produce and show diners just how delicious dining local can be. For daytime visitors, the farm also offers tours to educate on the workings of the property (and they’re the perfect way to work up an appetite for farm-fresh donuts).

Tantillo’s Farm Market

Gardiner

Perks: PYO apples and pumpkins, ice cream, farm store
Hours: daily, 12-6 p.m.

A former dairy farm, Tantillo’s has been a go-to for fresh fruit and veggies for over 80 years. Whether your visit is a day-long pick-your-own apple affair or a quick pitstop to the farm market, any trip to the fourth-generation farm isn’t complete without the award-winning cider donuts and a mouth full of cinnamon sugar. The secret to the scrumptious, cider-forward flavor is Tantillo’s use of local cider from Minard Farms Beverage Company in Clintondale.

The Orchards of Concklin

Pomona

Perks: PYO apples, fresh baked goods, farm store
Hours: daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Surviving both the American Revolution and the Civil War, the Concklin’s family farm has been in operation ever since. Pick your own season starts September 9 and runs through the end of October, and the farm store stays stocked with breads, produce, and donuts. The onsite bakery turns out fresh pies and quiches daily, and pumpkins will be available at the end of September.

Twin Star Orchards

New Paltz

Perks: PYO apples, hard cider, wood-fired pizza
Hours: Friday 12 – 7 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Twin Star Orchards is not only a great place to pick your own apples, but also the home of Brooklyn Cider – their in-house hard cider. Stop by the orchard on the weekend for some sweet cider donuts and a glass of fresh fermented cider, and stick around for dinner where they serve up wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and barbecue to keep the summer foods around all fall long.

Vera’s Marketplace and Garden Center

Cold Spring

 

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Perks: marketplace and nursery
Hours: Tues–Sat, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A Cold Spring staple since 1982, this family-owned farm market and garden center consistently pumps out some of the best cider donuts around. Baked fresh each morning, the treats come plain or coated with powdered confectioner’s sugar, cinnamon sugar, or cinnamon powder. Whichever preference you proclaim, be sure to get there early because Vera’s sells out fast.

Related: Check Out Our Hudson Valley Apple Picking Guide

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