By Zarah Kavarana and Sabrina Sucato
When we asked you where your favorite local cider donut spots are, we never could have imagined the number of responses we would receive. Hundreds of votes later, the results are in. Here are your winners, Hudson Valley:
A former dairy farm, Tantilllo’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 pit-stop 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.
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.
Kingston, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Wappinger
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.
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 on-site farm distillery, Harvest Spirits, for some of the stellar Core Vodka.
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.
Pro tip: After grabbing a donut at Vera’s, swing by The Pantry next-door for a cup of local coffee to cleanse your palate.