Signs that fall has arrived in New England: Leaves of gold, red and orange. Crisp, cool nights. Apple harvests and overflowing pumpkin patches.
And with it comes a bounty of autumn-flavored goodness: Apple cider, apple and pumpkin pies, and the indulgence in apple cider doughnuts.
We all have our favorite apple cider doughnuts, since no two shops make them the same. In many cases, the recipes are family secrets known only by a few family members and trusted staffers.
We asked the staff members of our sister publications — The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass.; the Brattleboro Reformer in Brattleboro, Vt.; The Manchester Journal in Manchester, Vt.; and the Bennington Banner in Bennington, Vt. — to recommend their go-to spots for apple cider doughnuts. Of course, they came up with more than a few. By no means are these the only options, but they are the ones our staff members frequent.
If you’re in the Berkshires, we suggest:
575 Swamp Road, Richmond, Mass.
Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery
508 Canaan Road, Richmond, Mass.
Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe
258 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass.
23 Gould Road, Adams, Mass.
94 Old Cheshire Road, Lanesborough, Mass.
119 Park St., Great Barrington, Mass.
Whitney’s Farm Market & Garden Center
1775 S State Road, Cheshire, Mass.
If you’re in Southern Vermont, we suggest:
The Apple Barn
604 US Route 7S, Bennington, Vt.
Allen Brothers Farms
6023 US Route 5, Westminster, Vt.
Cold Hollow Cider
3600 Waterbury Stowe Road, Waterbury Center, Vt.
Equinox Valley Nursery
1158 Main St., Route 7A, Manchester, Vt.
Green Mountain Orchards
130 West Hill Road, Putney, Vt.
The Sugar Shack
Sugar Shack Lane, Route 7A, Arlington, Vt.
Over the border in New York:
1297 Brookview Station Road, Castleton, N.Y.
Lumber Jack’s Coffee And Snacks
5103 NY-7, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.