These Are the 5 Best Cider Donut Destinations in the Hudson Valley
Where’s the most lust-worthy local cider donut selection? You cast your vote, now here are the results.
Photo by Sara Strauss
Last week, we asked you where your favorite local cider donut spots are, and boy did you respond. Thousands of votes later, the results are in. Here are your winners, Hudson Valley:
1. Vera's Marketplace, Cold Spring
A Cold Spring staple since 1982, this family-owned farm market and garden center consistently pumps out some of the best cider donuts around. In fact, we love them so much that they not only nabbed a 2015 Best of Hudson Valley editor’s pick for Best Cider Donut, but they also made a special appearance on our October 2015 cover. Baked fresh each morning, you can purchase them plain or topped with a sugar, white powder, cinnamon sugar, or cinnamon powder. But whatever preference you proclaim, be sure to get there early because Vera’s sells out fast.
“Looks like the secret is out on Vera's! No wonder they are so hard to procure! Hands down the most fantabulous donut out there.” — Steven Dias via Facebook
2. Jones Farm & Country Store, Cornwall
In business for over 100 years (yes, you read that correctly), this family-owned farm is known for much more than their homegrown produce and history. Hop on a hayride or head to the country store, but not before you pick up a from-scratch donut — or a dozen of 'em — from Grandma Phoebe’s Kitchen, and take in the stellar Schunemunk Mountain views.
“Jones Farm Cider Donuts are the best! Not greasy, perfect flavor and texture. Never disappoints.” — Suzy Enis Yarmus via Facebook
3. Tantillo's Farm Market, Gardiner
A former dairy farm, Tantilllo’s has been producing fresh fruit and veggies for over 80 years. But whether your visit is a day-long pick-your-own apple affair, or a quick pit-stop to their tiny roadside market stand, any trip to Tantillo’s isn’t complete without their award-winning cider donuts (they too won a 2015 Best of Hudson Valley reader’s pick for Best Cider Donuts), and a mouth full of cinnamon sugar.
“Tantillo’s Farm in Gardiner, NY have the BEST Apple Cider Donuts around.” — Denise O’Neil via Facebook
4. Golden Harvest Farms, Valatie
Thought cider donuts were season-specific? Not at Golden Harvest. Their landmark Route 9 road stand sells 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 (also sold throughout the year), but we recommend a visit to Golden Harvest’s on-site farm distillery, Harvest Spirits, for some of their stellar Core Vodka.
“Golden Harvest in Valatie, NY… actually capital region but def THE BEST!!!!” — Judy Brady via Facebook
5. Stuart’s Fruit Farm, Granite Springs
Visit on a busy day and you’ll see that Stuart’s donut frying machine practically never slows down (and thank goodness for that!). Available both with a sugar coating and without, their donuts tend to be on the puffier side, making them slightly larger than most. But if you’re thinking one will do, take just one bite and we can guarantee that you’ll be back in line. Best of all, at 85 cents a donut, they certainly won’t break the bank — though you may soon need a larger pair of pants.
DuBois Farm, Highland
“DuBois Farm in Highland, NY has the very, very best apple cider donuts in the Hudson Valley. They are made upstairs in their market place all day long… hot from the oven to you… the smell is out of this world & the taste oh so much more… yes, yes this is the place to try. DuBois will not disappoint, I guarantee.” — Tillie Smedley via Facebook