Where to Find the Top Cider Doughnuts at Greater Boston Farms and Orchards

Head to these local spots for the tasty fall staple this season.

A person holds cider doughnuts on a rod, dipping them into a bucket of cinnamon sugar.

Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury. / Courtesy photo

The weather might be getting colder, but there’s good news: It’s apple cider doughnut season. You can often find the quintessential New England fall staple at Boston’s top doughnut shops, but nothing compares to having one fresh out of the fryer at a farm stand or apple orchard. Lucky for us, there are a few just a short drive from Boston. Take a trip to the suburbs for cinnamon-sugar-coated goodness, loaded cider doughnut sundaes, sprawling farm vistas, and the comfort of locally made baked goods. Take it from us, you’ll want to grab a dozen.

Last updated in September 2023; stay tuned for periodic updates.

Brooksby Farm

Among other fall necessities like apples, pumpkins, pies, hot mulled ciders, and hayrides, Brooksby Farm’s coveted apple cider doughnuts are regularly available until Thanksgiving. (And the farm makes them sporadically until Christmas, too, so you might get lucky and find a fresh batch if you stop by later in the season.) Have them plain, or, if you have an extra-large sweet tooth, shake them with some cinnamon sugar.

54 Felton St. Peabody, 978-531-7456, brooksbyfarm.org.

Cider doughnuts being made at Calareso’s. / Photo by Makena Gera

Calareso’s Farm Stand & Garden Center

Fresh-baked treats are Calareso’s specialty, but nothing else is quite as delicious as its apple cider doughnuts. After grabbing a bag of six mini doughnuts (and watching them being made right outside), head next door to Cal’s Creamery to get a seasonal apple cider doughnut sundae—made with a scoop of vanilla and a scoop of apple crisp ice cream and topped with caramel sauce, whipped cream, and Calareso’s cider doughnuts, of course. Trust us: It’s worth the drive to the ‘burbs.

100 Main St., Reading, 781-944-6010, calaresosfarmstand.com.

Cider Hill Farm

Admire the foliage along 95 as you drive north to Amesbury to enjoy Cider Hill Farm’s traditional hot apple cider doughnuts, made with sweet apple cider, until mid-December. Also available: pumpkin and gingerbread whoopie pies, assorted coffee cakes, and cookies, not to mention plenty of kid-friendly activities like a trike yard, giant sandbox, and horse swings. For the adults, don’t pass up the hard cider—it’s made with fruit that is grown, harvested, and pressed on Cider Hill’s 145-acre farm.

45 Fern Ave., Amesbury, 978-388-5525, ciderhill.com.

A cider doughnut coated in cinnamon sugar is held in a gloved hand, with more doughnuts in the background.

Sugary doughnuts at Mann Orchards. / Courtesy photo

Mann Orchards

The baked goods at Mann Orchards are top-notch, as is its selection of local craft beer, cider, and produce. But the Methuen farm stand’s biggest draw? Its sugary apple cider doughnuts, which are a fan favorite in the Merrimack Valley. They’re available on Saturdays and Sundays until Halloween, so there’s plenty of time to get your fix.

27 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen, 978-683-0361, mannorchards.com.

Pakeen Farm

South of Boston by the Blue Hills Reservation, you’ll find Pakeen Farm, which serves up mini apple doughnuts every day through October during the fall harvest season. (Note: There is no apple picking available for the 2023 season.) If you don’t get enough this fall, head there during Christmas to munch on some while picking out your tree.

109 Elm St., Canton, 781-828-0111, pakeenfarm.com.

Pizzi Farm

Waltham’s Pizzi Farm dates back almost a century; its market, deli, and ice cream shop are a little younger, but they’ve been going strong since 1990. One of the best-known treats at the mainstay? Cider doughnuts, baked fresh daily, in sundae or ice cream sandwich form. Try the former with Dutch apple ice cream, a spiced apple topping, and whipped cream, or the latter with vanilla soft serve and a caramel drizzle.

495 Lincoln St., Waltham, 781-891-1032, pizzifarm.com.

Red Apple Farm

Enjoy the 18th-century New England barn vibes at Red Apple Farm’s main location in Phillipston, where the farm store offers fresh cinnamon-sugar-topped cider doughnuts year-round, alongside house-made fudge and plenty of other treats. (Keep an eye out for other doughnut specials, too, like blueberry or maple.) It’s quite a hike from Boston—but fortunately Red Apple Farm has an outpost right in Boston, too, at the Boston Public Market downtown. The smell of mini doughnuts hits you right as you walk in the door, so go ahead—buy a half dozen to nibble while you browse the rest of the market.

455 Highland Ave., Phillipston,  978-249-6763; Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Downtown Boston, 617-530-0755; redapplefarm.com.

A person in a white apron and t-shirt with an apple design holds a wooden rod full of cider doughnuts.

Apple cider doughnuts at Russell Orchards. / Courtesy photo

Russell Orchards

Just a short drive from Boston, this family-owned, 120-acre farm in Ipswich makes dairy- and nut-free apple cider doughnuts from scratch every day using its own fresh-pressed cider with Russell Orchards apples. An added bonus: Little ones (and adults) can watch the doughnuts being made inside the bakery from the viewing platform in the farm store. Stop by anytime before it closes for the season the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

143 Argilla Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-5366, russellorchards.com.

Rows of sugary cider doughnuts in a pastry case embellished with fresh flowers.

A case of doughnuts at Smolak Farms. / Photo by Nancy Dion Photography

Smolak Farms

A north-of-Boston mainstay for apple picking (and a working farm for 300 years), Smolak Farms sells thousands of apple cider doughnuts a day during peak season. But have no fear, they’re on sale year-round, too. Just step into the farm stand, and you can smell the sugar-cinnamon-coated treats right away—maybe even from down the street. We recommend getting a full dozen.

315 South Bradford St., North Andover, 978-682-6332, smolakfarms.com.

A sugary cider doughnut and other baked goods sit on a plate next to a paper cup of coffee with Volante Farms branding on the sleeve.

Grab coffee and a doughnut at Volante Farms. / Courtesy photo

Volante Farms

Here’s another year-round option! Couple Volante’s delicious doughnuts with local coffee from Upton-based Red Barn Coffee Roasters and a freshly made sandwich from the cafe, and you have yourself a hearty meal perfect for winter, spring, summer, or fall.

292 Forest St., Needham, 781-444-2351, volantefarms.com.