Nothing says, "Fall has come to the Hudson Valley" like the smell of fresh apple cider doughnuts being prepared at an orchard or farm. Sure, one can find these delicious doughnuts at markets around the region, like Adams Fairacre Farms or Vera’s Marketplace and Garden Center, but it’s worth the trip to visit your favorite farm stand and receive a bag or box of those sugarcoated delights. (Just don’t make the rookie mistake of closing the bag or sealing the container while they’re hot — they’ll lose that crisp outer texture.)

Some orchards offer their doughnuts throughout the year, while others do so only for the season, and here are just a few of the many regional farms where you can get your fill of fresh cider doughnuts.

Soons Orchards

23 Soons Circle, New Hampton |

Soons’ cider doughnuts are so popular that they’re served year-round (except June and early July). Try them in three flavors — plain, cinnamon, or powdered — while apple or pumpkin picking in the fall, or with a cup of hot mulled cider in the colder months.

Minard's Farm

250 Hurds Rd., Clintondale |

A visit to Minard’s Family Farms wouldn’t be complete without a hayride, stroll through the orchard, and of course, some cider doughnuts. They’re available weekends from late summer through the first weekend of November.

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Golden Harvest Farms

3074 US Route 9, Valatie |

Golden Harvest starts each morning by making a fresh batch of cider doughnuts, served year-round. As a testament to how tasty their doughnuts are, Golden Harvest has won a “best cider doughnut” award each year for the past seven years.

Jenkins Lueken Orchards

Route 299 & Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz |

Although the offerings at this orchard’s farm stand change with the season, cider doughnuts are a year-round delight, made fresh daily.

Tantillo’s Farm

730 State Rte. 208, Gardiner |

This orchard’s roadside farm stand serves award-winning cider doughnuts from early May (when their ice cream stand opens) through Thanksgiving. When the pick-your-own season starts early fall, be sure to grab a cup of hot, spiced apple cider, too.

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Jones Farm

190 Angola Rd., Cornwall |

Apple cider doughnuts are just one of the many popular baked goods at this century-old farm’s onsite bakery, Grandma Phoebe’s Kitchen. The farm and its shops are open year-round (closed Tuesdays).

Barton Orchards

Farm Market & Bakery: 462 Noxon Rd., Poughkeepsie |

Whether you’re visiting the farm or perusing the produce and baked goods at the nearby Barton Orchards Farm Market & Bakery, you’ll be able to find Barton’s award-winning cider doughnuts throughout the year.

Hurds Family Farm

2187 State Route 32 Modena |

Everything made at the Fall Café at Hurds Family Farms features the orchard’s homegrown apples. Pair their cider doughnuts with a cup of hot cider, or a cider slushy on a warmer fall day. The café is open weekends and holidays between August 18-November 4.

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Apple Bin

810 Broadway, Ulster Park

This farm stand in scenic Esopus offers cider only in the U-Pick season, but serves fresh cider doughnuts all year, along with a variety of locally made foods and baked goods. Open daily except Tuesdays.

Dressel Farms

271 State Rte. 298, New Paltz |

Dressel’s doughnuts have been a longtime favorite in the New Paltz area, and this year they’re available from September 8 through Thanksgiving Eve — a fun dessert idea for your holiday dinner.

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