Cox Farms Apple Cider Donuts. Photograph courtesy of Cox Farms.
It’s high season for pumpkin fields and corn mazes. But above all, we are just excited about the apple cider donuts. Here are some places – near and far – where you can get your fix.
4675 John Marshall Hwy, Linden, Virginia.
Are you leaving for Shenandoah? Don’t miss this 58-year-old comfort food restaurant which, as the name suggests, is famous for its cinnamon and apple butter donuts. You can also stock up on apple butter, cider, and other Virginia-made products in the gift shop.
Audia Farm and Nursery at Takoma Park Farmers Market
6909 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, Maryland
Starting October 31, this Maryland farm and nursery will begin selling its seasonal apple cider fritters at the Sunday Takoma Park Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Audia’s sets itself apart from the competition by its choice of a base zucchini with cinnamon sugar or butternut squash with ginger sugar. The vendor sells a variety of other baked goods as well, although we hear particularly positive things about the apple cider toffees.
15621 Braddock Rd, Centerville, Virginia.
Come for the pumpkin patch and hay rides, stay for the farm-made donuts. The Centerville Getaway uses Rinkler’s Virginia-made apple cider in its cinnamon sugar roll treats and fry them around the clock during Fall Festival weekends to keep up with the high demand.
Multiple locations in DC and Virginia
The local donut joint currently offers apple cider bites with cake batter, apple frosting, and cinnamon sugar at its five DC area locations. Other fall specialties include pumpkin crème brûlée, sweet potato pie, and apple and caramel streusel fritters.
6904 4th St., NO
Fans often line up before 7 a.m. for fresh vegan donuts from this Takoma DC shop. Throughout October, apple cider donuts made with real apples and apple cider are an added incentive not to hit the snooze button.
5501 Detrick Rd, Mt Airy, Maryland
Washingtonian review Ann Limpert considers herself a huge fan of these straight-from-the-fryer treats, which she says have “the lightness of a yeast donut but the flavor and crumb of a cake donut.” Bonus: apple slushies to enjoy between corn mazes, pedal carts and picking your own apples and pumpkins.
200 Commerce Street, Alexandria, Virginia.
For October only, you can buy apple cider donuts by the dozen at this nostalgic ice cream shop. Pre-order before Friday at 3 p.m. for a pickup on Saturday before 3 p.m. For something more indulgent, try a cream-filled apple cider donut sandwich.
10140 Piscataway Road, Clinton, Maryland
This 267-acre Prince George County farm – complete with a corn maze and farm animals – offers a wide variety of donut flavors, from red velvet to toasted coconut. But it’s the apple cider variety, freshly baked each morning, that is the real draw. The farm bakery offers them frozen or rolled in cinnamon sugar, as well as apple pies, cakes and soft ice cream.
Rock Hill Orchard & Woodbourne Creamery
28600 Ridge Rd, Mt Airy, Maryland
This orchard and dairy grows 25 varieties of pickable apples as well as “cow to cone” ice cream (you can watch the cows being milked and petting the calves). Naturally, they have apple cider donuts at their farmer’s market to accompany a host of other family activities.
Do you have another favorite place for apple cider donuts that we missed? Let us know.