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'Tis the Season for Maine's Ultimate Apple Cider Doughnuts

Enjoy these seasonal snacks while you can.

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The apple cider doughnut: fall's premier treat. Use this guide to find the farm stands frying up the most satisfying versions in Maine, as recommended by discerning Eater readers, and bring home a few varieties of fresh apples to stock the cellar while you're at it. The state of Maine is a bit of a show-off this time of year, so get out and breathe the country air before retreating indoors for the next six months. Note: map points are listed south to north.

Prefer a wider variety of year-round doughnuts? Check out the guide to delectable doughnut shops in Maine. You can also get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Holy Donut's popular fall seasonal, the Maine Apple Donut.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mcdougal Orchards

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201 Hanson Ridge Rd
Springvale, ME 04083
(207) 324-5054
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Visit doughnut maker Cap'n Jack in his "Donut Shack" to fuel up on these hearty treats. Twice-daily wagon rides will give you a chance to digest before you head out to the trees for apple picking.

2. Libby and Son U-Picks

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86 Sawyer Mtn Rd
Limerick, ME
(207) 793-4749
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Make a beeline for the farm stand where you can watch the magic happen: a donut machine here steadily pumps batter into a river of hot oil. Devour your snacks in a golf cart as friendly staff ferry you to the fields.

3. Brackett's Orchards

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224 Sokokis Ave
Limington, ME 04049
(207) 730-9169
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This Western Maine orchard ups the ante by making both apple cider doughnuts and an apple-filled variety, along with other baked goods in the farm stand. In fact hungry apple pickers can enjoy an entire meal made on-site, courtesy of a brick oven turning out fresh pizza.

4. Apple Acres Farm

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363 Durgintown Rd
Hiram, ME 04041
(207) 625-4777
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Enjoy an apple feast of doughnuts, pies, and cider at picnic tables surrounding this orchard's farm stand. Spend the afternoon picking a variety of apples or strolling around the farm's 200 acres.

5. Orchard Hill Farm

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36 Orchard Rd
Cumberland Center, ME 04021
(207) 829-3581
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Play farmer for a day at Orchard Hill Farm, where you'll find hay rides on the weekends and a big, restored barn for poking around in. You'll need lots of energy for all those farm chores, so take advantage of the doughnuts and other baked goods made on-site.

6. Thompson's Apple Orchard

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276 Gloucester Hill Rd
New Gloucester, ME 04260
(207) 926-4738
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Thompson's makes a variety of doughnuts on-site (again with that mesmerizing machine), including plain, chocolate, and pumpkin, and the apple cider flavor is a perennial favorite.

7. Rocky Ridge Orchard

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38 Rocky Ridge Ln
Bowdoin, ME 04287
(207) 666-5786
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Cake doughnut lovers flock to Rocky Ridge's dense varieties: molasses, chocolate, and apple cider. Enjoy other Maine-made treats, too, like chocolate milk or cider, even baked beans and coleslaw on Saturdays.

8. Wallingford's Apple Orchard

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1240 Perkins Ridge Rd
Auburn, ME 04210
(207) 754-5169
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While the Wallingford's orchards and farm stands are certainly bucolic places to enjoy your hot, fresh cider doughnuts, nearby Lake Auburn offers a great picnic spot as well. Take your treats to go and work off those extra calories on the lake's nature trail.

9. Ricker Hill Orchard

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295 Buckfield Rd
Turner, ME 04282
(207) 225-5552
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Whether you're stopping by Ricker Hill Orchards to pick up some apples, sample house-made hard cider, or throw a few baskets on the disc golf course, you won't want to miss the fresh-baked cider doughnuts. Pumpkin, chocolate, and blueberry flavors round out the offerings.

10. Lakeside Orchards

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318 Readfield Rd
Manchester, ME 04351
(207) 622-2479
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Happy apple pickers at this orchard love the cider doughnuts fresh out of the fryer, either coated with cinnamon sugar or glazed. The produce stand is open year round, so you can actually get your doughnut fix whenever the craving strikes.

11. Rowe's Orchards

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333 Moosehead Trail
Newport, ME 04953
(207) 368-4777
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Cider doughnut fans in the Bangor area head to Rowe's Orchards, where you can pick your own apples and enjoy apple cider alongside a variety of Maine-made prepared foods.

12. Urban Sugar Donuts

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Eastern Promenade
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 317-6616
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This mobile treat-frying truck serves up mini apple cider doughnuts with a caramel glaze seasonally. Check its facebook page to find its location and the day's special flavors.

1. Mcdougal Orchards

201 Hanson Ridge Rd, Springvale, ME 04083
Visit doughnut maker Cap'n Jack in his "Donut Shack" to fuel up on these hearty treats. Twice-daily wagon rides will give you a chance to digest before you head out to the trees for apple picking.
201 Hanson Ridge Rd
Springvale, ME 04083

2. Libby and Son U-Picks

86 Sawyer Mtn Rd, Limerick, ME
Make a beeline for the farm stand where you can watch the magic happen: a donut machine here steadily pumps batter into a river of hot oil. Devour your snacks in a golf cart as friendly staff ferry you to the fields.
86 Sawyer Mtn Rd
Limerick, ME

3. Brackett's Orchards

224 Sokokis Ave, Limington, ME 04049
This Western Maine orchard ups the ante by making both apple cider doughnuts and an apple-filled variety, along with other baked goods in the farm stand. In fact hungry apple pickers can enjoy an entire meal made on-site, courtesy of a brick oven turning out fresh pizza.
224 Sokokis Ave
Limington, ME 04049

4. Apple Acres Farm

363 Durgintown Rd, Hiram, ME 04041
Enjoy an apple feast of doughnuts, pies, and cider at picnic tables surrounding this orchard's farm stand. Spend the afternoon picking a variety of apples or strolling around the farm's 200 acres.
363 Durgintown Rd
Hiram, ME 04041

5. Orchard Hill Farm

36 Orchard Rd, Cumberland Center, ME 04021
Play farmer for a day at Orchard Hill Farm, where you'll find hay rides on the weekends and a big, restored barn for poking around in. You'll need lots of energy for all those farm chores, so take advantage of the doughnuts and other baked goods made on-site.
36 Orchard Rd
Cumberland Center, ME 04021

6. Thompson's Apple Orchard

276 Gloucester Hill Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260
Thompson's makes a variety of doughnuts on-site (again with that mesmerizing machine), including plain, chocolate, and pumpkin, and the apple cider flavor is a perennial favorite.
276 Gloucester Hill Rd
New Gloucester, ME 04260

7. Rocky Ridge Orchard

38 Rocky Ridge Ln, Bowdoin, ME 04287
Cake doughnut lovers flock to Rocky Ridge's dense varieties: molasses, chocolate, and apple cider. Enjoy other Maine-made treats, too, like chocolate milk or cider, even baked beans and coleslaw on Saturdays.
38 Rocky Ridge Ln
Bowdoin, ME 04287

8. Wallingford's Apple Orchard

1240 Perkins Ridge Rd, Auburn, ME 04210
While the Wallingford's orchards and farm stands are certainly bucolic places to enjoy your hot, fresh cider doughnuts, nearby Lake Auburn offers a great picnic spot as well. Take your treats to go and work off those extra calories on the lake's nature trail.
1240 Perkins Ridge Rd
Auburn, ME 04210

9. Ricker Hill Orchard

295 Buckfield Rd, Turner, ME 04282
Whether you're stopping by Ricker Hill Orchards to pick up some apples, sample house-made hard cider, or throw a few baskets on the disc golf course, you won't want to miss the fresh-baked cider doughnuts. Pumpkin, chocolate, and blueberry flavors round out the offerings.
295 Buckfield Rd
Turner, ME 04282

10. Lakeside Orchards

318 Readfield Rd, Manchester, ME 04351
Happy apple pickers at this orchard love the cider doughnuts fresh out of the fryer, either coated with cinnamon sugar or glazed. The produce stand is open year round, so you can actually get your doughnut fix whenever the craving strikes.
318 Readfield Rd
Manchester, ME 04351

11. Rowe's Orchards

333 Moosehead Trail, Newport, ME 04953
Cider doughnut fans in the Bangor area head to Rowe's Orchards, where you can pick your own apples and enjoy apple cider alongside a variety of Maine-made prepared foods.
333 Moosehead Trail
Newport, ME 04953

12. Urban Sugar Donuts

Eastern Promenade, Portland, ME 04101
This mobile treat-frying truck serves up mini apple cider doughnuts with a caramel glaze seasonally. Check its facebook page to find its location and the day's special flavors.
Eastern Promenade
Portland, ME 04101

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