If there is any one activity that we think of as quintessentially fall…it is definitely apple picking! Every year, I look forward to picking a variety of apples, surrounded by beautiful fall foliage, wearing my vest in the crisp fall weather. But there is one key component to this idyllic experience: cider donuts.
It is not uncommon to hear about contests regarding cider donuts at different apple orchards. While I am sure that many apple orchards create delicious cider donuts, I would like to feature my all-time favorite: Meadow Ledge Farm in Loudon. And yes, they have often won the WMUR Viewers Choice award for cider donuts!
Everything about visiting Meadow Ledge Farm exemplifies the perfect fall setting…from the rustic store filled with local items, to the tractor ride to pick apples, to the cider donuts. They often have live music outside, which contributes to the cozy atmosphere. The orchard offers over 40 types of apples, and it is just as fun as an adult to ride the tractor out to the orchard as it was as a child!
After picking apples, it’s worth taking some time to peruse the store. You can find local maple syrup, handcrafted items, fudge, pies, and gigantic whoopie pies. There is often a line for the cider donuts…but even as an impatient person, I will always wait in the line for those donuts, regardless of how long it takes!
My husband and I waited in the line on a crisp fall day – I was extra grateful for my vest. We ordered our donuts (extra for friends and family!) and left the store, with a hot apple cider in one hand and a bag of donuts in the other. The donuts are the best when they are hot and fresh, so naturally we immediately ate one. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and they simply melt in your mouth. And in case anyone is wondering – they are equally as tasty the next day, especially heated in a toaster oven or air fryer.
Quintessential fall activity – check! Though if you find that you’d like a cider donut after apple picking season is over, you’re in luck! Meadow Ledge Farm makes their donuts through December, when they transition to also selling Christmas trees and wreaths. Plenty of time to stop by and check them out!