10 places to try this fall
Fall wouldn’t be complete without apple cider, donuts or the popular fusion of the two, apple cider donuts.
There are many places in the area that serve apple cider donuts, such as Misfit Donuts and Treats, the vegan shop in South Wedge, and Golden Harvest Bakery in Scottsville. And grabbing a hot, sugar-coated apple cider donut at Duke’s Donuts is a ritual for many visitors to Rochester’s Saturday Public Market.
But for me, apple cider and apple pastries taste best when enjoyed as part of a total experience that includes going to a local farm, picking apples, buying pumpkins, and struggling to load boots. of straw and stalks of corn in the car.
With that in mind, here are some of the local farms that do a good job of cider and donuts. Many make apple cider donuts, but there are other seasonal baked goods that are just as delicious.
1. Wickham Farms
Wickham Farms in Penfield is a major attraction for family fun, but it has also become a fall food destination.
In his store, he serves homemade apple and cinnamon fried cakes coated in cinnamon sugar. It also serves locally produced apple cider, apple cider slushes, homemade fudge, and kettle corn.
One of his most popular treats is his shake, which alternates layers of vanilla ice cream and cider slush in a mason jar and crowns it with one of his fried cakes.
In his farmyard, which requires an entrance fee, he serves an autumn funnel cake, topped with hot apples with apples and cinnamon and whipped cream. It also offers a full menu of casual fare such as burgers.
Go: 1315 Sweets Corners Road, Penfield, (585) 377-3276, wickhamfarms.com
2. Bauman agricultural market
The Bauman family began farming in Penfield in 1908 and opened a farm stand in 1957.
Today, Bauman’s Farm Market sells a variety of products, as well as their homemade fried cakes, which come in the form of plain sugar, cinnamon, and iced, as well as their own fudge. They also sell locally made apple cider.
Go: 1340 Five Mile Line Road, Penfield; (585) 671-2820; baumansfarmmarket.com.
3. Schutt’s apple mill
Schutt’s Apple Mill has been a beloved institution in Penfield for over a century.
One of its major attractions is its apple cider donuts, served plain, glazed or coated with cinnamon sugar.
Its apple cider has been produced using the same process for three generations. It is filtered to make it clear and more delicate in flavor and is UV treated and contains no preservatives.
Since the 1970s, he’s been serving apple gel, a combination of his fresh apple cider and a vanilla milkshake base; it tastes like a Wendy’s Frosty apple-y. The store also sells apples (they also have U-pick apples), their homemade fudge, and many other food items.
Next to the main store is a tasting room that serves its own hard cider called Great Grandpa’s Grog. Schutt’s Apple Cider is fermented to hard cider by Rootstock Ciderworks in Williamson and comes in two flavors: Relic and Fried Cake.
Go: 1063 Plank Road, Penfield; (585) 872-2924; schuttsapplemill.com.
4. Robb Farms
Robb Farms in Spencerport is a quaint family farm that has been around since 1912 and is now in its sixth generation. It offers U-Pick apples as well as a variety of other fruits and vegetables.
His cider is pressed on site. The donuts are fresh every day; flavors include cinnamon sugar, blueberry, sour cream, apple crumble and pumpkin.
He also offers his own farmed beef and pork.
Go: 800 Gallup Road, Spencerport; (585) 352-0814; robbfarms.com.
5. Kelly’s Farm Market and Bakery
Kelly’s Farm Market & Bakery in Hilton is a U-pick apple business that has been in existence since 1956. They make their own apple cider and have a full bakery that makes everything from scratch. Everything that works is wide open, so you take a look at what’s being done.
Its donuts are embellished with spices and served plain or mixed with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar. Its most popular donut is completely coated in chocolate.
It also makes seasonal pies such as apple and pumpkin, as well as turnovers, strudels, muffins, and sweet breads.
Go: 611 Wilder Road in Hilton; (585) 392-8102; Facebook.
6. Green Acre Farm and Nursery
Green Acre Farm & Nursery in Greece has launched its donut making operation for the season. It serves five flavors: plain, frosted white vanilla, frosted chocolate, powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar. From October 1, the vanilla glazed donuts will be made with orange frosting.
Green Acre also presses its own cider, which is UV treated. It also sells locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables.
It should be mentioned that the farm and nursery is a separate operation from Green Acre & West Wind Fruit Farms U-Pick picking operations, so be sure to plug the correct address into your GPS.
Go: 3456 Latta Road, Greece, (585) 227-0510; greenacrefarmandnursery.com.
7. Zarpentine farms
Zarpentine Farms in Hilton is best known for their fresh, homemade apple fritters sprinkled with small pieces of fresh apples, which she has been making since 1989. Donuts, along with her fried apple cider cakes, are made daily. He makes his own apple cider from an old family recipe.
The farm also sells apples from its own orchard, as well as vegetables, pies, bread, coffee cakes and cookies. It also has a corn maze.
Go: 163 Burritt Road, Hilton; (585) 392-3611; zarpentinefarmsny.com.
8. Stokoe Farms
The Stokoe family has farmed in Wheatland for over 200 years. The family farm is now a popular destination for fall family activities.
At his Old Barn Grill, he serves freshly made apple cider donuts, caramel apple wedges, and lunch options. He also makes his own fudge and kettle corn.
His cider comes from the Red Jacket orchards in Geneva.
Go: 656 South Road, Wheatland; (585) 889-0770; stokoefarms.com.
9. Lagoner Farms
Lagoner Farms has been a family farm in Williamson for over 100 years. This is a booming apple picking operation with a large free play area for children.
His on-farm store serves treats like apple cider donuts, apple dumplings, caramel apple and pecan pies, cookies, fudge and more. It also has a tap room for its own hard ciders called Embark Craft Ciderworks.
Go: 6895 Lake Ave., Williamson, Wayne County; (315) 904-4109; lagonerfarms.com.
10. The apple shed
The Apple Shed in Fairville, Wayne County, started out as a fruit stand and cider mill in 1973. Now it offers family activities and weekend apple picking.
In addition to apple cider, she makes her own apple cider fritters, which are coated with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar. It also offers plain, pumpkin and chocolate glazed donuts, as well as homemade fudge, cookies and pies. He serves sandwiches and salads in his Country Café.
Its Old Goat Cidery tasting room serves samples of its ciders and fruit wines. Hard cider slushies are also served.
Go: 3391 Fairville Maple Ridge Road, Fairville, Wayne County; (315) 331-6294; theappleshed.com.
Do you have a favorite spot for donuts, apple cider, and apple cider donuts? Send your recommendations to Tracy Schuhmacher at [email protected]