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Posted: September 8, 2015

Pick-your-own donuts: Our 5 favorite places for the best apple donuts to eat this fall

Written by: Shannon Bryan
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An apple cider donut from Rocky Ridge Orchard and Bakery in Bowdoin. Shannon Bryan photo

Apple picking is one of fall’s pleasures. And while it’s great to have a stack of fresh Cortlands or Honeycrisps or Macs on the counter to bake into pies or chomp into outright, it’s the apple donut that has become one of the season’s most-delicious apple treats. Which means fall might soon become known as “donut-picking season.” To help you pick your own favorite, we’re willing to tell you ours (so long as you promise not to eat all the donuts before we get there).

Brackett Orchard in Limington

224 Sokokis Ave., Limington. 207-730-9169. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
“I love the filled donuts – apple pie filling inside a mouthwatering donut – but I’ll eat the plain cider donuts in a pinch (or if they don’t have two of the filled kind). Get your donuts as soon as you arrive – they sometimes run out – and enjoy them on the back porch while taking in the beautiful views of the orchard.”
– Karen Beaudoin, editor,

Holy Donuts in Portland

194 Park Ave., 207-874-7774, and 7 Exchange St., Portland. 207-775-7776. PARK AVENUE, open 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. EXCHANGE STREET, open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday,
Theirs is an apple donut, rather than an apple cider donut, which makes all the difference to Meredith: “It’s sweet but not ultra-sugary like a lot of cider donuts. It has some real apple flavor.”
– Meredith Goad, Press Herald food writer

Rocky Ridge Orchard and Bakery in Bowdoin

38 Rocky Ridge Lane (Route 201), Bowdoin, 6 miles north of Topsham. 207-666-5786. Open seven days a week 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“Do I like apple picking, or do I like sampling cider donuts? When it comes to a trip to Rocky Ridge in Bowdoin, I am definitely there for the donuts. It’s not that there is anything wrong, anything at all, with the lovely experience of loading up a big brown bag with crisp apples, but rather, that the delicious donuts at the Bowdoin orchard are so unique to the season. A flash of the sour, a dusting of sweet sugar and a cake texture inside that is both soft and substantial – it all says fall to me and makes the transition into winter just a little easier.”
– Mary Pols, Press Herald food writer

Apple cider donut love. Lucia Almeida photo

Apple cider donut love. Lucia Almeida photo

Libby & Sons U-Picks in Limerick

86 Sawyer Mountain Road, Limerick. 207-793-4749. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (may close due to weather).
“The apple cider donuts at Libby & Sons are reason alone to love fall. Every year I look forward to picking apples here, but it’s the donuts I daydream about. I prefer mine coated in sugar, but you can get them without it. They’re more dense than some donuts – and the most-delicious, too. I also like watching the donuts get made and buying them fresh from the fryer – warm and soft and…wow, I really want a donut right now.”
– Shannon Bryan, editor,

Thompson’s Orchard in New Gloucester

276 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester. 207-926-4738. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Thompson’s Orchard in New Gloucester has delicious donuts. I like the plain, sugar-coated apple cider donuts as well as the chocolate ones. They’re less cake-like than other orchards and have consistency of a more traditional donut… but taste better! You can watch them make them right at the orchard. But get there early in the day because they are known to sell out quickly during their apple-picking season.”
– Wendy Almeida, editor, MaineToday Magazine

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