Meadow Ledge Farm makes the best cider donuts in New Hampshire

Readers choose Loudon orchard as the best in the state

Apple picking is a fall family tradition in New Hampshire, where more than 24.5 million pounds of the fruit are produced each year. Picking season is also known for another sweet treat, apple cider donuts. Farm stands and bakeries across the state fry them up fresh. Eat them plain, glazed or cinnamon sugared, and for the ultimate autumn snack, dip them in a cup of the same fresh pressed cider used to give them their distinct apple flavor.

  • Meadow Ledge Farm
    Loudon

    The folks at Meadow Ledge Farm make fresh hot cider donuts each weekend using their own cider made right at the orchard. Customers often stand in line for up to 45 minutes for the donuts, best enjoyed with a cup of hot mulled cider.
    Photo courtesy of Meadow Ledge Farm / Facebook

  • Emery Farm
    Durham

    Emery Farm, the oldest family farm in the United States, has been in the family since 1660. Today, visitors come for the chance to pick their own fruit or stop for an award-winning cider donut at the farm café.
    Photo courtesy of Emery Farm

  • Cider Bellies Doughnuts
    Meredith

    Homemade cider donuts from Cider Bellies Doughnuts are always warm and fresh, because they’re made in small batches throughout the day. Guests can watch the donuts being made, then choose a flavored drizzle to complement the apple flavor–cinnamon sugar, New Hampshire maple, lemon, Irish cream, strawberry, caramel, chocolate or pineapple.
    Photo courtesy of Cider Bellies Doughnuts

  • McKenzie's Farm
    Milton

    Situated atop Plummer’s Ridge in Milton, McKenzie’s Farm attracts visitors with its plentiful “U-pick” opportunities, as well as the chance to sample cider donuts made fresh daily throughout the growing season.
    Photo courtesy of McKenzie's Farm

  • DeMeritt Hill Farm
    Lee

    At DeMeritt Hill Farm, apple cider donuts come in several varieties, including blueberry, chocolate, classic apple cider and pumpkin. On a cool fall afternoon, nothing beats a fresh donut dunked in a cup of hot cider.
    Photo courtesy of DeMeritt Hill Farm

  • Stonehouse Baking Co.
    Barrington

    Available from August to October and February to April, cider donuts at Stonehouse Baking Co. come plain, glazed or cinnamon sugared. On occasion, lucky visitors might even snag an apple cider maple frosted donut with bacon.
    Photo courtesy of Stonehouse Baking Co.

  • Applecrest Farm Orchards
    Hampton Falls

    The secret family recipe for Applecrest Farm Orchards’ cider donuts has been in the family for four generations. The farm uses their own hand-pressed cider in the old-fashioned donuts, lending them an apple flavor that’s earned a cult following across the state.
    Photo courtesy of Applecrest Farm Orchards

  • Chichester Country Store
    Chichester

    At Chichester Country Store, visitors will find apple cider donuts throughout the year, made fresh daily. They come in six varieties: plain, sugared, cinnamon sugared, glazed, chocolate frosted or New Hampshire maple frosted.
    Photo courtesy of Chichester Country Store

  • Gould Hill Farm
    Contoocook

    Available only on fall weekends, the cider donuts from Gould Hill Farm are worth the wait. Fresh apple cider gives them their signature flavor, and they’re always served warm.
    Photo courtesy of Gould Hill Farm / Facebook

  • Cardigan Mountain Orchard
    Bristol

    The Country Cafe at Cardigan Mountain Orchard serves breakfast, lunch and fresh fried cider donuts during the summer season.
    Photo courtesy of Cardigan Mountain Orchard

The top 10 winners in the category Best Cider Donuts in New Hampshire are as follows:

  1. Meadow Ledge Farm - Loudon
  2. Emery Farm - Durham
  3. Cider Bellies Doughnuts - Meredith
  4. McKenzie's Farm - Milton
  5. DeMeritt Hill Farm - Lee
  6. Stonehouse Baking Co. - Barrington
  7. Applecrest Farm Orchards - Hampton Falls
  8. Chichester Country Store - Chichester
  9. Gould Hill Farm - Contoocook
  10. Cardigan Mountain Orchard - Bristol

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Taylor Hicks (State Plate), Susan Laughlin and Colleen Westcott and Jonathan Carrigan (Portsmouth Eats Restaurant Tasting Tours) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the state food scene.

Congratulations to all these winning farms, stores and restaurants!

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