Apple cider doughnuts are up there with pumpkin pie as the best fall dessert. Thanks to Iowa’s lineup of beloved orchards, this autumnal treat is never too far away. Here are five favorites.
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
Since 1994, Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard has been a local favorite for family fun activities and specialty food items. Available by the dozen, half dozen or individually, Ditmars doughnuts are just one of its adored treats; funnel cakes, hand-dipped caramel apples, pies and more are on the menu. To learn more, visit www.ditmarsorchard.com.
Whether you’re craving turnovers, caramel apples, apple butter, apple cider doughnuts or simply delicious, fresh fruit (the orchard has 50 varieties of apple!), Allen’s Orchard makes it easy as apple pie to bring home the good stuff. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/allensorchard.
Wilson’s Orchard & Farm
Open year-round, Wednesday to Sunday, Wilson’s apple cider doughnuts are ready to order now. Seeking a sweet treat for later? Wilson’s even has a variety of frozen take-and-bake pies to warm up for another day. To learn more, visit www.wilsonsorchard.com.
At this family-owned orchard, locals clamor for the likes of fresh apples, apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, apple bread, jams and much more. PS: It is advised to call ahead to check the stock if you have something particular in mind. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/cziparsorchard.
At Appleberry Orchard, those glorious rings of cinnamon-topped sweetness are made fresh every day. Your sweet tooth will be even happier once it gets a load of the orchard’s hand-made pies, cookies, bars, bread and more. To learn more, visit appleberryorchard.com.