6 Places to Get Apple Cider Doughnuts in Rhode Island
Everyone's favorite fall treat is available around the state.
Editor’s Note: This post was updated from an earlier version that was posted in 2019.
Apple cider is the lifeblood of autumn; it’s the distilled essence of falling leaves and temperatures. How could you improve such a delicious concoction? By transforming it into a doughnut, of course. Cider doughnuts are a fall staple all around New England, but Rhode Island has some of the best. From bakeries to orchards, these heavenly pastries are available throughout the state.
Starting Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. through Nov. 1 at 5 p.m., you and your family can drive up to Adams Farm to pick up some of their tasty apple cider doughnuts. To enable social-distancing throughout the farm, a set number of tickets can be purchased online in advance, and families can spend a couple hours on the farm to explore its pumpkin patch, cornstalks, walking path, candy and caramel apples and plenty more. General Admission, including access to the pumpkin patch and farmyard, is offered every day of the week, while the Mega Admission tickets are available on the weekends only. With this admission, visitors are allowed to see the animals, breeze through the kid-friendly mazes and go sightseeing on the hayride.
Details: 495 Sumner Brown Rd., Cumberland, 401-714-4425, adamsfarmri.com
With a name like Appleland, it should be no surprise that this orchard carries just about every apple product known to mankind: apple pies, apple turnovers, apple dumplings, apple wine — the list goes on. But the cherry on the (apple) cake has got to be their cider doughnut. Fried in house with their own award-winning apple cider and liberally coated in cinnamon and sugar, these doughnuts are about as good as it gets. You can either order your doughnuts on the phone or walk right up to their counter.
Details: 135 Smith Ave., Greenville, 401-949-3690, facebook.com/appleland-orchard.
The Hard-Pressed Cider Company
The Hard-Pressed Cider Company crew in Jamestown spent years pressing cider at orchards around the state before they began making their delicious doughnuts. The now-famous cider doughnuts are served warm and toasty straight off the truck and dusted with a liberal coating of cinnamon and sugar. Once the fall season progresses and the apples sweeten in taste, the doughnuts subtly change in flavor, which is a great excuse to drop by for another visit. Table seating and live pressings are unavailable at the moment, but they are open for takeout with six-foot distancing measures and mask-wearing in place. From Sat. Sept. 5 through Sun. Nov. 22, the hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at their usual location at Windmist Farm in Jamestown. From Sat. Nov. 28 through Sun. Dec. 20, you can find them at the Farmer’s Daughter’s Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farm location on Broad Rock Road off of Route 138.
Details: Windmist Farm, 71 Weeden Ln., Jamestown, 401-595-4828, hardpressedcidercompany.com.
To make truly great cider doughnuts, you need to know apples. And Jaswell’s Farm, which has 121 farm seasons under its belt, definitely knows its apples. Not even a global pandemic can stop the farm from making its apple cider doughnuts and keeping the family tradition alive. Since July, their fresh and delicious doughnuts have been in stock and will be until late December, so get them while they’re hot. Order online or on the phone; curbside pickup is available Monday through Friday with walk-up ordering on the weekends.
Details: 50 Swan Rd., Smithfield, 401-231-9043, jaswellsfarm.com.
KNEAD’s fall doughnut flavors include apple cider, espresso bean old-fashioned and maple sea salt. The apple cider doughnut, rolled hot in sugar and cinnamon, is made fresh with the aforementioned Jaswell’s Farm apple cider. A flourless option is also offered. A new location in East Greenwich has been open since July, and its hours are Thursday to Monday. Walk in, call ahead or order online for curbside pickup and let them know when you’ve arrived. Delivery is also available through the Uber Eats, GrubHub and WhatsGood apps.
Details: 135 Elmgrove Ave., Providence; 55 Cromwell St., Providence; 333 Main St., East Greenwich, 401-865-6622, kneaddoughnuts.com.
Pippin Apple Orchard
Most people imagine an apple cider doughnut as a round, fluffy treat with sugar sprinkled on it. At Pippin Orchard, these famous doughnuts stand alone just fine without the extra sugar, for they’re delicious as they come. This orchard is known for being the first in Rhode Island to make cider doughnuts — all the more reason to pay them a visit. Made in-house with their state of the art Donut Robot machine, the apple cider doughnuts are available until November, when they close for the season. The farm is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Order online, and wait an estimated fifteen minutes for your doughnuts. Once you arrive, park (or stand) in the designated curbside pickup area on the right side of the front door.
Details: 751 Pippin Orchard Rd., Cranston, 401-943-7096, pippinorchard.com.