Apple-picking season is gearing up, and both Carlson and Westward orchards are selling apple cider doughnuts, good for replenishing energy after a strenuous afternoon of picking. Recipes for cider doughnuts call for boiling the cider first to thicken it and intensify the flavor, and according to Yankee Magazine, boiling the cider also helps to make the doughnuts tender. There are lots of recipes online for making cider doughnuts at home, but with seasoned professionals making them at our local orchards, why go to all that trouble?
Pick-your-own McIntosh, Gala, and Ginger Gold apples; check Facebook daily for apple variety updates. McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Paula Red, Gala, and Ginger Gold apples available in the store along with plums. Brookdale Fruit Farm’s corn, tomatoes (regular and organic cherry), zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, peppers, green and yellow beans, and winter squash (butternut, acorn, and delicata) available in the store, as well as decorative gourds and mini-pumpkins. Freshly made cider doughnuts on weekends.
Pick-your-own yellow freestone peaches and Honeycrisp, Gala, Ruby Mac, and McIntosh apples. Peaches and all apple varieties being picked plus Ginger Gold apples at the stand, along with Doe’s spring and summer honey. Cortland apples and beeswax will be available soon.
Pick-your-own raspberries. Heirloom and cherry tomatoes, Asian pears, raspberries, squash, watermelon, peppers, eggs, and raspberry jam available at the stand. All fruit and vegetables are certified organic.
Pick-your-own McIntosh, Cortland, and Gala apples. All varieties of apples being picked plus Honeycrisp and Ginger Gold apples are available in the store. Red Bartlett pears, yellow and white peaches, nectarines, and plums are also available in the store, along with corn, tomatoes (regular, heirloom, and cherry), lettuce, broccoli, peppers (bell and hot), eggplant, carrots, kale, Swiss chard, cucumbers, bok choy, beans, beets, summer squash, zucchini, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, sweet potatoes, and a variety of herbs. Freshly made cider doughnuts daily.
White, yellow, and bicolor corn, tomatoes, Red Norland, Green Mountain, and Yukon Gold potatoes, winter squash, pumpkins, Indian corn, ornamental edible pepper plants, and some really hot peppers. The season is winding down for pickling cucumbers, summer squash, and zucchini, so they are hit-or-miss these days.
All produce listed is Harvard-grown unless otherwise noted. Brookdale Fruit Farm is in Hollis, New Hampshire.
—Compiled by Joan Eliyesil