I’m a sucker for fall. It’s my favorite season by far—crisp air, sweaters and jackets, crunchy leaves and acorns underfoot, and dazzling colors (apples, pumpkins, foliage). And then there’s the food—warming soups and stews, comforting casseroles, apples pies, heartier vegetables like butternut squash and Brussels sprouts. Fall in NYC, however, can be a little bit lacking. You don’t see a lot of colorful trees, there aren’t random farm stands selling hot apple cider, and somehow picking out a pumpkin from the corner deli doesn’t have quite the same charm. Luckily for me, a recent trip to Vermont helped satisfy my fall cravings.
There are certain foods that are only available or are best when eaten in the fall. Apples, of course. I love trying different varieties of apples, and one of the best ways to do that is to go apple-picking. Unfortunately, apple-picking season in Vermont came early this year and we just missed it—lots of apples on the ground, none left on the trees.
This is my all-time favorite fall food—cider donuts! It’s the one thing I’ll seek out once the leaves start turning and the weather cools off. While I can get them from the farmers’ market in my neighborhood, I’ve found that cider donuts in Vermont are way better (sorry!) and much more plentiful. There are many different styles of donuts; these from Shelburne Orchards were moist, cakey, and dusted lightly with granulated sugar. In fact, I’m eating one right now with a cup of tea as I write this. Delicious.
What’s your favorite fall treat?