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Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice (and Fried)


Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice (and Fried)


Photos by Rochelle Li, Words by Mia Cirker

If you’re anything like me, you may find yourself sitting in class on a brisk October afternoon wondering why there is not a cup of fresh apple cider in one of your hands and a warm, crispy apple cider doughnut in the other. In a time dominated by the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte, it has become a growing concern of mine that we have forgotten what the flawless season of fall is really all about: the apple cider doughnut. Thankfully, New England’s various local farms have graced the city of Boston, specifically Copley Square, providing seasonal produce and most notably, apple cider doughnuts that make you contemplate whether or not it would actually be a bad thing for everything you eat to be covered in cinnamon-sugar. 

A quick couple stops on the green line from the BU campus, Copley Square’s tall glass buildings, giant St. Francis chapel and widespread grassy park provide you with all the aesthetic comfort you need in a busy city. This wonderful farmer’s market is hard to miss on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Among the many Massachusetts farms offering sustainably and locally-grown produce are MacArthur Farm, Atlas Farm, and Siena Farms. Delicious baked goods from Cambridge’s Iggy’s Bread and Sofra Bakery can also be found at this fantastic market. Although appreciative of the fruits and veggies surrounding me, naturally, I headed towards the giant “APPLE CIDER DONUTS” sign and picked up a box of three along with a bottle of “Premium Apple Cider,” so I knew it had to be good.

So, these doughnuts… how do I begin? The Apple Barn at Hamilton Orchards in New Salem, Massachusetts understands how incomplete an apple cider doughnut is without heaping amounts of cinnamon-sugar. Although served in a box, the doughnuts are still crisp on the outside and incredibly soft on the inside, like any good cake doughnut should be. The cinnamon gives you the warmth that the cool October air has taken away, the sugar provides you all the energy you’ve lost during midterms and the apple cider keeps the doughnut just moist enough until the moment presents itself for you to take that gulp of fresh apple cider to wash it all down. This apple cider, from Carlson Orchards in Harvard, Massachusetts, can be summed up by its label, which reads “Ingredients: Apples.” No water, no sugar, no concentrate, no preservative added. The best apple cider I have been blessed enough to taste gave me exactly what I needed, relieving me of the apple cider doughnut’s sweetness for the sweet and refreshing taste of apples.

There really isn’t a much better fall festivity than sitting in a park under the sun with your apple cider and doughnut fix, so if you haven’t already, get to the Copley Square Farmer’s Market before its last day on November 25th! There are (many) times when the gym needs to be put on hold and numerous sugar-coated doughnuts need to be welcomed - fall is most definitely one of those times.

Boston/Copley Square Farmers Market
Tuesdays & Fridays 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Until November 25th