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🍎 Apple Everything! Rochester’s best ciders, fry cakes, fritters, pies, and more

Come September, as sweater-weather season sets in, we begin to crave all things apple. Apple cider. Apple cider donuts. Apple fritters. Hard cider. Apple pie. And while not apple-based, warm cinnamon fry cakes are the perfect pairing.

We are so fortunate to be surrounded not only by the freshest apples from local farms but by talented artisans who expertly know what to do with them.

And we spend September and October searching for the best.

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I like to switch things up each year by visiting my favorite spots and trying new ones. These suggestions are purely alphabetical—you’ll likely enjoy them all. The list is continuously updated, and I’m always open to adding new ones. Share your favorites in the comments.

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Best Apple Cider

The Apple Shed, Newark

Green Acre Farm & Nursery, North Greece

Herman’s Farm Market, Webster

Kelly’s Farm Market, Hilton

Lagoner Farms, Williamson

Lains Cider Mill, Canisteo

Mayer’s Cider Mill, Webster

McPherson Orchards, LeRoy

Powers Farm Market, Perinton

Robb Farms, Ogden

Schutt’s Apple Mill, Webster/Penfield – “Right around Thanksgiving, Schutt’s makes a Russet cider for a limited time that is really special.”

Wager’s Cider Mill, Penn Yan

Whittier Fruit Farm, North Chili

Zarpentine Farms, Hilton

Surrounding Counties

These may be two or three hours away, but if you find yourself in the area, or in the mood for a scenic fall drive, they make excellent destinations.

Beak & Skiff Orchards, LaFayette

Burrville Cider Mill, Watertown

Cider Mill, Endicott

Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, Fly Creek (near Cooperstown)

Mayer Bros Cider Mill, West Seneca

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Best Apple Cider Donuts

Herman’s Farm Market, Webster

Lains Cider Mill, Canisteo

Stokoe Farms, Wheatland

Wickham Farms, Penfield

Zarpentine Farms, Hilton

Vegan Apple Cider Donuts

Note, I would love to include more locations and add gluten-free locations as well. Please contact me or leave a comment to suggestion ones!

Anyone’s Cafe, Rochester

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Best Fry Cakes (or Fried Cakes)

Bauman’s Farm Market, Penfield

Duke’s Donuts, Rochester Public Market

Green Acre Farm & Nursery, Greece

Kelly’s Farm Market, Hilton

McPherson Orchards, LeRoy

Robb Farms, Ogden – “so many flavors! Cinnamon sugar, blueberry, sour cream, apple crisp, and pumpkin fry cakes!”

Schutt’s Apple Mill, Webster/Penfield

Zarpentine Farms, Hilton

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Best Apple Fritters

Golden Harvest Bakery & Cafe, Henrietta

Honeoye Falls Market Place, Honeoye Falls

Ridge Donut Cafe, Irondequoit

Wegmans, all locations

Zarpentine Farms, Hilton

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Best Hard Cider

Blue Barn Cidery, Hilton

Blue Toad Hard Cider, Henrietta

Buried Barrel Hard Cider, Castile

Castile Cider Mill, Castile

Embark Craft Ciderworks, Williamson (Lagoner Farms)

Oak and Apple Cidery, Penfield

Old Goat Cidery, Newark (The Apple Shed)

Seed and Stone Cidery & Meadery, Rochester

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Best Cider Slushies & Other Concoctions

Herman’s Farm Market, Webster – cider slushies

Iron Smoke, Fairport – “Rattlesnake Rosie’s apple pie whiskey”

Robb Farms, Ogden – cider slushies

Schutt’s Apple Mill, Webster/Penfield – “their apple frost is a creamy apple cider soft-serve vanilla ice cream”

Star Cider, Canandaigua – “they add a cider donut to their bourbon cream root beer float”

Wickham Farms, Penfield – “apple cider slushee, layered with creamy vanilla ice cream, and a fresh apple cider donut”

Zarpentine Farms, Hilton – cider slushies

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Best Pies (apple and other)

Hurd Orchards, Holley – “so many delicious varieties”

Lagoner Farms, Williamson – “an amazing caramel apple pie”

Powers Farm Market, Perinton – “has a to-die-for pie called Forbidden Fruit…it is life-changing!”

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More Noteworthy Goodies

Though these aren’t apple products, they are seasonally relevant and amazing!

Kelly’s Farm Market, Hilton – “pumpkin chocolate chip bread and chocolate-covered chocolate donuts.”

Herman’s Farm Market, Webster – “pumpkin fry cakes”

Iron Smoke, Fairport – “pumpkin pie whiskey”

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Best apple cider donuts Near Me in Rochester, NY by Yelp

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Fried cakes: A sacred Rochester tradition By Katherine Stathis

Taste the Flavors of Fall in Rochester by Visit Rochester, 2021

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Where is your favorite place to buy apple cider, fry cakes, fitters, and more tasty treats?

Also, do you prefer to spell the tasty breakfast cake as “doughnut” or “donut”? I’ve always spelled it the shorter way, as used in Dunkin’ Donuts. But some prefer the more globally-used “doughnuts.”

Your insights and experiences are valuable. Please share them in the comments.

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of daytrippingroc.com and author of the award-winning book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.

People often ask me if I get free access to places while exploring. The answer is no unless I’m invited to previews or granted behind-the-scenes access as part of my media role. Generally, I don’t mention my project, Day Trips Around Rochester, NY, because I want the same experience you would have. I create and share content simply because it brings me joy. I would appreciate your support—a cup of coffee or two to help fuel future field trips—if you have found valuable information here that has helped you explore the Rochester area.

1 thought on “🍎 Apple Everything! Rochester’s best ciders, fry cakes, fritters, pies, and more”

  1. Green acre farms in Greece has the best fall fry cakes with festive orange frosting! Available oct 1 – oct 31 every season. And Donuts delight is known for their huge apple fritter, delicious!

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