Apple Cider Donuts A Hit at Picturesque Johnny Appleseed’s Farm – Ellington, Connecticut
Posted on October 19, 2015
Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com
Autumn simply would not feel like autumn without a visit to Johnny Appleseed’s Farm in Ellington, Connecticut. Ellington is picturesque from its beautiful and now harvested cornfields viewed against a backdrop of colorful autumn foliage, to the baby goats grazing outside red barns. And, it seems there is always something new in the offing at Johnny Appleseed’s Farm including more expansive orchards, the store which replaced an outdoor canopy market last year, to this year’s apple cider donuts made right before your eyes!
On Sunday, October 18 those scrumdiliumcious apple cider donuts were being scooped up off the donuts’ cart as fast as they could be stocked. Amid the fervor over the new attraction however, the postcard perfect beauty of the farm still shone through.
Bountiful apple crates could be seen stacked near the rolling hills leading toward an orchard. Meanwhile, out front rows and rows of pumpkins beckoned customers. Kenny and Kim Shores note on the Johnny Appleseed’s Farm website that their orchards were originally planted in 1977-78. They have since replaced many older trees and “built a whole new orchard”.
Throughout the store there are touches of Halloween decor to entertain the kids, or kids at heart. A large cooler is packed full of jugs of fresh cider. Other treats are offered like jars of jelly and jam, and Connecticut made frozen pies. Multiple blue ribbons won at the county fair for their displays over the years are pinned up. Near the cash registers are small courtesy boxes of “Tiny But Tasty” apples. At the Schoolhouse Farm there is a popular pick-your-own option.
Each autumn Johnny Appleseed’s Farm has field trips for preschoolers. To make advance arrangements call 860-875-1030. Check http://www.johnnyappleseedfarmct.com/recipes.php should you be interested in trying their recipes for “Mom-Mom’s Apple Crisp” or “Mrs. Jenkins’ Fresh Apple Squares”.
Open daily from mid to late July through Thanksgiving, Johnny Appleseed’s Farm is a ‘don’t miss’ stop.
According to Brad Field, NBC Connecticut’s chief meteorologist, the past weekend was likely peak foliage in Connecticut. Indeed, it was grand throughout Ellington with already falling leaves a harbinger of what’s ahead. After a stop at Johnny Appleseed’s Farm it is well worth making the short drive to Ellington’s quintessential New England town center complete with period homes, a gazebo, library and a white steeple church.
Johnny Appleseed’s Farm 185 West Road (Route 83), Ellington, CT 06029, 860-875-1000, is open daily from mid to late July through Thanksgiving; the Tolland market, 244 Hartford Turnpike (Rt 30) is open daily from mid to late July through Christmas so as the season progresses Christmas Trees, wreaths and kissing balls are available there. Go to http://www.johnnyappleseedfarmct.com for closing times which vary.