Red and orange leaves, flannel shirts, cooler nights, shorter days: the signs of fall are clear, but I know it’s arrived when apple cider donuts appear in Island bakeries. The apple cider donut is a particular New England favorite, thanks to the abundance of apple orchards that stretch from Connecticut to Maine. (The acidity of the cider makes the donut more tender.) This seasonal flavor dates back to the first American settlers, who used leftover fat from the autumn hog slaughter to fry dough into the circular donut we know today. With warm fall spices like nutmeg and cinnamon joining the tang of fresh apple cider, the apple cider donut is a classic for a reason. Find it right now, on-Island, at the following places:

Life at Humphrey’s

$2 each; available Saturday mornings, 8 a.m. to noon

Open Mon. to Sat., 6:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

455 State Road, Vineyard Haven



Time to make the donuts! Saturday morning at Life at Humphrey's is apple cider donut time.
Jeanna Shepard

Life at Humphrey’s co-owner and baker Peter Smyth has a brand-new fryer and makes his classic cake-based apple cider donuts late September through November. The medium-sized donuts are coated with cinnamon sugar and served hot. Smyth makes them fresh on Saturday mornings only so plan accordingly. Smyth’s donuts even made the Best Apple Cider Donut list from Alex Schwartz, aka the “Apple Cider Donuteur,” who created the New England Apple Cider Donut Map (@ciderdonuteur). If you can’t wait for the weekend for a fall-flavored donut, try their Pumpkin Spice Donut, available daily, $1.90 each.


Mo’s Lunch

$2 each, bag of 6 munchkins, $5; available Saturdays Open Tues. to Fri., 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

137 Vineyard Ave., Oak Bluffs

Online ordering available at

Mo's munchkins are a total flavor blast.
Jeanna Shepard


Mo’s baker Korilee Connelly makes brioche-based donuts every Saturday morning with rotating flavors. She added apple cider donuts to her fall flavor list so check the daily specials on Instagram (@mos.lunch) or their website for availability. Her fluffy, oversized donuts (or the mini-sized munchkins) are bursting with fall spices and tangy apple cider — the only other thing you need is a cup of coffee.


Morning Glory Farm “MoGlo” Food Truck

$3 for 2 donuts; $9 for 6; $18 for 12

Open daily 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

120 Meshacket Road, Edgartown

Online ordering available at

Donuts at the MoGlo food truck are based on an apple-cider infused batter.
Jeanna Shepard



While it’s not advertised as an apple cider donut, the MoGlo Food Truck team created a donut batter that is infused with apple cider concentrate as well as a variety of spices for their cake-based donuts, available plain or dusted with cinnamon sugar. The mini MoGlo donuts are served two per order and fresh from the donut maker, making them an easy indulgence for those who want a pint-sized treat.