By Rachel Hutton, City Pages
4. Sweetland Orchard’s Apple Cider Doughnuts
This might look like a basic cake doughnut, glittering with cinnamon and sugar in the early morning farmers’ market light, but it’s made extra tender and moist by the addition of apple cider from Webster, Minnesota’s Sweetland Orchards. Mike and Gretchen Perbix oversee the orchard while their lovely mothers make the weekly batch of doughnuts. Find these treats, plus Sweetland’s apples, plums, and pears, at the Mill City Market, Bloomington Farmers’ Market, Northeast Farmers’ Market, Fulton Farmers’ Market, and, starting in September, the Kingfield Market.
3. Chef Shack’s Indian-Spiced Mini-Doughnuts
With the Minnesota State Fair starting today, we had to get a mini-doughnut in the mix, as we always get a kick out of watching Tom Thumb’s batter-based inner tubes fry golden brown as they float down their lazy oil river. But the mini-ds from the popular street truck Chef Shack offer a gourmet version of the fair staple, made with organic ingredients and aromatic with cardamom and other eastern spices. And, of course, they’re always feather-light and piping hot.
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