Apple Cider Donuts from Atkins Farm in Amherst, Massachusetts

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Atkins is a misleading name for a farm that makes fried rings of dough, covered in sugar and cinnamon. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, part of the idyllic motherland of apple orchards, Atkins Farms makes the classic cider doughnut. The kind you want in your mouth now, and for every autumn forever.

When my friend sent me a three-dozen box of them for my birthday this week (she was a Smithie, and has fond memories visiting the nearby farm), I couldn't be happier. "That's a lot of doughnuts," Serious Eaters said as they walked by, already weighed down by pumpkin cakes, pumpkin cookies, pastries, and chocolates (we had two birthdays in the office this week).

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Though a surplus of cider doughnuts is never a bad problem to have, especially when they're still moist after the postal trek, it's a problem no less. We've made a huge dent in the supply so far, and continue to stay on the case. Atkins Farm: 1150 West Street,
Amherst MA 01002 (map); 413-253-9528; Order donuts

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