SYNOPSIS: Making the rounds on the local orchards and farm markets is an Autumn tradition in my family. And, in my opinion, the best freshly made donuts are at Salinger’s Orchard. The country-style store is chock full of baked goods, pies, jellies and premise-made apple cider.
APPROXIMATE TIME: One hour.
DIFFICULTY: Easy, unless you find eating donuts and drinking cider difficult. I don’t.
DIRECTIONS: To get there from the village of Brewster, head south on Route 22 for about 3 miles. When you see the reservoir on your right with the step-stone overflow dam, make a left onto Deans Corners Rd. Go 2/10th of a mile and make the first right onto Guinea Rd. Go 1.1 miles and Salinger’s will be on your left.
THE VISIT: The first order of business was simple – my three year old insisted that we take a closer look at the old tractor sitting in front of one of the outbuildings. After a few mintues we made our way into the main store, stopping every five feet or so to oogle the funny shapes, colors, and various sizes of the pumpkins and gourds on display beneath the overhang of the storefront. Fresh-baked pies sit on racks, long shelves of jellies, sauces and other goodies line the walls. Fruits and vegetables are piled in displays. But, being the health conscious person I am, I headed straight for the counter where the woman was laying out the fresh-baked donuts. I have a theory that donut flavor decreases exponentially as time passes, so eating while it is still hot provides the best experience. If you wait until you get home to eat it, you’ve missed the best part.
A patch of pumkins sat in the grassy area off to the side of the store, but we decided to savor the autumn experience, and save our pumkin picking for another weekend.
HISTORY: Salinger’s has been a family-run business since 1901.
MAP & ADDITIONAL INFO: For more info visit www.salingersorchard.com or call 845/277-3521. The address is 230 Guinea Rd., Brewster, NY. As of Fall 2012, Salinger’s does not have pick-your-own apples.
–www.sallingersorchard.com. Accessed 09.24.12
-Personal visit on 09.23.12
-“The Town of Southeast 1788-1988“. 1990. Published by the Town of Southeast. Edited by Suzanne F. Truran