Welcome to the eleventh Edible Eat of the Week! A recurring series, Edible Eat of the Week celebrates the bounty of Long Island by showcasing special, seasonal eats and the people who make them.
The Eat: Perfect apple cider donuts.
The Place: Nettie’s Country Bakery in Center Moriches.
The Story: Monday, September 23 is the first official day of fall—so why not celebrate its arrival with something that includes all of the season’s best, most quintessential flavors? Something like, I don’t know, apple cider donuts perhaps?
Long Island is home to many excellent takes on the fall-favorite treat, and you’ll find some of our favorites at Wickham’s Fruit Farm on the East End and Jericho Cider Mill in Nassau County—but this week, we’re shining a light on another of our favorite donut-makers, Nettie’s Country Bakery in Center Moriches.
Since opening in 2014, Nettie’s has earned a cult following for its excellent baked goods—apple cider donuts included. As our own Hannah Selinger wrote earlier this year, Nettie’s started out as the “retirement project” of owners Joe and Jeanette “Nettie” McHeffey; thanks to their success, however, the McHeffeys have since had to recruit additional family members to help run the enterprise. Talk about a sweet success.
Even sweeter, though, are the bakery’s apple cider donuts. Perfectly spiced and impossibly fresh, these donuts are the Platonic ideal of fall baked goods. Pair them with hot cups of coffee and crisp fall air.
Pro Tip: Don’t leave Nettie’s before trying some of their legendary boozy brownie bites. We promise you won’t be disappointed.