'They are quite addicting'

Whitney's Farm Market & Garden Center re-imagines a fall treat

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CHESHIRE — Whoopee! It's fall. No, wait ... make that it's fall, whoopie — pies that is.

And the newest kind, apple cider doughnut whoopie pies, are being served up at Whitney's Farm Market & Garden Center.

"We started making them last year at some point. The bakery manager made some one Sunday and posted a photo on Facebook and they took off," Eric Whitney said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon. He added they "fell by the wayside," but will be a regular feature this fall.

The apple cider whoopie pies start with the farm stand's homemade apple cider doughnuts, which are sliced in half and used to sandwich a fluffy, creamy filling.

"We let the freshly made doughnuts cool slightly, split them down the middle and fill with a scoop of filling," Whitney said, adding, "Warm doughnuts are hard to fill. They're delicate and crumble."

"The filling is our own recipe," Whitney said. "It's creamier and thicker than the usual whoopie pie filling, maybe because we use butter in the filling."

The bakers at the farm stand make about 100 apple cider whoopie pies a day during the week, and 300 a day on the weekends, Whitney said. Although sales have slowed down a bit recently, he said the number per day will increase as the farm stand enters its busy fall season.

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"I haven't eaten a whole one yet," Whitney confided, "just samples. But they are quite addicting."

The whoopie pies sell for $3.99 each and $12.99 for a four-pack. Four-packs may be pre-ordered, a good idea especially during busy weekends, Whitney said. To pre-order, call the day before or the morning of the day you want to pick up the whoopie pies.

Another new whoopie pie will be unveiled shortly, Whitney said. The farm stand will be making pumpkin doughnut whoopie pies with the creamy filling and a drizzle of caramel.

Whitney said other seasonal treats at the farm stand include caramel apples — with or without sprinkles — which are new additions; pumpkin whoopie pies, regular whoopie pies; homemade fudge, including a pumpkin fudge; and Halloween-decorated brownies and cookies, and an assortment of pies.

Whitney's Farm Stand is launching its annual Pumpkin Fest this weekend. The festival runs every weekend through Halloween; Friday afternoons, weather permitting and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The festival includes a "huge field of pumpkins" to pick your own pumpkins, hayrides, haunted corn maze, pony rides, giant slide, petting zoo, DJ playing music, kids' games like hoola hoops and sack races, and a dairy bar offering ice cream and French fries. Although there is no entry fee, purchased tickets are needed for the activities offered.

For adults, the farm stand will hold Spirits in the Maze at a date in October to be announced. "The corn maze will be open at night and five breweries and wineries will have rooms in the corn maze for people to sample their beverages," Whitney said. "People will be given a picnic box of snacks to take along with them through the maze. There'll also be hayrides to the corn maze, and a bonfire and a cash bar offering beverages sampled in the maze after."

The cost of Spirits in the Maze is $30 per person. It is open to adults 21 and older; IDs will be required.


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