Last weekend we had one of those picture-perfect, postcard-worthy days that scream quaint Americana. Like a Christmas-in-Connecticut, except it was early fall in Chicago. Or rather, and this is the whole point, it wasn’t Chicago. My husband and I packed up our dog and a few snacks—just in case we broke down before we got to our destined food orgy—and headed out of the city north to Wisconsin.
Tip for new-comers: Once you park in the overflow parking lot (most likely), run—do not walk—to the long line to order your donuts. Unfortunately, when donuts are going to be at their freshest and coming right out the fryer, the lines are enormous and—frankly—a little outrageous. But the flipside is that shorter lines often mean that donuts you receive will not be freshest. Sure, they were prepared that morning, but that’s not the same as getting very hot and special cider donuts straight out of the fryer. At $1 per each greasy donut, they are not cheap. We try to make waiting in line worthwhile by getting a dozen (for $10). Our dozen usually consists of 3 vanilla frosted with coconut, 3 chocolate frosted with coconut, 3 cinnamon and sugar, and 3 plain.
Once we have our dozen donuts safely in our hands, we explore the rest of the orchard. The Cider Barn is fun to visit since you can often see fresh cider being pressed. They give out samples too!
You’re still not done with your visit out to the country. If you drive south down Zarnstorf Rd., before you get to 173 (Rosecrans), you should see on your left side a sign for “Fresh Eggs.” Turn right onto a driveway of a ranch-style house opposite that sign and park. If you walk into the house from the side door, you can purchase—on an honor system of self-serve and pay—some very fresh eggs. There is a sign that says, “Smile. You’re on candid camera.” I should hope that you would want to be honest regardless of the sign…