A fall trip to Wallingford’s Fruit House in Auburn is a Cute Potato family tradition, dating back to when DP was a wee lad. The space has changed over the years—there’s a big, backyard play area, a farm store brimming with toys and food gifts, and more cars in the parking lot. We go to the orchard to buy apples and cider, but our main reason for visiting is to indulge and enjoy Wallingford’s delicious homemade donuts.
The classic bakery reminds MP of a New Jersey farm she visited as a child. No matter how old you are, there’s something magic about pressing your face against the glass to watch the donuts come hot off the conveyor belt.
The plan was to eat our treats outside at the picnic tables, but the bees were hungry that day. And who could blame them? The team hotfooted it to the car, and DP decided to drive us to the Spring Road Trail for an autumn walk.
Our bellies full of donuts and cider, we explored the trail, caught falling leaves, and soaked up the downright gorgeous weather. For the team at Cute Potato, there’s no better way to celebrate fall in Maine.
Wallingford’s Fruit House
1269 Perkins Ridge Road
For more on the Lake Auburn Nature Trail, also called the Spring Road Nature Trail, visit L.A. Trails.