By: Danielle Sanzone
Set your clock early on a Sunday and head out a road trip to get donuts in scenic, rural Washington County. The King Bakery Donut Cart is a family-run business open only on Sunday mornings. Some of their customers drive as long as 2.5 hours to wait on line to get a taste!
Family-Owned & Operated
From Deathwish coffee cream to maple bacon flavors, and their best-selling glazed donuts, people from near and far form lines up the driveway leading up to an old-fashioned cart that sits in front of the King family home.
“My father thought no one would come to our house to buy donuts,” said James “Skip” King with a smile as he sat on his porch. His father started the family’s original bakery in Cambridge in 1956 and when the space closed, the King family moved the operation to their home.
From Their Farm to Your Donut
Holly King, the third-generation of the King family to have a role in this sweet business talked about how the menu offerings are heavily influenced by what they’re able to produce on their small property.
“My father is an avid beekeeper and honey is used as a sugar in many of our fillings and toppings. We tap our own maple trees. 30 chickens reside here to provide enough eggs for our production. We also grow our own rhubarb, black and red currants and black caps. Growing our own ingredients allows us to subsidize our product with high quality ingredients without the influence of the high purchase price.”
You can also find Reggie’s Veggies of Greenwich selling produce in another cart in the King’s driveway. “We like to collaborate and help people out,” said Skip. They have always tried to serve their community.
The Kings, who all have other jobs during the week, have no interest in expanding their operation.
The King Donut Cart is popular during Saratoga’s track season, for summer road trips, and during foliage season. So set your alarm, hop in line, and get tasting on some of this local homemade goodness.