Donut Farm’s vegan doughnuts are becoming the indie treat of choice at Silicon Valley tech events and, with the opening of a new Silver Lake shop, the latest indulgence for Los Angeles hipsters. “People are embracing vegan doughnuts because they want sustainable, organic ingredients. It’s a clean doughnut,” says Josh Levine, who founded Donut Farm as Pepples Donut Farm in Oakland in 2007. The pastries are not just vegan, but also organic, non-GMO and, often, exotic. The sweet “candy cap” doughnut gets its slightly smoky, maple flavor from a dried mushroom of the same name. Rotating selections have featured bananas foster, blood orange, creamsicle, matcha green tea and whiskey/tangerine/fig, with chewy bits of tangy peel in the glaze.
In familiar pink cardboard boxes or stacked into doughnut towers, they’re a pleaseeveryone hole-y treat. Limited-service catering is available. Orders must be placed online from two to seven days in advance. Prices range from $2.50 to $4.50 per piece. Though Donut Farm is strict about sustainability, its founder welcomes the chance to experiment. “If someone wants to go all out, we can do custom orders,” says Levine. “We can fulfill your doughnut dreams.”