Come on Down to Our Organic Apple Festival!

On Saturday, September 12, the Rodale Institute will be holding its first annual Organic Apple Festival at the farm in Maxatawny, Pennsylvania. We have beautiful orchards of organic apples just waiting to be picked by you! Admission is free. Rain date is the next day.

The fun starts at 10 am and goes till 5 pm. And I will be there, cooking up organic hotdogs (generously donated by Applegate Farms) and dishing out advice, as usual. I’m really looking forward to spending the day outside, and finding out once and for all if most people like their hotdogs slightly burned, as I do, or more “unburned.”

Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen is also sponsoring the horse-drawn wagon rides that will take you around the beautiful farm and up into the far orchard. My friend Kathy, from Flint Hill Farm, will be driving the team, and selling her yummy goat cheese. There will be food, cider, games for kids, music, organic apples to pick and most important…the ROTTEN APPLE ROCKET! You can shoot rotten apples from a giant slingshot and win prizes if you get any through the target.

The Rodale Institute has been researching organic agriculture since 1947, and has proven through its long-running trial comparing organic to chemical agriculture that not only is organic agriculture as productive over time as chemical agriculture, but it also sequesters carbon in the soil—solving a key part of our climate change problem. You can find out more at But the best way to learn about the healthful and enjoyable benefits of organic food is to see it, taste it, and feel it for yourself.

I hope you can come!

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7 Responses to Come on Down to Our Organic Apple Festival!

  1. Tony September 11, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    Burned or unburned doesn’t matter as long as there’s enough butter on the bun!

  2. Bonnie September 11, 2009 at 10:16 am #

    A little burned for sure but no butter on my bun. Just mustard and relish.

  3. Michele Giletto September 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm #

    We will see you there! This sounds like great fun~
    I’m a slightly burned; but the kids like no burn at all. They just revolt if there is a ‘grill’ mark.

  4. Donna in Delaware September 11, 2009 at 3:20 pm #

    I would love to come just for the apples but I’m all tied up. I love picking fresh crisp apples in autumn. As for the hot dogs, I stopped eating them a while ago because of sodium content and grilling seemed to intensify to sodium, so I used to boil them and eat them on a bum with all the fixin’s. Yum! Try giving us the heads-up earlier next time for us who are fairly new to the site.

  5. Donna in Delaware September 11, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    Use to eat them on a bun, sorry everyone. Intensify “the” sodium. The next time I won’t be in such a hurry and will proofread everything before sending it out.

  6. Amanda September 13, 2009 at 11:43 am #

    Great event! Can’t wait to come back and do more apple picking over the next couple of weeks.

  7. LZ September 13, 2009 at 8:41 pm #

    What a wonderful event–full of good food, fun, and useful information! Even the rain couldn’t dampen people’s spirits! Can’t wait for next year’s festival!

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