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 rodaleinstitute.org. 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!