Float of the Month: Apple Cider Float

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Consider this your official invitation to the Organic Apple Festival at the Rodale Institute:

Once again, I will be grilling up organic hotdogs from Applegate Farms (and a few organic vegan dogs for those of you who must go without meat). But this year I am adding a new treat: Organic Apple Cider Floats! Made with apple cider from the Rodale Institute orchards, and organic vanilla ice cream from Alden’s. I will be serving them until I run out!

Last year the Apple Festival was a bit cold, rainy, and scary, since it was our first one. But we had an awesomely great crowd, and it was a thrilling success for us. Here are some highlights:

This year, no matter what the weather, I am sure the Apple Fest is going to be even better. My favorite bird carver, Tom Ahern, will be selling his gorgeous birds. My dear friend Ida Berkholder, who makes my organic cotton aprons (of which I will be selling a limited number, since, after all, she is pregnant with her fourth child and grows and preserves all the food for her whole family all winter long), will also be selling her own sewing. And of course there will be all the organic apples you can pick, the infamous rotten apple rocket, and much, much more.

All the proceeds will benefit the Rodale Institute, a world leader and pioneer in organic farming research and education for more than 60 years. If you can’t make it, please check out the institute’s website and become a member. It’s truly a wonderful organization, and it needs your help to continue its mission to improve the health and well-being of people and the planet through organic leadership.

Here’s my simple recipe for an Apple Cider Float:


  • Organic apple cider
  • Ice
  • Organic vanilla ice cream
  • Cinnamon
  • Straw


1. Fill a glass halfway with ice.

2. Fill it almost to the top with organic apple cider.

3. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

4. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

5. Add a straw, and drink it up!

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5 Responses to Float of the Month: Apple Cider Float

  1. robin September 9, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    even I can do this ; )))

  2. Donna in Delaware September 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    Has it been a year already since the last festival? Jeez, it seems like yesterday. I’ll do my best to make it this year since I HAD to miss last year. There’s lots going on in the surrounding area on the 11th, it’s so difficult to choose.

    Sounds yummy! Liquid apple pie a la mode! Will try. Thanks.

  3. Heidi September 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    I so wish I could get the family north for the festival, but I have morning responsibilities at our own neighborhood organic farmer market on the 11th! Will have to plan better since you’re a bit of drive north of the DC area. Hope you have great weather for the event.

  4. Lisa S September 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    Thoroughly enjoyed watching the video. It looks like good, old-fashioned fun. Enjoy!

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