“The Great Spruce” and Cider!



“The Great Spruce” Author John Duvall

Sunday we were lucky enough to have author John Duvall sell his children’s book “The Great Spruce”. This story is about a tree that means a lot to a young boy named Alec. When men from the Big City discover it, they ask if they can cut it down to display in the city square for the holidays. Alec’s parents are honored, but Alec does not want to lose his favorite tree.  He offers a compromise and everyone wins in this joyful, informative tale, which appears to take place in a small town along the Hudson. See a one-minute video trailer for the book here: http://www.thegreatspruce.com/copy-of-the-book.

All proceeds from book sales were donated to Irvington Farmers Market for the Food Donation program, which takes donated food from vendors once a month and provides it to facilities for a children’s cooking class. More books will be on sale at the community tent this week, so don’t forgot to pick up a copy!

We also provided some warm apple cider to enjoy while reading!


Warm Apple Cider Recipe:


  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 5-10 cloves
  • Orange and lemon peels
  • 1 container Wright Farm apple cider


  1. Pour 1 container of Wright Farm apple cider in a pot and warm.
  2. Add in cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, orange and lemon peels.
  3. Let warm for 15 minutes.
  4. Keep uncovered last 5 to release scent. Enjoy!