In children’s books, Johnny Appleseed is often portrayed as a fun, historical fellow who wears a cooking pot on his head and disperses apple seeds wherever he travels. Johnny Appleseed Day, celebrated on Sept. 25 each year, celebrates his birth, life, and generosity.
John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, was a Massachusetts-born philosopher and philanthropist, who, beginning in 1802, wandered through northern and Midwestern states planting apple nurseries. His trees fed many settlers, and he was loved wherever he went.
Now the apple doesn’t fall far from the holiday. Fall brings forth a time for harvest, and apple picking is a fun fall activity that family and friends can do together.
- Homestead Farm, 15604 Sugarland Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837
- Butler's Orchard, 22200 Davis Mill Road, Germantown MD 20876
Local farmers markets and farm stands are also sure to sell apples, along with other homegrown and organic fall fruits and vegetables.
- Queen Anne Farm Inc., 18102 Central Ave, Mitchellville, MD 20716
- C & E Farms, L.L.C., 11415 Old Pond Drive, Glenn Dale, MD 20769
- Our Local Bounty, the St Thomas' Parish Farmers' Market in Croom, MD
- Dutch Village Farmers Market
- Bowie Farmers Market, 15200 Annapolis Rd.
- American Market at National Harbor at Waterfront St. & Fleet St.
There are lots of legends and fun tales about the life of Johnny Appleseed, so you can celebrate in many ways. If tossing seeds around a la Johnny isn’t up your alley, and it’s not a good day for apple picking, the next best thing is curling up with a nice glass of homemade apple cider.
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