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.
Johnson's Farm in Medford holds apple and pumpkin picking hayrides from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the hour, every weekday. The hayrides are continuous on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Strawberry Field in Chesterfield Township also has apples for picking.
Conte Farm in Tabernacle is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for apple picking.
Local farmers markets, like Hunter's Farm & Market in Cinnaminson, are also sure to sell apples, along with other homegrown and organic fall fruits and vegetables.
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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