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September 26th is Johnny Appleseed Day
you're looking for something to do today then I hope you appreciate
apples because it's Johnny Appleseed Day! He was quite the man!
Let's get right into celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Well, today is actually Johnny Appleseed's birthday! Old Johnny
was born on this day way back in 1774 and his real name was John
Chapman. But the reason he has such a nickname is because he's known
for planting apple trees all over Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. So if you
love apples then you have a great reason to celebrate this man,
especially if you live in those states! Sure, apples are shipped from
all over the place these days but he helped start a bunch of nurseries
and would come back every once and a while to maintain them. We may
still be seeing the benefits of his work today! But he got
started young, thanks to his dad getting him an apprenticeship with Mr.
Crawford. Mr. Crawford had apple orchards and was teaching Johnny the
ways of being an orchardist. And while he may have been born in
Massachusetts, it's obvious that he migrated around because there are
many different stories of him in different states. It's said that in
the late 1790s he was in the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania area practicing
the craft of setting up and maintaining nurseries. In fact, he picked
seeds at the Potomac cider mills.
But even though a lot of the
stories about him depict him as randomly planting seeds wherever he
went, he actually was a bit more organized than that. He'd set up apple
nurseries and then would come back every year or so to tend to them.
He'd slap a fence up around then and have someone that lived near by
watch over the trees. Yeah, he was known as a man of apples but he also
preached the gospel and loved animals. Sounds to me like old
Johnny Appleseed might have been an all-around good guy!
So, how can you celebrate today? Well, you could watch or
read a children's story to brush up on who Johnny Appleseed was and
what he did, but that might not be the most accurate approach. Look up
some information on him online, find an adult version of the story or
look for a documentary so that you can really understand who he was. I
mean, if you're going to celebrate someone's life you better know why
you're celebrating them, right? But you could even get into the
Appleseed spirit yourself and plant some apple trees today! Read up on
what it takes to grow an apple tree from seed and then get right into
the experience. Trust me; this tree will be like having a baby...
except you eat parts of this baby! Just be sure to tend to it as you're
instructed and within half a decade or so you'll have your very own
apples. If you think that's long then just think about how many
5-year-olds you know who have gotten pregnant and produced their own
"fruit". How do you like them apples? But if you want to get
right into the appley goodness then head over to an orchard near you
and pick some! Round up a bunch of apples and start thinking about all
the different ways you want to consume them: apple pie, applesauce,
apple butter or just plain old apples. Oh yes, today will be a
satisfying day! Enjoy yourself!