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September 26th is Johnny Appleseed Day

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If 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 HOLIDAY?  

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!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

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!





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