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. 26 each year, honors 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.
Around Johnston, you don't have to travel too far to find apples — head west on Hartford Avenue and take a right onto Brown Avenue to find Dame Farm & Orchard. Or, head out Greenville way to Hill Orchards, at 86 Winsor Ave.
If you're willing to travel — not too far, just to Smithfield — check out Jaswell's Farm, located at 80 Swan Rd., just off Pleasant View Avenue.Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories just like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Fast signup here.
Local farmers markets are also sure to sell apples, along with other homegrown and organic fall fruits and vegetables.
Extend the celebration of Johnny Appleseed Day by visiting the Fruit Hill Farmers Market or Providence/Armory Farmers Market tomorrow, or make a trek to Goddard Park or Kennedy Plaza in Downtown Providence on Thursday.
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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.
JohnstonPatch wants to know: How are you celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day? Have you found a great place around Johnston for apple cider? Tell us in the comments.