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, 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 produced sour apples, which were popular for making hard cider and applejack.
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.
Check out these nearby places for farm-grown apples and cider:
Locust Valley Farmers’ Market
115 Forest Avenue, LIRR parking lot - Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Roslyn-North Hills Farmers’ Market
Christopher Morley Park, 500 Searingtown Road - Wednesdays, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
There are lots of legends and fun tales about the life of Johnny Appleseed, so you can celebrate in many ways. The best, by far, is apple-picking. Find out where you can pick apples across Long Island with this map, and tell us:
Where is your favorite place to pick apples on Long Island?