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.
Some St. Charles-area apple-picking options less than 20 miles away include:
- Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park IL 60151
11 miles from St. Charles
- Plank Road Apple Orchard, 50W737 Plank Road, Sycamore IL 60178
15 miles from St. Charles
- Pine Apple Acres, 41W651 Powers Road, Huntley IL
16 miles from St. Charles
Local farmers markets are also sure to sell apples, along with other homegrown and organic fall fruits and vegetables. For example:
- Norton Farm, 39W369 Route 64, St. Charles, IL 60175
- Randy's Vegetables, 15N440 Randall Road West Dundee, IL 60118
12 miles from St. Charles
- Anderson Farm Produce, 251 Montgomery Road, Montgomery IL 60538
13 miles from St. Charles
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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