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Johnny Appleseed Day

on September 24, 2013

Photo Credit: Euclid Public Library

September 26 is Johnny Appleseed Day!

Chances are you haven’t thought about Johnny Appleseed since your elementary school days, but sharing the story of Johnny Appleseed  is a fun way to celebrate fall with your kids.

Fun Facts about Johnny Appleseed:

  •  “Johnny Appleseed” was a real person, named John Chapman, who lived from 1774-1845.
  • He walked over 100,000 square miles, through New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois planting apple seeds and selling young apple trees to settlers for as little as 6 cents.
  • The pot he’s known for wearing on his head was not just a statement headpiece – he used it for cooking his meals, too.

Johnny Appleseed Day is a great excuse to celebrate fall and enjoy a juicy apple straight from the farm.  Here are some apple-themed ideas to share with your family:

  1. Pick your own apples at Simmons Farm in McMurray.
  2. Buy some apple cider from Trax and serve it warmed up with a cinnamon stick for an after dinner treat.
  3. Read a book about apples:  The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall, Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss, Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell and Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins are a few of my favorites!
  4. Do an apple craft – check out No Time for Flash Cards list of Easy Apple Crafts for Kids (I’m going to do the apple stamping with my toddler!)
  5. Do an apple taste test – do more people in your family like red, yellow, or green apples?  Use descriptive words to compare the apples – which was the juiciest, the most sour, the sweetest?
  6. Make homemade applesauce:
  • Wash, core, and chop apples (you don’t have to peel them, but can if you want).
  • Place in a pot and add a couple inches of water.
  • Heat, covered, over medium heat.  Stir every couple of minutes, checking for softness.
  • When apples are soft enough (around 10 minutes, depending on how many apples you used) begin to mash gently with a potato masher.  You may start mashing then decide to let them cook a little while longer – that’s fine!  Continue cooking, stirring, and mashing until your desired consistency is reached.  If it’s too watery, lower heat to low and remove the lid so the water can steam off (keep stirring occasionally, though, so the apples don’t burn).
  • Eat it warm (maybe with some cinnamon sprinkled on top) or allow to cool then store in the fridge for about a week or freeze it to enjoy later.




One response to “Johnny Appleseed Day

  1. marycheshier says:

    Reblogged this on How 2 Be Green and commented:
    Fabulous post! Thank you

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