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.
Here's a list of nearby farms offering pick-your-own apples:
Butler’s Orchard, Germantown – 301-972-3299.
Homestead Farm, Poolesville – 301-977-3761.
Kingsbury’s Orchard, Dickerson – 301-972-8755.
Rock Hill Orchard, Mount Airy – 301-831-7427.
Butler's is open for apple picking after getting a bit of a late start to the season after a land dispute. Read more on Germantown Patch.
Apples also are available at farmers markets in and around Rockville. Click here to learn more about the markets and here for a list of seasonal produce available at the Rockville Farmers Market in Town Center.
Do you have a favorite place to pick apples or other fall produce? Tell us in the comments below.