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 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.
Nearby places for apple picking.
Local farmers markets are also sure to sell apples, along with other homegrown and organic fall fruits and vegetables.
There aren't farms in Woodbridge, but some suprisingly aren't very far away in East Brunswick. Here are two you might want to try:
155 Fresh Ponds Road
*John Himich Farms
701 Cranbury Rd.
Try the Woodbridge Farmers Market
Good timing with this, too - today's the last day for the season for the Woodbridge Farmers Market. Located on Rahway Avenue in the Parker Press Park, the market has lots of fruits and veggie sellers. This is definitely the time of year and weather for apples!
You also might want to try Wegmans. They're having an excellent sale on bagged McIntosh apples: 8 lbs. for $8.
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