Autumn is for Apples

Autumn is prime apple time. It seems fitting, then, that John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) was born in the fall on September 26th, 1774. He was a humble Christian nurseryman from Massachusetts. Although poor for most of his life, Johnny got to know thousands of folks. He read the Bible to many of them because he could read and they could not. As Johnny headed west across the frontier as a missionary planting spiritual seeds, he also planted many apple seeds. The seeds and saplings that he gave away to local Indians and settlers helped to build the orchards of the Midwest. Johnny continued planting apple trees till he was well into his 80’s. By the time he went home to be with the Lord, he had planted over 100,000 acres of trees. Johnny always cut his apples in half across the middle of the apple because he told the people, “There’s a little bit of heaven in every bite.” If you cut your apple like Johnny did, you will see the star in the middle of the apple. Don’t forget to celebrate Johnny’s birthday and eat an apple cut the way Johnny did! If you like apples, you will enjoy the apple recipes, activities, books and websites at the following link: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/njfkapples.html

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