September 26 is Johnny Appleseed Day. It honors one of the Buckeye state's most beloved legends, that of the simple, somewhat eccentric itinerant farmer, Johnny Appleseed, who walked through the Ohio Valley barefoot with a pot on his head, planting apple seeds.
The true story, that of John Chapman, is only a little less sensational. The religious apple farmer introduced that fruit to much of Northeast Ohio and owned property in Ashland County, near Mansfield. Ohio's thriving apple industry owes much to Johnny Appleseed. He passed away in 1845.
For more about Ohio apples, see:
- Ohio Apple Farms
- Types of Ohio Apples
- Recipe for Ohio Pioneer Apple Cake
- Recipe for Ohio Apple Crisp
(photo credit: Howe's Historical Collections of Ohio/public domain)