Most people in the United States know the story of Johnny Appleseed, a man who travelled the country planting apple seeds to ensure that delicious apples could be grown and enjoyed by people everywhere. But did you know that Johnny Appleseed was a real person? His real name was John Chapman, and he was born on September 26, 1774. Even in his life he was well known for being a generous and kind man, an image that was only reinforced by his life’s goal to spread apple trees far and wide. Johnny Appleseed celebrates the real man and encourages people to plant their own fruit trees. This day is sometimes celebrated on March 11th to coincide with apple planting season in the U.S., but in honor of Johnny Appleseed, we believe this is the best day to celebrate and appreciate the apples that are abundant this time of year.