Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!

Johnny Appleseed Chapman was born on September 24, 1774.  I have many childhood memories of the tall, slender man who wondered the country planting apple trees and whistling a tune.  It was my kindergarten teacher who first introduced me to this wonderful man.  While celebrating his birthday in school we would eat apples, save the seeds and sort and glue them on to various art projects.   There were a variety of apple art and cooking projects to delight us as well.

Those days are long behind me, but my love for Johnny Appleseed is ever present this time of year.

As a family, we celebrate by apple picking our way around Sonoma County, and creating many apple treats with the bushels of apples we bring home.  Apple sauce and apple tarts just to name two.

Do you think it is a coincidence that his birthday falls right in the middle of apple season?

Many of the Sonoma County farms are open to the public this time of year, but our favorite time to go apple picking is during the Fall Farm Trails events.  Check the Farm Trails website after September 10th to see all the participating farms and their activities.

Our favorite Apple Farm to date is Gabriel Farms in Sebastopol.

Gabriel Farms
3175 Sullivan Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch
13128 Occidental Road
Sebastopol, CA. 95473
Chileno Valley Ranch
5105 bChileno Valley Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
Twin Hill Ranch
1689 Pleasant Hill Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Walker’s Apples
10955 Upp Road
Graton, CA 95444
Print Publication that pertain to Farm Fresh Produce in the Bay Area
CAFF Bay Area
Buy Fresh Buy Local
The Eater’s Guide to Local Food
2150 Allston Way, Suite 320
Berkeley, CA 94704
Edible Marin
160 Summit Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941




  1. nina sadjadpour says:

    Thanks for doing my research. We used to live on the East Coast and my kids LOVED Fall apple-picking (I know, right? …Who doesn’t?!). I had heard that there were good places to take them in the Bay Area, but didn’t know exactly where!

  2. Your post reminded me of my husbands stories about his grandmother baking fresh apple pies and setting them on the window sill. True story, it doesn’t just happen in cartoons. Wonderful suggestions.

  3. I needed this! My kids love apple picking and we’ve had a hard time finding a good spot. Can’t wait to check these out.

  4. What fun! Our family has done a lot of summer fruit picking in past years, including peaches, strawberries and tomatoes, but we have never been apple picking. I can’t wait to go!

  5. Thank you for the list of apple farms-this is another “local” activitiy on our list. Can’t wait to have homemade apple crisp, made out of freshly picked Gravenstein apples 🙂

  6. We’ll put this outing on our list…here’s my no fail pie crust recipe…gotta make that apple pie with some of those apples!


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