A good year for apples

This summer’s rain and unseasonably cool temperatures have led to a bumper crop of local apples. A co-worker brought in some choice McIntosh’s from Berlin Orchards on Monday. Nothing says autumn like hay rides, leaf-peeping, and picking your own apples.
My wide was born in Leominster and reminds me every time we pass through that it was also the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed. When she told me this the first time, I was sure that Appleseed was just a folk myth figure like Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. She pointed out the last surviving orchard associated with Johnny in Leominster, Sholan Farms. I reminded her of Anne’s House.
When we toured the home of Anne of Green Gables in Prince Edward Island, we both enjoyed eavesdropping on other visitors’ conversations:

Woman: Was this Matthew’s bedroom?
Man: He is a fictional character.
Woman: Right, right, but was this his room?
Man: It might have been Marilla’s.
Woman: I think you’re right. This was Marilla’s bedroom!
Man: You can almost feel her presence.

But, Johnny was a real person, Johnny Chapman. And he was born in Leominster. Go pick some apples.

1 Comment so far

  1. mk (unregistered) on September 15th, 2004 @ 4:38 am

    Ha! That dialogue is priceless. Too funny.

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