Today is the birth date of John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed. Chapman, who was born in Leominster, Mass. in 1774, became famous for planting apple orchards wherever he traveled, hence the nickname.
Johnny Apple Seeds was the original name of the company when it was launched as a start-up in 1973 by Rob Johnston Jr., our current Chairman of the Board.
However, shortly after he published Johnny's first catalog, Johnston was informed that another company already owned the trademark rights to the name. At that point, Johnston decided to change the name of the company to its current title -- Johnny's Selected Seeds.