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Friday, June 23, 2017

Week 3 News and Update

Week 3

It’s our busy season and we’ve just added a couple crew members to help with harvests that are starting to bulk up. This week we will add broccoli and swiss chard to the list, as our strawberries continue to dazzle. The warm, sunny weather has been good for catching up on the weeds and has things growing well!

This week the share will include:

Arugula
Baby kale
Mizuna
Broccoli raab
Spinach
Baby lettuce mix
Head lettuce
Swiss chard
Radishes
Scallions
Broccoli
Bok choi
Kohl rabi
Scapes
PYO Strawberries

We look forward to seeing you in the CSA barn!

From the Creamery:

We are excited to announce our new Cheese Share starting July 10th
Get 2 cheeses selected by our Cheesemaker on a biweekly basis.The share is open to all Trustees members and includes 10 weeks of cheese over 20 weeks (every other week).   You can get details and sign up at the store. Cost is $150 (retail value is $200). A Cheese Share also makes a great gift!
Sign up now at the store!  




Watch for our new cheese... coming soon.   Our resident Cheesemaker has created Round Point , a soft, full-flavored cheese.   It will be part of the Cheese Share! 



Upcoming Programs and Events: 

Friday Night Dinners are HERE

Join us for dinner by Chive and music in the Stone Paddock.

The family-friendly dinners feature food grown or raised on our farms (as well as other local area farms.)  Dining on the farm is one of the best ways to enjoy the flavors of the season! Each Trustees farm offers a unique dining experience accompanied by music, games, and scenic views. Menus are created a few weeks in advance and are posted on the website. Ticket prices include full dinner buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, and dessert. Beer and wine is available for purchase. 

Sign up now! 


Saturday Hay Bale Hangout:
Every Saturday  10AM-2PM 
Member Child: $5 Nonmember Child: $10

Have you ever collected warm eggs from the chicken coop or seen how fast sheep will run for their morning helping of grain? Join us for our NEW weekend Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by anytime between 10AM – 1:30PM for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every half hour. Greet our goats, make a wool bracelet, cuddle a calf, farm story time, collect chicken eggs and more! In between activities hang out in the Carriage Barn and explore our all-day learning stations or picnic outside in the Stone Paddock!  Once you’ve paid, stay for an hour or all day! Cash only please. No additional cost for adults. 


Saturdays in June 3:30-4:30PM
This in-depth look at our dairy operation will take you from the pastures to the cheese kitchen – and everywhere in between – to learn about how we make our delicious farm fresh cheese. Well talk about our rotational grazing, see the milking in action, and get a glimpse of the creamery. Finish up with a sampling of some of our products. This program meets at our Farm Store and there is no need to pre-register. Become a Trustees member at the farm on the day of the tour and come for free! Best for adults and children ages 10 and up. Members: $12. Nonmembers: $20


P.S. We are still enrolling for Farm Camp!  Openings in one week sessions! 

                                       

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Friday Farm Dinners! Join us this Friday to kick off the season

Appleton's Friday Farm Dinners with Chive Events




Each Friday Appleton Farms and Chive Events invites you to join us for dinner. Relax under the setting sun and enjoy a truly unique farm to table experience. From fresh vegetables and fruits, to local pasture raised meats and sustainable seafood, Chive Events will prepare each meal using the best ingredients available from our own and other local farms. Watch the season change with each meal and bring the whole family to enjoy the weekly harvests. A casual dinner set overlooking the Great Pasture will remind you to slow down and breathe in the summer's air. Enjoy a cold beverage from our friends at Ipswich Ale while you play old-fashioned lawn games and listen to live music. Ticket price includes the full dinner, non-alcoholic beverages (beer and wine will be available for purchase), dessert, games, music and all the fun you can handle!


Tickets available for this Friday!  Register here: http://bit.ly/2tueR9Q


Dinners are held in our Carriage Barn in the case of rain or in our Stone Paddock if the sun is shining.


Buffet Menu
Rhubarb BBQ Braised Local Pork - Gluten Free
Shaved Vegetable Salad with Citrus Dijon Vinaigrette - Gluten Free
Goodhue Cheese Biscuits 


Something Sweet
Taza Chocolate Brownies with Strawberry Swirl

Chive Events is known for their commitment to sourcing locally year round and for creating beautiful events that leave no trace. Visit them at www.chiveevents.com and on their social media platforms @chiveevents to learn more about the events they do and what's going on with them when they're not at the farm! You can also enjoy Chive’s prepared meals in your own home throughout the week by visiting www.chiveevents.com/preparedmeals/ as well as catering and full service events for any occasion.


Our partnership is a celebration of Appleton and Chive’s dedication to honoring food, the land, and a true sense of community.


Check out this Vimeo by Gigi & Mac to get a feel for our dinners: https://vimeo.com/132889856


This event is part of the Appleton Cooks! program. For more information about Appleton Cooks! and similar events please click here.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Week 2 News and Updates


Good morning shareholders,


Things are heating up at Appleton Farms and so is the CSA share! We’re adding a few crops to the harvest for week two, including garlic scapes! These are simply flower buds, which we remove to encourage the bulbs to size up. They can be used in recipes just like garlic and make nice additions to flower arrangements. To our delight, the pick your own (PYO) strawberries are coming in nicely. 

Here’s the full harvest list for week two: 
   
Arugula
Tot soi
Baby kale
Baby bok choi
Spinach
Head lettuce
Baby lettuce mix
Radishes
Salad turnips
Garlic scapes
PYO strawberries

Are you wondering what the white stuff is on the squash plants you see in the fields? Young squash plants are vulnerable to striped cucumber beetle damage when transplanted out with just a couple leaves. We dip the plants in a (kaolin) clay slurry before we put them out, which deters the bugs from eating them up. The clay residue, which washes away with one hard rain protects the plants until they are large enough to fend for themselves.


This awesome crew makes it all happen! If you see them, make sure to thank them for all the hard work they put in!

From the Creamery:

We are excited to announce our new Cheese Share starting July 10th  

Get 2 cheeses selected by our Cheesemaker on a biweekly basis.    The share is open to all Trustees members and includes 10 weeks of cheese over 20 weeks (every other week).   You can get details and sign up at the store. Cost is $150 (retail value is $200). Sign up now at the store!  






Upcoming Programs and Events:

Father's Day Bluegrass BBQ is SOLD OUT

Every Saturday  10AM-2PM (SAT. June 17th this program will run from 10am-12noon)
Member Child: $5 Nonmember Child: $10

Have you ever collected warm eggs from the chicken coop or seen how fast sheep will run for their morning helping of grain? Join us for our NEW weekend Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by anytime between 10AM – 1:30PM for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every half hour. Greet our goats, make a wool bracelet, cuddle a calf, farm story time, collect chicken eggs and more! In between activities hang out in the Carriage Barn and explore our all-day learning stations or picnic outside in the Stone Paddock!  Once you’ve paid, stay for an hour or all day! Cash only please. No additional cost for adults. 


Saturdays in June 3:30-4:30PM
This in-depth look at our dairy operation will take you from the pastures to the cheese kitchen – and everywhere in between – to learn about how we make our delicious farm fresh cheese. Well talk about our rotational grazing, see the milking in action, and get a glimpse of the creamery. Finish up with a sampling of some of our products. This program meets at our Farm Store and there is no need to pre-register. Become a Trustees member at the farm on the day of the tour and come for free! Best for adults and children ages 10 and up. Members: $12. Nonmembers: $20


P.S. We are still enrolling for Farm Camp!

                                       

Friday, June 9, 2017

Your 2017 CSA season starts next week!

Good morning shareholders,

CSA share pickups start June 12!

Live from the fields on.... Friday afternoon!
The first CSA pickup of the season happens this Monday, June 12! It will usher warmer weather and sunshine and what feels like the start of summer! It’s a welcome shift from the cool, wet trend over the past month, which has made for a slow start to the season. Everything in the field is looking good but crops are maturing slower than expected because of the recent early spring like weather. This first share of the season may feel light but I assure you there’s much more to come! 



Week one of the share will include:
Baby kale
Arugula
Mustard greens
Head lettuce
Lettuce mix
Bok choy
Overwintered onions
PYO strawberries

Don’t forget, we will be handing out Appleton Farms CSA canvas tote bags to each shareholder to use to pick up your share this season! In an effort to cut down on waste, we are hoping you will use these canvas bags to pick up your share each week. One other change is that we no longer need you to tell us if you want to switch CSA pickup days. That means if you have a schedule conflict, you can come come on any pickup day that week without notifying us of the change. 

Also remember that pickup hours are slightly different this year: 
2-7pm on Mondays and Thursdays, 12-5pm on Tuesday and Fridays.

Harvest season is here, the crew is anxious to get moving and we’re all excited to have you back here on the farm! We look forward to seeing you.

Fathers Day Bluegrass BBQ and June Programs at Appleton Farms

Fathers Day Bluegrass BBQ, Sunday, June 18th  4PM-8PM

IMG_3844Grab a picnic blanket and load up the kids for a summer evening on the farm to celebrate the special fathers in your life. Enjoy dinner from Fat Belly BBQA&B Burger15 Walnut and CopperDome Crust and beer and wine from Ipswich Ale and Old Planters Brewing.  With live bluegrass from Old Cold Tater Your family ticket pays for parking, lawn games, a visit with the farm animals, and live music from 5pm-7pm. Dinner from the food trucks and beer and wine, sold on site, are on you. The summer sunset over the farm fields, warm summer breeze (we hope!), and the memories you’ll make with friends and family are free!
Make sure to pre-register, these tickets will go quickly. Food and beverages are purchased directly from our vendors. Any proceeds help support our farm education programs. Rainy? Well still hold the event under our tent and in the Carriage Barn. Just bring an umbrella for your walk over from the parking area. Sorry, no BYOB, coolers, or dogs allowed. 

Tickets and more information at: http://bit.ly/2mPcD3D  Trustees Member Family: $24. Nonmember Family: $30

Every Saturday  10AM-2PM
Member Child: $5 Nonmember Child: $10

Have you ever collected warm eggs from the chicken coop or seen how fast sheep will run for their morning helping of grain? Join us for our NEW weekend Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by anytime between 10AM – 1:30PM for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every half hour. Greet our goats, make a wool bracelet, cuddle a calf, farm story time, collect chicken eggs and more! In between activities hang out in the Carriage Barn and explore our all-day learning stations or picnic outside in the Stone Paddock!  Once you’ve paid, stay for an hour or all day! Cash only please. No additional cost for adults. 

Activities may change depending on what’s happening at the farm, but a typical schedule will include:
10:00: Feed the sheep & brush the goats
10:30: Spin wool bracelets
11:00: Collect chicken eggs
11:30: Farm story time (feel free to bring a snack from home!)
12:00: Explore the milking barn & Dairy tools

12:30: Cow dress up and meet a calf
1:00: Collect chicken eggs
1:30: Brush the goats


Saturdays in June 3:30-4:30PM
Cheese Caves
This in-depth look at our dairy operation will take you from the pastures to the cheese kitchen – and everywhere in between – to learn about how we make our delicious farm fresh cheese. Well talk about our rotational grazing, see the milking in action, and get a glimpse of the creamery. Finish up with a sampling of some of our products. This program meets at our Farm Store and there is no need to pre-register. Become a Trustees member at the farm on the day of the tour and come for free! Best for adults and children ages 10 and up. Members: $12. Nonmembers: $20

Sunday, June 11th 2pm-5pm
Members: $72 Nonmembers: $90
These sweet, juicy red berries are back in season and what better way to celebrate this favorite than in the farm kitchen?   Well create a fantastic menu of sweet & savory recipes featuring sun-kissed field strawberries as the star ingredient. Strawberry, Basil, & Goat Cheese Flatbread, Grilled Pork & Field Berry Salad with Hazelnuts, and delicious country-style Summer Strawberry Cake are just some of the dishes that will appear on this very special strawberry crop menu!  This hands-on workshop includes instruction by professional chef Carolyn Grieco, printed recipe booklet and a full meal. BYOB beer and wine is allowed. Tickets at: http://bit.ly/2mPcD3D  


                                          P.S. We are still enrolling for Farm Camp!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Meet the Farmers and Seedling Sale this Friday!



Join us for Meet the Farmers & our first-ever SEEDLING SALE on Friday, June 2,     4-7pm at the farm. 

Come say hello to Andrew, the new CSA manager; Leah, our returning assistant manager; and the 4 great apprentices working in the fields this season. 

If you’re new, we’ll be available to answer questions about how the share pickup works. 

And pick up some beautiful vegetable, flower and herb seedlings grown in our own greenhouses - frost danger will be past so it’s a great time to put out new plants. The farm store will be open and we'll be sharing cheese samples!


*One change you can expect in the share room this season: we’re cutting cut back on waste & doing our part to be more environmentally sustainable, so EACH primary shareholder will get an Appleton CSA canvas bag this season to pack your share in! (Additional bags for those who share shares can be purchased in the store.  Extra paper bags will be available as a backup on a limited basis, but we really want to encourage all of you to bring your new share bag. These are printed locally in Rockport and are the perfect size for packing your share.)

*The share will start the week of June 12!* 


Please note that pickup hours are slightly different this year: 2-7pm on Mondays and Thursdays, 12-5pm on Tuesday and Fridays. (Pick up blocks have not changed- you are still a M/T or Th/F share pick up) 

If you have questions about billing, have an invoice to pay, or want to check your share pick up days, please call the farm office at (978)356-5728 or email appletonfarmscsa@thetrustees.org

Friday, May 19, 2017

Farm News and Updates

Good morning shareholders and friends,

We hope that you have had a wonderful week enjoying the sunshine! It has been a busy but productive week on the farm and we are counting down the days until we are able to welcome you all back to the share room.

We want to introduce you to someone special who has just joined our team! Sarah Hammond Creighton joins the Appleton Farms Team as the General Manager for Appleton Farms and the Appleton Grass Rides.

Before joining The Trustees, Creighton served as the Director of the Office of Sustainability where she developed and advanced sustainability for the institution in the areas of green energy, sustainable dining, gardening and grounds management.   Previously, Sarah was the Director of the Office of Sustainability at Tufts University, directing all aspects of the first-in-the-nation university climate commitment program. She is also the author of two books which have helped to define the college “greening” movement.

“I am excited to join the Trustees and the excellent staff at Appleton,” adds Creighton.   “The Farm and Grass Rides offer unique opportunities to steward the land, preserve local farming, and provide opportunities for visitors to relax, learn, and enjoy this magical place.”

Sarah can be found out and about on the farm, in her office at the Old House, or by email at screighton@thetrustees.org.  Don't hesitate to reach out or stop by to meet her!


CSA News & updates:  


Someone once told me, nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. The roller coaster that has been the weather this spring has tested our patience and spirits over the past few weeks, with weekly rainfalls dropping inches at a time and cool weather that has made for some slow growing. Quite a bit of our land has stayed too wet to prepare for planting. So, like a puzzle without a picture, we started shifting our crop plan to fit the early plantings of lettuce, beets and onions wherever we could find dry ground. After a few days of dry weather, I’d prepare as many beds as I could for planting and then tell the crew to bring full rain gear because we’d be out there regardless of rain.  And so we started planting, and planted some more, and then some more. Every day we have a meeting first thing in the morning to go over what the plan is for the day, and I think exactly every day since the first of May has involved planting! And just when I think they will tire of the work, backs achy and bored, they show up the next morning with a smile on their face, a willing attitude, and are ready for anything. Now that the warm weather and sunshine has finally showed up to the dance, it’s beautiful to see how the fields are coming to life and how the crew has come together to make it happen. 
-Andrew

*The share will start the week of June 12!* 

Please note that pickup hours are slightly different this year: 2-7pm on Mondays and Thursdays, 12-5pm on Tuesday and Fridays. (Pick up blocks have not changed- you are still a M/T or Th/F share pick up) 

Join us for Meet the Farmers & our first-ever SEEDLING SALE on Friday, June 2, 4-7pm at the farm. Come say hello to Andrew, the new CSA manager; Leah, our returning assistant manager; and the 4 great apprentices working in the fields this season. If you’re new, we’ll be available to answer questions about how the share pickup works. 
And pick up some beautiful vegetable, flower and herb seedlings grown in our own greenhouses - frost danger will be past so it’s a great time to put out new plants. 

*One change you can expect in the share room this season: we’re cutting cut back on waste & doing our part to be more environmentally sustainable, so EACH primary shareholder will get an Appleton CSA canvas bag this season to pack your share in! (Additional bags for those who share shares can be purchased in the store.  Extra paper bags will be available as a backup on a limited basis, but we really want to encourage all of you to bring your new share bag. These are printed locally in Rockport and are the perfect size for packing your share.)

If you have questions about billing, have an invoice to pay, or want to check your share pick up days, please call the farm office at (978)356-5728 or email appletonfarmscsa@thetrustees.org


Upcoming Programs & Farm Camp Registration:

Appleton Farm Camp registration is still open!  Don't miss your favorite week- sign up today! 

Saturday,  June 3rd | 9:30-11:30am
Members: $60. Nonmembers: $75
Spend the morning with Appleton’s own cheese maker, Kristian Holbrook for a hands-on cheese making class in our farm kitchen.  You’ll learn all the basics of making soft cheeses, make your own mozzarella and ricotta to take home, and get a tour of our dairy operation and cheese caves. Kristian will cover all the basics of cheese making and teach you exactly how to make delicious fresh cheese at home. Pre-registration required.

Friday May  26th Thursday, June 8th or 22nd
11am-4pm
Members: $200. Nonmembers: $275
Spend the afternoon alongside Kristian and observe his process of turning 200 gallons of our Jersey milk into our rich and creamy farmstead cheese.  You’ll join Kristian in the Creamery at 11am just after the milk has been pasteurized and begin your in-depth, instructional cheese making day.  A comprehensive learning experience will follow, covering everything from rennet and rinds to brines and molds.  You’ll watch the process from coagulation to hooping with opportunities to ask questions at every step.  Lunch and cheese tasting included.  This class is for those considering cheese making as a career, serious hobby cheese makers looking to further their learning, or anyone looking for a distinctive experience and fascinating view into the world of cheese.  Before you leave, you will stop at our farm store and pack your own cheese box full of your favorite Appleton cheeses.  Sessions limited to 5 participants.  Significant periods of standing required.  ( If you are ill, you must reschedule for a different date- will put this part in the email confirmation).

Saturdays and Sundays June-October 10AM-2PM
Member Child: $5 Nonmember Child: $10

Have you ever collected warm eggs from the chicken coop or seen how fast sheep will run for their morning helping of grain? Join us for our NEW weekend Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by anytime between 10AM – 1:30PM for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every ½ hour. Greet our goats, make a wool bracelet, cuddle a calf, farm story time, collect chicken eggs and more! In between activities hang out in the Carriage Barn and explore our all-day learning stations or picnic outside in the Stone Paddock!

Activities may change depending on what’s happening at the farm, but a typical schedule will include:

10:00: Feed the sheep & brush the goats
10:30: Spin wool bracelets
11:00: Collect chicken eggs
11:30: Farm story time (feel free to bring a snack from home!)
12:00: Explore the milking barn & Dairy tools
12:30: Cow dress up and meet a calf
1:00: Collect chicken eggs
1:30: Brush the goats

Please check in at the entrance of the Carriage Barn to pay and receive your hand stamp. Become a Trustees member at the farm on the day of and come for free! Once you’ve paid, stay for an hour or all day! Cash only please. No additional cost for adults. We will do our very best to accommodate everyone, but some activities are first come, first serve.

We have picnic tables, bathrooms, water, and plenty of stroller friendly walking paths for you to enjoy. Parking available the Visitor Center for a shorter walk or at the Farm Store for a longer stroll through our vegetable fields.

Four Wednesdays in June |  9:30-10:30AM
Member Child: $60. Nonmember Child: $75
Explore the rhythms of Appleton Farms with your preschooler. We’ll meet the cows, taste test the vegetable fields, collect chicken eggs and dig into life on the farm. Preschool Farm Explorers experience it all through age-appropriate sensory activities, stories, and crafts. Each program will last 1 hour and will have a different theme such as “What Plants Need to Grow” or “Meet the Cows.” Please pre-register. Fee covers one adult and child. Younger siblings are welcome with an additional fee of $24/$30 for member/nonmembers. Questions?  Email Farm Educator Caroline at crouillard@thetrustees.org

If you have a group of moms or children in afternoon kindergarten, contact us about signing up your group of 6 or more for private Farm Explorer sessions.

Saturdays in June 3:30-4:30PM
Members: $12. Nonmembers: $20
This in-depth look at our dairy operation will take you from the pastures to the cheese kitchen viewing area – and everywhere in between – to learn about how we make our delicious farm fresh cheese. We’ll talk about our rotational grazing, see the milking in action, and get a glimpse of the cheese caves. Finish up with a sampling of some of our products. This program meets at our Dairy Store and there is no need to pre-register. Become a Trustees member at the farm on the day of the tour and come for free!


Sunday, June 11th 2pm-5pm
Members: $72 Nonmembers: $90
These sweet, juicy red berries are back in season and what better way to celebrate this favorite than in the farm kitchen?   We’ll create a fantastic menu of sweet & savory recipes featuring sun-kissed field strawberries as the star ingredient. Strawberry, Basil, & Goat Cheese Flatbread, Grilled Pork & Field Berry Salad with Hazelnuts, and delicious country-style Summer Strawberry Cake are just some of the dishes that will appear on this very special strawberry crop menu!  This hands-on workshop includes instruction by professional chef Carolyn Grieco, printed recipe booklet and a full meal. BYOB beer and wine is allowed.

Sunday, June 18th 4PM-8PM
Member Family: $24. Nonmember Family: $30
Bring a picnic blanket and load up the kids for a summer evening on the farm to celebrate the special fathers in your life. Enjoy dinner from Fat Belly BBQA&B Burger15 Walnut and CopperDome Crust and beer and wine from Ipswich AleRiverwalk Brewing, and Old Planters Brewing.  With live bluegrass from Old Cold Tater

Your family ticket pays for parking, lawn games, a visit with the farm animals, and live music from 5pm-7pm. Dinner from the food trucks and beer and wine, sold on site, are on you. The summer sunset over the farm fields, warm summer breeze (we hope!), and the memories you’ll make with friends and family are free!

Make sure to pre-register, these tickets will go quickly. Food and beverages are purchased directly from our vendors. Any proceeds help support our farm education programs.

Rainy? We’ll still hold the event under our tent and in the Carriage Barn. Just bring an umbrella for your walk over from the parking area. Sorry, no BYOB, coolers, or dogs allowed.


Friday, June 23rd and June 30th- 5:30PM- 8:00PM
Member Adults: $36. Nonmember Adults: $45. Member Children under 12: $12. Nonmember Children under 12: $15 Children under 1 FREE

Each Friday Appleton Farms and Chive Events invites you to join us for dinner. Relax under the setting sun and enjoy a truly unique farm to table experience. From fresh vegetables and fruits, to local pasture raised meats and sustainable seafood, Chive Events will prepare each meal using the best ingredients available from our own and other local farms. Menus may include slow roasted pork with rhubarb jam, seasonal fresh salads and homemade strawberry short cakes. Watch the season change with each meal and bring the whole family to enjoy the weekly harvests. A casual dinner set overlooking the Great Pasture will remind you to slow down and breathe in the summer's air. Enjoy a cold beverage from our friends at Ipswich Ale while you play old-fashioned lawn games and listen to live music.