We had a fabulous turnout for Family Farm Day despite the rainy forecast and want to give a public thank you to all who volunteered to paint faces, sell cider donuts, run the hay obstacle course, and so much more. Thanks to all who came to enjoy the day with us!
On Wednesday we are hosting our mid-season shareholders meeting. As I mentioned in a previous post, this is an excellent chance to deliver your feedback directly to the folks with the ability to make decisions about the CSA’s direction and future. We will be meeting on Wednesday September 28th from 6-7:30pm in the CSA barn (note: location has changed). We are planning to start the meeting with introductions, a brief review of the season so far and an overview of the mid-season survey results before opening the floor to questions and conversation with shareholders. Please sign up to attend the meeting here!
Some fun news from the farm includes the arrival of America's Test Kitchen on Monday. They will be using the porch of the Old House to film the intro scenes of their show Cook's County. There will be a few days over the next two weeks where access to the Old House will be restricted so just keep an eye out for their signs. We'll let you know when the show airs if you're interested.
As part of The Trustees Hike 125, we are offering our second Pinnacle to Pinnacle Walking Tour in September. Led by two long-time volunteers, this hike will introduce you to the incredible story of Appleton Farms, the family members who called this farm home for 9 generations, and the origin of the Gore Hall Pinnacles that are part of this treasured landscape. Join Susan and Katrina to visit the Prince of Wales and New House Pinnacles on Sunday, September 25th. Walks are FREE to Members. $5 for Nonmembers. This walk meets in front of the Old House at 10am.
Down on the Farm: Fall Concert Series: Join us for our first fall concert series at Appleton Farms! These family-friendly concerts will feature live music, food trucks, lawn games, and an opportunity to meet our dairy cows and farm animals. The series kicks off on Sunday, October 9th at 4pm. Bring your own picnic or purchase food from a selection of food trucks. Beer and wine will be available for purchase with Ipswich Ale, Old Planters Brewing, and Mill River Winery. Gates open at 4pm and concert starts at 5pm. Leaf-peeping and family photo opportunities among the foliage in our historic Stone Paddock a bonus! Entry will be by the car, cash only. No pre-purchase required. Trustees Members: $20 per car. Nonmembers: $30 per car.
October 9th will feature classic rock music by Decades of Rock and food by Gabi’s Smoke Shack BBQ truck.
October 16th will feature reggae music by Soul Rebel Project and food by Copper Dome Crust (wood fired pizza) and Boston Burger.
October 23rd will feature folk-rock music by Rust Never Sleeps, a Neil Young inspired band, and Copper Dome Crust pizza truck and Gabi’s Smoke Shack. Plus on October 23rd, bring a carved pumpkin for our pumpkin contest and let the kids come in costumes to take part in the farmyard trick-or-treat! Carved, glowing pumpkins will surround the event for a spectacular Halloween inspired show
Fun in the Farmyard: Sundays in the Carriage Barn from 10am-3pm. FREE drop in program where you can meet the animals, make a farm craft, and learn all about Appleton Farms.
Rise and Shine Little Farmers: Saturdays at 9AM. Have you ever collected warm eggs from the chicken coop or seen how fast pigs will run for their morning helping of veggie scraps? This Saturday morning program brings families behind the scenes of our working farm.Pre-register online here