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Monday, October 15, 2018

Week 19: Acorn Squash and Sweet Potatoes!

The theme this fall seems to be rain, rain and more rain. While we’ve been privileged to some beautiful fall foliage this year, the weather has made for less than ideal conditions. The constant moisture has made it difficult to conduct late season field operations, such as digging storage potatoes and turning over spent fields to seed cover crops. It’s also made for many soggy harvests. But our willing crew has maintained a positive attitude throughout and we’re having fun nonetheless!







We partnered with Picadilly Farm again this year to provide our shareholders with sweet potatoes, a crop we do not grow here. Their farm is owned and operated by Appleton Farms’ original CSA managers, Jenny and Bruce Wooster, who many of you know and fondly remember. We are happy to continue working with them and maintain their connection here.

This week the share will include:

  • Greens
  • Kale
  • Collards
  • Kohl rabi
  • Rutabaga
  • Green cabbage
  • Radicchio
  • Head lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Acorn squash
  • Sweet potatoes (Picadilly Farm)


Despite our best efforts to keep a good stash of scissors for the pick your own field, every week many go missing. We encourage you to bring your own scissors if you plan on picking.
Our hours for pickup are on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:30-6:30PM. We are also open for pick your own on Saturdays, 8AM-Noon. Shareholders are free to pick up their share any day that best suits their schedule, and do not need to commit to the same day each week. Additionally, shareholders do not need to tell us which day they will be picking up.
Vegetable of the week!


SWEET POTATOES belong to the bindweed or morning glory family, Convolvulaceae. Its large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots are a root vegetable-unlike a white potato is, which a tuber. George Washington Carver, a famous scientist, developed 118 products from sweet potatoes including glue for postage stamps and starch for sizing cotton fabrics. Sweet potatoes are high in Beta Carotene and also an excellent source of copper, manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin B-6.

Melting Sweet Potatoes:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
2-3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 pounds sweet potatoes, sliced 1 inch thick
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Honey, for drizzling

Heat oven to 475. Melt butter, sage, thyme, and garlic in small pot, and toss with sliced sweet potatoes, salt and pepper. Place on a large rimmed metal sheet pan and bake 15 minutes, flip, bake 15 minutes more, add broth and continue to bake until potatoes are soft and liquid is almost reduced (15 mins). Transfer to serving platter, season, and drizzle with honey.

Bonus Recipe: Sweet Potato Energy Bites
1 cup mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup raisins
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Unsweetened shredded coconut

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; stir until well combined. Place mixture in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to allow to firm up. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of sweet potato mixture and roll into a ball. Gently roll into shredded coconut and place back into refrigerator to firm up.

Farm Store News



Only 2 more weeks left of the CSA! Oh, dear, I hope to see all your smiling faces even after the share ends.  We will a lovely array of holiday offerings to keep you coming back into the New Year.

Trick or Treat with Harbor Sweets! Stop in the store on Halloween (it's a Wednesday, so you can get fresh milk while you are here) & receive a free goodie bag of Harbor Sweets chocolates and honey candy (while supplies last). 

'Tis the season to give thanks, and cheese! Sign up now for Thanksgiving cheese boxes.  We have custom made wooden gift boxes filled with delicious Appleton Farms cheeses and other goodies for $50 or $100.  Flat rate FedEx shipping anywhere in the US for only $25.  Sign up by 11/1 to guarantee availability.

Dreaming of holiday pies? Pumpkin & apple & pecan. Oh my! Pre-order your pie by 11/1 to guarantee availability.  This holiday season we are happy to feature freshly made pies from Bushel & Crumb, frozen ready-to-eat Ever So Humble Pies as well as gluten and dairy free options from Kim Gregory Pure Pastry
Sign up in store or by email appletonfarms@thetrustees.org


Farm Events & Programs

Thursday, October 18, 2018
From the Orchard: Autumn Apple Harvest 
Thursday, October 18
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Farms & Food, Lectures & Workshops
Appleton Farms Cheese Making Intensive
Thursday, October 18
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Farms & Food, Lectures & Workshops
Thursday, October 18
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Saturday, October 20
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food
The Trustees present Notch Traveling Biergarten at Appleton Farms
Saturday, October 20
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Seasonal Celebrations, Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Meet a Dairy Farmer
Sunday, October 21
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Wagon Rides at Appleton Farms
Sunday, October 21
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food
Sunday, October 21
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation
The Trustees present Notch Traveling Biergarten at Appleton Farms
Sunday, October 21
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Seasonal Celebrations, Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food


Monday, October 8, 2018

Week 18: Prepping Fields for a Cover Crop

As we near the end of the share season, there’s still quite a bit of work to do in the fields. This week we continue with harvest of bulk storage crops like carrots, potatoes, and other root crops. There’s compost to spread and land to prep for garlic planting in a few weeks. Some of our late fields are needing to be seeded with cover crop for the winter. And while the cool, wet weather makes us feel like curling up inside, we continue to push through our to-do lists for at least another month before cold weather settles in. Please be sure to thank the crew for all their excellent work if you see them around them farm!








This week the share will include:
  • Greens
  • Head lettuce
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Daikon radish
  • Kohl rabi
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Leeks
  • Garlic
  • Butternut squash

Despite our best efforts to keep a good stash of scissors for the pick your own field, every week many go missing. We encourage you to bring your own scissors if you plan on picking.
Our hours for pickup are on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:30-6:30PM. We are also open for pick your own on Saturdays, 8AM-Noon. Shareholders are free to pick up their share any day that best suits their schedule, and do not need to commit to the same day each week. Additionally, shareholders do not need to tell us which day they will be picking up.


Vegetable of the week!


CARROTS, the most beloved of root vegetables, is a member of the umbellifer family, which also claims celery, fennel, and parsley. This popular root vegetable is usually orange in color, although purple, yellow, and red varieties are available. Carrots can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, including raw, roasted, cooked in soups, and baked in cakes to name a few. It is known to contain high amounts of vitamin A, which helps maintain vision.

Thai Carrot Soup

1 TBSP coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, diced
healthy pinch of salt and pepper
4-5 cups carrots, chopped (about one pound)
2 cups veggie stock
2 cups water, or more stock
1/3 cup creamy salted peanut butter
2 tsp chili garlic sauce
Optional Topping: Fresh basil, cilantro, or mint-- full fat coconut milk or cream-- brown sugar or honey-- sriracha

Heat 1 TBSP oil in large pot over medium heat and saute the onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and add veggie stock, water, and carrots. Bring to a low boil, and reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until veggies are tender. Transfer to blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add peanut butter and chili sauce to blender ad combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Top with preferred herbs, creams and spices and serve with crusty bread, pad thai, or a cabbage salad.


Farm Store News


It's not too late to join for the fall cheese subscription.  The second pick up is this Friday, October 12th, featuring Valley View Farm Goat Milk Feta: pure, whole Nubian milk cheese brined a minimum of three weeks. This cheese is crumbly but smooth and full of flavor.  Pro-rated subscription for $85 if you join starting with week 2 pick up.  Or for only $100, you can still pick up week 1 as well as week 2 for a total of 6 bi-weekly cheese selections to share with friends and family throughout the holiday season. Sign up in store or by e-mail at appletonfarms@thetrustees.org.  Accepting pro-rated late enrollments throughout October.

Our shopkeeper, Becca, will be at the Rockport Harvestfest this Saturday, Oct 13th from 10 AM - 5 PM, sampling our cheeses. Please visit her booth and support a great local food festival.   

Farm Events & Programs
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Thursday, October 11
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
20th Anniversary Farm to Table Dinner at Appleton Farms
Thursday, October 11
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Seasonal Celebrations, Farms & Food
Appleton Farms Cheese Making Intensive
Thursday, October 11
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Farms & Food, Lectures & Workshops
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Wagon Rides at Appleton Farms
Saturday, October 13
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food
Rise and Shine Behind the Scenes Tour
Saturday, October 13
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food, Lectures & Workshops
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Wagon Rides at Appleton Farms
Sunday, October 14
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food
Meet a Dairy Farmer
Sunday, October 14
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food

Monday, October 1, 2018

Week 17: Bulk Harvesting Root Crops

The leaves are just beginning to change color in some of the low, wet parts of the farm as crop growth slows in the fields. We have ripped out most of the hot crops of summer and have put those fields to bed for winter. Cool weather crops that often thrive in October have been slow to ripen as a result of cloudy and rainy weather over the past few weeks. The change of the calendar brings slightly shorter work days and a slowing of pace. We continue with bulk harvests of root crops and begin separating garlic cloves for planting in a few weeks.

This week the share will include:

  • Greens
  • Head lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Bok choi
  • Broccoli
  • Salad Turnips
  • Carrots
  • Fennel
  • Yellow onions
  • Potatoes
  • Buttercup squash
  • PYO herbs


Despite our best efforts to keep a good stash of scissors for the pick your own field, every week many go missing. We encourage you to bring your own scissors if you plan on picking.
Our hours for pickup are on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:30-6:30PM. We are also open for pick your own on Saturdays, 8AM-Noon. Shareholders are free to pick up their share any day that best suits their schedule, and do not need to commit to the same day each week. Additionally, shareholders do not need to tell us which day they will be picking up.


Vegetable of the week!

Buttercup squash is a popular turban type squash, with hard skin, a turban shape, and a dense, sweet yellow-orange flesh that can be eaten. Once the seeds are removed, buttercup squash can be baked, mashed, pureed, steamed, simmered, or stuffed and can replace sweet potatoes in most recipes. Buttercup squash is a good source of carotenoids and contains large amounts of vitamin C.

Buttercup Squash Coffee Cake

CRUMB MIXTURE:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons cold butter

CAKE:
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed cooked buttercup squash
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
GLAZE:
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 teaspoons hot water

In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly; set aside. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in squash and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients, gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Spoon half into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Spread applesauce over batter. Sprinkle with half of the crumb mixture. Spoon remaining batter evenly over crumb mixture. Top with remaining crumb mixture. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing sides of pan. Combine the confectioners' sugar, extract and enough water to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over coffee cake.

Farm Events & Programs

A Dinner at the Farm to Celebrate 20 Years of Trustees' Stewardship!
Join us in the Carriage Barn for a sit-down dinner and help us celebrate 20 years of the Trustees’ stewardship of Appleton Farms. This dinner will help support the mission of conservation and farm-based education at Appleton for many years to come. The evening dinner will feature our own Cheesemaker and Chef will prepare a dinner using the seasonal bounty of the farm. Music, beer, and wine will be included. Tickets are going fast so get yours today! More information at www.thetrustees.org/harvestdinner  

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Wednesday, October 3
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Thursday, October 4, 2018
October Barnyard Story Hour
Thursday, October 4
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Thursday, October 4
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation
Appleton Farms Cheese Making Intensive
Thursday, October 4
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Farms & Food, Lectures & Workshops
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Wagon Rides at Appleton Farms
Saturday, October 6
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food
Hay Bale Hangout
Saturday, October 6
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Wagon Rides at Appleton Farms
Sunday, October 7
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food
Meet a Dairy Farmer
Sunday, October 7
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Appleton Farms Autumn Bird Count
Sunday, October 7
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Volunteer, Outdoor Recreation
Down on the Farm Concert Series
Sunday, October 7
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food

Monday, September 24, 2018

Week 16: Cooler Weather and Sunshine Squash!

As we have officially arrived in the fall season, our efforts focus on bringing in bulk harvests of storage crops like carrots and potatoes. These are crops we begin to squirrel away for late fall and winter CSA pickups. While we have been enjoying cooler weather, all the rain and constant humidity has been a challenge for us in our brassica field (broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage) this fall. These crops are much more likely to contract fungal afflictions when the foliage doesn’t dry during the daytime. Unfortunately, a recent six day stretch of rainy and foggy weather has facilitated the spread of a dreaded plant disease called alternaria through the field. However, we are happy to continue to harvesting beautiful greens this week and to be distributing a wonderful, bright orange kabocha squash called sunshine!


This week the share will include:

  • Arugula
  • Baby kale
  • Braising mix
  • Radish bunches
  • Brussel sprout tops
  • Collards
  • Bok choi
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Fennel
  • Red onions
  • Potatoes
  • Sunshine kabocha squash
  • Garlic
  • PYO herbs

Despite our best efforts to keep a good stash of scissors for the pick your own field, every week many go missing. We encourage you to bring your own scissors if you plan on picking. Our hours for pickup are on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:30-6:30PM. We are also open for pick your own on Saturdays, 8AM-Noon. Shareholders are free to pick up their share any day that best suits their schedule, and do not need to commit to the same day each week. Additionally, shareholders do not need to tell us which day they will be picking up.
Vegetable of the week!

Collards, a member of the brassica family, are grown for their large, dark colored edible leaves. These greens are a staple of Southern cooking in the United States and are often featured in African, Portuguese, and Brazilian cuisine. For nutrition, collard greens contain large amounts of vitamin K, and moderate amounts of vitamins A & C, and manganese.

Kenyan Braised Collard Greens and Ground Beef (Sukuma Wiki)
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1 lb 90% lean ground beef
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 bunch (8 leaves) collard greens, stems removed sliced into 1-inch strips
½ pint tomatoes
1 tsp lemon juice
Saute onion in olive oil for four minutes. Add garlic and jalepeno, cooking one minute more. Add ground beef and seasonings, cooking until browned. Stir in collard greens and tomatoes and cook for four minutes. Add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
Farm Store News

UPDATED FOR BREAKING NEWS regarding Wolf Meadow Farms
We are happy to welcome back Voula, the proprietor of Dancing Goat Olive Oil, this Friday afternoon sampling her delicious fresh-pressed olive oil made with love and sunshine-filled Koroneiki olives.  Already a fan?  Gallon size jugs will be back in stock, and this weekend only, on sale for $100.  Pre-order yours at appletonfarms@thetrustees.org to ensure availability.


First fall cheese subscription pickup is this Friday, September 28th, featuring hand-crafted, artisanal Italian Molisani cheeses made in the old-world caseificio tradition by Luca Mignogna at Wolf Meadow Farm in Amesbury, MA. We are sad to pass along the news that Wolf Meadow Farms is closing its doors on September 30th.  We hope they will reopen in a new location in the future, but for now, this will be your last chance to enjoy Wolf Meadow cheeses at Appleton Farms.
It's not too late to join for the fall cheese subscription.  For only $100, you get 6 bi-weekly cheese selections to share with friends and family throughout the holiday season. Sign up in store or by e-mail at appletonfarms@thetrustees.org.  Accepting pro-rated late enrollments throughout October. 
Farm Events & Programs
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Appleton’s Preschool Farm Explorers
Wednesday, September 26
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Hike for Beer
Wednesday, September 26
Appleton Farms Grass Rides, Appleton Farms
Hamilton | North Shore
Seasonal Celebrations, Farms & Food
Friday, September 28, 2018
Appleton's Friday Farm Dinners with Bonne Bouche Caterers
Friday, September 28
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Wagon Rides at Appleton Farms
Saturday, September 29
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food

Hay Bale Hangout
Saturday, September 29
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food
Earth Oven Bread Culinary Workshop
Saturday, September 29
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Farms & Food, Lectures & Workshops
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Wagon Rides at Appleton Farms
Sunday, September 30
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Farms & Food
Meet a Dairy Farmer
Sunday, September 30
Appleton Farms
Hamilton and Ipswich | North Shore
Family Fun, Farms & Food