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Friday, February 3, 2017

February Newsletter from Appleton Farms


Good morning CSA Shareholders,

We are getting back to our monthly winter posts now that we are all feeling the farm rhythms ticking toward springtime.  Around the farm, we are saying hellos and goodbyes to new staff, preparing for maple sugaring season, registering kids for our summer farm camp, and spending lots of time in the farm kitchen.

We hope that you received our many emails about CSA sign ups- if you haven't done so, you need to register now by calling Susan in the farm office at 978.356.5728. We are taking names from our wait list at this point, so don't miss your opportunity to enjoy a weekly share of farm veggies this summer.

We wish the snow would return so our friends at North Shore Nordic could get back out on the trails with their groomer.  The one day we had a good amount of snow, we saw lots of smiling, red-cheeked skiers crossing through the farm. If you've ever wanted to ski through the Great Pasture, it is now possible! Check our their trail network here to plan your next adventure when the snow begins to fly.

We have welcomed Jeff and Sarah Casel to the farm from upstate New York where they spent their years dairy and vegetable farming.  Jeff is our new Dairy and Livestock Manager and Sarah has been helping out in our farm store- they both work and live on the farm so you're bound to run into them soon. We have also said a pseudo-farewell to our CSA Manager Ryan who will be moving on when we hire a new CSA Manager but lucky for all of us, he is sticking around to help train his replacement.  Our dear Kate Lanou, Dairy Technician of three years is moving to western Massachusetts.  You may have met Kate when visiting the cows. She always took the time to educate families visiting the dairy barn and her friendly, warm demeanor will be missed.  To add support, Jacob Quiring, once a volunteer, is now full time on the dairy team. Jacob grew up on a dairy farm and brings a thoughtful approach and deep base of knowledge to the farm. We are looking for new team members to join as CSA manager, CSA apprentices, livestock technician, and Appleton Farm Camp counselors. If you know great folks who want to spend time on the farm, send them on over to us.  


Our kitchen has been active all winter with our series of Appleton Cooks! workshops and weekly cooking skills classes with Acord Food Pantry clients and Cooking Matters. Coming up you'll find From the Farm Kettle: Stews, with Chef Carolyn from Carolyn's Farm Kitchen, From Cultures to Rinds: Cheese Making Fundamentals with Kristian Holbrook and Happy Hour in the Sugar Shack with sweet and savory maple treats from the earth oven and local beverage pairings.  We want to publicly thank the new set of Appleton Cooks! volunteers who have been lending a hand at classes all winter. You are the best! Thank you.





February vacation is right around the corner for the kids, so if you're planning a stay-cation, make sure to stop by for Bread & Butter Making, Cheese Making for Kids, and Farm Felting.  We also have a new Vacation Week at Appleton Farms with morning drop-off programs for 5-7 year olds and afternoon drop-off sessions for 8-10 year olds where we'll we’ll explore the forest, field, and barnyard in search of animal tracks and signs; see how our cows, sheep, and rabbits are coping with the weather; build snowy farm animals; and try out some new winter recipes in the kitchen.




From the CSA: Hi everyone! I'm Leah, your Assistant CSA Manager.  Like an Instagram takeover, I’ll be taking over the CSA blog for awhile.  Now is the time of catalog perusal. Freshly printed, they arrive on our desks ready and full of new and replacement varieties, and old favorites. And from there vegetable day dreams give way to more substantive number crunching. It’s The time of year when what you are hoping for gets distilled into spreadsheets and plan books. Many different factors go into variety choices: its previous performance, days to maturity, cultural needs, disease resistance, yield, and very importantly taste and texture, all must be considered and balanced before selection. Then we wait patiently for their arrival, so we can check and double check and organize and store them safely until they are needed.

It’s not just supply orders that are important right now. The methodology of the season has its groundwork laid in winter. How each crop is grown and when, reflection on the previous season and what we can do differently to improve. Planning for a potentially repeat of this last summer’s weather, we are shoring up our irrigation infrastructure and action plans. Currently the well is getting inspected for needed repairs, and we hoping to have maximum flow and pressure to optimize the use of our current equipment. We are also outside of our material needs, searching for the right group of people to join the CSA team, building a cohesive and strong crew. With greenhouse work around the corner, beginning with seeding onions and leeks and shallots, there is plenty of work to do, and not only do we want to do it well, we want to have a team that compliments and learns from each other.

Still a lot to come, and looking forward to it -  Leah

Volunteer Opportunities:
Maple Sugaring at Appleton Farms
Date Range: Mid February – End of March 2017
Days of the Week: Monday – Saturday 9AM-2PM (minimum 3 hr commitment)
Have you ever made maple syrup and want to share your knowledge? Want to learn about the process and get some hands on experience? We are looking for a few dedicated volunteers to join us during the maple sugaring season at Appleton Farms! Tasks include helping to collect sap from the buckets and collection tanks and undergoing training to help us boil sap in the evaporator. We are currently looking for individuals who can fill both positions.
Sugaring is entirely based on the weather and sap flow so the days we boil can be irregular. However, we hope to collect and boil on Mon-Sat. between 9AM-2PM. For Boiling we are looking for volunteers who can commit to at least 2 days a week for at least 3 hours a day. For collecting we are looking for people who can commit to 2 days a week from 1PM – 3PM. Volunteers can request specific days of the week and will only be asked to work on those days if the conditions are right and the sap is flowing.

Interested volunteers should be at least 18 years of age (although adults are welcome to bring responsible children along), able to lift up to 30 pounds and capable of being outside in cold weather. We will be hosting two training days for interested volunteers, which you must attend in order to receive the proper training. Training sessions are Wednesday, February 8th from 2-3:30pm or Saturday, February 11th from 10-11:30am.  Please contact Marc Mahan for more information or to sign up at mmahan@thetrustees.org .

 Program volunteers needed for Sugar Shack Saturdays: 
Saturdays March 4th, 11th, and 18th from 9:30am-12pm and/or 1pm-3:30pm
At these Sugar Shack Saturday events, we welcome 30-40 people at each session to see how we turn sap into sweet syrup. We start by getting creative with some maple themed crafts in the Appleton Old House or Carriage Barn then get outside and explore our very own sugar shack. We end back inside with a farm snack, including Appleton Farms cheese, apple slices, and homemade maple ice cream while we read a story about maple sugaring! Volunteers help with registration, parking, setting up food, and cleaning up.  These are fun, busy, and educational events with lots of smiling rosy-cheeked children and their parents.
To help with any of the programs above, email: Caroline Rouillard at crouillard@thetrustees.org

And last but not least...farm camp registration is now open! Register here


Monday, January 23, 2017

Like a long overdue Christmas card, I am finally updating the blog in mid January.  So much has been going on in the months since the finally post of the CSA season.   Each week I delayed writing, my list of updates grew longer and more onerous to tackle.  Rather than trying to cover everything all at once and exhausting both myself and my intended readers with a wall of text, I am going to try and easy back into the monthly blogging habit.  I’ll keep this fairly short and focus only on especially important or relevant updates.
First I need to announce that after acting as a manager at the CSA for the last four years, I have decided to pass the torch.  I have loved my time working at Appleton but feel ready to move onto a new adventure.   I am going to stick around for the next several months while a new CSA manager can be found and trained and I have offered my help beyond this point in a more limited capacity as a consultant, machine operator, chief weed puller and bug squishier, or in whatever way I can be most useful.  Our goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible.  The Appleton CSA has seen many managers come and go so I have no doubt it will only improve with some fresh blood.
Speaking of fresh blood and smooth transitions, I will begin turning responsibility for the blog over to assistant CSA manager Leah Jurman.  Most of you should be familiar with Leah from her past two seasons at Appleton and I have every confidence that she will be able to accomplish here what I never could: keeping these posts short and sweet.  Leah will also be available as the contact person in all CSA matters in the interim as we seek a new CSA manager.
In other major farm news, construction has finished on our second greenhouse and it looks amazing!  With more than double our greenhouse growing space for next season we should be able to overcome one of our major production bottleneck with plenty of room left over.  We are considering different ways to utilize the new space such as growing for a spring plant sale or growing vegetable transplants for other farms.    
We are moving forward with repairs to our irrigation pump which should return Appleton’s water supply to full capacity.  Reduced pump efficacy is very likely the cause of our water issues but if it turns out that we have a secondary problem, these repairs should also help to pinpoint what and where the problem is.   Even with this rainy winter we have only just move from “Extreme Drought” to “Severe Drought” so setting up effective irrigation systems  continues to be a top priority and a challenge we want to be ready for next season.
Finally, I can’t pass up the opportunity to remind everyone again that the window for a guaranteed CSA renewal has closed!  We are beginning the process of offering CSA shares to our waitlist.  If you are still interested in renewing your share, please do so now to reserve your spot.  If you are having trouble finding the link to our online renewal page, please check your spam folder first.  If you need any additional assistance, please call Susan Lewis in the farm office at 978.356.5728

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Appleton CSA Final Week of 2016 (Hiatus Week- 21)

Good morning shareholders,

For some the CSA season has now come to a close. 
For those of you who opted to take the voluntary hiatus, welcome to the final week of the CSA. Can't remember if you signed up for the hiatus week? Email appletonfarms@thetrustees.org to ask Susan or Ashley.

I'm pleased to be able to say that we will have a more extensive share this week than we would have been able to provide to all of you way back in the first week of August.  At the time it was a bit of a gamble but it paid off.  The structure of the CSA may be a little bit different this week.  Certain items that had been limited with the intention of making sure everyone had an equal chance at an equal share may have those limits relaxed.  Our game plan is and has been to distribute as much food as possible and our hope is that our cooler and all of our storage crops will be completely gone after our very last share room customer this week.  

Although there were certainly low times and high times we hope that your farewells to this season are fond ones and we hope to see you back in the spring.  Remember to renew your CSA membership online and give us a call or shoot us a message if you have any problems or concerns about renewal.  Be sure to check your email for a season wrap up in the coming weeks and to stay abreast of any updates from the CSA.  Stop by the farm to see us this winter for some farm programming fun or just stop by to say hi and grab a warm drink at the Farm Store.

The share:

Carrots
Potatoes
Turnips
Garlic
Scallions
Radishes
Beets
Cabbage
Kale/Collards
Greens
Broccoli
Kohlrabi 


As a reminder, we have come up with an alternative to the Appleton Thanksgiving share with the Three River FarmersAlliance share.  If you haven’t all ready grabbed a flyer from the desk in the share room, make sure to check it out!  You can sign up by filling out the form at the bottom of the flyer then either handing it in to Ashley or by writing “Appleton” on your form and mailing it to the address listed.  Don’t forget to include your payment along with your form.  Checks can be made out to Three River Farmers Alliance.   You can pick up your Thanksgiving share on Monday November 21st between the hours of 1pm and 3pm in the Appleton CSA barn.

Renewals for the 2017 Appleton Farms CSA are now open for current CSA members.  Primary shareholders received an email containing a link for signups on Tuesday, October 18th.  If your primary shareholder has not received this email please contact Susan, our CSA Coordinator, at appletonfarmsCSA@thetrustees.org or 978.356.5728 ext.  4110. 

Upcoming Programs:
Sweet as Pie Culinary Workshop  | Saturday, November 19th - Two sessions- 10AM and 3PM
Its pie time and we have you covered for the Thanksgiving holiday. Join us in the farm kitchen as we learn all the basics for making delicious country-style pies including techniques on tender homemade pie crust, rolling & assembly, and proper baking.…..all while keeping it fun, simple, and stress-free. Workshop includes hands-on preparation of 3 different pies and each participant will take home one unbaked 9” deep dish pie (apple variety) to pop in the freezer and bake fresh for the holiday table! Warm pie will be enjoyed with coffee and tea at the end of the workshop. (recipes may include Rustic Caramel Apple Pie and Pear & Ginger Pie) BYOB or wine.



Farming in the First Period with PeterCook  | Sunday, November 20th 4PM
Farming, together with fishing, was the lifeblood of the first settlers. They brought English seeds, animals and farming methods to the new colony, but had to adapt them to the environment. Peter Cook will compare English agriculture (plantings in long straight lines produced by plows) with the mound agriculture of Native Americans produced by hoes. He will illustrate the farm animals brought over, mainly cattle and pigs, and how they were kept, used and shared among the colonists. He will illustrate the different crops, the enclosures and fences. The agriculture of the First Period was distinctive then and is fascinating now.
Presented by the Ipswich Historical Commission with The Trustees as part of the annual Thanksgiving celebration, "Ipswich is First…Period."

Peter Cook is a nationally recognized expert on colonial agriculture. During his long career, Peter has served as chief curator of Plimoth Plantation, administrative director of Historic New England, and chief curator of the Bennington Museum. At Plimoth he established a program to breed early species of livestock. Today, Peter is a professor in the graduate program at Lesley University.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Appleton CSA Week 20 (October 24-28th)

Good morning shareholders,

We have lots to tell you about the share, field updates, and renewals so we will keep the farm news brief this week.  This Sunday, we'd love to see you at our final Down on the Farm: Fall Concert with Rust Never Sleeps.  There will be a pumpkin contest, trick or treating for kids, food trucks, beer and wine, and of course, great music.  The fun begins at 4pm and all the info can be found right here.

We are thrilled to announce that Liz Green has joined the Trustees Agriculture Team, stepping into the statewide Vegetable & CSA Program Manager role.  Liz has been farming since 2008, and has worked on a variety of vegetable farms in Eastern Massachusetts, including our own Powisset and Moraine Farms. She was most recently the Farm Manager at Three Sisters Farm in Ipswich, which she helped launch from scratch. Liz brings her deep knowledge about farming as well as a strong connection to the North Shore community.  She will be working with Ryan and all of our CSA Managers across the state to support the farms, farmers, and the CSA programs.  Liz will have her office at Appleton so you'll be sure to see her in the share room throughout the season.

The Share:
Kale/Collards
Chard
Beets
Turnips
Potatoes
Greens
Carrots
Radishes
Cabbage
Garlic

Field Updates:
As we mentioned in our mid week update, share renewals are now live for the 2017 CSA season.  If you are a primary shareholder you should have received an email with a link to our signup page at this point.  Please contact Susan in the office at 978.356.5728 ext. 4110 if you haven’t received the email yet or if you have any questions about the renewal process.  Although we are coming to the end of an extremely challenging season, we have done everything possible to build momentum in the share room over the last several weeks and I expect that next week, our final week of share for those who weren’t able to take the summer hiatus, will be one of our very best.  There is no denying that part of becoming a CSA member is assuming some share of the risk that comes with farming.  Over the years we have seen bumper crops and crop failures but this is the first season that we have seen crop failures on such a level.    Now that we are aware of how dicey things can get, it would be difficult not to perceive our shared risk more acutely than ever before.  I would not try to downplay this risk in order to convince our shareholders to sign on for another season, rather I would like focus on the steps we took to shield our members from the worst of the drought and how hard we worked to turn a tough situation around and end on a high note.  I can’t promise that next season will be perfect but I can promise that we will work just as hard and give everything we have to make next year as great as it possibly can be. Food for thought as you consider renewing.

In the fields we are chipping away at all the usual fall tasks: collecting various pieces of equipment and tools that have become dispersed around the fields, rounding up irrigation parts and frost clothe, removing drip tape and taking down trellising.  We are still very busy with the harvest and each week provides fewer and fewer daylight hours to work with but little by little the farm is being prepared for its winter slumber.  This week we began planting the garlic, a task I love dearly and have written about at length in years past.  It has been so warm that I’m a little nervous the garlic might put on too much top growth before winter sets in but this would only be a minor set back.  

Construction on a new greenhouse began today.  This is a project that has conceptually been in the works for at least 3 years but only became a reality in the last couple of months.  The new 30x60ft structure has been desperately needed to solve some work flow and space issues that have handicapped our greenhouse seeding efforts (especially in the early spring).  The most obvious benefit to the CSA that I can think to mention is that we will be able to seed, and therefore transplant and eventually harvest, our tomatoes much earlier than in the past few years.  I will probably write about this project at much greater length in the future but for now let me offer a deep and heartfelt thank you to Gerry Bouvier, the project manager, for bringing our greenhouse dreams to waking life.

As promised in last week’s blog post, we have come up with an alternative to the Appleton Thanksgiving share with the Three River FarmersAlliance share.  If you haven’t all ready grabbed a flyer from the desk in the share room, make sure to check it out!  You can sign up by filling out the form at the bottom of the flyer then either handing it in to Ashley or by writing “Appleton” on your form and mailing it to the address listed.  Don’t forget to include your payment along with your form.  Checks can be made out to Three River Farmers Alliance.   You can pick up your Thanksgiving share on Monday November 21st between the hours of 1pm and 3pm in the Appleton CSA barn.

Upcoming Programs:
Thanksgiving on the Farm Culinary Workshop  | Sunday, November 13th 4PM

Jazz up your traditional holiday table with updated classics and helpful tips for keeping this special holiday simple & stress-free.  We’ll talk turkey, covering tips on safe handling, roasting, stuffing, and carving while preparing a full menu including homemade stuffing and dishes such as Mushroom & Sourdough Stuffing, Apple-Roasted Vegetables with Pancetta & Thyme, Farm Potato & Celery Root Gratin and Spiced Pumpkin Trifle…..all sure to be a big hit with family and friends.  Our workshop ends with our very own Thanksgiving celebration in the farmhouse dining room.  Hands-on cooking, experienced chef instruction, & printed recipes included. BYOB or wine. Members: $72. Nonmembers: $90


Sweet as Pie Culinary Workshop  | Saturday, November 19th - Two sessions- 10AM and 3PM
Its pie time and we have you covered for the Thanksgiving holiday. Join us in the farm kitchen as we learn all the basics for making delicious country-style pies including techniques on tender homemade pie crust, rolling & assembly, and proper baking.…..all while keeping it fun, simple, and stress-free. Workshop includes hands-on preparation of 3 different pies and each participant will take home one unbaked 9” deep dish pie (apple variety) to pop in the freezer and bake fresh for the holiday table! Warm pie will be enjoyed with coffee and tea at the end of the workshop. (recipes may include Rustic Caramel Apple Pie and Pear & Ginger Pie) BYOB or wine.

Farming, together with fishing, was the lifeblood of the first settlers. They brought English seeds, animals and farming methods to the new colony, but had to adapt them to the environment. Peter Cook will compare English agriculture (plantings in long straight lines produced by plows) with the mound agriculture of Native Americans produced by hoes. He will illustrate the farm animals brought over, mainly cattle and pigs, and how they were kept, used and shared among the colonists. He will illustrate the different crops, the enclosures and fences. The agriculture of the First Period was distinctive then and is fascinating now.
Presented by the Ipswich Historical Commission with The Trustees as part of the annual Thanksgiving celebration, "Ipswich is First…Period."

Peter Cook is a nationally recognized expert on colonial agriculture. During his long career, Peter has served as chief curator of Plimoth Plantation, administrative director of Historic New England, and chief curator of the Bennington Museum. At Plimoth he established a program to breed early species of livestock. Today, Peter is a professor in the graduate program at Lesley University.



Monday, October 17, 2016

2017 CSA Renewals

Reserve your spot - Renew today!
Appleton Farms
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program

Renewals for the 2017 Appleton Farms CSA are now open for current CSA members.  Primary shareholders should receive an email containing a link for signups on Tuesday, October 18th.  If your primary shareholder has not received this email please contact Susan, our CSA Coordinator, at appletonfarmsCSA@thetrustees.org or 978.356.5728 ext.  4110.

Each fall, we offer our current shareholders first priority for renewing their share. After that time, share offerings will be opened up to our waitlist.  Returning CSA shareholders who have not renewed by January 16, 2017 will not be guaranteed a spot for the 2017 CSA season.

The cost of the 2017 Appleton Farms CSA will remain at $650 for the season.  The CSA will run for 20 weeks, starting the week of June 12, 2017 and ending the week of October 23, 2017.


Continuing our policy of reduced paper waste, signups will only be available online this year.  Please check your email for the link.  If you require in person assistance with signups you may come to the farm office between 9 and 4 during the week or come to the CSA barn on November 21st between the hours of 1pm and 3pm (during the Thanksgiving share pickup).  Susan is also available by phone at 978.356.5728 ext. 4110 to answer any questions you might have about the signup process.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Appleton CSA Week 19

The scheduled CSA season will end on OCTOBER 28th with the hiatus make up week immediately following.
The Share:
Bok Choi
Kale/Collards
Cabbage
Greens
Onions
Potatoes
Garlic
Carrots
Turnips
Beets
Peppers
Radishes
Updates
Usually at this time of the year we are in the middle of selling our Thanksgiving/fall shares but this year is a little different.  The Thanksgiving share has traditional been a way to supplement our late season revenue and to distribute any surplus we have left after the main season CSA has ended.  With such a challenging summer we began distributing many of our fall crops earlier than expected, leaving us with little expectation of a surplus.  It was a painful decision but we realized that there would not be a fair way to satisfy both our main season CSA customers and provide for the Thanksgiving share.  As such we have decided not to carry out our plans for an Appleton fall share this season.  For those of you who were really counting on and looking forward to the Thanksgiving share, I have been looking into alternative options which I hope to make available in the share room next week.  Be sure to speak with Ashley or one of the shopkeepers if you are interested in learning more.
In the fields our fall crops continue to mature at a snails pace.  We harvested the first of our fall broccoli today and got some absolutely gorgeous crowns but the vast majority of the field is still slowly sizing up.  With only two more weeks of the regularly scheduled season it is clear that not everything is going to reach the level of maturity that we might hope for.  Instead of giving up on these crops we are going to attempt harvesting many of them at “baby” size.  This way all our hard work planting and caring for these crops won’t be wasted and our members will get to enjoy exceptionally delicate and tender variations of their favorite veggies.  Look  for baby beets, baby carrots, baby fennel and many others in the share over the next couple weeks.
After narrowly avoiding two or three "killing" frosts we were finally hit with the big one in the early hours of Saturday morning.  We have been incredibly fortunate to have had such a long and productive season for tomatoes and peppers.  With each near miss killing frost we were given another chance to harvest absolutely everything we could from our tomatoes and peppers.  As a result we have a nice little stock pile of these crops for the CSA.  Even with out best efforts we were not able to get absolutely everything.  There are a few small green tomatoes still out on the vines with an even smaller numbers of red tomatoes mixed in.  As the farm crew slowly cleans up this field over the course of next week, CSA members are welcome to come and try to glean these remaining tomatoes.  I can't guarantee the conditions or quantity of the tomatoes out there but you are welcome to them.  Speak with Ashley in the share room for details if you are interested.

 Upcoming Farm Programs

Autumn is here, come enjoy the beauty of the season by joining us in some fun fall activities here at Appleton. Check out our programs, concerts, workshops and tours this October!

Fall Happenings at Appleton Farms

Rise & Shine: Little Farmers Saturday, October 22nd 9-10 am

Have you ever collected warm eggs from the chicken coop or seen how fast pigs will run for their morning helping of scraps? This Saturday morning program brings families behind the scenes of our working farm. You’ll meet our calves, goats, sheep, pigs & chickens when you help with the morning chores (don’t worry, we will go easy on you!) We learn as we go and take advantage of whatever lesson the day has to offer. We conclude our farm adventure with a seasonal farm story. Please note, you only need to register one ticket per family (six or more in a family should register for two families).
Weather: This program runs rain or shine so please dress appropriately as there is always an outdoor component. In the event of lighting, we will cancel. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch or stop by our Dairy Store to grab some goodies and spend your day on the farm. We have picnic tables, bathrooms, water, and plenty of stroller friendly walking paths for you to enjoy!

Down on the Farm: Fall Concert Series Sunday October 16th 4-7 pm

Join us for fall concerts in the Stone Paddock! This family-friendly concert will offer live music from Soul Rebel Project. Food will be available for purchase from Boston Burger Company and CopperDome Crust Pizza. Beer and Wine will be available for purchase from Ipswich Ale and Old Planters Brewing. Or bring your own picnic! Enjoy our lawn games, meet our animals, and enjoy a gorgeous fall evening on the farm. Gate opens at 4pm, concert begins at 5pm. Sorry no dogs or byob.
No pre-registration required. Cash accepted at the gate. Bring your own lawn chairs.

Pasture to Plate: Cheese Making Tour Saturday, October 22nd, 3:30-4:30 pm

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.

From Cultures to Rinds: Cheese Making Funadamentals Saturday, October 22nd, 10am - 12pm

Our cheese making classes are back!  Join 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 cheese making, make your own mozzarella and ricotta to take home, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of our dairy operation and cheese cave.  Pre-registration required.
This event is part of the Appleton Cooks! program. For more information about Appleton Cooks! and similar events please click here.

Down on the Farm: Fall Concert Series with Pumpkin Contest and Children's Farmyard Trick or Treat Sunday, October 23rd, 4-7pm

The fall concert will take place among your creative pumpkin creations!  Bring your carved pumpkin and place it on the stone wall surrounding the concert. We will light all the pumpkins as the sun goes down for all to enjoy. Participants can vote for the "best of" in a number of categories and winners will be announced that evening.  Kids can wear their non-scary costumes and will receive candy during the farmyard costume parade.
This family-friendly concert will offer music by Rust Never Sleeps, a Neil Young Retrospetive.  Food will be available for purchase from Gabi's Smoke Shake and CopperDome Crust Pizza. Beer and Wine will be available for purchase from Ipswich Ale and Old Planters Brewing. Or bring your own picnic. Enjoy our lawn games, meet our animals, and enjoy a gorgeous fall evening on the farm. Gate opens at 4pm, concert begins at 5pm.Sorry no dogs or byob.
No pre-registration required. Cash accepted at the gate. Bring your own lawn chairs.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Appleton CSA Week 18 (October 10th-15th)

Good morning shareholders,

We had another slight frost on Thursday morning.  Everything came through it fine once again but each night the lows seem to dip a little closer to the danger zone.  Since the weather hasn’t exactly favored us this year we have taken all the precautions we can think of.  Today we began picking all of our peppers and tomatoes, red or green, to stock up in the event of a surprise cold snap.  Right now the weekend weather looks reasonably good but all it takes is one hard frost to completely finish our summer crops.  I have been anxiously surveying our broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi and spinach to see when these crops might be ready for harvest.  As the days grow shorter it is amazing how much crop maturation slows down.  The broccoli is hardly larger than it was at the beginning of the week.  Even fast growing spinach seems to be taking forever to reach a harvestable size.  I’m still optimistic that all of these crops will make it into the share over the next several weeks but I’m sure we all wish they would hurry up about it.

The last week of share pick up begins Monday, October 24th unless you signed up for the hiatus week, in which case, your last week of pick up will be the week of October 31st.  Not sure what you chose to do? Check in with Ashley in the share room this week.

We are open for Monday/Tuesday pick up on Columbus Day.


The Share:

Onions
Garlic
Squash
Potatoes
Turnips
Greens
Radishes
Carrots
Kale/Collards
Peppers
Tomatoes
PYO Gleaning

Upcoming Events and Programs:

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.   We're also looking for volunteers to lend a hand with various event needs- volunteer and you and your family come for free.  Interested? Email Marc at mmahan@thetrustees.org

October 9th: will feature classic rock music by Decades of Rock and food by Gabi’s Smoke Shack BBQ truck.  (Weather isn't looking good, but a decision will be made by 9AM.  Check our facebook page @appletonfarms for weather cancellations)


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


Pumpkin and Squash: Crop to Kitchen Culinary Workshop: October 27th 6PM-9PM
Oct                  These popular crop-specific workshops highlight the foods & flavors of the season!  Kabocha, Sugar Dumplin, Buttercup, Spaghetti, Blue Hubbard and more….this workshop explores the many varieties of pumpkins and sweet winter squash and their unique textures & tastes for delicious results in the kitchen! Everything from roasting to stewing to safe knife skills, we’ll prepare a full menu including both savory and sweet dishes using the harvest from our own fields.  Recipes will include:

Roasted Delicata Salad with Warm Honey-Lemon Dressing
Porchetta with Cider, Shallots, & Red Kuri
Spaghetti Squash & Basil Gratin
Sugar Pumpkin Crème Brulee
Hands-on cooking, experienced farm chef instruction, printed recipes, and a fantastic dinner in the old farmhouse!  BYOB or wine. Members: $72. Nonmembers: $90

From Cultures to Rinds: Cheese Making Fundamentals: October 22nd  at 10AM.
Our cheese making classes are back!  Join 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 cheese making, make your own mozzarella and ricotta to take home, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of our dairy operation and cheese cave.  Pre-registration required. Members: $60. Nonmembers: $75. Register at www.thetrustees.org