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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Week 17 - Crisp Mornings

It’s hard not to enjoy the crisp mornings and beautiful days this time of year. I find the light at sunrise and sunset to be most striking in fall, with vibrant colors and shadows. It’s certainly put me in the mood to clean up and prep for winter. This week we continue to put fields to rest for the year. We pulled stakes out of the tomatoes, tilled in the peppers, and put down more cover crop seed. All the potatoes are harvested now and we seeded the last round of greens and spinach for the year. The early planted cover crops have grown leaps and bounds, and are a wonderful sight, alive in green as autumn settles in around us.

Sign up for our Winter CSA!

A typical share features a mix of storage crops like winter squash, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, beets, onions, garlic, popcorn, and fresh vegetables like head lettuce, kale, spinach, and arugula. The three pickups, which feature quite a bit more volume than our summer share, are on Fridays 2-6pm in November and December: November 17December 1December 15.

This week the share will include:

Head lettuce
Salad turnips
Rainbow chard
Curly kale
Red onions
Kabocha squash
Green beans - PYO
Sunflowers - PYO
Herbs - PYO

Despite our best efforts to keep a good stash of scissors for the pick your own field, every week many go missing. I’d like to encourage you to bring your own scissors if you plan on picking.

Just a reminder, we only allow one pickup per week but the choice of day is up to you. If you cannot make it for one of the weeks, you can always send a friend to pick up your share for you. Please remember to bring your tote bags! The shareroom is open Monday & Thursday 2-7pmTuesday and Friday 12-5pm

Sunday night Concerts October 8 and 22!

Join us for our annual Down on the Farm 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, 

Bring your own picnic or purchase food from Joe's on a Roll and CopperDome Pizza.  Beer and wine will also be available for purchase from Ipswich Ale and Old Planters Brewing.

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!

Like Cheese?  Learn how to make Mozzarella at home! 

Spend October 7th 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. Sign up at the store or on line here.  

Preschool Farm Explorers 

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 for four sessions. Younger siblings are welcome with an additional fee of $24/$30 for member/nonmembers. Questions?  Email Engagement Manager,  Caroline at

News from the Farm Store

Milk bottling on Wednesday this week. 

Alprilla flour, freshly milled in Essex, is back!   It is fresh and seasonal.   We will be ordering it weekly so let us know if you want a special order.   The flour comes in 2 and 5 pound bags.   Cornmeal will be coming later this fall.  

A&J King breads & pastries are delivered daily Mon-Sat. 
Pure Pastry are freshly baked Thursdays.  Pure Pastry product is refrigerated so keeps well through Saturday. 
We have several new items including toys and puzzles -- great farm related gifts!  

Regular store hours are M-F 11 to 6 and Sat and Sun 10-4. Sometime we may stay open a little later, but generally we close at 6 pm.

Please remember to bring back your glass milk bottles. We generally bottle milk on Wednesday mornings and it is ready in the store on Wednesday mid-afternoon.