New this spring, the Trustee's popular Afternoon Adventures program now has a drop-in option on Wednesdays! Bring a friend, pick and choose the days you’d like to attend, or try it out for the first time. This 2.5-hour drop-off program on Wednesday afternoons provides your child with immersive, farm-based play and chores that foster social-emotional learning, wellbeing, and a love of nature. Skilled educators with a flair for fun and a knack for outdoor skills supervise your young farmers as they explore the barnyard, garden, and trails. This entirely-outdoors program uses our historic Carriage Barn (where the goats live!) for shelter in severe weather.
Bring Dad to Appleton Farms on Father’s Day weekend for some local beer, local BBQ and great, live bluegrass music. We’ll have craft breweries on site serving up some cold suds while Fat Belly BBQ serves up fantastic barbecue from their food truck.
Celebrate all things strawberries. The multi-weekend event will feature free live music, outdoor hard cider bar, family-friendly activities, hayrides, food truck, homemade strawberries treats and PYO strawberries. Dates may be shift per weather & berry readiness!
Take a step back in time and enjoy a spring day on the farm. Watch a live sheep shearing demonstration at 11 a.m., and then cheer on the Lowell Nine vs. the Newburyport Clamdiggers at noon. The four teams of the Essex Base Ball Association (the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lowell Base Ball Club, Portsmouth Rockinghams, and the Lynn Live Oaks) play using 1860s rules.
Come to Appleton on the Saturday before Mother’s Day and make your own gifts for all the moms in your life. Or, bring mom with you and make them together! We’ll have a selection of local artisans teaching visitiors how to make a variety of crafts and you will get to take home one from each.
Join The Trustees of Reservations as they host a Mother’s Day picnic brunch at Appleton Farms. Instead of our usual Fire Pit or Pizza Picnics, the day will feature a menu of items specially made in house in our own Farmstead Kitchen by our culinary team, menu to be announced soon.
Over 100,000 tulips are scheduled to bloom at Cider Hill Farm at the end of April through the beginning of May at cider Hill Farm and we you to come pick your own! Pre-sale tickets for cut-your-own tulips are made available as conditions allow so visit the page for the most updated information. All tickets will go live approx. 48 hours in advance. Expect tickets to become available mid-April through early May. Picking will be 7 days a week (weather depending). Early ticket sales are not available.
Is there anything better than good focaccia? In this workshop, participants will learn the necessary skills to mix, shape, proof and bake this classic Italian staple. We will discuss and explore a variety of seasonal toppings, including tips and tricks to get a fluffy focaccia that is also packed with flavor. The main secrets? Stoneground local flour and technique! Class will end with warm focaccia to share and dough to take home.
Join Chef Liz Walkowicz in this lively, hands-on cooking class. Participants will learn how to utilize seasonal ingredients from our farm and other local farmers to create an exciting multi-course meal. The menu changes seasonally and each class will provide an opportunity for participants to increase their comfort in the kitchen through new knife skills, techniques and flavor profiles. There will be equal parts cooking and eating, so come hungry!
Join The Trustees of Reservations at the farm for a Spring Quiche Culinary Workshop! In this workshop, participants will learn how to make a fluffy, rich quiche using seasonal vegetables from the farm and local dairy from our partners. Learn the secrets to a sturdy crust and a perfectly set interior. Class will end with quiche to share and a recipe packet to take home!
Wednesday, May 25
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