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Strawberry Workshop at Appleton Farm

Come to Appleton Farms in Ipswich for this strawberry culinary workshop! Photo ©Bill O'Connor

It’s Strawberry season here on the farm and we’re celebrating the arrival of this favorite crop by cooking up all things strawberry in the kitchen!  Our workshop begins with a brief walk out to the fields (weather permitting), learning more about berries while sampling and harvesting some for our class.  We’ll then head to the kitchen to prepare a delicious menu of sweet & savory strawberry recipes while covering traditional cooking skills and techniques along the way.  Class includes hands-on cooking, professional chef instruction, printed recipes, and a ‘strawberry celebration’ dinner at the end of the evening.  BYOB beer & wine allowed. 

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Sunday, June 27, 2018 2-5pm
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Kids in the Kitchen: Preschool Farm Explorers

Join Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts for a kids in the kitchen session for preschoolers and try out some delicious kid-friendly recipes with ingredients right from the farm!

Join Appleton Farms for a kids in the kitchen session for preschoolers and try out some delicious kid-friendly recipes with ingredients right from the farm! Each week we’ll practice our cooking skills and make something tasty together. While our creations bake, cool or simmer we’ll pass the time with a fun farm craft. Recipes will include: Bread & Butter, No-Bake Granola Bars, Farm Frittata, and Home Made Apple Sauce. Please pre-register. Fee covers one adult and child. Younger siblings are welcome with an additional fee of $24/$30 for member/nonmembers.

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Wednesdays, November 7, 14 & 28, 2018 9:30-10:30AM
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 9:30-10:30AM
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Families in the Farm Kitchen: Cheese Making

Families will learn to make farm fresh cheeses at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA

Cooking together and having fun in the kitchen makes our farm family happy and we want to share that enthusiasm for cooking with you. With the help of our cheesemaker we will make a batch of fresh farm cheese while we learn about how our cows turn green grass to creamy, nutritious milk. Afterwords we'll enjoy the sweet fruits of our labor together. This program is designed for families with children ages 5-10.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 1:30-2:30pm
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April Vacation: Bread and Butter Making

Kids will learn to make farm fresh bread and butter at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA

Cooking together and having fun in the kitchen makes our farm family happy and we want to share that enthusiasm for cooking with you. We will make homemade rolls and top them with freshly made Jersey butter. We will learn about how our cows turn green grass to creamy, nutritious milk, then enjoy the sweet fruits of our labor together. This program is designed for families with children ages 4-7 (but younger kids are welcome if you can give a helping hand). 

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Saturday, April 13, 2019 10-12pm
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Kids in the Kitchen: Bread and Butter Making

Kids will learn to make farm fresh bread and butter at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA

Cooking together and having fun in the kitchen makes our farm family happy and we want to share that enthusiasm for cooking with you. We will make homemade rolls and top them with freshly made Jersey butter. We will learn about how our cows turn green grass to creamy, nutritious milk, then enjoy the sweet fruits of our labor together.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020 9:30-11pm
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Family Truffle Making Workshop

Families will learn the art of truffle making at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts

Cooking together and having fun in the kitchen makes our farm family happy and we want to share that enthusiasm for cooking with you. Celebrate your love of chocolate with the whole family! Satisfy all your wildest cravings and share a sweet moment with friends, family or a significant other making chocolate side-by-side.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020 10-11:30pm
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DROP IN Preschool Farm Explorers

Farm Explorers is a great way for preschoolers to explore Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!

Spring is here, the plants are blooming, and the farmers are busy! We invite your little farmers to experience life at the farm as they explore the farmstead harvesting, hiking, and playing. Through farm “chores,” such as collecting eggs, brushing rabbits, and other age appropriate hands on activities, stories, and adventures, little farmers will become fully immersed in what life is like for a farmer. Each session will last 1 hour and will have a different theme such as “what plants need to grow.”

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Thursdays June 9, 16 & 23, 2022 10-11am
Thursdays July 14, 21 & 28, 2022 10-11am
Thursdays August 11, 18, 25, 2022 10-11am
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Wee Farmers at Appleton Farms

Wee Farmers at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts. Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor

Wee Farmers is designed for our 3-5 year old friends who want to explore the farm, meet our animals, and get a taste of what Farm Camp is like at Appleton! You’ll get to dig into life on the farm and lend a helping hand brushing our goats, feeding our bunnies, making butter and taste testing in the education garden! Learn about how we grow our vegetables and see how good your senses are with Harvest Blanket. Meet our cows and learn how we milk them. We’ll start our morning with a quick craft before venturing out for some farm discovery and nature exploration.

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Monday-Friday through August 2019 9-10:30am
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Flower Crown Making at Cider Hill Farm

Make your own flower crown at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury Massachusetts

Come to Cider Hill Farm to create your own crowns with floral expert, Magnolia Blooms. Begin by cutting your own 6 stems in the garden. Take blooms to the nearby flower tent to create your own crown! Come anytime from 10 - 12. Demos will run every 15 min. Leave with your own custom crown and know-how to make crowns at home!

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Saturday, August 14, 2021 10am-Noon
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Father’s Day Weekend Pizza, Beer, BBQ & Bluegrass

Fathers Day BBQ, Beer and Bluegrass at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts

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.

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Saturday, June 18, 2022 12-5pm
Sunday, June 19, 2022 12-5pm
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Sports Camps, Speciality Camps, Day Camps in Danvers MA

Babson Farm Quarry Self-guided Walking Tour at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Take a self guided tour at one of Massachusetts most beautiful locations!
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Summertime Birding for Families

Kids will learn more about our local birds and how to identify them at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport Massachusetts
Want to learn more about our local birds and how to identify them? Joppa Flats education interns will take you on an easy walk and introduce you to a variety of birds, from egrets and herons in the salt marsh, to ducks and shorebirds along the river, to songbirds and hummingbirds at our feeders. We...
8:00 am to 9:30 am

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Kids Sail Free on Schooner Adventure!

Schooner Adventure in Gloucester Massachusetts announces free sailing for kids in 2022!
Schooner Adventure in Gloucester Massachusetts announces free sailing for kids in 2022!* Sail into history on Gloucester's flagship vessel, a National Historic Landmark and icon of the American fisheries. Enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour sail on historic Gloucester Harbor, America's oldest fishing port...
11:00 am

Farmhouse Wood-Fired at Appleton Farms

Join the Trustees at Farmhouse Wood-Fired every Friday through Sunday, throughout the summer and fall. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for a perfect wood-fired dining experience surrounded by the idyllic beauty of Appleton Farms. The menu will change weekly, featuring local and seasonal...
12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Edible Science at Salem Public Library

Weekly food based science sessions for kids 5 and up at Salem Public Library.
Science you can eat! Make your own ice cream, fizzy soda, and more! Open to children ages 5+. Weather permitting, this program will be held outside, so please dress for summer sunshine!
3:30 pm

Summer Concert Series at The Stevens-Coolidge Place

Stevens-Coolidge Estate hosts the Notch Travelling Bier Garden weekly on Fridays for their Summer Concert Series in North Andover Massachusetts
Join us for our summer concerts in the gardens. We’ll have Notch Brewing biergarten and a local food truck for you to enjoy while soaking in the act of the evening. This is a BYO chair event, we also recommend bug spray.
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

DJ Beach Party at Salisbury Beach

Salisbury Beach Summer Beach Party every Friday through the Summer.
Friday nights all summer long, don’t miss family fun starting at 7:15 PM on the Salisbury Beach stage! It’s a night full of oldies music on the beach with DJ Ralphie B, including doo wop, Motown, and more. Special guest vocalist appearances make for an unforgettable performance of classic hits!
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 20

Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Join Thbe Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Saturdays and Sundays.
Ready to try your hand at being a farmhand? Join us for our unique Family Farm Chores program held on Saturdays and Sundays! Get on your muck boots: your whole family will get to be farmers together! After learning all about our dairy herd, you can help care for baby chicks, feed our bunnies, visit...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Kids Sail Free on the Schooner Lannon

Kids ride free on the 10:30am Saturday Cruise on the Lannon through Summer
Schooner Thomas E. Lannon is a fixture on the Gloucester Harbor vista throughout the day in the warm months, but to really experience the Lannon, you need to come aboard and go for a cruise!  Sail and see lighthouses, castles, scenic beaches, and magnificent waterfront homes.
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Science Saturdays with Marisa

Science Saturdays at the Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester Massachusetts!
Sawyer Free Library invites kids to Spend Saturday morning at the Library with Miss Marisa!  We explore fun facts and science topics every other week through sensory play, stories, music and movement.
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Long Hill Garden Tours

Tour the Spring Gardens at the Trustees of Reservations Long Hill Gardens in Beverly, Massachusetts!
The Trustees of Reservations invite you to tour the gardens at Long Hill Gardens in Beverly, Massachusetts! Join our expert guides for a tour around Long Hill’s stunning Sedgwick Gardens and learn more about the special plants it’s most known for. In addition to learning about what plants are in...
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Kids Sail Free on Schooner Adventure!

Schooner Adventure in Gloucester Massachusetts announces free sailing for kids in 2022!
Schooner Adventure in Gloucester Massachusetts announces free sailing for kids in 2022!* Sail into history on Gloucester's flagship vessel, a National Historic Landmark and icon of the American fisheries. Enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour sail on historic Gloucester Harbor, America's oldest fishing port...
11:00 am

Farmhouse Wood-Fired at Appleton Farms

Join the Trustees at Farmhouse Wood-Fired every Friday through Sunday, throughout the summer and fall. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for a perfect wood-fired dining experience surrounded by the idyllic beauty of Appleton Farms. The menu will change weekly, featuring local and seasonal...
12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Befriend the Barnyard

Befriend the Barnyard is a great chance to get close to our Appleton Farms stars in a relaxed and educational setting.
Come play with Angora rabbits Violet and Vanilla, Nubian goats Merlin, Maeve, Morgan, and Mordred, and our friendly flock of heritage chickens! Befriend the Barnyard is a hands-on barnyard experience that lets you and your family approach our barnyard buddies under the guidance of a professional...
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Teen Naturalist Training at Joppa Flats

Join Mass Audubon for a volunteer training opportunity for teens at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport Massachusetts!
Are you a young person who loves being outdoors, cares about the environment, and wants to share your knowledge with others? Take your first step toward becoming a Teen Naturalist volunteer with these trainings. You'll work with our staff and other youth exploring local habitats, collecting...
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Free Carousel Rides at Salisbury Beach

Free Carousel Day at Salisbury Beach Massachusetts
Salisbury Beach celebrates National Free Carousel Day with free rides! Free Rides from 5-10PM, Live music from Freevolt at 7:30PM, and Beachfront Fireworks at 10:15PM! Enter the drawing for a chance to win a Summer Fun Beach Prize!
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Summer Concert Series at Stage Fort Park

Compaq Big Badn is just one of the perfromers in the Summer Concert Series at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester Massachusetts!
The Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series is back with live music and a new venue location!  The weekly Thursday night concerts will be held at Stage Fort Park’s Antonio Gentile Bandstand Starting at 7pm.  Check out the 2022 program line-up:
7:00 pm
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