Appleton Farms Announces New Appleton Cooks! Program

Hands-On Culinary Workshops, Farm-to-Table Gatherings, and Family-Style Dinners featuring Appleton Farm’s Fresh Veggies, Beef, and Dairy Products

Contact Information

Appleton Farms Media Contact:
Holly Hannaway
Communications & Marketing Coordinator
The Trustees of Reservations
Phone: 781.307.5707

Appleton Cooks!

Ipswich, MAMay 21, 2013 – The Trustees of Reservations is pleased to announce the launch of new food-and-farm-based program, Appleton Cooks! The year-round program offers a diverse selection of hands-on culinary workshops and classes as well as farm-to-table dinners and family-style gatherings. Appleton Cooks! is based out of Appleton Farms’ state-of-the-art farmhouse kitchen and outdoor workshop in Ipswich, MA. Program highlights include learning to cook seasonal, fresh food from Appleton Farms’ vegetable fields, kitchen garden, dairy operation (including artisanal farmstead cheeses) and grass-based beef operation, as well as produce from other local farms.

Whether it’s a two-hour workshop on the art of pickling or it’s a full day of harvesting from the fields and preparing a seasonal meal alongside professional chef-teachers, Appleton Cooks! promises to deliver skills, inspiration and fun.

Trustees Engagement Program Manager Beth Zschau notes “Appleton Cooks! is a fresh and exciting way to invite the community to roll up their sleeves and dig in to the land and local food at Appleton Farms. Using food produced right at Appleton Farms and other local farms reinforces our commitment to sharing local, sustainable food production with the greater community.”

The early-Summer Appleton Cooks! menu includes an exciting blend of workshops and classes:

Fish Cookery: A Skills-Based Workshop
Wednesday, June 12 | 6–9PM
Join chef teacher Jenn Knight for a wonderful to how-to-cook overview on local whole fish, lobster, shellfish, grilling, filleting, shelling, and then some! From scales to tails, shells to ceviche, and everything in between, this class will cook and enjoy a delicious sea-meets-farm meal.

From the Farm Kitchen: Back Porch Appetizers
Thursday, June 13 | 6–9PM
Join chef-teacher Donna Keegan for an evening of culinary inspiration. Featuring in-season produce, this hands-on workshop will explore fresh-takes on summer appetizers like Spinach and Cheese Palmiers, Beet Lettuce Rolls, and Strawberry and Gorgonzola Chive Bruschetta…just in time for the barbeque and picnicking season! Learn new culinary skills, discover new flavor combinations and recipes, and of course, enjoy tasting the fruits of your labor.

From the Farm Kitchen: Pies and Tarts
Thursday, June 20 | 6–9PM
Join chef-instructor Debbie Powell for a hands-on workshop featuring flakey pie dough and farm-fresh fillings! Participants will prepare a standard pie crust and add seasonal ingredients to make a delicious quiche or a fruit tart. The program culminates as participants sit together to enjoy the variety of tasty pies and tarts.

For a complete list of upcoming programs, to register for a program, and to learn more about Appleton Cooks! visit , email or call the farm at 978.356.5728.

About Appleton Farms
Appleton Farms is one of 109 properties owned and operated by The Trustees of Reservations. The 1,000-acre pastoral landscape encompasses rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, stone walls, extensive forests and historic farm buildings just a mere 25 miles north of Boston. Founded in 1636 by Samuel Appleton and farmed by nine successive generations of Appletons, Appleton Farms is the oldest continuously operating farm in America. Joan Appleton, wife to Colonel Francis R. Appleton, Jr., donated the property to The Trustees in 1998. Over the last 14 years the Trustees has restored much of the farms’centuries-old infrastructure and developed a suite of sustainable agricultural enterprises, including grass-based beef and dairy operations, a 550-share Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and a farm store that sells the farm’s own beef, cheese, milk, and yogurt products. Hundreds of families visit the farm during the growing season and seasonal programs and events draw people of all ages to the farm for hands-on learning opportunities. Appleton Farms is just one of five CSA programs on Trustees farms, all of which are open to the public to visit and explore.

More about The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest, statewide land trust and Massachusetts’ largest conservation organizations. We were founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of scenic, cultural, and natural significance for current and future generations to enjoy. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 110 spectacular reservations located on more than 26,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. Our reservations range from working farms, historic homesteads and gardens, to community parks and barrier beaches, and include five National Historic Landmarks and a National Natural Landmark. Working to engage and activate people and communities in our mission, we offer hundreds of annual outreach programs, workshops, and events for all ages. Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, we are an established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. One of the largest nonprofits in Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 150 full-time, 49 regular part-time, and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in cultural resources, land protection, education, ecology, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out more or to become a member or volunteer, please visit