Appleton Farms Announces Farmstead Cheese & Butter Now For Sale in the Dairy Store

Contact Information

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

Ipswich, MASeptember 27, 2012 – The Trustees of Reservations announced today that Appleton Farms, the nation’s oldest working farm, is producing and selling their own cheeses and butter made from the milk of their registered jersey herd. The new dairy products are for sale in the dairy store, along with the farms milk, beef and eggs and other locally sourced products. The farm completed the construction and permitting process for their on-site dairy plant, located in the old bull barn behind the dairy barn, in mid-September.

Appleton Farms DairyInspired by the lush pastures and historic buildings at the farm, new dairy products include: Great Pasture Pub Cheese - a simple yet delicious spreadable cheese, Briar Hill Butter – barrel churned and hand packed, so good you’ll want to spread the butter on butter, and Jimmy’s Barn Ricotta – fresh, light and creamy, not just for lasagna! Yogurt will follow in the coming weeks, along with two ripened cheeses: a triple-cream St. Andre-style cheese and an aged cheddar.

Founded in 1636, Appleton Farms was, for generations, at the forefront of the New England dairy industry, introducing dairy breeds from England to the United States, including Jersey and Guernsey. The farm was donated to the Trustees of Reservations by the Appleton family in 1998, with a primary goal of educating and engaging the public through sustainable, local agriculture. The sale of the dairy products marks an important milestone towards achieving that goal while also revitalizing the unparalleled dairy legacy at Appleton Farms.

Director David Beardsley reports, “After more than a year of dairy plant construction, planning and permitting, we are excited to have a fully functioning retail dairy operation that offers more locally produced food to the North Shore community. What lies ahead promises to be one of our best stories ever at the farm – local dairy products made at the farm, for sale at the farm, from the milk of cows raised and grazed at the farm. For years, staff and volunteers have worked hard to deliver on this promise of farmstead dairy products. We think you’ll find our cheeses and butter worth the wait. And, just in time for the holiday season!”

To visit the farm, enter the farm off of Route 1A (219 County Road) in Ipswich. For more information call 978.356.3825 (dairy store) or 978.356.5728 (office), or email To learn more about the dairy operation visit the website at or join us on Saturday’s at 3PM for our Meet the Cows program. (The program meets at the Visitor Center. Trustees Members: $4; Nonmembers: $5.)

Monday–Friday, 11AM–6PM;
Saturday & Sunday, 10AM–4PM

About Grass-Based Dairy Farming at Appleton Farms
Appleton Farms’ 40-cow grass-based dairy continues centuries-old traditions at Appleton Farms. The herd consists of registered jersey cows (a breed that the Appleton family introduced to North America), chosen for their efficient grazing and high-quality milk suitable for producing farmstead dairy products. The operation is supported by a tie-stall milking barn, a heifer barn, loafing sheds, a dairy processing plant and 500 acres of fields.

The dairy operation aims to improve soil quality through management practices that reduce soil erosion, recycle nutrients, and respect the ecological integrity of the surrounding environment. Rotational grazing management techniques allow grasses to recover between grazing, creating high quality feed throughout the growing season. This simultaneously ensures the health of both pasture and livestock while reducing the farms dependence on chemical fertilizers and machinery. The goal of the operation is to demonstrate and educate the public about economically viable, environmentally sound and sustainable local food models.

About Appleton Farms
Appleton Farms is one of 108 properties owned and operated by The Trustees of Reservations. Rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, stone walls, extensive forests and historic farm buildings are part of Appleton Farms’ 1,000-acre pastoral landscape that sits a mere 25 miles north of Boston. Founded in 1636 by Samuel Appleton and farmed by nine successive generations of Appleton’s, Appleton Farms is the oldest continuously operating farm in America. Colonel Francis R. Appleton, Jr. and his wife, Joan, donated the property to The Trustees in 1998. Over the last 14 years The Trustees restored the farms’ centuries-old infrastructure and developed a suite of sustainable agricultural enterprises, including grass-based beef and dairy operations, a dairy store, and a 550-share Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The farm manages more than 12 miles of trails ideal for recreation, has a year-round visitor center and dairy store, and offers a suite of year-round farm-based education workshops, special events and volunteer opportunities for adults, families and children.

About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest, statewide land conservation organization founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust,” and care for properties of scenic, cultural and natural significance for current and future generations to enjoy. Supported by members, donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 108 spectacular “reservations” (over 20 of which are on Boston’s north shore) located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts. The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, green communities locally and around the state by providing hundreds of year-round programs, events and engagement opportunities for all ages. Most property entry fees, programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members. Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. To find out more about membership, volunteer, job and other engagement opportunities with The Trustees visit