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Appleton Farms in Hamilton and Ipswich is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the United States. Established in 1638 by a land grant to Samuel Appleton, it is the oldest working farm in Massachusetts, and at 1,000 acres, one of the largest. Perhaps more importantly, the farm preserves a bucolic, pastoral landscape, agricultural traditions, and historic farm buildings that are rapidly disappearing in the eastern part of the state.
To connect people with the rich history of farming at Appleton, a vegetable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program was established in 2002. Vegetable CSA members buy a share of the produce grown each season and share in the risks and rewards of farming, taking home a rich bounty of fresh produce, flowers and other farm products each week during the summer and fall. The 100 shares available in the first year sold out in two weeks. Today, we grow 600 shares. We are currently sold out and accepting new members on our waitlist only. We invite you to use the links to the right to join the waitlist and learn more about Appleton Farms and our vegetable Community Supported Agriculture program.
Launched in 2016, the Trustees meat CSA runs from fall to spring and offers sustainably-raised, grass-fed and pastured meats from Trustees farms. CSA shares include beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, as well as an add-on option for eggs. The meat CSA is being offered for the first time at Appleton during the 2017/2018 season, and shares are still available. For more information and to sign-up, please visit: www.thetrustees.org/meatcsa.