Farms & Food

Appleton Private Events

Appleton Farms is an idyllic setting for corporate gatherings, birthday parties, small weddings, or other special events.

Private Event Offerings

Appleton Farms, a one thousand-acre property located on the North Shore of Massachusetts, is known for its preserved New England charm. Spring events will be backdropped by blooming wildflowers, song birds and the deep greens of the working farm. In the fall, the venue will offer cascades of oranges and yellows when the ancient Maple trees that line many of the fields change for the new season. Our pastoral vistas, historic farmhouse, hours of walking trails, and wide variety of programming provide an idyllic setting and immersive experience to celebrate any occasion.

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  • Seasonal and Locally Sourced Food
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  • Parking Details

Private Event Offerings

Fall Special: Wood-Fired Dining Experiences

Decadent, wood-fired pizza is our speciality, but so is cooking with locally sourced food. We partner with you to curate a seasonally inspired, farm-fresh menu that meets your dietary needs and culinary expectations. Our menu changes weekly based on freshly harvested produce from our farm and other locally sourced ingredients.

Culinary Workshops and Private Seasonal Dinners

Join our Culinary Team for our celebrated cooking workshops at Appleton’s historic farmhouse.  Programs can be paired with wine and beer tastings, or a seasonally inspired cocktail hour and dinner. Offerings change monthly and are based on what’s in season at the farm. Recent programs have included Wood-Fired Pizza, Cooking With Fire, Sourdough Baking, and Holiday Pies: Savory and Sweet.

Fire Pit Picnics

Enjoy the sights and sounds of fall and winter on the farm as you make memories around the warmth of a fire pit at Appleton. Your ticket, good for up to 6 people, gets you two hours at one of our fire pits, complete with benches for seating (although you are welcome to bring your own seating as well) and wood for burning. Food will be available to purchase, such as our own wood-fired pizza, homemade artisan pastries, s’mores kits, and more.

Guided Hikes and Walks

Join Appleton Farms staff on any one of our guided walks or hikes and experience an idyllic pastoral property in a number of different ways. Options include Full Moon Hikes, Hikes for Beer, Guided Farm Tours, or hikes that explore the history of the Appleton family and farm through different parts of the cultural and natural landscape, including Pigeon Hill Hike, Hike to the Pinnacles, and Tour the Ruins.

Hayrides

Experience the beautiful scenery, crisp air and changing and vibrant colors of Appleton Farms in the fall as you enjoy a hayride across our idyllic property. Rides journey across the farm and back over approximately 20 minutes with space for up to 16 on a hayride.

Educational Farmyard Programs

On weekends, join our livestock education team for immersive, hands-on, interactive activities in our historic Carriage Barn and our brand-new education garden and farmyard. Options include Family Farm Chores in the morning, Befriend the Barnyard during the afternoon, or Farm to Fork Tours in the evening.

Seasonal and Locally Sourced Food

Our wood-fire pizzas, catered food and culinary cooking experiences use Trustees-grown produce, meat, and eggs. Appleton farms utilizes sustainable strategies to foster better food systems through regenerative farming practices that enhance organic matter, soil fertility, forage quality, and annual crop yields. We employ thoughtful grazing practices that help reduce habitat disruption as well as enhance our landscapes’ carbon storage capacity.

Our flour is sourced from local millers in Hadley, MA, who partner with regenerative grain farmers in CT & NY. The wheat we use is a special blend of hard red Glenn & soft white Harris. This flour is cold stone-milled and lightly sifted to maintain the nutritional benefits of grain, including protein, fiber, antioxidants and trace minerals.

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Parking Details

Where to go when you get here: When you arrive at the farm, bear to the right at the first fork, following the signs for the Farm Offices building. Drive to the end of the driveway and park in the parking lot by the white farmhouse (Farm Offices). If the parking lot is full, please use our overflow parking. Drive back out of the parking lot and park on the right side of the driveway, on the grass, facing in towards the vegetable fields or park at our additional overflow lot at the CSA pickup barn.

Parking Fee:Trustees members always park for free. Nonmember parking fee is $6 weekdays/$10 weekends and holidays.