Lectures & Workshops

Appleton Culinary Program

A year-round program that celebrates the season with hands-on cooking classes, educational experiences, and farm dinners.

Our wood-fired pizza, farmhouse food service, private dining, and culinary workshops all feature 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. We use flour 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.

What Do We Offer?

Culinary Workshops
Gather at our Farmhouse to prepare seasonal recipes with our in-house team of professional chef-instructors and other celebrated food artisans from the region. Classes vary and feature a variety of themes from farm-to-table meals to in-depth workshops on sourdough bread making, savory and sweet pies, herbal tonics or other craft foods and beverages. Whether it’s a quick class or a longer workshop, you’ll go home with new skills and tasty recipes to share with friends and family.”

Upcoming Farmhouse Culinary Workshops  |  October – December

  • Fall Mixology with Privateer Rum on 10/19: Our friends at Privateer Rum, born and raised in Ipswich Mass are hosting a special Halloween-themed mixology series to warm your soul and invigorate your mind with (rum) knowledge.
  • Fall on the Farm on 11/9: Join local chef instructor Jen Murray of the Urban Chef Inc. to learn the secrets to making a delicious multi-course Fall Meal sure to impress!
  • Perfect Pumpkin Pie on 11/10: Join Appleton Baker, Kami Turgeon, to learn the secrets to a perfectly flaky, sturdy pie crust and all the sweet details of making the perfect Pumpkin Pie.
  • Fall Mixology with Privateer Rum on 11/16: Our friends at Privateer Rum, born and raised in Ipswich, Mass are hosting a special Thanksgiving mixology class to warm your soul and invigorate your mind with (rum) knowledge.
  • Holiday Breads and Baked Goods on 12/1: Join our Appleton Farms bakers to learn the secrets to making a delicious holiday breads and baked goods sure to impress!
  • Holiday Menu on 12/7: Join local instructor & chef, Liz Walkowicz, to learn the secrets to making the perfect multi-course Holiday Meal.
  • Holiday Breads and Baked Goods on 12/8: Join our Appleton Farms bakers to learn the secrets to making delightful holiday breads and baked goods.
  • Holiday Breads and Baked Goods on 12/14: Join our Appleton Farms bakers to learn the secrets to making delightful holiday breads and baked goods.
  • Holiday Menu on 12/15: Join local instructor & chef, Liz Walkowicz, to learn the secrets to making the perfect multi-course Holiday Meal.
  • Sourdough Bread Class on 12/29: Join Culinary Program Manager Jess Porter as we explore the versatility of sourdough in its applications including hearth breads, crackers and cookies.

Private Dining and Culinary Workshops
Want to do something different and fun for your next special occasion? Consider booking a private workshop! Your group will work with a professional chef instructor to create a full farm-fresh meal, which you will all enjoy together in the farm dining room or outside on the tented patio. Gain new cooking skills, eat some terrific food, and bond with friends over a shared experience. Not a bad way to spend an evening! If cooking isn’t your thing, and you would rather sit back and just enjoy a special dinner with friends, we offer that too! Workshops and dinners can be tailored to your own particular tastes and interests. Farm tours are a nice addition to your private class or dinner and are available upon request. View all our private event options.

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What People Are Saying

I have never enjoyed cooking and this has been the breakthrough for me. Learning new techniques and doing it with others has been fun. It has also helped me to learn new ways to use my farm share. I am a real fan of this program and will be signing up for more.

– AppletonCooks Participant

Amazing amount of fun in one evening. Every recipe worth repeating at home… Would recommend it to everyone.

– AppletonCooks Participant

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