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  |  June – September

  • Food & Wine Pairing: Learn the basics of wine tasting, explore different grape varieties & styles and uncover the mysteries of food and wine pairing from Chef Jen Murray. Six wines will be paired local and seasonal treats from the farm right here at Appleton Farms. ( June 8 )
  • Mixology: Using Privateer Rum varieties, learn the science of distilling, how to easily pair flavors, and replicate the results at home. Let Privateer Rum walk you through each cocktail; learn about ingredients, necessary tools, and simple tweaks to update classic recipes. ( June 15 | July 13 | Aug 24 | Aug 31 | Sept 8 | Sept 14)
  • Make your own Herb Mocktails: Learn about herbs to use in making non-alcoholic beverages, prepare and sample several recipes that are great for the season and go home with recipe ideas and the experience to confidently create your own delicious herbal mocktails at home. (July 7 | July 27)
  • Farm to Kitchen: Utilize seasonal ingredients from our farm and other local farmers to create an exciting multi-course meal. The menu changes seasonally and each class will provide an opportunity for participants to increase their comfort in the kitchen through new knife skills, techniques and flavor profiles. (June 29)
  • Summer Quiche: learn how to make a fluffy, rich quiche using seasonal vegetables from the farm and local dairy from our partners. Learn the secrets to a sturdy crust and a perfectly set interior. Class will end with quiche to share and a recipe packet to take home! (June 30)
  • Mediterranean Small Plates: We’re excited to partner with Chef Aaron Chambers of Settler Salem. This workshop for Mediterranean Small Plates includes Settler’s signature dips + falafel, as well as homemade pita in the wood oven. Perfect for entertaining any size party! (July 6)
  • Roasted Blueberry Pie: learn the secrets to a perfectly flaky, sturdy pie crust and all the sweet details of making the perfect Roasted Blueberry Pie. This class will use seasonal fruit procured from a local farm. Participants will enjoy hands-on experience making pie dough by hand and will take home a prepped pie, ready for the oven! (July 14)
  • Let’s Talk Vegan: The Farmhouse is excited to partner with Chef Chuck McSweeney of Settler Salem. Let’s talk Vegan… How to make a balanced, unique, and actually tasty vegan meal without emptying the cupboard! (July 20)
  • Make Your Own Herbal Iced Teas: Learn methods for making herbal iced teas and which herbs to use for summer wellness. A tasting flight will be sampled so that participants can then create their own herbal iced tea blend in class to take home. Notes and recipe ideas will be provided. (July 27)
  • Rustic Savory Tarts: Learn the secrets to a perfectly flaky, sturdy pie crust and all the savory details of making the perfect seasonal veggie tart. This class will use seasonal vegetables straight from the farm. Participants will enjoy hands-on experience making dough and tarts by hand. (July 28)

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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