Things are cooking at Appleton Farms in Ipswich

Carolyn Grico, chef and instructor (second from right), leads a cooking program in the farmhouse kitchen at Appleton Farms as part of the AppletonCooks! program, which offers classes, workshops, and dinners featuring farm food.
Carolyn Grico, chef and instructor (second from right), leads a cooking program in the farmhouse kitchen at Appleton Farms as part of the AppletonCooks! program, which offers classes, workshops, and dinners featuring farm food.

FRESH OFF THE FARM: If you love cooking and eating fresh seasonal food, Appleton Farms in Ipswich has a program for you.

Appleton Cooks! offers classes, workshops, and farm-to-table dinners featuring food fresh from the farm throughout the year. Fall programs are now underway.

The sessions are geared for everyone from beginning to gourmet cooks and are hosted by expert chef-teachers in the farmhouse kitchen.


Featured products come from Appleton’s fields, dairy, backyard kitchen garden, pastures, and other local farms.

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Most classes include a full meal at the end of the evening.

Fall programs include: Mediterranean cooking with local foods, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; from the farm kitchen, holiday hors d’oeuvres, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7; Thanksgiving on the farm, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13; holiday harvest dinner, noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 16; celebrating the season with local foods, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4; and homemade gifts from the farm kitchen, 3 to 6 p.m. Dec.7.

Classes are $75 for Trustees of Reservations members, $85 for nonmembers.

Appleton Farms, which is celebrating its 375th anniversary, is the oldest continually operating farm in America.


The 1,000-acre property, owned and operated by The Trustees of Reservations, includes rolling grasslands, extensive forests, grazing livestock, stone walls, and historic farm buildings.

The working farm includes a 500-member Community Supported Agriculture program, as well as haying and composting operations.

There are about 12 miles of trails for hiking, biking, bird watching, dog walking, and cross-country skiing. And there are numerous farm-based education programs through the Farm Field School.

For the full listing of cooking programs and to sign up, visit

SINGING FOR SUPPER: Liz Frame and The Kickers perform a concert to benefit Pennies for Poverty at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport on Friday.


Frame has been performing her own brand of Americana roots music since her early teens. In 1980, after years of travel, she settled with her family outside of Boston and soon became an active member of the city’s country music-rockabilly scene.

Backed by her live band, The Kickers, Frame plays regularly around Boston, northern Massachusetts, and southern New Hampshire.

The band also has just returned from a six-state, three-week tour of the mid-Atlantic that included performances in Nashville, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, N.C., among other cities.

Frame’s first full-length recording, “Sooner,” is a collection of 10 original songs.

Pennies For Poverty is a Greater Newburyport nonprofit dedicated to alleviating poverty and hunger in the area.

It supports five local antipoverty agencies by providing them with cash raised in the community and gift cards purchased from local farms and food stores. Such support helps improve the quality of food the agencies provide their clients.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Visit

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Carol Sardo of Melrose is the new development and communications manager at Girls Inc. of Lynn, a nonprofit that provides after-school enrichment programs and services to girls ages 5 to 18. She previously worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 12 years managing programs, events, communications, and special projects. Sardo is active in several area nonprofits, including the rescue group Beagles of New England States (BONES) . . . Anthony DiPietro is the new executive director of HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change), which provides services and support to people affected by domestic violence in 23 communities north of Boston. DiPietro comes to HAWC with more than 10 years of nonprofit experience in operations, finance, human resources, communications, and project management, including three years as chief operating officer for the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence in Providence. HAWC’s search for a new executive director began in November 2012 after longtime director Candace Waldron announced her retirement. DiPietro was selected from a pool of about 50 applicants.

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