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    Historic Appleton Farms | Fall 2012 Out Here Magazine

    Take a photographic tour of Appleton Farms

    Out Here

    By Carol Davis

    Photography by Greg Latza

    After nine generations and more than 350 years in the Appleton family, Appleton Farms near Ipswich, Mass., was turned over to The Trustees of Reservations, the country's oldest land preservation organization, which safeguards Massachusetts properties.

    Despite all the changes and development around it, Appleton Farms continues as it always has, as a working farm — America's oldest working farm, in fact.

    Staff and volunteers work the gardens and sell the produce, tend to livestock, and keep everything running on the scenic, history-filled 1,000-acre farm.

    The large gardens feed about 800 local families through the farm's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, in which subscribers, pay a fee or "share" at the beginning of the growing season, which entitles them to regularly receive a specific amount of the harvest during the growing season.
    the rotary washer where root vegetables are cleaned
    Root vegetables are cleaned and prepared for distribution in a rotary washer, in which they're tumbled and sprayed with jets of water.
    woman carrying a crate of vegetables
    Prepping vegetables for CSA distribution day requires help from both staff and volunteers.
    vegetables separated into crates by type
    CSA produce is divided up so subscribers can easily pick and choose which vegetables they'd like to take home.
    carrots on display
    As the second-largest CSA in New England, and the first of its kind in the Ipswich area, Appleton Farms has been at the forefront of the area's local-food movement.
    tractor parked inside a barn
    The large barn where the CSA produce is picked up also houses some of the farm's machinery, tools, and equipment.
    girl picking flowers in a field
    Flowers are grown and harvested as one of the most colorful — and beautiful — parts of the farm's CSA program.
    barn in the background with purple flowers in the foreground
    The CSA barn may be one of the farm's newer structures, but its character blends nicely with older, more historic buildings on the property.
    woman lifting a bale of hay
    Hay cultivated from Appleton Farms' fields feeds its livestock throughout the year.
    two cows standing in front of a low stone wall
    The Appletons had one of the first herds of Jersey cows in this country.
    stone walls lining a driveway
    Stone walls that line a couple of the farm's roads also once served to create paddocks for livestock ready to be shipped.
    driveway with trees on either side
    Carefully-designed tree-lined avenues indicated that although Appleton Farms produced livestock and crops, it also was, at one time, very much a gentleman's farm.
    view of growing crops with farm buildings in the background
    During the farm's restoration, agriculture came first, which required getting fields back in order and repairing buildings, barns, and fencing.
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