Apple Street Farm

Apple Street Farm ©Kim Smith 2014Located in Essex, conveniently only a few scenic miles off Route 128, every Saturday from 10am to 2pm the farmstand at Apple Street Farm is open for business. Stopping for fabulous and fresh organically fed free-range eggs, heirloom veggies, fruits, and herbs has become a favorite Saturday morning ritual. Apple Street Farm tomatoes ©Kim Smith 2014 Frank McClelland is the owner of Apple Street Farm. Not only that, he is also the proprietor and chef of one of Boston’s most beloved and famous restaurants, L’Espalier. Apple Street Farm is the primary source of produce, poultry, pork and eggs for L’Espalier.Apple Street Farm -2 ©Kim Smith 2014 Each month throughout the summer and fall Apple Street Farm celebrates seasonal harvests with special dinners held on the farm’s spacious lawn. The five-course dinner is prepared by the L’Espalier chefs and includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and wine pairings. September 5th and 6th is the Fire Pit Fiesta and October 3rd and 4th is the Essex Harvest Feast. Call L’Espalier to make a reservation at 617-262-3023.

Apple Street Farm Pick Your Own ©Kim Smith 2014Pick You Own Flowers

Apple Street Farm hummingbird ©Kim Smith 2014Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird in the Zinnia Patch

Apple Street Farm Goldfinch and Cosmos ©Kim Smith 2014

American Goldfinch Eating Cosmos Seeds-A Great Reason NOT to Deadhead!

Farm and poultry shares are available from June through September. For more information about Apple Street Farm’s CSA program, visit their website here.

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Photographing the Nubian goats was a delight. The little ones are very playful and affectionate and, when first let out of their pen in the morning, are super rambunctious. Apple Street Farm’s manger Phoebe explains that Nubian goats are great milking goats and wiki informs that Nubians are known for the high butterfat content of their milk.

Apple Street Farm  Nubian Goat Eating apple©Kim Smith 2014Apples for Breakfast

Apple Street Farm  Nubian Goats ©Kim Smith 2014

The Nubians climbed upon each other to reach the fruit and seeds.

Apple Street Farm Eating Catalpa Seeds ©Kim Smith 2014jpg copy

Nubian Goat Eating Catalpa Seedpods

Apple Street Farm Nubian Gots airborn ©Kim Smith 2014JPG SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE

Apple Street Farm Nina Prince ©Kim Smith 2014 copyFarmhand Nina Prince from Magnolia

Apple Street Farm Rudbeckia Hirta ©Kim Smith 2014Rudbeckia ‘Hirta’

Apple Street Farm Cosmos ©Kim Smith 2014Cosmos bipinnatus

Apple Street Farm Barn ©Kim Smith 2014JPG

Apple Street Farm Nubian Goats -3 ©Kim Smith 2014 Apple Street Farm ~ 35 Apple Street, Essex, MA, 978-890-7082.

6 comments

  • Again… file under: “Neither here nor there”…. my Mother’s cousin, Bryant Burkhard, had bought and restored the Apple Street Farm back in the 40’s (Bryant’s father, Russell, had a house on Eben’s Creek on Haskell Court in Essex), and as a kid in the mid-fifties, we used to visit them from Hamilton…. back then I thought that Essex was genuine wilderness and that I should keep my eyes peeled for Indians… (never did see one). Wonderful memories of chugging through the woods in Bryant’s model A truck, being chased in the pastures by cows and exploring the cavernous barns on the property….

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    • Wonderful fun info Jim! I can imagine doing all that at Apple Street Farm–thanks so much for sharing!!

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      • Thank you Kim, but it wasn’t ALL fun…. I did split my forehead open running and slipping on the big granite back step and had to go see Dr. Herrick in Manchester for stitches… and my cousin had a temper and was inclined to throw his toys at me when so inclined…. other than that, it was fun to visit the farm and see the cows….

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  • Beautfiul shots here and caught all kinds of things on the farm…One I really remember as we had nubian goats also registered ones they could have a beautiful field of grass but will always go for the tree’s and leaves at least ours did – no pruning needed for the lower lever that hung in the goat field :-) Dave & Kim:-) Thanks…

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    • Thanks Dave.

      I was thinking that very thought, about not having to prune the lower limbs of trees, while watching the goats assist one another in eating the fruits and seeds.

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      • :-) Someone else told me there is something in the bark and leavesand the reasons they love the leaves and bark are rich in minerals keeps the cud happy too! …and I was told that Cabbage is a poisonous food to goats,

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