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About Apple Street Farm

It’s sunrise at Apple Street Farm and Frank McClelland is admiring a serene scene that is reminiscent of his childhood in rural New Hampshire – standing within the dense vegetation of a plentiful field that is destined to enhance someone’s lunch or dinner.

As the proprietor and chef of an acclaimed restaurant and catering company that includes L’Espalier – Boston’s only AAA-Five Diamond establishment – today he imagines how the fruits (and herbs, edible flowers, eggs, and heirloom vegetables) of his labors can be featured on that day’s menus. By adding farming to his culinary repertoire, this hands-on chef rekindles treasured family memories – when “eat local” was an unconscious daily act as simple as walking outdoors to find a ripe and delicious vegetable, and then rinsing at the hose or kitchen sink.

And so he hoists his basket, grasps a stalk, begins his day…

In one of the country’s most ambitious sustainable agriculture initiatives for the restaurant industry, Apple Street Farm is the primary source of organic harvests for Chef McClelland’s famed restaurant, located just 26 miles south of Essex. He personally delivers his bushels of harvests to his awaiting chefs for them to feature in world-class dishes.

His revitalization of this two-century pastoral 14-acre equestrian farm is evident in the maturing plantings that have responded to this region’s abundant spring rains; and 2009 marks its first harvest season.

We invite you to visit L'Espalier and taste the delectable surprises that our culinary team has created with these fresh ingredients. Apple Street Farm French Breakfast Radish Soup with Vidalia Onions and Stinging Nettles is just one of many dishes that can pop up on a menu.

If you are driving through Essex on a weekend and the gates are open, please feel free to stop by for a visit!

Eat fresh.
Eat local.
Eat well.

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Join us on Sunday, October 26th from 11am to 4pm for a fun-filled afternoon featuring apple cider pressing, chutney making, delicious food, fun music, and farm-brewed beer! Entrance fee is $10/car, and items will be available for sale throughout the farm.


Scroll down to get details and sign up for our 2015 Produce and Poultry CSA shares. We hope you'll join us for next season - it's going to be our best yet!


Apple Street Farm eggs are available for sale! Eggs are $6.50/dozen and can be picked up from the sliding-door refrigerator in the cottage. Our hens are free-range, fed organic grains, and raised with a lot of care.


Come by the farm on Saturday mornings from 10 to 2, June through October, and enjoy all that we have to offer! Our eggs and goat's milk will be available, as well as the full range of produce from the fields: salad greens, herbs, root vegetables, and more! Stroll around the farm, visit the animals, and enjoy the season at Apple Street Farm.

Farm Shares

Become a “shareholder” of Apple Street Farm. Take home the very best of Apple Street Farm’s heirloom vegetables, small fruits, herbs and flowers or enjoy a poultry share with Apple Street Farm's free-range chickens.

The Produce CSA includes a share of the farm’s harvest each week for 20 weeks from June through October, sized for a small family, as well as access to pick-your-own fields during those same months. Share pick up is on Thursdays from 2pm to 6pm in the barn at Apple Street Farm. Though we are not certified organic, we follow the organic standards and welcome any questions about our growing practices. We aim to provide both volume and variety in our vegetable share, which can include herbs, root vegetables, salad greens, cooking greens, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, onions and other alliums, peas and beans, flowers, herbs, etc.

Registration is now OPEN for the 2015 Produce CSA. The rate is $600 for the season. Please complete the form here and submit payment to confirm your share. There are still a few shares available, register now!

  • The Poultry CSA includes a pasture-raised, heritage-breed roasting chicken each week (or every other week for half-shares) for 20 weeks from June through October. The chickens are available for pick up on Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm in the cottage at Apple Street Farm, and remain available in the cooler through Friday, at which time we place them in the freezer. Birds are bagged and labelled with the shareholder’s name for easy pick up. Since we choose to raise a slower-growing, and therefore much more flavorful, breed of chicken the weights of our birds are usually between 3 and 5 lbs. They live and grow on pasture, are moved to fresh grass daily, and fed organic grain.
  • Registration for the 2015 Poultry CSA is now OPEN. The rate is $550 for full shares, $275 for half shares. Please complete the form here and submit payment to confirm your share. There are still a few shares available, register now!
  • If you have any questions about either share, please email us at

Summer Dinner Series

Each month we will celebrate the freshest ingredients of the season with a special dinner showcasing the organic produce, poultry and eggs fresh from the fields. Arrive at Apple Street Farm and take some time to explore the beautiful grounds while enjoying a seasonal cocktail and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the chefs of L’Espalier. Then, take a seat in the open air (or under a tent in the case of inclement weather) and enjoy a five-course meal with wine pairings.

2015 dates will be announced in the spring!

Arrive at the farm at 5:30pm. Dinner served at 6:30pm. Rain or shine. $185 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity. Space is limited. Call L’Espalier at 617-262-3023 to make a reservation.


Events at

Apple street farm

Looking for an incredible venue for your next event? We are now booking events at Apple Street Farm. Click here for more information! To submit an inquiry for an event at Apple Street Farm, please click here.



Apple Street Farm is located at
35 Apple Street, Essex, MA 01929

From Boston and points south: Route 1 North to 128 North towards Gloucester. Take Exit 15 for School Street towards Essex/Manchester. Turn left at School Street. Continue onto Southern Avenue. Turn left on Apple Street. Apple Street Farm is about a mile down the road on the left. 

From the North: I95 South to Exit 54 for MA-133 toward Georgetown/Rowley. Turn left at MA-133 E/E Main Street. After about 5 miles, turn right at MA-133 E/Main St/Massachusetts 1A S followed by another right at Lord Square/Massachusetts 1A S. Turn right at MA-133 E/County St/Massachusetts 1A S. Turn left at MA-133 E/Essex Rd. Turn right at Western Ave and make a left on Apple Street. Apple Street Farm will be on the right.

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