Appleton Cooks!, Ipswich
What’s Unique: Located on a historic working farm, Applewood Cooks! is so much more than a cooking class, offering seasonal, hands-on workshops on culinary topics ranging from cheese making to cooking with local beer.
Fun Fact: Your cooking class might begin on the farm itself gathering eggs, herbs, and other ingredients.
Standout Qualities: Classes are led by local culinary experts, like chef Elizabeth Walkowicz and Appleton’s own cheesemaker, Kristian Holbrook.
219 County Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-5728, thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/csa/appleton-farms-csa/appleton-cooks
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Heaven on Earth Cooking Studio, Boxford
What’s Unique: These intimate, fun cooking classes are held in chef/instructor Lila Haynes’s own Boxford kitchen.
74 High Ridge Rd., Boxford, 978-561-5522, heavenonearthcooking.com
Taste Buds Kitchen, North Andover
Standout Qualities: There’s truly something for everyone here: kids’ camps, family classes, BYOB adult-only dinners, gingerbread house workshops, and other culinary classes.
14 High St., North Andover, 978-655-1790, tastebudskitchen.com/northandover