Local Thanksgiving Supplies, a Big Cider “Carboy” Sale, and Hard Cider Home Delivery.

HI, FARMIES!  Just a quick reminder that the farm stand is OPEN.  We are committed to being your eleventh-hour source of farm-fresh holiday victuals.  To wit: apples, sprouts, cider, and squash.

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Everyone is going to bumrush the place when we say this, but we still have honeycrisp.  Get them now or next September.

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We’re not making the pie for you.  It’s not called Indian Creek Bakery.  We just grow the stuff.  But apple pie is easy as… pie.

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Show up at dinner with a stalk of sprouts (many people have never seen one) and you can be all like, “Yeah, I know about farming.”

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As always, we are transcending our hillbilly instincts and keeping up appearances on the front porch.  Blue leather loveseat.

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Let the Ambrosia flow-zha!  The spirit of Thanksgiving is the bounty of the harvest.  Grown, ground, and pressed right here.

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BIG CIDER SALE:  You can drop off your 5-gallon carboys at the farm and we will fill them at our Friday pressings for $6/gallon — and only $5/gallon if you get 20 gallons or more!  Send an email to cumminsnursery@gmail.com with your phone number, how many gallons, and which Friday you want to have your carboys filled.

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Our squashes sit off to the side of everything but they want to be taken home just as much as the apples and sprouts.

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This is what we call a “selfie.”  The stand is in self-serve mode.  Do a selfie by leaving cash in the box.

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To optimize your experience, we are piping happy shopper tunes into the store, along with extra oxygen like the casinos.

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Well, that’s the dope.  Speaking of dope, we don’t make our own hard cider but you can order bottles for delivery from our fellow orchard-keepers at Eve’s Cidery.  It won’t be there by Thanksgiving because they don’t have drone delivery yet.  Maybe next year.  Happy Holidays from The ‘Creek.

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A Call to Action for Farm Fans: Get America’s Best Hard Ciders Online from Our Friends’ Local Orchard.

PRETTY SLOW news day on the farm, so this week we start with big news from our old friends at Eve’s Cidery:  You can now buy their amazing hard cider online for home delivery!  What a perfect holiday gift for foodies.  This stuff is no joke.

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A glowing review in Cider Journal recently asked, “Is This the Best Cidery in America?” and continued that Eve’s ciders are “…among the very best in the United States and perhaps the best collection of ciders from any one producer.”  Holy crapple!

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We go way back with Autumn and Ezra.  They are mild-mannered folks, but they get a sparkle in their eyes when they talk about cider.

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They also get sparkling cider in their eyes, unless they put on zombie gear.  Give their bubbly nectar a whirl.

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These mad scientists use refractometers to measure soluble solids.  Their apples grow on trees that were nurseried at Indian Creek.

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And they have an amazing vintage in the bottle.  For the first time ever, you can order their ciders online for home delivery.  That’s our call to action:  Go to their little online store and help them move this stellar crop.  Save 20% when you buy a case of mixed bottles that you choose.  Or create your own 6-pack, 3-pack, or 2-pack.  Every penny will go straight to a small family farm right here in the Finger Lakes.

Winter at The ‘Creek.

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Back on the farm, we have moved indoors for the winter.  You can still get apples, sprouts, squash, and fresh (soft) cider.
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We’re stocking a dozen varieties of apple while they last.  Last chance to “branch” out and try new varieties.

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Pressing fresh Orchard Ambrosia every week.  It is crisp and delicious, with it’s most complex flavor this time of year.

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Swings are empty, swinging in the wind.  You are welcome to come up any time for a romp around the grounds.

5-IMG_4122As always, we have the region’s best selection of dead flowers at bargain basement prices.  Zero dollars.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Last Call — Thanksgiving Apple Boxes, Magnetic Farm Poetry, and What’s Left in the Orchards?

DEAR APPLE NUTS, it is going to be minus 50,000 degrees soon, so consider this your official farmer’s warning:  Come treasure hunting now for the last u-pick apples. 1-IMG_4025 All that’s left in the orchards is a smattering of Rome Beauty and Red Delicious.  Find trees with blue ribbons. 2-IMG_4019 You can also venture up to the sprout field, where you will find lopping instructions in farm-style magnetic poetry:  It is screwed on, you can’t move it, and it’s not funny. 3-IMG_4030 Meanwhile, down at the stand, we are not going gently into that dark night.  We’re still kicking and screaming and hawking our apples. 4-IMG_4032 We’re still squawking about our pears and sprouts and squash and cider.  We’re not scared of some dumb old Polar Vortex. 5-IMG_4041 Thing is, we’ve shifted to self-serve mode.  You can find what you like, weigh it on the scale, and drop cash in the chute. 1-IMG_4042 We’ll be shuffling stuff inside soon.  If the porch looks empty, just come in the double doors to find goodies.

Order Now for Thanksgiving.

{ And proof from above. }

1-P1210199 And now for the big news… Same as last week:  Local Apple Gift BoxesOrder before Monday for shipping by Thanksgiving. 4-IMG_3747 Share local apples with your friends and family.  Bosses—a terrific gift for your world-class assistant.  Order while supplies last. 2-IMG_4006 In case you are in denial about the imminence of w-i-n-t-e-r, we tracked these geese flying over the farm.  They are definitely flying south.  Take care and hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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We Will Put the Farm in a Box and Send It to Your People; There are Still Many Juicy Apples to Pick.

YOU KNOW that we farmers are not the sharpest blades in the barn.  We are not going to sprain our backs toting our brains around.  And we’re not shortlisted for any 4-H awards.

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But once in a while we come up with a real whopper—an idea so profound it even gets Zorro excited.

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You see, we’ve solved your problem:  “How can I send some Creekage to my homies in Delaware and Tuscaloosa?”

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Put the farm in a box—a Local Apple Gift BoxOrder NOW for shipping by Thanksgiving or December holidays.

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They’re moving fast.  Get yours while supplies last.  It’s a tasty, wholesome, and educational gift.

We’re Still Open!

{ And the Tater of Democracy. }

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Here is our November collection:  apples, sprouts, cider, squash, spuds, and farm-fresh shirts (another great gift idea).

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We are OPEN EVERY DAY.   You really help the farm when you shop in the slow season.   Keeps us going.

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There are still PLENTY of Mutsu apples.  Pick them for only 99¢ a pound when you get 10 pounds.

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And now for the Tater of Democracy.  It is big, bumpy, and dirty.  It is caught somewhere between Blue and Red—a murky shade of purple.  But it’s what we got.  Don’t take the Tater for granted.  Many people will not taste it in their lifetimes.

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Yesterday the scales tipped one way.  Other times they tip back.  When things get too topsy-turvy, come out to the farm.  Walk around, munch an apple.  Daydreaming is encouraged.  Pretty much everyone is welcome.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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What Happens After Halloween, New Apple Gift Boxes, and a Small Victory for Local Foodism.

AFTER HALLOWEEN, many kind and gentle pickers will forget about the farm.  Somewhere between sulking about the weather, switching back your clocks, and stressing about work, you will forget that we are still here and the STAND IS OPEN.

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Guess what?  You can pick apples til around Thanksgiving!  Pick 10 pounds of mutsus for 99¢ a pound.

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The stand will be open EVERY DAY, usually in self-serve mode, but you’ll probably see us around doing farmy stuff.

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You can get APPLES, CIDER, SQUASH, and SPROUTS.  And here’s how you can get a FREE squash…

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Pumpkins sold out yesterday.  That’s good news because there’s no waste when you sell what you grow.  Thanks for picking local!

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Same deal with donuts—done for the season.  They got a top score in the Ithaca Donut Review, but no more til next year!

New Apple Gift Boxes

{ Order now for the holidays. }

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Do you ever want to share a taste of Indian Creek with your far-flung loved ones?  The Apple Gift Box is the ticket!

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Order now for shipping in November (Thanksgiving) or December (Winter Holidays).  They’ll sell out fast!

Your Secret Escape

{ No mess.  No boss! }

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Another reason to visit the farm in November is to escape the chaos and gloom of big city life.

7-IMG_3891Feel free to wander and take in the views.  Get out of the office.  Cancel an appointment.  We won’t hassle you or tell your boss.  What happens at the farm, stays at the farm.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Get Your Halloween Pumpkins, Sweet Apple and Pear Deals, and Sprouts on the Stalk.

FARM FANS, a simple message this week:  Bundle up for blustery weather and come pick your October bounty.

1-IMG_3704Your dream pumpkins are dreaming about you.  Please take them home.  They live for Halloween.

2-P1070860The mutsu is legendary for snacks and pies.  It also stars in this postmodern still life masterpiece.

1-IMG_3762The pear sale continues!  Get a 10-lb bag of #2 Bartletts for only $5!  Perfect for canning, saucing, snacking.

3-P1130457Lop your own or find them at the stand.  Each stalk fills a wok with wonder… Mission: Nutrition & Delicion.

5-P1190927First we squeeze the apples into cider.  Then we convert the cider into donuts.  Agricultural alchemy.

— Farm Buzz —

{ ‘Creek Speak. }

1-IMG_3827At our Stumphenge Biomass Decomposition Preserve, the old apple trunks are rotting right on schedule.

2-IMG_3798Our stewardship scientific team is documenting a resurgence of the fungus, Crayola irisdescenticus.  Do not eat.

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5-IMG_3850And how to fill their socks and pockets with local shale sand just in time for laundry day.

6-IMG_3844And the latest addition to the playground—this rock.  Some of you are going to think, “What is that?  What is it for?”  Let us farmers try to explain without dumbing down too much.  It’s a big rock.  For whatever.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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99¢ Apple Sale, 50¢ Pear Sale, Pumpkin Population Explosion, Sprouts, Cider, and Donuts!

SURELY YOU ALL REMEMBER the nursery rhyme, “Humpty Pumpty.”  We reproduce it here for your pleasure.

02-IMG_6672Humpty Pumpty is in a bad way,
But the pumpkin patch is packed today.
Come to The ‘Creek and join in the shouts,
“Three cheers for pumpkins, apples, and sprouts!”

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We grew our biggest pumpkin patch ever, and we have our best workers sorting and polishing for you.

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You can hunt for your dream gourd in the megapatch, or grab your favorite orb in the “E-Z” pile by the stand.

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Speaking of easy, you must come pick Mutsu apples.  They are a great confidence-builder.  Our beginning farmhands train on Mutsus.  Even a guy in a Piggery shirt can do it.  Only 99¢ a pound (10+ pounds).

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Mutsus are the eyeballs of autumn.  Keep YOUR peepers peeled for our FREE Mutsu coupon in the Ithaca Journal (Saturday), the Ithaca Times (this week!), and Greenleaf.  Also get our Facebook coupon.

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Brussels Sprouts are in peak form.  You can sautee them with Piggery bacon to achieve some kind of local food zenith.

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Newsflash!  Pear sale!  Get a 10-lb bag of #2 Bartletts for only $5!  That’s 50¢/lb.  Perfect for canning, saucing, snacking.

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This is your weekly donut reminder.  Cider donuts Saturday 10:30-3 and Sunday 10:30-4.  Fresh cider every day.

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Marketing gurus say, “Don’t just show pictures of your product; show pictures of people nom-nomming your product.”

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That’s the news for this week, folks.  We hope you can help us solve the pumpkin population problem—take some home!  Thanks for tuning in.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Fall + Farm + Food = New Apples, Giant Pumpkins, Cheap Pears, and Super Sprouts.

IT HAPPENS ONCE A YEAR, this burst of giant Mutsu apples and even gianter pumpkins.  Please come share it with us.  It is the Big Show, the Fall Fancy, the Autumn Awesome.

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Check it out:  Pumpkin-sized apples in the Mutsu Orchard.  Pay only 99¢ a pound when you pick 10 pounds!

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We know a guy in England.  Says “the women” over there call Mutsus “oven busters.”  Bake a big one for a small feast.

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Of course the Mutsu is legendary as a pie apple.  The wedges hold their shape for the full fruit experience.

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Folks, we have the biggest u-pick pumpkin patch in a thousand square miles and every pumpkin needs a home.

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It is like shooting fish in a barrel.  We can’t make it any easier.  You will trip over Grade A specimens everywhere.

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Pear sale!  Get a 10-lb bag of prepicked #2 Bartletts for only $5!  That’s 50¢/lb.  Perfect for canning, saucing, snacking.

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Brussels Sprouts are so fricking nutritious.  Young adults say, “Sprouts are stupid nutritious” and “hella good for you.”

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Fresh cider any day of the week.  Fresh cider donuts Saturday 10:30-3 and Sunday 10:30-4.

How You Can Help the Farm!

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The proudest Farmketeers wear the farm colors around town.  The lads are picking fresh shirts off the trees.  Put ‘em on your kids.  If you don’t receive compliments on these, wear yours to the farm stand and we will compliment you roundly.

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Some sourpuss gave the farm a measly 2 stars on our Yelp page after attending the Pigs-n-Apples Party.  Harumph!  Two smelly stars?  Um, HELLO, there were truckloads of sweet little children enjoying at least a 3-star party for FREE.  Sheesh.  Loyal Farmies, you can go to Yelp now and write a decent review of the farm if you want.  Somebody has to dispel the dark cloud cast by Negative Nancy No Fun Nelly.

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If you have heard yourself complaining about the short summers here in the Finger Lakes, you better thank [insert your deity, if you have one] for this blessed spell we are having.  Time to turn off your computer and get outdoors while it’s halfway civilized.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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All Hail Breaks Loose in the Orchard, and the Farm Needs You Now!  Apple Storm Sale in Effect.

SIX MINUTES OF MARBLE-SIZED HAIL bombarded the orchard this week.  We’re talking about iceballs with a bad attitude toward apples.  The pumpkins are thick-skinned and the dogs are hard-headed, but some of the apples got dinged and dimpled.

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Farm fans, this is a teachable moment.  The apples that got hit by hail are PERFECT FOR EATING—the Goddess simply gave them dimples.  But they MUST BE PICKED NOW.  You can’t take the crop for granted.  Please come picking before these divinely dimpled apples fall off the trees, or another celestial tantrum cancels the season.

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Pick beautiful Cortland apples for only 99¢ a pound when you pick 10 pounds.  That will take you 10 minutes.  Easy picking.

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Now picking in the Dwarf Orchard:  “Beni Shogun” Fuji, Jonagold, Liberty, Empire, Sweet 16, and Sir Prize.

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Is it Apptober or Pumptober?  Both.  High apple season and high pumpkin season are RIGHT NOW.

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We have the biggest pumpkin patch ever, and a nifty coupon for pumpkins and apples on our Facebook page.  Claim it!

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The Cidermeister improves her blend with every wave of new apples, and you can get cider donuts Sat 10:30-3, Sun 10:30-4.

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Next to the pumpkins, a gorgeous field of sprouts.  Please lop the WHOLE STALK, do not pick single sprouts or you’ll wreck the plant!

Farm Buzz.

{ Back Page News. }

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If you want to become a full-fledged Farmketeer, try a sweet new shirt.  There are 6 sizes and 6 colors, and it’s all original artwork.

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The shirts are 100% cotton and made in USA.  The inks are non-toxic and made in USA.  The printing was done here in Ithaca.

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A very special THANKS to all you kids and grownups who came to the 3rd Annual Pigs-n-Apples Party.  It was kind of amazing.  A few folks have posted photos on the Facebook event.  We’ll post some, too.  Meanwhile, let’s keep the season going.  Get outside, pick some food.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Get Ready for the Pigs-n-Apples Party This Saturday! Rain or Shine!

HI, FARM FANS.  Today’s Fresh Crop Alert contains the latest update on Saturday’s harvest hootenany.  Please read, then tell us you’re coming on the Facebook event.  You can also consult the party page for details.  See IMPORTANT PARKING INFO below.

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On Saturday, September 27, from noon til 3 PM, there will be a party called Pigs-n-Apples III.  RAIN OR SHINE.  In other words, the rain date is Saturday, too.  We’ll be here no matter what.

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You will see a crap-ton of cars, people, and activities.  We don’t know how many people will show up, but we’ll do our best to make it smooth.  Hopefully everyone will GO WITH THE FLOW.  Kids will share nice on the playground.  Parents won’t fret about dirty kids.

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IMPORTANT:  DO NOT PARK ON THE HIGHWAY (RTE 96).  THE SHERIFF WILL TOW YOUR CAR.  After towing a bunch of cars, the sheriff will run us out of town like so many swine-rustlin’ scofflaws.  Then there won’t be any more pigs or apples congregating west of Cayuga’s waters.  Good ideas:  Consider (1) carpooling and (2) arriving early.  There will be traffic.

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We’ll help you find a parking spot on the farm.  Then you can wander to the party on the hilltop.  Admission is free.  Games are free.  YEP, IT’S A FREE PARTY.   You could even come out “cash-flow positive” if your kid finds the Golden Apple.

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There will be FOOD AND DRINK FOR SALE.  The Piggery will serve their famous local meats on the grill.  They will also have vegetarian and vegan calabacitas.  Our friends from Eve’s Cidery will be on the scene with their artisan hard ciders.  Of course there will be donuts and fresh cider from Indian Creek, and possibly other goodies.

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Feel free to supplement the food with your own picnic, and definitely bring your BEST APPLE PIE.  This contest is no joke—delicious pies showed up last year.  But there’s always room at the top:  Could you be the challenger who makes the reigning champs eat humble pie?

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Apple and pumpkin picking will work like a normal day, but there will be TWO PLACES TO PAY AND SHOP:  the farm stand down front and the party tent.  Your best option will be to pay at the party tent so you can hop in your car and leave—without trying to park temporarily at the farm stand on your way out, where the parking lot will be full.

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EVERYONE IS WELCOME.  The party is our chance to say thanks for another great year.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek!

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