Peaches, Apples, Donuts, Cider and Your New Orchard Playground!

HAVE YOU NOTICED that we are having a wee spell of Scottish weather?  Mucky and cool?  Cool and mucky?

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Let’s pretend it is still summer.  Come pick peaches.  We have tons of juicies at the stand if the orchard gets picked clean.

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Come pick summer apples, too.  The Zestars are the first reds of the year.  Eat them fresh.  They are crisp, delicious, and sweet-tart.

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Mom’s new signs are a huge help.  We will be hanging signs for all the varieties as they ripen.  The signs will match the brochure map.

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After Zestar, go up the row til you find the new Gingergold sign.  You can download the map onto your phone.

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Great news!  The Cidermeister is cranking out “Orchard Ambrosia.”  Nothing but cold-pressed, old-fashioned, unpasteurized cider.

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And what happens when you spill cider in the batter?  Apple cider DONUTS!  We will serve them fresh on SATURDAY 1 til 5 PM.

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And now for the vegetable portion of our show.  Come pick eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes.  Check the far ends of the rows.

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We have hot peppers, sweet peppers, classic eggplant, Japanese eggplant, Fairytale eggplant, and tomatoes of many stripes.

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It is a time of great bounty.  It is a joy to see friends picking local food each week.  Please come help us enjoy the harvest.

Farm Buzz

{ Swings. }

In Scotland they say, “As ye waggle, so shall ye swing.”  It means:  Wiggle your hips to get power when you strike a golf ball.

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On the farm we say, “As ye swing, so shall ye pick.”  It means:  Warm up on the new swings, and you’ll pick better food!

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We have always called the farm “Ithaca’s Orchard Playground.”  But now there really is a playground—Version 1.0!

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Farmer Steve made a cute kid-plane.  The prop already fell off.  What the frack do you people want?!  Disney World?

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We wrapped the chains in old tractor tubes—should prevent pinchy-pinchy of little fingers.  (But supervise your kids.)

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The frame is solid locust wood from the farm.  The seats are cut from an old local oak that fell down.

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This year’s Stumphenge mystery is solved!  But we won’t stop there.  Stay tuned for the next free upgrade of “Ithaca’s Orchard Playground.”  Look for Version 1.5 in the next couple weeks.  Meanwhile, hope to see you (swinging) at The ‘Creek.

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Very Special Apples, a New Wave of Peaches, and Summer Bounty.

THIS JUST IN—The fruits and vegetables of Indian Creek have a message to share with you.  A message of inspiration amidst the cynicism of American politics.  You heard it here first.

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Okay, But What’s the Food?

{ Picking and picked. }

 

Now picking:

  • Peaches—Red Havens turning ripe now.
  • Apples—Esmeralda. One tree!  First come, first git!
  • Peppers—Hot and sweet. Tons.  Lots.
  • Squash—Zucchini, yellow squash, and pattypan.
  • Cukes—A few types bouncing back after heavy picking.
  • Tomatoes—More ripening with each passing day.
  • Eggplant—Japanese, classic, and fairytale.  Yum.
  • Flowers—Cut your own or take home a bouquet.
  • Basil—Fresh and smelly!

Now at the stand:

  • All that stuff in the picking list, plus…
  • Donut Peaches
  • Taters Red & Gold
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Blueberries
  • Canteloupe
  • Apple Pies while they last!
  • And more…

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And now for the thrilling conclusion to the Stumphenge Mystery from July 25.  Sike!  It’s not quite ready.  Next week!  Promise!  This photo is your hint.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Summer Fruits and Vegetables Go Swinging into August; Lots to Pick and Find at Stand.

A SUDDEN SQUALL hit the farm this week.  All the customers went scampering off.   A few sneaky fruits and vegetables seized the moment to give the new porch swing a whirl.

You can swing, too.  There are 3 swings at the stand.  A gentle way to warm up your spirit for picking.  And now for the week’s goodies…

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Peach Status:  Ask which rows are picking when you arrive.  If those rows get thin, you can find juicy peaches down at the stand.

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Apple Status:  The Pristines have seen lots of pickers.  You can probably still find some on the trees.  Dwarf Orchard, Row 7.

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Eggplant Status:  Pick a bunch.  Lots of classic, Japanese, and fairytales.  Plenty at the stand if you need more for baba ghanouj.

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Pepper Status:  Peppers galore… 10 types or more.  Sweets, hots, and the mystical/magical pepper between—El Poblano Magnífico.

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Tomato Status:  7+ varieties, all just starting.  Wave #1 gave us some beauties.  Wave #2 is on the way.  Plenty at the stand, too.

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Raspberry Status:  The heavy fruiting days are waning, but clever pickers are still finding berries, especially low near the ground.

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Flower Status:  Lots to pick around the farm.  The lads and lasses at the stand have also created farmy bouquets in glass jars.

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Fruit Summary:  Lovely fruit this year.  Fall apple crop is looking good.  Meanwhile, berries, peaches, nectarines, melons, pears and more.

09-P1230085Veggie Summary:  Cukes are coming back.  Tomatoes are kicking in.  Buckets of squash and barrels of peppers.  Please pick and eat.

Farm Buzz

{ Signage Stories. }

sToot your horn when you pass our new signs.  We’ve installed an official DOT Destination Sign on each side of the farm to raise awareness of turning traffic at the blind curve and the crest of the hill.

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Signage work continues apace.  Our visiting artist (and mom) is painting 70 marvelous new markers for the Dwarf Orchard.  Going to make it so much easier to pick apples.  Thanks, Mom!

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This is Farmer Sign Language for, “Come get your hands dirty.  Let’s pick the crops clean!”  Thanks for all your picking so far this season.  Summer rolls on.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Now Picking — Peaches, Apples, Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Raspberries and More.

THE MOST AMAZING FAMILY came to the farm this week:  four persons in all, and each one picked 2 PECKS of vegetables.  More fiber than a freighter full of Twinkies.  Go, kids!

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August brings the first true sense of bounty.  Tomatoes start to really turn, and we are swimming in vegetables.

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By the way, do you work with someone prickly?  If you say the wrong thing, do you get an ouchy that makes you cry inside?

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Remember, they have an inner life, too, and it might be tender and smoky like farm-fresh eggplant.  Get to know them.

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We have an apple emergency.  The dogs can sense it.  They get all twitchy like before a hurricane.

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The Yellow Transparent variety, first apples of the year, are DROPPING.  We absolutely need you pick some!

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They are light and crisp summer apples.  Awesome for saucing.  “Put some up” now to get a head start.

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Kids love them.  In child psychology, this phenomenon is known as NOM-NOM-NOM.  See the trance-like state.

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The moment you have all been waiting for is kinda sorta here.  Peach picking has begun in multiple rows.

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Some farms have no peaches this year.  We have peaches.  Remember how precious they are.  Take our tutorial flyer.

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These savvy pickers—Chantelle, Rosie, and David—made a midweek sally to the plums.  There are only a few trees; nice haul.

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Raspberries continue to impress.  The little first-year field gets pickers daily.  Embarrasingly big berries in some rows.

Farm Buzz

{ Side News. }

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The thrilling conclusion to last week’s Stumphenge mystery will have to wait.  The thrill and the conclusion are not ready.

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Cukes are picked out. But you can get product placement in our newsletter for $325,000/issue.  That’s what Kaley Cuoco makes for each episode of her sitcom.  And she’s on strike.

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This week’s cover model appears without airbrushing.  At the farm, you can always “come as you are.”  So, get out here.  Summer is short as a mofo.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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New This Week — First Apples, Eggplant Sale, Pepper Picking, and a Stumphenge Mystery.

IF YOUR REPUBLICAN FRIEND SAID, “I just picked ripe apples in July,” wouldn’t you jump on your soapbox and spout your climate change harangue?  Wouldn’t you give them the business?

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Just this once you can give it a rest.  Come pick our Yellow Transparent apples with an easy mind.  They were bred to ripen early.  They are already dropping from the trees.  Pick now, make sauce.

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Eggplant season rolls ahead.  You can pick a half-peck of purple Japanese eggplant for only $4.  That’s 33% off!

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In the eggplant field you’ll find the Fairytales.  They’re cute.  And they are delicious when sliced into coins and stir-fried.05-P1220698

Squash season bumbles along, too.  You can pick zucchini, yellow squash, and pattypan A.K.A. Space Invader squash.

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If you only eat skinny-shaped foods (who are we to judge your cult?), these slinky cukes are for you.

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Sweet Italian Frying Peppers are sneaky.  They look like giant chili peppers but taste mild like sweet peppers.

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The First Church of Peppertown is ringing its bells.  The ecumenical “Green, Purple, and White” hymn is bonging away.

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Down at the stand—blueberries, tomatoes, peaches, onions, garlic, canteloupes and all of those vegetables we mentioned above.

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Do not pick the peaches—they are not ready for public picking.  We promise to shout “PICK PEACHES!” from the hilltops soon.

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Farm Buzz

{ Stumphenge News. }

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Up near Stumphenge, we invite you back to the Iron Age.  We are clanging and banging with primeval slag.

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We are hammering and yammering when we should be farming—but look at this pretty thing, bent and burnt and dubious.

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Aren’t you insane with curiosity about what is happening?  Tune in next week for the stunning conclusion to this special 2-part Crop Alert.  Happy July to you all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Pick Your Own Veggies, Berries, and Herbs, and Shop at the Freshly Stocked Farm Stand.

DEAR ‘CREEKERS, the farm stand is officially open!  We will be staffed and stocked for the rest of the season—7 days a week.  Vegetable picking begins today, so help us ring in the summer!

Our Juilliard-trained, free-range bird will get you started with the Summer 2014 Theme Song.

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That little number was written in Poultrese.  It is hard to translate.  In English: “Come pick 3 kinds of squash and Armenian cukes.”

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The line repeats three times.  It is the pretty-sounding part that goes, BOK BOK BOK… BAHGOCCCKKKK!

04-P1160640Background chickens are off camera, but you can hear them crooning, “Also pick your own Japanese eggplant!”

05-P1220525The last line is about raspberries.  “Mornings are your best chance to find ripe ones—especially after a sunny day.”

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Farm Buzz

{ Side News. }

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In town, Farmer Dusky is building the fence for a new community garden with our friends at Cornell Cooperative Extension.

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In the virtual realm, we spruced up our video gallery and created a new YouTube Channel.  The movies are mostly pointless.

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Last—and definitely least—we have a Google+ Page.  We have attracted zero followers, compared to almost 2,000 on our Facebook.  We post daily news on both sites.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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A New Raspberry Field, and the First Vegetables of the Season.

WELL, GOSH, you have all been very patient.  It is summer and the weather is primo and you are being gracious about our quiet start.  So far, no tantrums or farmer-bashing.  Good stuff is coming soon.

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You can find light picking in the two raspberry fields.  The old field is in its final year.  The new field is just charging up.

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If you see gorgeous red berries on the same bush as dark purple ones… the reds are not the ripe ones!  They still need to turn purple.

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If you are a super lucky person—like Cristiano Ronaldo with the skills and the looks and the money—you’ll find a rare golden raz.

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One of our newly minted PhDs—Allie, Doyenne de Vegetables—has cast Latin spells to bring forth eggplant and zucchini!

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You can get these pre-picked at the stand (self-serve) for now.  Soon the stand will be staffed and veggie fields will be u-pick!

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Talk about food with wings.  These stir-fryable eggplants have been doing their best hummingbird act in the flower patch.

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Yeah, like we said, you can pick raspberries yourself, but please wait til we sound the horn for the other crops.

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For example, when tomatoes are ready to pick, this sign will be level with gravity.  Kind of amazing that it knows when to make X=0.

Farm Buzz

{ Side News. }

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Thanks to everyone who has already been picking.  And thanks to you guys who are waiting patiently.  We plan to open the farm stand for real next Wednesday—might have blueberries and a few peaches.

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Stay tuned to next week’s Fresh Crop Alert, when you will hear the worldwide debut of the official Indian Creek theme song!  Til then, hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Raspberries In, Strawberries Out, and the Secret of the Crop Alerts.

DEAR FARM FAITHFUL, it is time to let you in on a secret.  As you know, we send out these weekly Crop Alerts to give you first crack at the best stuff.  And if you have been reading since the beginning—way back in 2011—you might remember this picture of raspberries playing footie during the Women’s World Cup.

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Well, that photo was sent to 33 people.  Our list was small back then.  Today, each Crop Alert reaches thousands of pickers.

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05-IMG_2552That’s how it’s done, folks.  You can beat the crowds during the week, especially for small, specialty crops like strawbs and raspbs.

06-IMG_2555Speaking of which… Adios, Strawberries.  Hola, Raspberries.  Light raspberry picking has begun in the old field and the new one.

07-IMG_2557This is the new planting, and it is already bearing a crop.  It is not a huge crop, and not really ripe yet.  But you might find a few now.

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10-IMG_2568But don’t believe everything you read.  (For example, there is no cider yet, despite random signs you’ll see around the farm.)  We try to keep you apprised of the latest picking news, but the mailing list has grown big.  When a Crop Alert hits thousands of inboxes, pickers come swarming and that can change things fast.  You can always call the stand beforehand (607-227-8248), and you can see our daily updates on Facebook.  But your best bet is to stop in early and often.

Farm Buzz

{ Side News. }

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Strawberries, Raspberries, and 100 Crops That Taste Like Rocks.

KIND OF SOGGY in farm town this week.  Strawberries get squooshed if you pick them in the rain, but pick them after a few hours of sun and you’ll do okay.  The “get muddy” experience is free at Indian Creek, and a fun chance to test your Mucks or Wellies.

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The strawberry crop is thin.  But these sweeties were picked in the time it took to sing 2 lines of “We All Live in a Yellow Submarine.”

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Raspberries!  We hope that next week’s crop alert will sound the start of raspberry picking.  They are “sugaring up” now.

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Everything else is growing nicely.  We planted more vegetables than ever before.  Tomatoes are coming round, and it’s only June.

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Eggplant will be coming out your ears this year.  Start thinking about how you are going to use them:  grilling, frying, pickling…

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You will find a plethora of peppers.  Hots and sweets.  Poblanos, Italians, habaneros, jalapeños, green, red, you name it.

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Everyone is asking when peaches will be ready to pick.  Peaches are an August thing.  Right now they taste like rocks.

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Nectarines are the fuzzless cousins.  They taste even more like rocks.  Soon enough we will announce nectarine season.

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Pears.  They taste good in late August and early September.  Right now they taste like, you guessed it, rocks.

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You can see the apples are off to a great start.  There are a few August varieties, followed by about 60 other types in high season!

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Pumpkins are invisible in June.  They taste like air.  In a couple months they will taste like rocks.  Then pumpkins in October.

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Finally sprouts in November.  All told you will find over 100 crops that ripen at different times.  Stay with us as the fun gets funner in the coming weeks.  You’ll start to see lots more action at the stand soon.

Farm Buzz

{ Side News. }

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And now for a point of order:  Please do not pick, or otherwise mess with, the soy beans in the big field next to us.  It’s not ours.

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And your farm trivia for the week:  This invaluable contraption is called a “spinning jenny.”  True story.

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Last but not least, we have 2 freshly minted Doctors of Philosophy here at the farm.  An economist and a Latinist.  They will be giving free expert advice at the farm stand all summer.  Come pick fruit and get schooled.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Our Inspiring Underdog of a Strawberry Patch Has Outlasted the Spanish World Cup Team.

DEAR FARM FANS, these strawberry fields are not forever.  They get picked clean before noon each day.  Indeed the crop is thin, but it has lasted deeper into June than the reigning soccer champs, and lucky pickers have been surprised by the plucky berries’ pizzazz.

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Taking cues from Neymar, Messi, and other world football stars, a few prominent berries are using their fame for good.

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Just look beneath the leaves.  You might run into a celebri-berry.  There are 9,942 plants here.  Bound to find a few.

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We don’t want sad faces, so we are posting reality updates on Facebook, the chalkboards, and the phone:  (607) 227-8248.

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We recommend happy faces, because the rest of the crops look promising.  Raspberries are next, in a few weeks.

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Then peaches will arrive.  Everybody cries when peach season is over, so save your tears til then, and be of good cheer meanwhile.

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Vegetables should be a big deal this year.  We went coo-coo and planted tons.  When the tomato sign is level, the crops are ripe.

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Apples are the biggest deal of all.  Some are already blushing in anticipation of the love you will show them.

Farm Buzz

{ Side News. }

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The lads are building a trellis.  It will hold new raspberry plants for years.  We use strawberries to measure the chainsaw cuts.

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Maybe you are bummed about the strawberry crop.  For consolation, we are offering all the weeds you can pick.  Free.

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If anyone left a comb, sorry, we are using it to rake the basil patch.  Kinda weird, kinda perfect.

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Everyone is weird and perfect in their own way.  “FARMALL” means the farm is open to all.

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Yes, everyone is welcome here.  Even the green tomatoes are joining the movement.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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