Fresh-Spilled Xmas Cider, 3 Words About Mutsus, and 2 Gifts for the Apple of Your Eye.

YESTERDAY THE GANG shipped out heaps of Apple Gift Boxes.  Each box will go over the river and through the woods, carrying 18 tasty Finger Lakes fruits toward an apple-friendly home somewhere across our country tis-of-thee.

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Meanwhile, the Cidermeister is pressing her weekly batch of Ambrosia.  She will promptly spill it all over the bottles, and the bottles will go on display for your immediate consumption.

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That’s how you know it’s fresh—the labels are freshly mucked.  This is no mechanized factory.  This is your local spillery.

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Last press before Xmas.  Come get yours.  (Sorry, the Cidermeister’s identity will remain secret for yet another week.)

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Got a new book:  Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen.  It was a gift from our friend at the Finger Lakes Land Trust.  They are a cool organization.  Their mission is, “To conserve forever the lands and waters of the Finger Lakes region, ensuring scenic vistas, local foods, clean water, and wild places for everyone.”  They protect farms, forests, gorges, wetlands, and lakeshores—over 16,000 acres so far.  They come apple-picking at The ‘Creek.

5-IMG_4548Let’s have a look inside.  On page 79, we find an apt description of Mutsu:  “monolithic green behemoth.”  It continues, “Like the Incredible Hulk, Mutsu is huge, green, and strangely lovable.  That massive bulk hides a sweet demeanor.  You wouldn’t call it complex, but Mutsu is reliably great.  You are guaranteed a joyous crunch fest…”

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We got lots of Mutsus still.  And big ones.  “Famously good fresh, but equally excellent in pies.”

7-IMG_4514You can get Mutsu bushels with a phone call.  Otherwise, the stand is stocked with value bags.  Plenty of sauce-grade Macs, too.

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You can also get QUASH and B RU SSS SPROUT S every day.  If you need a gift for your favorite local foodie, help them geek out on the harvest with Apples of Uncommon Character.  And if you want to connect them to the land on another level, get them a gift membership to the Finger Lakes Land Trust.  You can join, too, and help save our region from unchecked development.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

 

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Nudity in the Orchard, Foul-Weather Friends, and Our Drive for Five.

IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE:  You got local foodies and local foodists.  The foodies talk the talk.  They yammer on about parsnips and capons.  But local foodists, they simply eat lots of stuff from local farms.  Part of their daily routine.  Come heck or high snow.

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We love our farmie foodists.  They are foul-weather friends.  They shop here in a blizzard with a crooked smile.

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They are not scared off by farmers in coverups.  They are on a mission.  They will have their fruits and vegetables.

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They come for the fresh, unpasteurized, verrrry cold cider each week.  Plus apples, sprouts, and squash.

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Yes, the stand is open every day—indoors now—no matter how forlorn it looks from the road.  Self-serve all day.

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Five customers a day—that’s our goal.  “Drive for Five.”  Even 50 bucks a day in winter helps sustain a small farm.

07-IMG_4460So come all ye foul-weathered friends and see mass nudity in the orchards.  The fruit trees are naked.

08-IMG_4464You can see their spindly limbs and structural sinews.  Pretty marvelous, just standing there all winter.

09-IMG_4451The playground is open daily.  A snowfort with lookout tower, hidden room, and climbing wall.  Ski in, ski out.

10-IMG_4459The snowbox awaits your youngsters.  Really, come up here, get outside, bring a thermos of hot choc.

11-IMG_4469We’re as ready for winter as we’ll ever be.  When old apple trees die, they make the best wood for the stove.

12-IMG_4473Peaches the Piano sends you holiday greetings.  “O when the black keys turn white…,” you know the song.

13-IMG_4475Thank you for supporting local farms.  Almost forgot, you can still bring your carboys to make hard cider.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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How to Be a Winter Farmie, How to Compute Your Sprouts, and What is a “Carboy,” Anyway?

YOU DESERVE a local food commendation if you shop at the farm in December.  (Trophies are reserved for January diehards.)  Come get apples, sprouts, and squash.  Bulk cider is only $5 a gallon.

1-IMG_4192You got the run of the place in winter.  Your visits bolster us against the off-season slump and fortify us for spring planting.

2-IMG_4199The farm is kind of nice in winter.  Good for you city slickers to see.  The sandbox becomes a snowbox.

3-IMG_4216You can still get a dozen varieties of apples, from the ordinary Mac to the extraordinary Ashmead’s Kernel.

4-IMG_4225BIG CIDER SALE:  You can drop off your carboys 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.  The rest of you can still buy gallons and half-gallons of Orchard Ambrosia every day of the week.

IMG_4229What is a carboy?  It’s a big jug for making hard country hooch.  Some carboys have fun-looking science stuff attached.  In The Sign of the Four, Sherlock Holmes said to Watson, “You can see the outline of his small foot here at the side of this evil-smelling mess.  The CARBOY has been cracked, you see, and the stuff has leaked out.”

IMG_4230The word carboy comes from the Persian, karaba, which is defined as a large glass flagon.  Great, so now we have to look up “flagon.”  A flagon is a large bottle in which wine or cider is sold.  Thus, carboy, flagon, demijohn… they all mean bottle.  Bring yours.

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For our next lesson, we move from Persia to Greece.  As always, we have consulted the ancients when devising our pricing model.  Pythagoras taught us the “right” approach to Brussels Sprouts:  3-4-5.  For a family of four, we recommend the hypotenuse.

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If that blows your mind, or if you find the stalks “too real,” grab the $2 option.  Pre-stripped and ready for your wok.

5-IMG_4232The family that squashes together, sloshes together.  WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?

6-IMG_4234Everyone is like, “BOOOORING, what am I supposed to do with these little squash?”  Well, did you know that farmers use acorn squash in place of bobbleheads and snowglobes?  Try one on your desk at work.  They are very calming.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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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…

IMG_3866Wear your Halloween costume to the farm on Saturday!  Not just a silly hat—your whole scarifying getup.

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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.

4-IMG_3821Nearby, kids can work on important problems like how to fly the Piper Cub in quixotic fall weather.

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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