We are open to the public every day from sunrise to sunset. You can hand-pick fruits and vegetables in the fields yourself – or pop into the farmstand for a fix of fresh produce that we have harvested especially for you. To find Indian Creek Farm, follow the rainbow; if that fails, use this Google map.
Indian Creek is the closest farm to Ithaca, New York, home of marvelous natural areas and higher learning. Gorges, waterfalls, wineries, and museums are all within a pumpkin toss. Lovely Cayuga Lake is down in the valley. So come on over!
The farm is an easy destination for families visiting Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Wells College. You’ll have fun kicking around the orchards and getting a sense of the surroundings off campus. Travelers on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail pass right through our neck of the woods. We even get lots of New York City people escaping the concrete jungle for a day upcountry.
When to Visit
Come when you hear us cheering about fresh crops! Sign up for Crop Alerts & Farm Buzz and you will be the first to know when new produce is ready for the picking. Your email signup keeps this little farm going – and you’ll be eating more delicious produce throughout the seasons.
Our regulars stop in weekly for their farm-fresh groceries. Of course, you can check the blog or the sandwich board on Route 96 when you get hungry. But if you are serious about juicy local peaches, and getting what you so richly deserve in life, subscribe to become an emergency first responder. Anyway, the seasonal picking schedule goes something like this:
|August||Peaches, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers, Cucumbers, and Summer Squash|
|September||McIntosh Apples, Cortland Apples, and Apple Juice|
|October||Pumpkins, Winter Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Northern Spy Apples, Mutsu Apples, Rome Beauty Apples, and more Apple Juice!|
As we said, the farm is open sunrise to sunset. That means you can get goodies at the farmstand and go u-picking whenever it’s light enough to see. There is someone at the stand between 8 AM and 8 PM, but you can use the self-serve box if they are napping, slacking, or snacking.
Things to Bring
All the picking supplies are at the farmstand, including boxes, bags, and apple grabbers. You will also find maps and guides in the marquees at the stand. That means you only need to bring yourself and a pretty good attitude. For thoughts on what to wear, scroll down below.
Above you see the paper materials for 2011. We print the new year’s materials in June. Keep in mind that some crops move to different fields each year. Of course, the orchards don’t go anywhere, they just sit there.
Cars, Bikes, Buses, Feet
Cars ~ No problem, we’re just a couple minutes up Route 96 from Ithaca and 10 minutes from Trumansburg. You can use our spacious parking lot or leave your vehicle along our dirt roads when you are picking in the fields.
Bikes ~ Great, we’d love to see more people biking here and loading their panniers for the downhill coast back to Ithaca. The lower mile of Route 96 is not beautifully appointed for cyclists, but once you are up the hill you are in serious touring country – nothing but farms and parks and views as far as you can ride. Cycling in the Finger Lakes is terrific, and Indian Creek Farm sits on one of the main routes. Check out the Finger Lakes Cycling Club and Bike Ithaca. It’s always a good feeling when bikes pull up to the farmstand. If your bike does dirt and gravel, ride around the farm.
Buses ~ They are workable from Ithaca, the Number 21 goes right past the farm and you can signal for the driver to stop at the farmstand. The Number 14 stops near the corner of Route 96 and Hayts Road. From the stop, you walk a few hundred feet to the farmstand.
Feet ~ You can walk here from downtown, it’s a steady uphill climb but unfortunately the sidewalk ends and then you are walking in the shoulder. So it’s probably not the best pedestrian road. There is one older gal who pulls her grocery cart behind her and wanders the orchard every week – it’s rather Old World and very pleasing to see. The dogs tag along as she goes.
What to Wear
You can wear whatever. But let it be known that u-picking is a prime photographic opportunity, given the natural backdrops, dappled light, and apple-cheeked faces made supple by the purposeful and uncomplicated exertion of the day. Even veteran pickers spend at least 30 minutes contemplating not only the function, but also the form, of their outfits before coming to the farm.
The prudent apparel planner will accessorize liberally – hat and sunglasses, gloves and scarves in season, and a picnic basket in the case of the advanced student. As you know the trick is to look unplanned but not uncoordinated. The tilt of your hat must be just so, while exuding a devil-may-care approach to life rarely seen outside of the boob tube.
No items are specifically prohibited, though certain pieces are probably beyond the pale. Stilleto heels, for example, are going to imperil your ankles even as they put the next level of apples within your reach. We are fruit-lovers and apple-pushers but we can’t in good conscience recommend that gamble.
Finally, if you should like to go a step further, and pass yourself off as an actual farmer, put down your LL Bean catalog and visit the clothing department of Tractor Supply Company on Route 13. Be conscious, however, that the sartorial joys of farming are considerable and have drawn more than a few dabblers into the agriculture life for good – and for bad. Perhaps it is best to stick to your standard town-n-country clothier.
If you do visit Tractor Supply, can you please pick up a 72-inch horse mat and a pair of earmuffs? Someone at the farmstand will reimburse you.