Farm is open 7 days a week 8:00 to 7:00 rain or shine • Pick Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Elstar, and first Empire apples • Pick dozens of kinds of tomatoes and peppers and flowers • Enjoy fresh donuts Fri-Sun 11:00 to 6:00 • Goodies at the farm stand = apples, pears, tomatoes, peppers, ginger, corn, garlic, potatoes, honey, syrup, flowers, lemon and cider slushees • COVID rules include (1) Keep SAFE distance, (2) wear MASK in closer quarters, (3) monitor your KIDS • BYOBags for picking produce and set them on the scale for checkout • Drive slowwwwwly on the farm • Thanks to @ginalskihollie for this week’s cover photo • Thank you for being the best farm fans in New York
DEAR FARMKETEERS: We begin this week’s Fresh Crop Sermon by contemplating a donut stack. Let us call it The Leaning Tower of Society and/or Civilization.
Just name something that COULD go wrong with our world, and it probably already has. Yes, ‘Creekniks, here we go together a-leaning… a-tilting… a-wobbling… a-bobbling. To see how this movie ends, just hop right to the bottom picture. Or scroll your way down, slowly and prayerfully, if you have a taste for small-time agricultural suspense. For it was the great poet Rilke who counseled: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved… and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” But scroll fast if you must. Poets are not to be trusted without scrutiny.
Pick your own McIntosh apples in the Vintage Orchard. The trees are a century old, dating back to the days when Rilke wrote his Letters to a Young Poet. September 15 is high season for McIntosh apples – the annual Mac Attack. We need you in full force picking til they’re gone.
Pick your own Honeycrisp apples. This is probably the last weekend for picking these orbs of lucre and pulchritude. “Moneycrisp,” some people call them, as these apples helped many imperiled small orchards get on financial terra firma after breeders introduced them in the 1990s. You can also pick Elstar, a high-quality dessert apple that does great work for eating fresh, saucing, juicing, and baking. It will keep well in storage for two to three months. This is one of the best modern apples. Lastly, a few of you have written to ask about Empire – the very first Empire apples are ready, while next week is their real appointed hour.
Pick your own TOMATOES & PEPPERS. You can pick your own tomatoes now – many varieties ready and ripening. Hard to tell you which types you will find in abundance when you arrive, depends on who got here first. We also planted some 23 kinds of peppers, sweet and hot. Word on the street is the hot peppers may have been picked clean for the year except jalapeños, Serranos, and habaneros. You just have to come explore. Note: no eggplants for picking right now. The lovely photo comes from @nishachittal who wrote, “I might physically be in Brooklyn but my heart is still in the finger lakes: @indiancreekfarmithaca tomatoes we picked ourselves, basil I picked off @supernatural_lake‘s giant plants before the drive home, fresh mozzarella, maldon, olive oil + balsamic vinegar…”
Get DONUTS every weekend. Donuts are rolling off the Mark 2 Donut Robot Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:00 to 6:00. Nick the Donut Kid is churning out these freshly fried toroids of fructotic splendor – optionally sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Just whisper, “A sprinkle of SIN, SUGAR.” Pictured here with Honeycrisp.
Get CIDER jugs every day. This is the thurd week of “Orchard Ambrosia” – our 100% unpasteurized, old-fashioned, nothing-added cider. You can get gallon and half-gallon jugs. Freezes great. It’s just apples and maybe a few pears, cold-pressed into juice. Squeezed by a water balloon gadget. It gets better each week as the apple blend becomes more varied.
Local ginger is back! Stock up – and spice up – on this recherché commodity. “The most precious substance in the universe is the spice… The spice extends life… expands consciousness… gives one the ability to fold space… that is, travel to any part of the universe without moving.” Of course Sci-Fi fans know that from Dune. But few people know that fresh ginger has been growing right here in the Finger Lakes. Sharon and Dean of Tree Gate Farm, our friends around the corner next to Coy Glen, will try to keep us supplied for a third year. Last year, Farm Fans hoovered up the rhizomes as fast as the farmers could deliver. It’s great for ginger tea and myriad culinary uses. Sharon explains how they grow it: “The seed comes from Hawaii, arrives in March, and using a greenhouse and a lot of compost, we spend 7 months working to convince it that the Finger Lakes region is almost as wonderful a place to grow as the tropics. Unlike what you find at the grocery store, our uncured ginger is snappy and sweet, roughly the texture of an apple or a slice of water chestnut. And no peeling required! Just be sure to use or freeze within a week; it’s perishable.” Ginger now, turmeric in October!
You can cut your own FLOWERS in the field by the stand and other spots around the farm. It’s our best flower crop ever. The flower list has included zinnia, snapdragon, celosia, ageratum, gomphrena, scabiosa / pincushion, cornflower / bachelor buttons, dianthus / carnations, strawflower, aster, marigold, verbena, and statice. You can also get them at the stand in bouquets – nice jars included – assembled by fruit farmers. Thank you kindly @sanemeteriojosue for the great photo from your visit.
Please BRING YOUR OWN BAGS for picking fruits and vegetables. In the B.C. era (Before Corona), we had gotten rid of single-use plastic bags and everyone was happily bringing their own bags or getting our reusable farm totes. We had to make some adjustments for the early corona period, but let’s get back to that good practice: Bring your bags for picking, set them on the scale at checkout, and we will ring you out without touching your bags. You can also buy our totes which you might have seen around town.
Whoa, check out this locavore’s creation. Dutch apple pie a la mode with apples from The ‘Creek and ice cream from Purity. Thank you to @fcb002 who simply wrote, “Eat local 💕”
And then this from @withleavesofsage. “When it’s month six of a pandemic, the first 60-something-degree day, and you’ve been binge watching British Bake Off (again), you whip together a replica of your wedding cake. In my case, an apple spice cake with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting. It’s three layers and made from scratch with the apples from @indiancreekfarmithaca which we picked last weekend 🍁🍎” Thanks for the inspiration and happy cake-a-versary.
And finally, a sign of the times, a whiff of the zeitgeist. We recently posted a gallery of 10 photos on Facebook – our weekly post telling folks what they can pick. Among the photos was this very special peach. Our ad got rejected by the social media giant’s artificial intelligence censors with a warning about promoting sex paraphernalia. On a wild hunch we removed this peach – yep! – and the ad got approved. Doesn’t THAT bode well for a fair election with no fake news? Seems like time to WORRY. But Farmketeers and ‘Creekniks are resilient, are we not? We bend but we don’t break, right? We can bend really far and strike a confident pose when we summon our yogic powers of cooperation and mutual support and… donuts?
Love to y’all. Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.