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Farm will be closed for the season as of November 1, 2021 • Apples and pears and pumpkins are PICKED OUT now • U-pick Brussels sprouts • U-pick sunflowers • Open every day 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM • Shop for cider, sprouts, hot peppers, ginger, turmeric, garlic, honey, syrup, pottery, slushees, donuts • COVID: Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and protocols include: (1) We are not requiring masks as the farm is an outdoor experience, (2) We recommend that unvaccinated people wear masks, (3) Practice social distancing under the covered porch area • Drive slowly on the farm • Drive CAREFULLY when approaching and leaving the farm on Route 96 • Thank you for repeatedly and politely bumrushing the farm this season!
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BELOVED FARMKETEERS & ‘CREEKNIKS: This is the last Fresh Crop Alert of the year. On the first of November, the farm crew will turn our brains and brawns to off-season work, being six months of digging, packing, and shipping for our fruit tree business. Would you like to stay in touch over the winter? You can sign up for our fruit tree newsletter to get first dibs on tree sales, educational events, and seasonal orchard tips. You can also order your own fruit trees, including Honeycrisp and Winecrisp and Pixie Crunch, for planting in your home orchard in April. Now to the news of the farm’s final weekend.
U-PICK APPLES, PEARS, AND PUMPKINS = GONE. Just saying so you know. You might step on a few fallen specimens, but you won’t find any to pick. Please do come anyway. Say hello and farewell, wander the orchards, pick your own sprouts and flowers, eat donuts and cider.
U-PICK SPROUTS = OPEN! These smashingly nutritious spheroids of cruciferous craving are your pathway to a psychological festival of botanical approbation. Even people who resent plants love sprouts. We call sprouts BROUTS for short because they are so unabashedly broutish. We promote the Lop-Pop-Chop method: Lop a fresh stalk in the field, pop off the sprouts in the kitchen, chop in half. Stir fry them with bacon or fakin’. You can also get brouts at the farm stand while supplies last. KINDNESS ALERT: Cut the whole stalk; don’t pick individual sprouts since that wrecks the plant. Do not be a plant wrecker. Be a sprout lover!
U-PICK FLOWERS & SUNFLOWERS = STILL GOING! Last chance to harvest the ornamental horticulture. Please bring your own clippers for cutting sunflowers!
Get local GINGER and TURMERIC. You only need to taste an itsy-bitsy slice of fresh ginger root to be a convert for life. Good enough to eat out of hand, not to mention bringing spark to your cooking creations. Same with the fresh turmeric root. Have you tried golden milk? Sharon and Dean from TreeGate Farm around the corner have been delighting farm fans with these Hawaiian roots grown, improbably, right here in the FLX.
FRESH DONUTS = 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM! The Mark 2 Donut Robot is still churning out fresh fried toroids of fructotic splendor – sprinkled, if you like, with cinnamon sugar. “A sprinkle of sin, sugar,” is all you have to say. No donuts on Monday, when the Donut Robot observes its Cyborg Sabbath. In fact, this coming Monday, the Doughty Doughbot will unplug itself and roll into its hibernatory nesting vessel til some eight months hence. Good night, sweet fryface.
FRESH CIDER = READY NOW! At the farmstand you can get jugs of “Orchard Ambrosia” – that’s 100% unsweetened, unpasteurized juice of apples and sometimes a few pears. Nothing added. It’s like the old days, and it gets better each week as apple season rolls on. Freezes great, just pour a little off the top before freezing to keep it from going kaboom. ALERT: Last pressing of the year all bottled. Get a few jugs for the winter if you like.
DRIVE SAFELY! We have witnessed several terrible, high-speed collisions on Route 96 by the farm this summer. Please approach the farm carefully, exit the farm carefully, and drive slowly when you are on the farm!
A Drivers Education
Entering from Ithaca
- Indian Creek Farm is 1/2 mile north of the Cayuga Medical Center traffic light. We are on the left, just after the Dubois Road intersection, as you come over the rise. The entrance comes up quickly.
- There is no need to increase speed to 55 MPH. Stay slow to keep the cars behind you slow.
- Use your left TURN SIGNAL well before the turn. We have watched people stop to turn into the farm without using their signal.
While on Farm
- Please drive slowly. There is no hurry. You are on vacation while on the farm. There are kids and folks of all ages walking around the farm. Take it easy.
- Do not pull out if you can even see a car coming. Assume the car is speeding and that you will get hit.
- Be patient, an opening will come
We want you to have a safe visit.
Love to y’all. Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.