– FRESH CROP ALERT –
Peaches • Apples • Flowers • Herbs • Raspberries
Peaches • Eggplant • Garlic • Scapes • Blueberries • Slushies • Coffee • Mugs • Honey, lip balm, lotion, beeswax • Syrup • Pottery • Potted herbs • Potted flowers • Fresh donuts served Thursday-Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
– FULL STORY –
DEAR FARMKETEERS: The traintracks and tarmacs of England are melting. The Secret Service can’t find the text messages. And – gasp – Brad Pitt threatens to incite a surge of middle-aged manspreading by posing in a brown linen kilt. So how about some pretty good news to inoculate the locavore population against these inklings of doom?
YOU CAN PICK PEACHES NOWWWW. In fact, now is when they need picking – over the next 2 or 3 days. There will be several waves of ripening peaches as always, but this year the crop is much smaller than last year. We expect short flurries of picking, perhaps a couple days each on short notice. This is the first round, please pick them by the end of this weekend. Ask at the farmstand and we will direct you to the proper rows. As of today, we’re talking about “regular” “round” peaches, meaning the roughly spherical ones. The “flat” “donut” peaches are not ready to pick yet, the roughly toroidal ones.
DONUT PEACHES ARE NOT READY TO PICK! BUT! FRESH DONUTS ARE! Served Thursday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Mark 2 Donut Robot is churning out fresh fried rings of fructotic splendor – sprinkled, if you like, with cinnamon sugar. “A sprinkle of sin, sugar,” is all you have to say. No donuts served on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its lavish Cyborg Sabbath. Amen.
THE RARE JULY APPLE – PICK YOUR OWN. First variety of the year, Yellow Transparent. Of course we know what you are thinking: “Yellow” and “Transparent” make the most unappetizing fruit name since Edelborsdorfer. But nothing creates a community orchard mid-July bumrush like Yellow Transparent apples – and it’s time now. Your Siberian cousins ARE WILD ABOUT THIS APPLE. A cold-hardy variety imported in the 1800s from the far north, it ripens in July by design for the short Arctic growing season. To cut the acidity, people in the olden/colden days added SALT – take note, foodivorous foodies! – and called them salt apples. We call them Old Yellers. They’ll make you scream for their creamy apple sauce, first chance of the year. They are good stuff to be thankful for – not ridiculed for being early to the party.
PICK YOUR OWN HERBS. A modest garden by most measures, but offering the thrills of basil, Thai basil, marjoram, dill, sage, thyme, oregano, chives, parsley to all ye who seek.
PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS. Please be gentle with our somewhat tender plants. Zinnias, dahlias, celosia, gomphrena, snapdragons, strawflowers, ageratum, pincushion flower, verbena. Use scissors instead of ripping and tearing at them with your bare hands. Civilized ‘Creekniks!
U-PICK RASPBERRIES. The summer raspberry crop will taper off soon. But you can come picking and hunt for berries. Others are still scoring hauls. We usually get a smaller fall crop.
COFFEE! First time ever, you can get a cup of coffee at the farmstand. We are brewing from hometown roaster, Ithaca Coffee Company, and you can serve yourself. No lattes, no pumpkin spice, no ice. Just a simple cuppa for your agritourism adventure. Self-serve kiosk next to the hole-in-the-wall donut shoppe. (New tumblers keep stuff hot or cold forever!)
POTTED HERBS & FLOWERS. Get them at the farm stand. Start your own ‘Creek. Send us a newsletter. We’ll come picking and herbing and cidering and donutting at your house. We will keep our dogs out of your berry and vegetable fields! We will drive very slowly on your farm! We will be really pretty nice! Very nice and really pretty nice customers!
SLUSHIES. Hot days. Try dunking.
NEW BUS STOP = INDIAN CREEK! Take your public transportation right to your u-pick destination. TCAT has moved the bus stop to directly in front of the farm, so anyone can take the #21 from town to our doorstep. You want to avoid using the #14, which ends at the hospital requiring a walk on the highway. Be safe!
DRIVE SAFELY! We have witnessed several terrible, high-speed collisions on Route 96 by the farm in recent years. 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.
Love to y’all. Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.