– FRESH CROP ALERT –
Honeycrisp apples • McIntosh apples • Peaches • Pears • Tomatoes • Peppers • Flowers • Herbs
Beefsteak tomato peck sale ($16) • Fresh-pressed cider • Apples • Peaches • Pears • Tomatoes • Peppers • Flowers • Garlic • Slushies • Coffee • Mugs • Honey • Lotion • Beeswax • Syrup • Pottery • Potted fruit trees
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DEAR FARMKETEERS: And now for the news that 95% of you have been waiting for since 2021. You can pick your own Honeycrisp apples starting today. That’s the top story in this week’s “Fresh Crop Alert,” followed by 10 other reasons to come help with the harvest at your very earliest convenience.
(1) U-PICK HONEYCRISP! Come now, they’re big and beautiful. They’re the most popular apple since Granny Smith retired to Kazakhstan. Also see How to Pick An Apple.
(2) U-PICK MCINTOSH: The versatile, vinous mainstay since the 19th century. Pick them off the big trees in the Vintage Orchard. Flagged with orange ribbons!
(3) U-PICK PEARS: New varieties of European pears are ready to pick this week. Ask at the stand and we will direct you to the far end of the Dwarf Orchard!
(4) U-PICK PEACHES: Another good week for peach picking. Won’t go too far into September, so now is your chance! Please ask at the stand and we’ll direct you to the booty.
(5) U-PICK TOMATOES! Big-time tomato harvest including beefsteak, cherry, heirloom, roma, San Marzanos, and more. What you find each day will vary with as the crowds that came before you. Load up and put up for the off-season. You can also get a peck of beefsteaks at the farmstand for only $16 while supplies last! These are “field run” tomatoes meaning there will be some blemishes, perfect for your DIY culinary productions.
(6) U-PICK PEPPERS. Come browse the pepper patch. Sweets and hots, many varieties, a veritable capsicum smorgasbord.
(7) U-PICK FLOWERS. The u-pick field is right next to the farm stand and parking lot! Use scissors instead of ripping and tearing at flowers with your bare hands. Thank you!
(8) FRESH CIDER! 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. Earn your locavore credentials by starting with a jug this week and following with jugs over the coming weeks of apple harvest – the flavor will evolve as the varieties change each week. Freezes great, just pour a little off the top before freezing to keep it from going kaboom.
(9) FRESH DONUTS! Served Thursday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. With ever more verve and vigor as autumn approaches, the Mark 2 Donut Robot churns 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 and hallelujah.
(10) FRESH COFFEE! Get a cup at the farmstand. We are brewing hometown roaster, Ithaca Coffee Company, and you can serve yourself. No latte, no spice, no venti, no ice. Just a simple cup for your agritourism adventure. Self-serve kiosk next to the Donut Hole. New tumblers are great – they keep stuff hot or cold for hours and hours!
(11) NEW! BULK CIDER GALLONS. This year we are offering volume discounts on gallon jugs of cider instead of filling carboys. The bulk cider will be between 1 and 2 weeks old, still fresh and not yet turning. Prices are $8/gallon (5-9 gallons), $6/gallon (10-49 gallons), and $4.50/gallon (50+ gallons). Call the stand for availability before you come over, 607-227-8248.
BUS STOP = INDIAN CREEK! You can 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 SLOWWWLY ON YOUR HONEYCRISP HUNT! We have witnessed several terrible, high-speed collisions on Route 96 by the farm in recent years. Approach the farm carefully, exit the farm carefully, and drive SLOWwwwwly when you are on the farm! Here is a free driver’s education reminder.
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 farm 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 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.