– FRESH CROP ALERT –
Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Cortland, Pixie Crunch, Sweet 16, Spartan, Autumn Crisp apples • Pumpkins • Eggplant • Peppers • Tomatoes (a few) • Flowers • Herbs
Fresh donuts (Thu-Sun 11:00 to 5:00) • Peach peck sale while supplies last • Cider • Apples • Pears • Peppers • Eggplant • Flowers • Garlic • Slushies • Coffee • Mugs • Honey • Lotion • Beeswax • Syrup • Pottery • Potted fruit trees • Pumpkins will be at stand by Saturday morning
– FULL STORY –
DEAREST FARMKETEERS: Things continue to shade rather darkly in the world these days. But on the bright side for one particular fellow, Charles R., he is finally king! “Charles Rex,” in the old-timey lingo. So he doesn’t have to cry “PICK ME!” anymore. Meanwhile, here across the pond, thousands of apples and pumpkins – and an unexpected throng of eggplants – are all crying, “PICK MEEEEE ASAP!”
LAST CHANCE U-PICK HONEYCRISP! The big and beautiful Honeycrisp crop was the star of last weekend when literally thousands of you came to pick. Now it’s winding down – come immediately if you want to pick your own Honeycrisp! Ask at the stand where to find them, since there are multiple Honeycrisp locations in the orchards. Get ready for your outing with our Farm School tutorial, How to Pick An Apple.
BACK THIS WEEK: U-PICK MCINTOSH APPLES. America’s versatile, vinous mainstay since the 19th century, and a vintage counterpoint to the newfangled Honeycrisp. Pick them off the big trees in the Vintage Orchard. Wander and look for orange ribbons!
NEW THIS WEEK: U-PICK CORTLAND APPLES! These are the famous “lunchbox apples” that stay white after they’ve been sliced. Perfect for eating fresh and fruit salads as they present beautifully without oxidizing. Look for yellow ribbons in the Vintage Orchard.
NEW: PIXIE CRUNCH APPLES. A sweet little jewel of an apple that children love!
NEW: SPARTAN APPLES. The firm, crisp, and finely-grained texture makes it an excellent dessert apple, and the kids will love the simple, aromatic, sweet-tart flavor.
NEW: AUTUMN CRISP APPLES. Named “NYS 674” at birth, this apple has adopted a much better royal title! May your Autumn be Crisp!
NEW: SWEET SIXTEEN APPLES. Tastes like Cherry Twizzlers! Srsly!
U-PICK PUMPKINS! You can pick your own now. The crop is big and beautiful. BUT! Remember that we sold out of pumpkins several WEEKS before Halloween last season. So don’t delay. We will have the farm stand stocked with pumpkins by Saturday morning, 9/24. But you can pick your dream pumpkin in the u-pick field now!
GIANT PEACH SALE: Only $26/peck for peaches that we have picked for you. This is the last of summer’s peaches! Load up now for cobblers and winter creations. Could be sold out by the weekend!
PUTTIN’ UP PEACHES! Farm fan Sheri, our newest ‘Creeknik of the Weeknik, posted her haul of peaches that is now “up” for the winter! Bravo!
U-PICK EGGPLANT (TONS!): Lots to pick now. Thank you for letting them size up. Time to eat them!
U-PICK PEPPERS: Come browse the pepper patch for a Capsicum smorgasbord. Sweets and hots!
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. Bolster your locavore credentials by getting jugs each week – the flavor profile will evolve as new varieties enter the apple harvest. Freezes great, just pour a little off the top before freezing to keep it from going kaplooey.
FRESH DONUTS! Served Thursday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. With ever more vim and 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.
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!
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 U-PICK ADVENTURE! 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.