Garlic Harvest Extended & First Apples Ready! Pick Your Own Garlic, Eggplant, Flowers, Herbs, Last Raspberries, First Apples, First Peaches; Daily Donuts & Tart Cherry Slusheees.


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U-pick garlic • U-pick raspberries • U-pick eggplant • U-pick herbs • U-pick flowers • U-pick apples • U-pick peaces (first few) • Open 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except Monday) • Shop for garlic, eggplant, apricots, Yellow Transparent apples, lemon & tart cherry slushees, flowers, honey, syrup, pottery, and more • COVID: Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and current protocols include: (1) The farm is an outdoor experience and we are not requiring masks, (2) We recommend that non-vaccinated people wear masks, (3) Practice social distancing inside the covered farm stand area, (4) These protocols could change during the season • Drive slowwwwwwwly on the farm • Thank you for being here


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  If you want to make the gods laugh, tell them your plans.  They will hear you out – then promptly amuse themselves tinkering with the dials, tilting the playing fields, and generally enforcing Murphy’s Law with all the mercurial zeal of a banana republic despot.  Heck, those same almighties might even trick you – and millions of others – into unutterable infamies such as installing linoleum over nice wood floors.  Gasp!  Be mindful!  Meantime, for our part here on the farm, we accept that our plans for a synchronized dance of weather and harvest will occasionally meet with an impish, even radically contrary response, so we humbly adjust our ag ec as needed.  To wit:  The u-pick garlic harvest has been extended to this weekend, since last weekend’s downpours kept some of you at home.  Please pick garlic now!  Last chance.

U-PICK GARLIC = NOW.  We will strip the field on Monday.  Hardneck varieties:  Continental and German Red.  Softneck varieties:  Inchelium Red and Tochliavri.  The softnecks are perfect for braiding.  You can pull a head for tonight’s dinner or stock up for the whole year.  If stored correctly this year’s garlic will last until about April 2022.  Garlic Greg explains, “The best way to cure garlic is to tie cloves in bunches of 15-20 and hang in a dry, well-ventilated area such as a front porch.  After the stalks have totally dried in three or four weeks remove dried stalks for storage.  Keep at a pretty even temperature and as low humidity as possible, but don’t refrigerate or freeze.”

U-PICK GARLIC PRICING = $2/head (1-9 heads), $1.75/head (10-49), $1.50/head (50-100), $1.25/ head (100+).  There are also garlic heads and garlic scapes at the stand.

U-PICK RASPBERRIES = WANING BUT STILL GOING.  Summer crop will wrap up soon, but people have been finding quarts to pick every day.  There are probably about 2000 individual berries hiding around the farm.  There are several patches.  They recharge with days of heat and rain.  If you arrive just after a surge of pickers, do not despair.  Look under the leaves!  Check the next row!  We provide picking containers for berry season because we sell u-pick berries by quarts and pints (by volume, not weight).  Of course you can bring your own buckets or boxes for taking the berries home after you have checked out.  You can also buy our farm totes in 2 sizes and 2 colors.

U-PICK EGGPLANT = COME NOW!  There are several varieties and some of them got BIG with the heat and rain – come pick for stirfry, Italian cutlets, baba ganoush.

U-PICK APPLES = Yellow Transparent.  We know what you are thinking.  “Yellow” and “Transparent” combine to make the most unappetizing apple name since Edelborsdorfer.  But truly, nothing creates a community orchard bumrush like Yellow Transparent apples – time to pick now!  Your Siberian cousins REALLY LIKE these apples.  The Yellow Transparent apple is a cold-hardy variety imported in the 1800s from Putinlandia before it was officially called that.  It ripens in July for the short northern season.  To cut the acidity, people in the olden days added salt (take note, foodies!) and called them salt apples.  We call them Old Yellers.  They are way better than Honeycrisp.  They make a CREAMY apple sauce, first chance of the year.  They are good stuff to be thankful for.  Please come pick these apples.  By the way, now is the time to order apple trees for planting in your backyard next spring; see our nursery web site.  For example, Winecrisp has a nice name.

U-PICK PEACHES = JUST STARTING.  Many of you have written to ask, “Is it time?”  It’s hard to know what to say here, folks.  The very MENTION of peaches in a Fresh Crop Alert – even burying it below the sleepy news of Yellow Transparent apples – risks inciting a premature stone fruit riot.  Mind you, we understand the mania:  Biting into a fresh summer peach is like biting into… a juicy bag of music, a drooly symphony of piccolos and violas and French horns and organs.  And not just sacred churchy organs.  Rock-and-roll organs.  Take-me-out-to-the-ballpark organs.  Even Parisian monkey grinder organs.  Yes, a peach is a bag for all organs.  (To quote a phrase perhaps never uttered in earth history.)  At any rate, we are reporting today that there is a small first wave of peaches to be picked, a small starter wave, and it will be first come, first pick as usual.  Stay tuned for the announcement of peach season proper in a week or two, followed by donut peaches in mid-August. 

U-PICK FLOWERS = Some are in full flower, more coming along each day.  Zinnia, snapdragon, scabiosa (pincushion), ageratum, ammi, dianthus, celosia, statice, gomphrena, marigold, strawflower, dahlia, aster.  U-pick flowers are $8 per handful, vases available for $2 or bring your own.  The flower garden is right next to the farmstand.

U-PICK HERBS = Basil, parsley (flat and curly), dill, cilantro, thyme, sage, oregano.  The garden is at the farm stand.  This is a modest patch suitable for the middling home chef who would pick a bag of mixed herbs for seasoning and dressing – not big enough for hordes of ambitious pesto pickers!  U-pick herbs are $3 for a brown paper sandwich bag full, the kind the donuts used to go in.  Or like your PB&J with Little Debbies and brown mushy apple slices back in the day.

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  We’ve said it before, and it might even be true:  This is a revolution in small farm fryer logistics.  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.  Again, no donuts on Mondays, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its Cyborg Sabbath. Note:  Donut peaches are not ready yet.  Farmer Steve estimates mid-August.  Stay tuned.

COLD SLUSHEES = Lemon and tart-cherry.  Find them swishing round and round and round in the Donut Hole.

Three cheers for this dedicated locavore.  Farm Fan @mtravisdunham posted:  “I support #EatingLocal which is why I’m having fresh-picked raspberries from @indiancreekfarmithaca over lemon ricotta ice cream from @ithacaicecream #FingerLakesFood #YummyFood #UPick

Three cheers for this enterprising Farkmeteer.  @kitchensense posted:  “Jam session complete. @drnategoldstein and I picked and jammed the raspberries. Used @christine_ferber_officiel_’ overnight technique to maximize pectin. Decided to keep the seeds for both visual and textural appeal. @indiancreekfarmithaca.”  You can see the free newsletter about home cooking, Kitchen Sense, which includes over 600 recipes, some with ingredients from The ‘Creek!

Love to y’all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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U-Pick Garlic Harvest! Beautiful Crop Expected to Be Picked Clean Within A Week, Best Picking Is Now; Come Soon to Help Harvest Rain or Shine; Also Pick Raspberries & Herbs & Flowers; Fresh Donuts & Slushees; Sweet Cherry Sale While They Last.


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U-pick garlic • U-pick raspberries • U-pick herbs • U-pick flowers • Sweet cherries only $6/quart while supplies last • Open daily 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM rain or shine • Fresh donuts EVERY DAY (except Monday) 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM • Shop for garlic, garlic scapes, sweet cherries, lemon & tart cherry slushees, flower bouquets, blueberries, local honey, local syrup, local pottery • COVID: Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and current protocols include: (1) The farm is an outdoor experience and we are not requiring masks, (2) We recommend that non-vaccinated people wear masks, (3) Practice social distancing inside the covered farm stand area, (4) These protocols could change during the season • Drive slowwwly on the farm • Thank you


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HELLO, DEAR FARMKETEERS.  Fact:  Since the start of 2020, the bottom 50% of Americans by household wealth have gained $700 billion.  Sounds pretty good, right?  Meanwhile, the richest 1% gained TEN THOUSAND BILLION DOLLARS, also know as $10 TRILLION BUCKAROONIES.  So, yeah.  Does it sound like time to occupy something?  Wall Street?  Pennsylvania Avenue?  Hollywood Boulevard?  The Ithaca Mall?  Of course we cannot say.  For we are simply garlic farmers, with a field full of ripe allium heads to wrap our heads around.

U-PICK GARLIC = NOW.  It can’t be a movement with only one sopping wet garlic grower.  We need Farmketeers and ‘Creekniks in large numbers immediately.  Please OCCUPY THE GARLIC PATCH.  Rain or shine.  It is easiest pulling right now so early bird gets the best picks.  Last year the field was picked clean within a week, and the sweetest action was the first few days.  Hardneck varieties:  Continental and German Red.  Softneck varieties:  Inchelium Red and Tochliavri.  The softnecks are perfect for braiding.

U-PICK GARLIC STORAGE.  You can pull a head for tonight’s dinner or stock up for the whole year.  If stored correctly this year’s garlic will last until about April 2022.  Garlic Greg explains, “The best way to cure garlic is to tie cloves in bunches of 15-20 and hang in a dry, well-ventilated area such a front porch.  After the stalks have totally dried in three or four weeks remove dried stalks for storage.  Keep at a pretty even temperature and as low humidity as possible, but don’t refrigerate or freeze.”  Maybe you already knew that, but it seemed like a teachable moment, because not everybody automatically groks agrarian domesticity stuff.  And we’ll all need it when the prepper prophesies come true.

U-PICK GARLIC PRICING = $2/head (1-9 heads), $1.75/head (10-49), $1.50/head (50-100), $1.25/ head (100+).  There are also garlic heads and garlic scapes at the stand.

U-PICK RASPBERRIES = STILL GOING.  Summer crop will wrap up soon, but people are having no trouble finding quarts of berries every day.   There are several raspberry patches on the farm.  They recharge with days of heat and rain.  If you arrive just after a surge of pickers, do not despair.  Look under the leaves!  Check the next row!  We provide picking containers for berry season because we sell u-pick berries by quarts and pints (by volume, not weight).  Of course you can bring your own buckets or boxes for taking the berries home after you have checked out.  You can also buy farm totes.

SWEET CHERRY FLASH SALE = LAST OF THE YEAR.  Find them at the farm stand for only $6/quart.  We have about 83 quarts to move in the next couple days and that will wrap up cherry season.  Thanks for giving them a home.

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  We’ve said it before, and it might be true:  This is a revolution in small farm fryer logistics.  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,” will get you the sweets.  Again, no donuts on Mondays, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its Cyborg Sabbath.

U-PICK FLOWERS = Some are in full flower, more coming along each day.  Zinnia, snapdragon, scabiosa (pincushion), ageratum, ammi, dianthus, celosia, statice, gomphrena, marigold, strawflower, dahlia, aster.  U-pick flowers are $8 per handful, vases available for $2 or bring your own.  The flower garden is right next to the farmstand.

U-PICK HERBS = Basil, parsley (flat and curly), dill, cilantro, thyme, sage, oregano.  The garden is at the farm stand.  This is a modest patch suitable for the middling home chef who would pick a bag of mixed herbs for seasoning and dressing – not big enough for hordes of ambitious pesto pickers!  U-pick herbs are $3 for a brown paper sandwich bag full, the kind the donuts used to go in.  Or like your bologne sandwich back in the day.

FIRST EGGPLANT = AT THE STAND NOW!  Some people REALLY like eggplant season.  Even more than strawberries and raspberries combined.  Yeah, it’s like that for those special people.  Go time.

COLD SLUSHEES = Lemon and tart-cherry.  Find them swishing round and round and round in the Donut Hole.

Love to y’all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Raspbomania! Huge U-Pick Raspberry Crop Continues Seemingly Undminished; Pick Your Own Berries & Herbs & First Flowers Every Day Rain or Shizzle; Bumper Crop of Donuts & Slushees; Weekday Picking Is An Excellent Choice & Preferred By Discerning ‘Creekniks.


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U-pick raspberries • U-pick herbs • U-pick first flowers • Open daily 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM rain or shine • Fresh donuts EVERY DAY (except Monday) 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM • Garlic scapes • Sweet cherries • Lemon & tart cherry slushees • Flower bouquets • Blueberries • Local honey • Local syrup • Local pottery • COVID: Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and current protocols include: (1) The farm is an outdoor experience and we are not requiring masks, (2) We recommend that non-vaccinated people wear masks, (3) Practice social distancing inside the covered farm stand area, (4) These protocols could change during the season • Drive slowwwly on the farm • Thank you


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  Most people want to choose their own hat.  Fair enough.  But if there ever was a time to obey your local farmer, it is now:  Please put on your RASPBERRY HAT.  Don’t trifle with your strawberry hat – strawberries are so yesterday.  Don’t dust off your peach hat; you won’t need that for a couple weeks.  And for those who have written to ask whether it’s time to wear your Honeycrisp hat, well, let’s just say you don’t want to be THAT GUY, wearing your new fall outfit in early July.  It is raspberry season, there’s a huge crop, and we need you all PROPERLY HATTED ASAP.

U-PICK RASPBERRIES = Come pick now!  There are several raspberry patches on the farm.  They recharge with each day of heat and rain.  If you arrive just after a bumrush of pickers, do not despair.  Look under the leaves!  Check the next row!  We provide picking containers for berry season because we sell u-pick berries by quarts and pints (by volume, not weight).  Of course you can bring your own buckets or boxes for taking the berries home after you have checked out.  For other crops later in the season (most of which go by weight) you can bring your own totes and boxes for picking.

U-PICK HERBS = Basil, parsley (flat and curly), dill, cilantro, thyme, sage, oregano.  The garden is at the farm stand.  This is a modest patch suitable for the middling home chef who would pick a bag of mixed herbs for seasoning and dressing – not big enough for hordes of ambitious pesto pickers!  U-pick herbs are $3 for a brown paper sandwich bag full, the kind the donuts used to go in.  Which might suggest we should experiment with herbed donut sandwiches…?

U-PICK FLOWERS = Still in the early part of our flower season, but picking is open.  Some are in full flower, more coming along each day.  Zinnia, snapdragon, scabiosa (pincushion), ageratum, ammi, dianthus, celosia, statice, gomphrena, marigold, strawflower, dahlia, aster.  U-pick flowers are $8 handful, vases available for $2 or bring your own.  The flower garden is right next to the farmstand.

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  We’ve said it before, and it still might be true:  This is a revolution in small farm fryer logistics.  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,” will get you the sweets.  Again, no donuts on Mondays, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its Cyborg Sabbath.

COLD SLUSHEES = Lemon and tart-cherry.  Find them swishing round and round and round in the Donut Hole.

GARLIC SCAPES = Greg’s perennial annual attraction.  Delicious in stirfry.  Stupendous for pickling.  And a harbinger of the garlic harvest to come.

SWEET CHERRIES = Find them at the farm stand, they are really good and the season is short.

FLOWER BOUQUETS = Arranged by farmers and looking for a home.  Find them at the farm stand.  So pretty.

Love to y’all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Staggering Farm Country Secret Revealed – Weekday Pickers Score the Best Booty 9 Times Out of 11. Open 8:00 to 8:00 Every Day, Donuts Served 6 Days a Week! Please Come Pick Last Strawberries & First Raspberries ASAP.


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Now open every day 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM rain or shine • Donuts now served EVERY DAY (except Monday) 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM • Picking on weekdays avoids barbaric weekend crowds and usually finds abundant & peaceful picking • Time to pick first raspberries • Pick last few lucky strawberries • Fresh garlic scapes • Sweet cherries • Lemon & tart cherry slushees • Local honey • Local syrup • Local pottery • Berries are sold by volume, not weight, so we provide containers for picking • COVID: Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and current protocols include: (1) The farm is an outdoor experience and we are not requiring masks, (2) We recommend that non-vaccinated people wear masks, (3) Practice social distancing inside the covered farm stand area (4) These protocols could change throughout the season • Drive slowwwwwly on the farm • Thank you for visiting… on WEEKDAYS if possible! 


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  If there ever was a sign of a return to normalcy, it is the June emergence of the Raspberry Rhino.

But this is a hippo.  So things are not quite normal yet.  But we’re doing our best.  You can come pick the very first raspberries of the season.  These are the “prelude” variety, and as the name makes clear, they are but a hint of a bumper crop to come.  Find them in the northernmost row of the main raspberry patch near the anomalous shack on stilts, and in the fenceline patch west of the southern strawberry field.  You will have no trouble finding these on our farm map.  Everyone knows exactly where everything is at a single glance of our map – and our signage will resolve any lingering doubts.  There is something else we can clear up for you now:  You know how donkeys are half-mule and half-horse or something like that?  Rhinos are half-hippo, half-unicorn.  Whaaaaat!  Totally.  You heard it here first.  Farmers have so many great thoughts it’s hard to keep them inside.

Come pick the last few strawberries that popped out in the sun this week.  You might be thinking, “I thought you said strawberries were picked out last weekend!”  True.  In last Thursday’s newsletter we said come pick strawberries nowww!  Then, only two days later on Saturday, we posted on Facebook that the strawbs were picked and the donuts kicked.  Then, on Monday we said, come pick strawbs again, we need about 20 pickers a day this week to wrap strawberry season.  And today we’re sticking with that story.  But more important than picking the last few strawberries is the moral of the story:  On a small farm, with a bustling base of Fanatical Farmketeers, crops can change fast – so when we say come pick now, we mean RIGHT NOW!  Weekdays, especially, are the time to beat crowds and often get the best picking.  We invite you to consider visiting on the weekdays instead of weekends if you can.  Here are 3 reasons in favor of weekday picking.

Weekday Bonus #1:  Get first crack at crops, before weekenders lay seige to the citadel.  For big crops like October apples, you might be fine showing up at 4:00 PM on Saturday after 699 other people have already hit the orchards.  But for smaller crops like berries, and specialty delights like this kind of pepper or that kind of tomato – your fetish favorites – you really want to arrive soon after the Fresh Crop Alerts are sent during the week.  Or sneak over here on Tuesday and Wednesday before the newsletter hits thousands of inboxes.

Weekday Bonus #2:  We are now open EVERY DAY 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  Come before work, come after work, come at lunchtime, come at siesta time.  Stays light til late, cools down in the evening. Please note that “Monday ~ Sunday” is our way of saying, “Every Day.”

Weekday Bonus #3:  Now serving donuts EVERY DAY EXCEPT MONDAY.  This is a revolution in small farm fryer logistics.  You can get yours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:00 to 5:00.  The Mark 2 Donut Robot is churning out fresh fried rings of fructotic splendor – sprinkled with cinnamon sugar if you must.  “A sprinkle of sin, sugar,” is all you have to say.  On Mondays the farm is open but the Donut Hole is closed like a barber shop. 

Please note!  We provide containers for strawberry & raspberry season.  Berries are sold by volume, not weight, so we will ask you to pick into our pint, quart, and peck containers.  Of course you can bring your own buckets or boxes for taking the berries home after you have checked out.  For other crops later in the season (most of which go by weight) you can bring your own bags and boxes for picking, or buy our reusable farm totes. 

Greg’s fresh garlic scapes.  A local delicacy, to be sure, and an accurate depiction of a small farmer’s neurons during harvest season.

Stopped the Spread!  A lovely message from Creative ‘Creeknik Kerry C.:  “Just made the first round of strawberry jam with yesterday’s Indian Creek u-picked bounty – last year’s batch was named Panjamic – look how far we have come, Ithaca!  Thanks for all the yummy harvests.”  Thank you!

Love to y’all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Strawberry U-Pick Last Wave: Next 4 Days Could Be the Final Round of Substantial Picking! Come Picking Today and Friday to Beat the Weekend Berry Crowds; Donuts Now Served Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!


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Everyone welcome • Open every day now through October • Current hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM rain or shine • Pick your own strawberries or get prepicked quarts at the stand • Fresh garlic scapes • Lemon slushees • Fresh donuts Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM • Local honey • Local syrup • Local pottery • Strawberries are sold by volume, not weight, so we provide containers for picking • COVID:  Farm stand staff are fully vaccinated, and current protocols include: (1) The farm is an outdoor experience and we are not requiring masks, (2) We recommend that non-vaccinated people wear masks, (3) Practice social distancing inside the covered farm stand area (4) Note that these protocols could change throughout the season • Drive slowly on the farm • Thank you for supporting small farms and local artisans 


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  Early bird gets the worm!  But second mouse gets the cheese!  But third place is last winner!  Yes, folks, this is the third weekend of strawberry picking – and possibly your last chance to pick a big haul that will put you on the podium of ‘Creeknik Champions.

Come pick your last big haul.  What?!  But strawberry season just started?!  True.  We are only a couple weeks in, and only one week after announcing a huge crop.  But you all went berry bananas last weekend and did a exuberant job on the weekdays, too.  Just yesterday we saw a family of four – each person had picked a whole peck!  Hooray!  All this action has brought Farmer Steve, Strawberry Whisperer, to predict that the next 4 days are your best chance at the best picking.  Thursday and Friday to beat the crowds.  After the weekend, who knows?

Serving suggestion: See what Farm Fan @whiskandscone made! “Did some strawberry gathering at @indiancreekfarmithaca and figured before my eldest ate them all (believe me she would), that I better put them into some strawberry cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting. No food coloring used here. These sweet, delectable summer berries provide all the coloring needed to make these that wonderful pink color…”

Market report:  Doing home improvement?Pandemic lumber prices are out of sight.  Haggling over a washing machine?  Forget about it!  Shopping for a barrel of light sweet crude?  Dump out your piggybank!  But our u-pick strawberry prices are charting a line as flat as Putin on a polygraph.  Exact same as last year:  $4/pint, $7/quart.  And we’re down a dollar off the peck price, now at $35.  A level peck is 8 level quarts.  (Though you won’t fit quite that many in a peck of berries unless you smash them to smithereens.)  Peck picking is one of the highest forms of u-pickery.

Please note!  We provide containers for strawberry season.  Strawberries are sold by volume, not weight, so we will ask you to pick into our pint, quart, and peck containers.    Of course you can bring your own buckets or boxes for taking the berries home after you have checked out.  For other crops later in the season (most of which go by weight) you can bring your own bags and boxes for picking, or buy our farm totes.

Fresh donuts are in season.  You can get yours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:00 to 5:00.  The Mark 2 Donut Robot will be churning out fresh fried rings of fructotic splendor – sprinkled with cinnamon sugar if you must.  Simply say, “A sprinkle of sin, sugar.”

COVID status.  Farm stand staff are fully vaccinated.  Current protocols include: (1) The farm is an outdoor experience and we are not requiring masks, (2) We recommend that non-vaccinated people wear masks, (3) Practice social distancing inside the covered farm stand area (4) Note that these protocols could change throughout the season.  Thank you.

What else is picking?  Strawberries are the game this week.  But look at everything else that’s coming.  Should be a great season, most of the crops are the biggest ever, and we’ll need you here throughout the season – especially weekdays between Fresh Crop Alerts – to help us harvest the local bounty.  Please stay tuned and check our FACEBOOK PAGE for crop updates between newsletters.  Please understand that we often cannot pick up the phone during the season to answer questions about exactly how many strawberries you will find when you arrive in 2 days, nor can we keep up with the HUNDREDS of social media messages and emails that come in during the season.  There’s only a few of us, and many of you.  We’re really grateful for you.  It’s just that, for better or worse, Indian Creek is the kind of place you just have to pop in now and then to see what’s picking in real-time.  Our regulars are tuned into that reality and they make weekday scouting runs to score the best booty.

Love to y’all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Pick Strawberries Nowww! Open Every Day for Strawberry U-Picking, First Come, First Pick! First Donuts of the Year this Saturday and Sunday.


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Everyone welcome • Open every day now through October • Current hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM rain or shine • Pick your own strawberries or get prepicked quarts at the stand • Lemon slushees • Basil Pots • Fresh donuts Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM • Strawberries are sold by volume, not weight, so we provide containers for picking • COVID:  Farm stand staff are fully vaccinated, and current protocols include: (1) The farm is an outdoor experience and we are not requiring masks, (2) We recommend that non-vaccinated people wear masks, (3) Practice social distancing inside the covered farm stand area (4) Note that these protocols could change throughout the season • Drive slowly on the farm • Thank you for supporting small farms  


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BELOVED FARMKETEERS:  Aloha from the Fabled Queendom of Strawberristan!  Where daiquiris flow like bitcoins through loopholes in the tax code.

The farm is open.  This is the first Fresh Crop Alert of the year.  Come pick your own strawberries.  There are LOTS of berries to pick right now!  The usual spiel applies to strawberries and all crops that will follow in succession:  first come, first get.  The newsletter reaches some 10,000 local food lovers every week, and enterprising fruit fanatics have already started picking – even before this first edition of the 2021 season, which itself could incite a bumrush on the berry patch.  Therefore you simply have to come and hunt for berries yourself.  We can’t guarantee you a cornucopia.  And we might not be able to pick up the phone if you call for a berry report.  Please just come out and hunt around.  Look under the leaves.  People have been leaving with beautiful hauls each day, and the berry patch recharges with hot weather and sunshine. 

A word on good strawberry sense:  Please don’t taste-and-toss.  If you happen to smuggle a few berries into your yum-tum-tummy while you are picking, please don’t toss the remnants in the field.  If you take a bite, please stick the stems in your pocket, or if that’s too ewww for you, put them in a baggie or something.  Pack in, pack out.  We are asking everyone to remember that there are pickers and farmers coming through after you.

We provide containers for strawberry season.  U-pick strawberry prices are same as last year:  $4/pint, $7/quart, $35/peck.  Strawberries are sold by volume, not weight, so we will ask you to pick into our pint, quart, and peck containers.    Of course you can bring your own buckets or boxes for taking the berries home after you have checked out.  For other crops later in the season (most of which go by weight) you can bring your own bags and boxes for picking, or buy our farm totes.

COVID update.  Farm stand staff are fully vaccinated.  Current protocols include: (1) The farm is an outdoor experience and we are not requiring masks, (2) We recommend that non-vaccinated people wear masks, (3) Practice social distancing inside the covered farm stand area (4) Note that these protocols could change throughout the season.  Thank you for being the best customers anywhere.  It will be good and happy to see you here again.

Another point of business, a simple word about inclusivity – everyone is welcome.  That has always been the case at The ‘Creek.  We’re not normal and you don’t have to be either.  Come one, come all.  Just be kind.  Photo by long-time Farmketeer Hannah.

And now back to agriculture.  Top crop for many of you is donuts.  You can get them Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 5:00.  The Mark 2 Donut Robot will be churning out fresh fried rings of fructotic splendor – sprinkled with cinnamon sugar if you must.  Simply say, “A sprinkle of sin, sugar.”

New this year.  Basil pots!  Get them at the stand.

What else is ready to pick?  For now just strawberries.  But soon there will be a cavalcade of crops – lord willing the creek don’t rise and she don’t bust out the Dust Bowl.  It begins with strawberries then garlic then raspberries and peaches and plums and tomatoes and peppers and pears and apples and eggplant and pumpkins and sprouts and all that.  So, now starts the harvest.  Please come say hello to the new season.

Love to y’all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Come Pick the Last Apples & Sprouts of 2020; Farewell to the Farm Season & Dear Farm Friends.


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Farm is now open self-serve 7 days a week 9:00 to 5:00 • Pick the last Mutsu APPLES and cut your own SPROUTS • GOODIES at the stand = apples & cider jugs every day; cider slushees & hot spiced cider on weekend • COVID rules include (1) Keep SAFE distance, (2) wear MASK in closer quarters, (3) monitor your KIDS, (4) BYOBags for picking produce • Drive slowwwwly on the farm • Thank you for being the kindest ‘Creekniks


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  Leave it to you – our brilliant and dedicated corps of locavores – to turn the WORST. YEAR. EVER. into the BEST. SEASON. EVER.  This weekend we invite you to come pick the last mutsus and sprouts, and say farewell to the farm til next year.  If there are a few remaining straggler apples to pick after the weekend, we might announce it on Facebook and Instagram instead of sending a Fresh Crop Alert.  Thank you all for supporting local farms.  Be well.

Pick your own Mutsu apples.  Mutsu is the annual orchard finale – and a delicious, versatile, delightful apple.  It is an excellent dessert apple, and makes first-rate juice, pie, and sauce.  Mutsus will not shrivel when stored, and they hold flavor through winter.  Come pick the last pomes of the year.

Cut your own Brussels sprouts.  These massively nutritious spheroids of cruciferous crunchings are your best food-friend in late autumn.  Cut a fresh stalk yourself, pop off the sprouts, chop in half, stir fry with bacon or facon.  Please cut the whole stalk, not individual sprouts.

Get sweet cider jugs for winter.  This is the 11th – and possibly final – week of “Orchard Ambrosia,” our 100% unpasteurized, old-fashioned, nothing-added cider.  You can get gallon and half-gallon jugs.  It’s just apples and maybe a few pears, cold-pressed into juice.  Freezes great, just drain off a little to keep the bottle from going kaboom in the freezer.

Today we say farewell to a great farm year, and a great Farm Friend, Robert, who passed away of cancer.  From making delightful signs to wrangling spreadsheets of fruit tree data and all sorts of odd tasks in between, Robert was “the man” and a pleasure to have on the farm.  He landed at The ‘Creek in 2017 upon returning to the USA after a teaching appointment in Poland. 

Robert’s memorable signage – the famous “Produce Portal” and “Heirloom Clock” and other quirky guideposts around the farm – are now part of ‘Creek lore.  Maybe these remind us to think about portals to other universes, and the longevity of trees versus human machines, a farmy meditation on deep space and deep time.

Seeing Robert walk through the orchard with his daughter, Grace, even as the disease made a simple walk very difficult, inspired all of us at the farm.  Robert fought valiantly and with purpose. 

November 1 would have been Robert’s 56th birthday.  We all miss him.  We miss his bread baking, his story telling, and his ever-so-dapper attire, fitting for the “Old Spice” model that we always imagined him to be in another life. Thank you, Robert.

This season we also said farewell to the gentlest giant of a fluffball farm dog.  Zorro brought joy to THOUSANDS of u-pickers who encountered him in his usual posture – napping in the orchard – or ambling ever-so-leisurely to say hello to visitors with an “arfy woof.”

Zorro was a living poem.  He was the 4-pawed, 130-pound embodiment of Walt Whitman’s celebrated line, “I lean and loafe at my ease… observing a spear of summer grass.”  Now Zorro has flown to his mythical wintry mountain home atop the Pyrenees.  Thank you for being with us, Zorro.

Love to y’all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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50% Off U-Pick Apples & Sprouts! Last Chance Orchard Cleanup Sale, Still Open Every Day 9:00 to 5:00; Will THIS Be the Final Fresh Apple Cider Donut of 2020?


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Farm is open 7 days a week 9:00 to 5:00 rain or shine, but self-serve on weekdays • This could be the final weekend of farm activity • Pick your own Mutsu APPLES and cut your own SPROUTS at half-price • Eat fresh DONUTS on Sat and Sun 11:00 to 5:00 • GOODIES at the stand = apples, cider jugs, cider slushees, hot spiced cider • COVID rules include (1) Keep SAFE distance, (2) wear MASK in closer quarters, (3) monitor your KIDS, (4) BYOBags for picking produce • Drive slowwwwly on the farm • Thank you for being good and kind Farmketeers


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  This is probably the final weekend of farmalicious activities.  You can come pick the Mutsus and cut your own sprouts – all at 50% off the normal U-pick price – and get fresh air on the hilltop overlooking the Cayuga valley.  We’ll have the donut machine going Saturday and Sunday. 

Pick your own Mutsu APPLES at 50% OFF.  Mutsu is the orchard finale – a delicious, versatile, and delightful apple.  It’s an excellent dessert apple, and makes first-class juice, pie, and sauce.  Mutsus will not shrivel when stored, and they hold flavor through winter.  Please come pick the last apples.  The NORMAL u-pick price is $2.25/lb with breaks at 15 pounds ($1.50/lb) and 42 pounds ($1.25/lb).  Cut that in half for the end-of-season deal.  So 75¢ a pound if you pick 15-42 pounds.

Cut your own SPROUTS.  These massively nutritious spheroids of cruciferous craving are your best food friend in late autumn.  Cut a fresh stalk yourself, pop off the sprouts, chop in half, stir fry with bacon or fakin’.  Please cut the whole stalk, not individual sprouts since that will wreck the plant.  And you are not a plant wrecker.  You are a sprout lover.  The normal u-pick price is $7/stalk or 3 for $15.  Take half off that for the end-of-season deal.  So $3.50/stalk or $2.50/stalk if you cut 3. 

Still have CIDER jugs – could end soon!  This is the 10th week of “Orchard Ambrosia,” our 100% unpasteurized, old-fashioned, nothing-added cider.  You can still get gallon and half-gallon jugs.  Freezes great.  It’s just apples and maybe a few pears, cold-pressed into juice.  It gets better every week as the apple blend complexifies, so now is the apex, the pinnacle, the zenith – even the acme! – of sweet cider season.

Probably last blast on fresh cider DONUTS – Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 5:00.  Yes, we still have a somewhat functional nation and donuts are still rolling off the Mark 2 Donut Robot under the watchful eye of Nick the Donut Kid.  The Donuttic Duo is churning out these freshly fried toroids of fructotic splendor – optionally sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.  Just whisper, “A sprinkle of SIN, SUGAR.”

Love to y’all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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HAPPLE HALLOWEEN! Pick a Beautiful Mutsu Apple Crop & Cut Your Own Brussels Sprouts; Special Saturday Food Truck & Free Hot Cider for Anyone in Costume; Fresh Donuts Friday-Sunday.


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Farm is open 7 days a week 8:00 to 7:00 rain or shine, but hours and staffing could be reduced after November 1  • Pick your own Mutsu APPLES • Cut your own SPROUTS • Eat fresh DONUTS on Fri, Sat, and Sun 11:00 to 6:00 (maybe final weekend) • Halloween Saturday 2:00 to 7:00 fried chicken FOOD TRUCK and get a FREE CUP of hot cider from the bubbling cauldron if you come in costume • GOODIES at the stand = apples, sprouts, cider jugs, honey, syrup, slushees, hot spiced cider, donuts • COVID rules include (1) Keep SAFE distance, (2) wear MASK in closer quarters, (3) monitor your KIDS, (4) BYOBags for picking produce • Drive slowwwwly on the farm • Thank you for being such loyal and faithful Farmketeers


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  Good news!  The official source of life predictions for aggies like us – The Farmers Almanac – did NOT forecast an apocalypse for this year.  That means things are bound to turn around soon!  Maybe we are even “rounding the corner” – hooray!  But since we farmers never count our chickens before… well… before an election in a recession in a pandemic in a climate crisis, please help us humbly and collectively share gratitude for the abundant harvest we have enjoyed so far this year.  Here’s five ways how.

(1) Pick your own Mutsu APPLES.  You have wiped the orchards clean of 100 other varieties, and the Mutsu is a fitting finale – a delicious, versatile, and delightful apple.  It’s an excellent dessert apple, and makes first-class juice, pie, and sauce.  Mutsus will not shrivel when stored, and they hold flavor through winter.  Please come pick the last apples of the year.  You can also find Mutsu, Newtown Pippin, Empire, Ashmeads Kernel, Golden Russet, and Roxbury Russet apples at the farm stand while supplies last.

(2) Cut your own SPROUTS.  These massively nutritious spheroids of cruciferous craving are best in late fall.  Cut a fresh stalk yourself, pop off the sprouts, chop in half, stir fry with bacon or fakin’.  Please cut the whole stalk, not individual sprouts since that will wreck the plant.  And you are not a plant wrecker.  You are a sprout lover. 

(3) Get CIDER every day – but only while we still have apples to press – could end soon!  This is the 9th week of “Orchard Ambrosia,” our 100% unpasteurized, old-fashioned, nothing-added cider.  You can still get gallon and half-gallon jugs.  Freezes great.  It’s just apples and maybe a few pears, cold-pressed into juice.  It gets better every week as the apple blend complexifies, so now is the apex, the pinnacle, the zenith – even the acme! – of sweet cider season.

(4) Get fresh cider DONUTS on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:00 to 6:00 – could be the final weekend!  Donuts are still rolling off the Mark 2 Donut Robot under the watchful eye of Nick the Donut Kid.  Yes, the Donuttic Duo is churning out these freshly fried toroids of fructotic splendor – optionally sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.  Just whisper, “A sprinkle of SIN, SUGAR.”  Depending on weather and apples, maybe we’ll do donuts another week, but unless you’re a gambler, come get your donuts now. 

(5) Stop by the play area on Halloween Saturday, 2:00 to 7:00 PM, to get a FREE CUP of hot cider (if you are in costume!) and visit the FRIED CHICKEN food truck.  Here’s the idea.  This was the busiest year ever at The ‘Creek, so we wanted to thank our staff who did a marvelous job in challenging conditions, and thank you Farmketeers for being the best locavores in the land.  So this is going to be a safe and quiet little thank-you picnic.  Our friend Eric will have his food truck with amazing southern-fried chicken sandwiches and tenders, extra-cheesy mac and cheese with cheddar-parmesan bechamel, and crunchy savory hush puppies!  He will also make caramel-chocolate pecan pie, fresh brewed dark coffee, and organic chocolate peanut butter banana smoothies!  (He will accept cash and credit card.)  Nearby you will find a bonfire and cauldron of hot cider.  Come to the copper kettle to get a free cup of cider IF YOU ARE IN COSTUME!  No, your covid mask doesn’t count!  We’re talking good old-fashioned Halloween gitups.

NOTE:  This will be a safe, socially distanced picnic setting, where everyone is asked to respect the well-being of others, no matter who you want to see in the Oval Office.  Wear your mask – creepy or not – whether you are in costume or not.  Keep safe distance from everyone who’s not in your pod.  Be smart and help us finish the season safely.

Please BRING YOUR OWN BAGS for picking fruits and vegetables.  You can fill your bags as you wander the orchards and sprout patch, then 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.

And now a word from our sprout sponsors.  Edible Finger Lakes says:  “While they may not make most lists of everyone’s favorite vegetable, when correctly cooked and seasoned, Brussels sprouts can offer a sweetness that is nutty and natural.  You can find them locally at farms such as @indiancreekfarmithaca#flxfood #eatlocal #flxfarms #flxfarmtotable #flxrecipes #brusselsprouts #localfoodmovement 🌱“.  Thank you @edibleflx.

Love to y’all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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‘Tis The Time When Donuts Shine; Pick Your Own Heirloom Apples, Geek Out on Fruit History & Habits; Pick Prized Mutsu Apples; Cut Your Own Brussels Sprouts; Enjoy Old-Time Cider & Fresh Donuts.


SUMMARY


Farm is open 7 days a week 8:00 to 7:00 rain or shine • Pick your own Mutsu, Golden Russet, Roxbury Russet, Ashmead’s Kernel apples • Cut your own Brussels sprouts • Eat fresh cider donuts Fri, Sat, and Sun 11:00 to 6:00 • Now filling your 5-gallon cider carboys, see details below • All pumpkins are GONE for 2020 • Goodies at the stand = apples, sprouts, squashes, cider jugs, cider slushees, hot spiced cider, donuts, honey, syrup • COVID rules include (1) Keep SAFE distance, (2) wear MASK in closer quarters, (3) monitor your KIDS, (4) BYOBags for picking produce • Drive slowwwwly on the farm • Thank you for being rational and compassionate Farmketeers


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  The nation seems more polarized than ever.  Who is to blame?  Conservative bullies?  Liberal liars?  The 1%?  The lawless hordes?  And will we succumb to something sinister, or rally the forces of hope and positive change?  Well, small chance we will settle these puzzlers in this Fresh Crop Alert.  But there is ONE THING we can agree on:  Robots are people, too.  And they have a home at The ‘Creek.

Yes, human-robot relations have never been better, especially here on the farm, where Nick the Donut Kid and the Mark 2 Donut Robot have teamed up to serve more donuts this year than any 2 years combined.  Holey flaming doughball statistics!  You can get fresh cider donuts every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:00 to 6:00, until we give “NickMark” the Cyborg a rest for the off-season, which could be PRETTY SOOOOON!  So come now, People of the Donut.  The Donuttic Duo is still churning out these freshly fried toroids of fructotic splendor – optionally sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.  Just whisper, “A sprinkle of SIN, SUGAR.”  Meanwhile, for you purists – you who think the purpose of an apple is to be eaten out of hand, not squeezed into juice that’s poured into dough then sold over the counter as a deep-fried abomination – you can still pick apples.  In fact this might be your last chance to pick four prized late-season varieties, and geek out good and proper on pomological lore.  In this week’s edition, we present Mutsu, Golden Russet, Roxbury Russet, and Ashmead’s Kernel, with detailed dossiers straight from our fruit tree nursery catalog. Please read on…

Pick your own Mutsu apples.  The Million Dollar Apple from Japan.  Also known as Crispin

“The tree is vigorous and large; it will need extra space in the orchard.  A triploid, Mutsu should be grown with two diploid pollenizers for full fertility.  It is somewhat susceptible to fireblight, scab, powdery mildew, and cedar-apple rust, and it will need to be thinned to maintain annual bearing.  It is also highly susceptible to blister spot, but this is a cosmetic issue that will be of concern only to commercial growers.  Trees may need scoring to force buds low on the trunk to form scaffold limbs.  Mutsu has a comparatively low chill hours requirement (500-600 hours).”

“These apples are really, really big.  They are the last major crop at our u-pick farm in Ithaca, NY, and they have a faithful following of pickers who come every year to finish the apple season by packing as many pumpkin-sized Mutsus as they can carry into a sack or a laundry basket.  It’s an excellent eating apple, and it makes first-class juice, pie, and sauce.  The fruit is large, oblong, and irregular.  The smooth greenish-yellow skin is waxy and clear with a copper blush, and the dense flesh is crisp, juicy, and coarse-grained with a sprightly flavor.  The fruit does not shrivel when stored, and holds flavor through winter.  Some growers report issues with bitter pit, but we have not seen this.”

“Mutsu was developed in 1937 as a cross between Golden Delicious and Indo.  From the Aomori Research Station, Kurioshi, Japan, it was introduced to the US in 1948.  In Japan, Mutsu is known as the Million Dollar Apple, and sells at very high prices.  Individual fruits are often grown in paper bags on the tree, causing them to develop a crystal yellow or pinkish color, but the bagging diminishes flavor.”

Pick your own Golden Russet apples.  A prized heirloom for fresh eating and cider. Also known as American Golden Russet and Bullock

“Golden Russet is vigorous, productive, and a reliable annual cropper (an uncommon quality for an heirloom).  It is resistant to scab and cedar-apple rust, but susceptible to fireblight.  Care should be taken when pruning, as this is a tip-bearing tree.”

“This apple is one of the most prized among apple connoisseurs, ranking with Cox’s Orange Pippin in terms of flavor quality.  It is a medium-sized apple that is russeted bronze over greenish gold and speckled with white lenticels.  The flesh is creamy and dense, yielding a rich, aromatic juice that is high in sugar and acid and low in tannin.  Golden Russet is highly esteemed among cider makers for its ability to reliably produce excellent juice, and it is often used for single-variety ciders.  The fruit stores exceptionally well, remaining crunchy and flavorful throughout winter.  Tasters often describe the flavor of Golden Russet as ‘nutty,’ but this doesn’t even begin to capture the delightful intensity of its honeyed sweetness.  [Per Washington State University:  Tannin (percent tannic acid): 0.10; Acid (percent malic acid): 0.66; pH: 3.58; SG: 1.061; oBrix 15.4.]”

“Golden Russet is one of the more difficult varieties to pin down. Over the years, dozens of different apples have been so named and contradictory descriptions of the various Golden Russets abound.  In Apples of North America, Tom Burford says that he once made a list of more than twenty apples that have been referred to as Golden Russet.  These days, there appear to be two commonly sold variants in North America.  The Golden Russet at Indian Creek Farm ripens later than the other variant—at the end of October in Upstate NY.  The russeting is extensive, with almost no smooth patches.  It is closest in form to what Beach in Apples of New York calls ‘Bullock’ or ‘American Golden Russet.'”

Pick your own Roxbury Russet apples.  One of America’s oldest apples, good for storage, baking, and cider. Also known as Belpre Russet, Boston Russet, Hewe’s Russet, Putnam Russet, Leather Coat

“A cold-hardy, high vigor, open-spreading tree, Roxbury is triploid and will require two diploid pollenizers for full fertility.  Reports on disease resistance vary wildly; in our orchards we find that it is mildly susceptible to all major diseases, but that its vigorous growth tends to outpace these problems.  It has a slight tendency (easily managed by thinning) to biennialism.”

“This late-season apple is large, green-gold, and covered with a fine russet that thickens toward the stem.  The flesh is hard, granular, and crunchy.  Almost inedibly tart when first harvested, it will sweeten and mellow in storage.  Roxbury is an excellent baker, and it is a favorite with cider makers.  It needs to be harvested promptly as it has a tendency to drop, but it will store well through the winter.”

“Along with Rhode Island Greening, this is one of the oldest varieties native to America.  It first grew on the farm of Ebenezer Davis in Roxbury, Massachusetts, early in the 1600s.  In the late 1700s, it was brought to Marietta, Ohio, and sold by Putnam Nursery under the names Putnam Russet and Marietta Russet.  It was also known as Shippens Russet in New York for a brief period, when it was cultivated by Chief Justice Shippen.”

Pick your own Ashmead’s Kernel apples.  An intensely flavored heirloom apple prized by connoisseurs and cider makers.  Also known as Ashmead, Ashmeads

“The tree has an upright-spreading habit.  It has moderate disease resistance and blooms late enough to avoid most frosts.  The fruit needs to be thinned to maintain annual bearing.  Ashmead’s has been confirmed to be triploid; it should not be used as a pollenizer, and two diploid pollenizers are required for full pollination.”

“Ashmead’s is an old variety that is reputed to have been first cultivated from a seedling in Gloucester, England, in the early 1700’s by the lawyer William Ashmead.  The appearance of the fruit is interesting; it is a small to midsized apple with a russeted honey-green skin that ripens to an orange blush under the russet.  At our farmstand, some customers comment that “it looks like a potato.”  Biting into an Ashmead’s, however, reveals a dense, nutty flesh bursting with honeyed zing.  The flavor is intense and complex, high in both sugar and acid, and the juice is prized by cider makers.”

“Steve Wood of Farnum Hill Ciders describes Ashmead’s as ‘a delicious trip to that fine line between pleasure and pain,’ and he finds that it adds ‘mad florals’ and tropical notes to cider blends.  While the acidity of the fresh-picked fruit might not agree with some tastes, Ashmead’s mellows with age, and an October harvest is best stored for eating around Christmas, when notes of pear, spice, and orange blossom will emerge.  This extraordinary and versatile apple has recently enjoyed renewed popularity among apple aficionados and is one of our best sellers.” 

If you have read this far, maybe you are an apple aficionado, too!  And now, on to sprouts.

Cut your own Brussels sprouts.  Also known as BROUTS for short.  Stirfry with bacon or fakin’ and feel the nutrients flow.  In one of our best signage decisions ever, you will find the sprouts in the patch marked “SPROUTS.”  We have removed the leaves from the stalks that are ready.  Cut the whole stalk; don’t pick individual sprouts since that wrecks the plant.  Don’t be a plant wrecker.  Be a sprout lover.  You can also find stalks at the farm stand if you don’t want to cut your own.  These are a great party trick – who shows up with sprout stalks?!  They work almost as well on Zoom parties.

There are no pumpkins on the farm.  You PICKED EVERY SINGLE ONE and you also CLEANED OUT THE FARM STAND PILE. A person might say, “You ‘Creekniks went all ‘Creeknik on those pumpkins.”  Thank you and sorry to the late-comers.  Just to be clear and avoid disappointed little faces, there are no pumpkins here for the rest of 2020 – no biggies, no tinies, no carvers or painters.  A few thousand found their forever homes.

Get CIDER every day.  This is the 8th 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.  It gets better every week as the apple blend complexifies. 

Homebrew cider fans, get your carboys filled NOW.  Bring your 5-gallon carboys to Indian Creek and we will fill them with 100% unpasteurized cider for $35 each (only $7/gallon) OR $6/gallon when you buy 10-45 gallons (2-9 carboys) OR $5/gallon when you get 50 gallons (10 carboys).  As of today the ever-changing blend includes Cortland, Gala, Spy, McIntosh, Liberty, Fortune, Honeycrisp, and more.  Leave your carboys inside the double doors at the farm stand with your name and number attached.  We will call you when filled.

Please BRING YOUR OWN BAGS for picking fruits and vegetables.  You can fill your bags as you wander the orchards, then 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.

Amidst the stress and strife of this year, we hope you all can find some fall feels.  Thank you @mellcasey.

Love to y’all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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