U-PICK HONEYCRISP! Come Now to Pick Your Own Honeycrisp, McIntosh & Cortland Apples; Pick Your Pears, Peaches & Pumpkins; Fresh Donuts & Cider; Open Every Day Rain or Shizzle!


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U-pick Honeycrisp, McIntosh, and Cortland Apples • U-pick Asian and European pears • U-pick peaches • U-pick tomatoes • U-pick peppers • U-pick flowers • U-pick herbs • Open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM every day rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Mondays • Shop for apples, peaches, pears, sweet corn, garlic, ginger, cider, honey, syrup, pottery, slushees, fresh donuts, and more • COVID:  Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and current protocols include: (1) We are not requiring masks since the farm is an outdoor experience, (2) We recommend that unvaccinated people wear masks, (3) Practice social distancing under the covered porch area, (4) These protocols could change • Drive slowly on the farm • Drive VERY CAREFULLY when approaching and leaving the farm on Route 96 • Thank you


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  We are lucky farmers and fooders.  Amen!  Our September U-pick collection is an unprecedented convergence of coveted fruits.  Starting today, you can pick your own apples, pears, peaches, and pumpkins – all in a single visit to The ‘Creek.  Plus a humble crop of jam plums.  Plus vegetables, flowers, and herbs.  Plus fresh donuts and apple cider.  You could go so far as to call it a full-diet harvest, unless you require steak sandwiches or fish tacos.

U-PICK APPLES = HONEYCRISP.  So much has been said about Honeycrisp, some of it overblown to the Nth degree.  But you would not be wrong to call Honeycrisp, “The rock-star, cold-hardy apples from Minnesota.”  That’s the line from our nursery web site, where you can order own Honeycrisp trees for planting in your yard.  Be advised that you will need to give your trees at least 5 years before you’ll be flush with fruits.  Meantime you can pick Honeycrisp here.  WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.  Think of Honeycrisp as rockstars swinging through your little town on tour.  Everyone’s all a-titter, all the hellions want a piece, but soon Honeycrisp will be back on the bus to faroff venues in Moravia, Lisle, Horseheads, Watertown.  Snooze you lose.  Blink and you’ll miss ’em.  Get grounded by the folks and you’ll have to wait til next tour – a whole year.  So if you want to pick Honeycrisp, please come pick now.  Now would also be a good time to read our How to Pick an Apple tutorial

U-PICK APPLES = MCINTOSH!  Ask at the stand for directions to the Vintage Orchard.  You will find the McIntosh apples on trees scattered round the grounds – look for ORANGE ribbons.  We know a guy in Pocklington, Yorkshire, England, who says, “McIntosh is without doubt one of the great North American apple varieties, typified by attractive crimson colours and a crunchy bite.  The flavor is simple and direct, generally sweet but with refreshing acidity, and usually a hint of wine — often referred to as vinous.”  Please come be proper apple people and pick these vintage specimens with all the zeal you normally apply to Millenialcrisp, er, Honeycrisp.  Now would be an especially good time to read our How to Pick an Apple tutorial.  Apple season is here.

U-PICK APPLES = CORTLAND!  Cortland is the lunchbox apple to the world.  Slice it and it will stay bright white for a WHILE.  Cortland doesn’t oxidize (brown) as fast as most apples.  Perfect for fruit salads, and fruit in salads.  Every year, people write to ask when Cortlands will be ready to pick.  These are the expert lunchbox packers and veteran fruit saladiers.  Find Cortlands in the Vintage Orchard on trees with YELLOW ribbons.  Now would be an especially good time to read our How to Pick an Apple tutorial.  Apple season is here.

U-PICK PEARS = ASIAN & EUROPEAN.  Come up to the Asian pear orchard west of the playground, east of the vegetable patch, in the long rows behind the sign that says, “ASIAN PEARS.”  Ask at the stand where to find the European pears – we’ll circle the areas on the farm map. Trust the markings on the map, rather than squeezing a bunch of specimens on the tree.  Pears ripen from the inside out, you can’t easily tell by looking or even feeling.  We’ll send you toward the varieties that are ready to pick – they’ll be ready to EAT a day or two later.

U-PICK PEACHES = THE LAST VARIETIES.   Come pick the final rows of peaches.  Go up the main farm road til you see the sign that says, “PEACHES” and you should find good picking.  By the calendar, summer ends in a week.  By the fruit, summer will conclude when all the peaches are picked.

U-PICK PUMPKINS = NOW OPEN!  We aren’t stocking the stand with pumpkins yet; they’re u-pick only this week.  Pumpkin time is one of the funnest pickings.  The pumpkin field moves around each year; ask at the stand for the map.

U-PICK TOMATOES & PEPPERS = WINDING DOWN.  Time to pick the summer vegetable fields clean.  You can hunt for beefsteak, Marzano, Roma, heirlooms, etc., in the tomato patch.  You can hunt for bell peppers, jalapeños, serranos, and more varieties.  You just have to come explore the patch.

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  We’ve said it before, and it is usually true:  Making fresh donuts six days a week is a revolution in small farm fryer logistics.  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.

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 boom.

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
REMINDER

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.

Exiting

  • 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.

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NEW THIS WEEK! Please Come Pick Your Own Delicious Juicy Asian Pears ASAP!  Also Pick Your European Pears, McIntosh Apples & Final Rows of Peaches; Fresh Donuts; Open 7 Days a Week Rain or Shine!


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U-pick Asian pears • U-pick European pears • U-pick peaches • U-pick tomatoes • U-pick apples • U-pick peppers • U-pick herbs • Open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM every day rain or shine U-pick Asian pears • U-pick European pears • U-pick peaches • U-pick tomatoes • U-pick apples • U-pick peppers • U-pick herbs • Open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM every day rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM • Shop for peaches, pears, apples, tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, garlic, flowers, honey, syrup, pottery, slushees, fresh donuts, and more • COVID:  Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and current protocols include: (1) We are not requiring masks since the farm is an outdoor experience, (2) We recommend that unvaccinated people wear masks, (3) Practice social distancing under the covered porch area, (4) These protocols could change • Drive slowly on the farm • Drive VERY CAREFULLY when approaching and leaving the farm on Route 96!


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  Time to meet a new fruit.  Not new-new, but maybe new to you.  The Asian pear.  Shaped like an apple, sugared like a pear.  Sometimes, therefore, called the apple pear.  Crisp and juicy.  Sweet and grainy.  Delicious when fresh.  Pyrus pyrifolia!  Have you ever?!  Won’t you now?!

U-PICK ASIAN PEARS = THIS WEEK.  Come up to the Asian pear orchard past the playground, just shy of the vegetable patch, in a couple long rows behind the sign that says, “ASIAN PEARS.”  The picking is easy.  Don’t squeeze them!  They are ready.  And don’t trouble about varieties, they’re all quite similar in form, fit, and function.  Just pick a bunch and load up your basket.  You won’t regret it.

U-PICK ASIAN PEARS = RIPE NOW.  This is how they look.  Don’t wait for them to turn red – they won’t!  They are ready to go.  This is a fresh-eating fruit.  Go time.

U-PICK PEARS = EUROPEAN VARIETIES TOO.  Ask at the stand and we’ll point you to what’s hot.

U-PICK PEACHES = THE FINAL ROWS.   Come pick the rest of the peaches.  This historic crop will be the stuff of stories.  It just kept on giving.  Go up the main farm road til you see the sign that says, “PEACHES” and you’ll be set.  Unless everyone gets here before you.  Weekdays are a good idea.

U-PICK PEACHES = SUMMER.  In a fortnight we’ll surrender to autumn.  For now, eat your fresh peaches.

U-PICK APPLES = MAC ATTACK!  Ask at the stand for directions to the Vintage Orchard.  You will find the McIntosh apples on trees scattered round the grounds – look for orange ribbons.  We know a guy in Pocklington, Yorkshire, England, who says, “McIntosh is without doubt one of the great North American apple varieties, typified by attractive crimson colours and a crunchy bite.  The flavor is simple and direct, generally sweet but with refreshing acidity, and usually a hint of wine — often referred to as vinous.”  Please come be bona fide apple people and pick these vintage specimens with all the zeal you normally apply to Millenialcrisp, er, Honeycrisp.

U-PICK APPLES = TEACHABLE MOMENT!  Now would be an especially good time to read our How to Pick an Apple tutorial.  Tune up for autumn.  New varieties will ripen each week from now through October.  But for now please find the orange ribbons and pick Macs.  Reportedly you can also pick Honeycrisps now even though we haven’t opened them yet.  ‘Creekniks went rogue and tore through the Honeycrisp rows, picking 1/3 of the crop before it was properly ripe.  Who are we to stand in the way of such a bumrush?

U-PICK TOMATOES & PEPPERS = STILL OPEN, SLOWING DOWN.  The bushel sale went bangbusters and hoovered up buckets of beefsteaks and pasters.  But you can still hunt for beefsteak, Marzano, Roma, heirlooms, etc.  You can also pick bell peppers, frying peppers, jalapeños, serranos, and more varieties.  You just have to come explore the patch.

U-PICK HERBS = OPEN!  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 Type B home chef who would pick a bag of mixed herbs for seasoning and dressing – not big enough for hordes of Type A pesto pickers.

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  We’ve said it before, and it was possibly true:  making fresh donuts six days a week is a revolution in small farm fryer logistics.  Yes, the Mark 2 Donut Robot continues 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.  Amen.

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

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NEW THIS WEEK! Huge U-Pick Tomato Sale Through Labor Day! Pick First Pears and Last Peaches of the Year; Pick 5+ Great Kinds of Apples; Fresh Donuts; Open Every Day Rain or Shine Including Labor Day Monday.


– SUMMARY –


U-pick tomato sale only $30/bushel through Labor Day • U-pick pears • U-pick peaches • U-pick apples • U-pick peppers • U-pick herbs • Open 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM including Labor Day Monday • Shop for peaches, pears, apples, tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, garlic, scapes, flowers, honey, syrup, pottery, slushees, donuts, and more • COVID:  Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and current protocols include: (1) We are not requiring masks since the farm is an outdoor experience, (2) We recommend that unvaccinated people wear masks, (3) Practice social distancing under the covered porch area, (4) These protocols could change • Drive slowwwly on the farm • Thank you for tomatoeing vigorously


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  Life can be tougher than a 2-dollar steak.  It’s not easy keeping bright eyes in this dim world, in these times.  Did you know that, while most Americans own stock, 54% of stocks are owned by the 1%, and much of the rest by the next 9%?  And did you know that, if you buy $30 worth of stock, it will probably be worth a lot more in 10 years, whereas if you buy $30 worth of tomatoes, they will be worthless shortly after you eat them?  Nonetheless, you got to eat, and tomatoes are easy to store, and a tomato sale can’t hurt.  So, tomato sale starting now – everyone invited.

U-PICK TOMATO SALE THROUGH LABOR DAY = $30/BUSHEL!  Come pick tomatoes into one of our bushel boxes and pay only $30!  A bushel box of tomatoes should weigh about 42 pounds (or more!), meaning you will pay only about 70¢ a pound (or less!).  You can pick beefsteaks, San Marzanos, Romas, cherries, heirlooms, and whatever other tomato you might find in the patch!  Please fill the box level to make the deal work for all parties – not heaping or absurdly pyramidal.

BUT WHAT WOULD I DO WITH 42 POUNDS OF TOMATOES?!  Cook ’em down and put ’em up, as they say in home economics.  You can cook them into sauce for freezing in Ziplocs.  Or simply chop them and freeze for your off-season delight.  Heck we even know someone down in rustic Van Etten who threw whole tomatoes in a freezer bag.  Whaaaat?!  The ways of country folk!  Unexpected but possibly genius!  “But,” you object, “putting whole tomatoes in your freezer will waste so much SPACE!”  True!  But it will save you TIME!  How’s that for a welcome wrinkle in the space-time continuum?  Any way you slice it, Farm Fans, the moral of the story is surely:  YOUR domain, YOUR tomatoes, your own special brand of Nightshade Shenanigans.  Come pick ASAP.

U-PICK PEARS = NEW THIS WEEK!  Now open for U-pick are several varieties of Asian pears (crowd favorites!) and European pears, including Bartlett (pictured) (famous!), Seckel (sweetie!), Anjou (Frenchy!), Shenandoah (folky!), and Blake’s Pride (Generation Z, introduced in 1999).  Ask at the stand and we’ll direct you to the various orchards.

ATTENTION:  HOW TO PICK AND RIPEN A PEAR!  Most of you think of pears as merely big-bottomed apples.  But pears are different through and through.  They ripen from the inside out!  Only a pro can tell whether a pear is ripe by looking, and truthfully, pros can’t tell either.  We take our pears to the Cornell pomology lab to get them pressure tested.  It is time – the pros say, “Go!”  So please, when coming to pick pears, trust the rows that we send you toward.  Pick those pears.  Don’t take a bite, find they’re too firm, and throw them on the ground.  Not nice!!  Instead, pick those pears, take them home, put them on the counter (in a paper bag to expedite) and they will ripen beautifully.  Note that this is not a lesser experience than eating pears fresh off the tree – pears are not eaten fresh off the tree.  If you find a pear on the tree that is soft and “ready to eat,” it is probably a mush bomb inside.  So please have a good time picking pears, using two hands and all the core techniques in our How to Pick an Apple tutorial, with the additional knowledge that you will be picking pears that feel firm, perfect for eating a day or two later.  Thank you!

U-PICK PEACHES = THE LAST WAVE.   Come pick the rest of the peaches.  You all went positively bonkers on this bumper crop.  Your dedication to the harvest was noted in the heavens.  It wrung the very heart.  It twinkled the farmers’ toes.  Bravo and thank you.  Now is our chance to finish strong.  Soon peaches will be scarcer than… you guessed it… deviled eggs after a church picnic.  Last chance.

U-PICK PEACHES = TRES JAMMABLE   “Picked a peck of peaches from @indiancreekfarmithaca and had some leftovers after preparing most for peach jam.  Peach tres leches anyone?  #🍑”  Thank you, @parkersgoldenfarms

U-PICK APPLES = FIRST FALL VARIETIES!  Ask at the stand for directions to the rows in the Dwarf Orchard.  Currently open for u-pick:  Dayton, Sansa, Ginger Gold, Zestar, Akane.  All stellar September apples!  At the stand, you can shop for St. Edmunds Russet, Ginger Gold, Akane, Jefferies, Zestar, and more.  New varieties will ripen each week from now through October.  Now would be an especially good time to read our How to Pick an Apple tutorial.  Tune up for autumn.

U-PICK PEPPERS = LOADS!  Bell peppers, frying peppers, jalapeños, serranos, and more varieties ripening each week.  You just have to come explore the U-pick patch.

U-PICK HERBS = OPEN!  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 Type B home chef who would pick a bag of mixed herbs for seasoning and dressing – not big enough for hordes of Type A pesto pickers.

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM including Labor Day Monday.  We’ve said it before, and it was possibly true:  making fresh donuts six days a week is a revolution in small farm fryer logistics.  But what about SEVEN DAYS?!  This week, the Mark 2 Donut Robot will skip its usual Cyborg Sabbath and churn out fresh fried rings of fructotic splendor on Monday – sprinkled, if you like, with cinnamon sugar.  “A sprinkle of sin, sugar,” is all you have to say.

MAPLE BOURBON PEACH JAM!  Locavoric creation in progress by ‘Creeknik Steph Elizabeth!  Thank you!

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

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BUCKETS OF PEACHES, LOADS OF TOMATOES. Please Come Help the Huge Harvest! This Week is Peak Season for U-Pick Peaches & Tomatoes & Peppers; Also Pick First Fall Apples; Fresh Daily Donuts; It Is Time to Pick, Rain or Shine!


– SUMMARY –


U-pick peaches • U-pick tomatoes • U-pick peppers • U-pick apples • U-pick herbs • Open 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except Monday) • Shop for peaches, apples, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, scapes, flowers, honey, syrup, pottery, slushees, donuts, and more • COVID:  Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and current protocols include: (1) We are not requiring masks since the farm is an outdoor experience, (2) We recommend that unvaccinated people wear masks, (3) Practice social distancing under the covered porch area, (4) These protocols could change • Drive slowwwly on the farm • Thank you for being here


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  What do you get when you combine stagnation and stasis?  STAGNASIS.  And you don’t want THAT!  If you feel it coming on, we have just the thing:  Peaches and Tomatoes.  Buckets of them.  Bushels, even.  Shake up your routine and holler, “No sirree!  No stagnasis for me!  For I am a beloved U-Pick ‘Creeknik!”  Come pick now.  It really is peak season.  We await the glorious ragtag rush of locavores.

U-PICK PEACHES = THE PENULTIMATE WAVE.   Please come pick peaches as soon as you can.  For this issue of Fresh Crop Alerts & Farm Buzz, Farmer Steve says there might be one more wave of ripe peaches coming next week.  But THIS WEEK IS PEAK WEEK, and anyway since when do you trust a farmer’s extemporaneous psychic almanac?  Your best chance at picking these delicious orbs of sweet southern tree juice is RIGHT NOW – rain or shine.  Please note that the flat “donut” peaches are kaput, demolished, extinct.  The new donut orchard proved a crowd favorite this year; you devoured those fruits like deviled eggs at a church picnic.  Bravo and thank you.

U-PICK PEACHES = ASK WHICH ROWS ARE READY.  When you come to the farm stand, we will direct you to the rows that are ripe now.  If you pick some that aren’t quite ripe, do not panic – it is not a peach in stagnasis.  It is sweetening all the time.  Put it in a paper bag on your kitchen counter, and it will be ready lickety-split.  You can also grill them.

U-PICK TOMATOES = GO TIME!  Tomato season is here!  Tons of beefsteaks, San Marzanos, Romas, cherries, and heirlooms to pick.  What you find on any given day depends on who came picking before you.  Look under the leaves.  There are more tomatoes than you can shake a tomato stake at.

U-PICK TOMATOES = MAKIN’ GRAVY!  Pictured:  San Marzano tomato, a plum tomato of great repute – a prized specimen for sauce (or “paste” or even “gravy”) which, compared to Roma, has thicker flesh and fewer seeds, with flavor that is stronger, sweeter, and less acidic. 

U-PICK TOMATOES = PUTTING UP!  Please consider picking more tomatoes than you need fresh for the week.  They are so easy to “put up” for the off-season.  You can simply cook them down and freeze them in bags, for instance.  Then uncork a bite of the farm well after the harvest has passed.  (Note:  While tomatoes and peppers are plentiful, eggplants are hosed.  All gone for now.) 

U-PICK APPLES = FIRST FALL VARIETIES!  Ask at the stand for directions to the rows in the Dwarf Orchard.  Currently open for u-pick:  Sansa, Ginger Gold, Zestar, Akane.  All stellar September apples, ready in August!  At the stand, you can shop for St. Edmunds Russet, Ginger Gold, Akane, Jefferies, Zestar.  New varieties will ripen each week from now through October.

U-PICK PEPPERS = LOADS!  Bell peppers, frying peppers, jalapeños, serranos, and more varieties ripening each week.  You just have to come explore the U-pick patch.

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  We’ve said it before, and it might be true:  making fresh donuts six days a week is a revolution in small farm fryer logistics.  Yes, six days a week, 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 on Mondays, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its Cyborg Sabbath. Amen.

U-PICK HERBS = OPEN!  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 Type B home chef who would pick a bag of mixed herbs for seasoning and dressing – not big enough for hordes of Type A pesto pickers.

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

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HIGH. PEACH. HARVEST! Come Now for Our Most Copious U-Pick Peach Crop Ever, Including Slobberworthy “Donut” Peaches; Big Time Tomato Picking Time; Fresh Donuts; And Yes You Can Pick Rain or Shine!


– SUMMARY –


U-pick peaches • U-pick tomatoes • U-pick peppers • U-Pick eggplant • U-pick herbs • Open 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except Monday) • Shop for peaches, sweet corn, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, scapes, flowers, honey, syrup, pottery, slushees, and more • COVID: Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and current 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, (4) These protocols could change • Drive slowwwwly on the farm • Thank you


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  If ever there was a time to listen to your local farmer, this is probably not it.  We don’t know any more than you about how to fix this banged up old world full of undersoothed souls and overconfident blowhards.  But just in case you are feeling lucky, and you want to roll the dice on a free piece of seasonal folk wisdom from your hometown aggies, two words of advice:  PeachesTomatoes.  Apply liberally to fraught situations and nagging existential wounds.

U-PICK PEACHES = THE TOP STORY.   Please come pick peaches as soon as you can.  There are other goodies in our August u-pick collection, but we need everybody picking peaches now!  Here’s how the numbers shake out.  A New York peach farm gets a half-decent peach crop 7 out of 10 years.  An attentively tended peach farm gets a good peach crop in 3 of those 7 years.  And, once in a decade, a really lucky peach farm gets a peach crop like we have this year.  You might call it:  plentiful, copious, ample, profuse, rich, lavish, generous, bountiful, large, huge, great, grand, superabundant, prolific, teeming, bounteous, plenteous.  Or BUMPER.  For those of you who came last week, you saw flaming beckoning juice balls on a hundred trees.  It’s like that again, with a new wave of peaches ready for you now.  Try weekdays to beat the bumrush!

U-PICK “DONUT” PEACHES = NEW!  This is the first year of vigorous production in our new donut orchard, and pickers can’t get enough.  Pick a peck of these and divvy with your neighbors.  They are just the right thing for most encounters.

U-PICK PEACH SEASON = SHORT.  It is a big and beautiful crop.  But mind you, peaches will go POOF soon and the prime picking is now.  Peaches are our most popular summer crop, so it’s best not to wait til you feel in the mood to mosey over here at your Bohemian leisure on a dappled sunny day. It would be best to come now, rain or shine. And remember!  If you pick a peach that isn’t quite ripe, do not panic.  Simply put the peach on your kitchen counter for a day or two.  It will be great.

PEACH PICK-ME-UP.  “Lovely time peach and apple picking at @indiancreekfarmithaca – thanks for a lovely summer season. #🍏 #🍑 #🦁”  Thank you @ashirak!

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  We’ve said it before, and it might be true:  making fresh donuts six days a week is a revolution in small farm fryer logistics.  Six days a week, 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.Amen.

U-PICK TOMATOES = GO TIME!  Tomato season is here!  Tons of beefsteaks, Romas, San Marzanos, cherries, and heirlooms to pick.  What you find on any given day depends on who came picking before you.  Look under the leaves.

U-PICK SAN MARZANOS = PASTERS!  The San Marzano tomato is a plum tomato of great repute – a prized specimen for sauce (or “paste” or even “gravy” if you hale from Italian America) which, compared to Roma, has thicker flesh and fewer seeds, with flavor that is stronger, sweeter, and less acidic.  Pick yours nowfor year-round gravy.

U-PICK TOMATOES = PUTTING UP!  Please consider picking more tomatoes than you need fresh for the week.  They are so easy to “put up” for the off-season.  You can simply cook them down and freeze them in bags, for instance.  Then uncork a bite of the farm well after the harvest has passed.

U-PICK SWEET PEPPERS & HOT PEPPERS = OPEN!  Bell peppers, frying peppers, jalapeños, serranos, and more varieties ripening each week.  You just have to come explore.

U-PICK PEPPERS = EASY!  But make sure not to touch your eyes or other membranes after picking!  Note that the hot peppers are not red yet, that comes later in the season.

U-PICK EGGPLANT = OPEN!  Several varieties on the vine, you just have to come hunt around.  Look under the leaves.

U-PICK HERBS = OPEN!  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 Type B home chef who would pick a bag of mixed herbs for seasoning and dressing – not big enough for hordes of Type A pesto pickers.

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

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PEACH TIMES! High Harvest Begins for U-Pick Peaches & Donut Peaches; Also Pick Your Own Peppers, Eggplant, First Tomatoes; Come Weekdays to Beat the Bumrush; Donuts & Slushees.


– SUMMARY –


U-pick peaches • U-pick donut peaches • U-Pick eggplant • U-pick hot peppers • U-pick sweet peppers • U-pick tomatoes (first wave) • U-pick herbs • Open 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except Monday) • Shop for peaches, apples, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, scapes, flowers, honey, syrup, pottery, slushees, and more • COVID: Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and current 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, (4) These protocols could change • Drive slowly on the farm • Thank you


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  Do you have a friend that keeps changing their tune?  Yeah let’s hang out… Sorry I can’t hang out… Hey let’s hang out… Sorry I have to cancel…  If so, you might not want to take it personally or doubt their sanity or impugn their integrity.  Your pal might simply be buffeted by the breezes whooshing through the orchard of their life, giving you real-time reporting on the fruits of their mind.  As it is with people, so it is with peaches.

U-PICK PEACHES = NOW.  For real!  Come picking asap!  It is true that 3 weeks ago we said:

 NOT YET in red paint

And 2 weeks ago we said:

 YES in pink paint

And 1 week ago we said:

 BRIEF PAUSE in yellow paint

And this week we are saying:

 PICK NOW!!! in orange paint

Well at least it was color coded.

And we’re not loopy!  Promise!  Each weekly claim was true – solid as a gubernatorial denial.  So here’s to peach season in the Empire State.  We now re-sound the Horn Hen of Plenty to signal the re-dawn of peach picking and an abundant local harvest of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and donuts.

U-PICK PEACHES = NOW.  It is a big and beautiful crop.  Peach season should last about as long as the governor – perhaps two more weeks.  But peaches are our most popular summer crop, so don’t wait too long or you might miss them.  And remember!  If you pick a peach that isn’t quite ripe, do not panic.  Do not throw it away.  Do not curse Baby Boomers or Generation Xers or – gasp! – Millenials for your failure to pick the best peach.  Simply take responsibility for the peach you picked.  Put the peach on your kitchen counter for a day or two.  It will be great.  Or grill it.

HAPPY PEACHER.  Farm Fan @karin.n.uwrote:  “Peach picking 🍑 @indiancreekfarmithaca 果物狩りの時間ですよー!! 朝一、誰もいない時間に行ってきました🍑 朝活☀️朝日が眩しい☀️気持ちいい☀️ 朝の空気はヒヤッと爽やか、もう秋を感じる✨” which might mean something like: “It’s time to pick fruits!! ︎ I went there in the morning when nobody was there 🍑 Morning activity ☀️ The morning sun is dazzling ☀️ It feels good ☀️ The morning air is refreshing and I feel autumn already ✨”  Thank you, Karin!

U-PICK DONUT PEACHES = NOW.  These move like hotcakes, but ask at the stand and we will try to direct you to the best picking.  Good luck!

U-PICK SWEET PEPPERS & HOT PEPPERS = OPEN!  Bell peppers, frying peppers, jalapeños, serranos, and more varieties ripening each week.  You just have to come explore.  The hots are not red yet, that comes later in the growing season.

U-PICK EGGPLANT = OPEN!  Several varieties on the vine, you just have to come hunt around.  Look under the leaves.  First come, first pick.

U-PICK TOMATOES = JUST STARTING!  Tomato season is winding up and there are lots of cherry tomatoes to pick.  There are starter crops of heirlooms, Romas, and beefsteaks.  Stay tuned for tomato alerts and stop by often.  First come, first pick.  We expect busy weekends; try weekdays to score big. 

U-PICK HERBS = OPEN!  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 Type B home chef who would pick a bag of mixed herbs for seasoning and dressing – not big enough for hordes of Type A pesto pickers. 

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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PRISTINE APPLES & JALAPEÑOS POPPING! A Quiet Weekend in Peachtown; Pick Your Own Summer Apples, Hot & Sweet Peppers, Culinary Herbs to Spark Your Domestic Kitchen; Donuts & Slushees Daily.


– SUMMARY –


U-pick apples • U-pick hot peppers • U-pick sweet peppers • U-pick herbs • Brief pause in U-pick peaches (you picked the first round clean!) • Open 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday • Shop for peaches, apples, peppers, cherry tomatoes, garlic, eggplant, slushees, flowers, honey, syrup, pottery, and more • COVID: Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and current protocols include: (1) We are not requiring masks since the farm is an outdoor experience, (2) We recommend that unvaccinated people wear masks, (3) Practice social distancing under the covered porch area, (4) These protocols could change during the season • Drive slowly on the farm • Thank you


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DEAR FARMKETEERS:  Last week, in accord with our annual tradition, we sounded the Horn, er, Hen of Plenty to signal the dawn of peach picking and an abundant local harvest.  This fomented such a ferment – commonly called a “bumrush” in the farmland vernacular – that you stripped the trees clean within a couple days.  For such exemplary locavoric exuberance, we offer our heartiest thanks.  This weekend, we predict a quiet time in Peachtown as the next wave gets ready.

U-PICK PEACHES = brief pause.  Sometimes people look at pictures and don’t read, or otherwise find our approach to corporate messaging nonsensical/difficult to decipher (special apologies to ESL folks!), so this picture was included for the “visual learners” in our readership.

Behind the scenes, the peaches are primping for next week, the start of High Peach Season which should last a couple good weeks.  They are trimming their fuzzy ‘dos with help from fashionista eggplants, who also are in short supply on the U-pick vines til further notice.  Please stay tuned to these Fresh Crop Alerts for news of the next wave of peaches and eggplants.  Pro tip:  Facebook and Instagram followers often score emergent tipoffs between newsletters.

PEACHTOWN = sad chapter.  During this meditative time between peach waves, an image to contemplate.  This road sign in nearby Cayuga County speaks of Chonodote. “As remorseless as a cannon shot, the axe levelled every tree though burdened with its loads of luscious fruit, and the freshly ripened corn was gathered only to be destroyed.  At 10 o’clock A. M., the torch was applied to the dwellings, and as the crackling flames lifted their fiery heads over this scene of havoc and destruction.”

U-PICK APPLES = PRISTINE.  They are the first real apple-ish apples of the year.  Lovely lemon-yellow orbs of fruitological blushitude.  Descendants of the venerable McIntosh and Golden Delicious varieties.  Perfect for eating fresh, saucing, and cooking.  Easy to pick in Row 10 of the Dwarf Orchard.  Easy as pie.  Tart, crisp, juicy, and firm.  And isn’t that blush prettier than a store-bought doll?  True foodies will branch out from Granny Smith and Honeycrisp to try Pristines and other summer apples.  Not shaming, just SAYING.

U-PICK JALAPEÑOS = NOW.  The plants are bursting with jalapeños, please come pick!  The much-anticipated moment is NOW!  As it is with your life, so it is with U-pick jalapeños. Carpe ‘peños!

U-PICK SWEET PEPPERS & HOT PEPPERS = Go time to come pick.  Bell peppers, frying peppers, cayennes, jalapeños, serranos, and more.  The hots are not red yet, that comes later in the growing season.

FRESH DONUTS = daytime snack.  You can get 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.  Six days a week, 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. Amen.

U-PICK HERBS = open every day.  Basil, flat parsley, curly parsley, dill, cilantro, thyme, sage, oregano.  The garden is right by the farm stand.  This is a modest patch suitable for the Type B home chef who would pick a bag of mixed herbs for seasoning and dressing – not big enough for Type A pesto pickers. 

MODEL ORCHARD LADDER TECHNIQUE.  (1) Remain on lower rungs, (2) Maintain a poised athletic posture, (3) Have trusted assistant stabilize ladder.  Pictured are NYC-based singer-songwriter and bridal designer Jamie Burke and musician-actor Sean O’Shea.  “We make an annual trip upstate to check out the farm!  Fell in love with it!!  Can’t get enough of those donuts heehee.”  Thank you, @itsjamieburke!

PEACH COBBLER = DROOL!  Peach picking should start again soon!  “Peach Time 🍑🍑 Love picking fruits for pies and dessert 😊 Always local 😊🍑 #indiancreekfarm #dolcedelight #ithacany #localfarmslocalfood  Thank you for being SOOOO local, @dolcedelightithaca

PEACH COBBLER = HEARTY.  Inspiration for the coming resumption of peach picking.  Thank you @katiemarievaz!

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

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PEACH SEASON BEGINS! Pick Your Own Peaches, Apples, Peppers, Herbs; Beat the Weekend Rush by Sneaking Weekdays; Get Donuts & Slushees Daily.


– SUMMARY –


U-pick peaches • U-pick apples • U-pick sweet peppers • U-pick hot peppers • U-pick herbs • U-pick flowers • Open 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except Monday) • Shop for peaches, apples, peppers, garlic, eggplant, apricots, slushees, flowers, honey, syrup, pottery, and more • COVID: Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and current 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, (4) These protocols could change during the season • Drive slowwwwly on the farm • Thank you


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DEAR FARMKETEER:  If, by some very lucky chance, you were an agricultural ethnomusicologist – the world’s top expert on theme songs of fruit farms around the globe – how would you classify our anthem? 

It is called “The Horn, Er, Hen of Plenty” and it is playing now.  Watch Archie the unabashed chicken smash the ivories in a stirring rendition of the official theme song of Indian Creek Farm, trumpeting the dawn of picking season proper and an abundant local harvest.  (Sidelight:  Imagine a jazz band braying on their “horns of plenty” – fruit flying higgledy-piggledy and ‘Creekniks dancing like peaches kaschnockered on bottom-shelf Finger Lakes apfelwein.)   

U-PICK PEACHES = NOW.  Yes, Farm Fans, it is opening day of peach season, the one day each year when we let the barnyard beasts host an open mic on the family heirloom instruments.  It is the best peach crop ever, and there will be waves of ripening over the next 4 weeks.  Remember that if you pick a peach that isn’t quite ripe, do not panic.  Do not throw it away.  Do not curse Baby Boomers or Generation X or Millenials for your failure to pick the best peach.  Do not blame your ex-wife or her brother’s narcissistic shih tzu.  Simply take responsibility for the peach you picked.  Put the peach on your kitchen counter for a day or two.  It will be great.  Or grill it.

How to avoid heartbreaking WASTE in peach season:  Don’t squeeze peaches on the tree.  A thoughtless thumbprint is textbook fruit abuse.  Exhibit A:  Somebody was testing ripeness.  They found out it was ripe.  They left it on the tree.  Nobody else will pick it.  Peach ruined.  Remember that an experienced eye is needed to judge peach ripeness by merely looking.  So if you can’t squeeze it and you can’t tell by looking, what’s a Farmketeer to do?  Ask us which rows are ready.  Pick the peaches in those rows.  Take them home even if they feel a little firm.  In 2 days you’ll have delicious peaches.  Stick them in a paper bag to expedite.  It is up to you whether you squeeze the peaches after they are yours. 

“Donut” peaches are NOT ready yet, but donut-donuts are.  Donut peaches will be ready in a week or two and we will announce when ready.  Meantime, you can get 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.  Six days a week, 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. Amen.

U-PICK APPLES = PRISTINE.  Pristine is a real apple – real tart.  One of us here at the farm stand says, “They get better the more you eat them… just keep chewing.”  So once again, a dose of resilience and positive action saves the day.  Don’t decry the tartness; instead chew your way to a delightful early season apple.  Some of you will swear off Honeycrisp forever.  Pristines are good keepers and the first real apples of the year.  And that blush!  Come pick now.  (You can get cold-hardy Honeycrisp trees from our nursery to plant in your yard next spring.  We sell out every year so now is time to order for spring 2022.)

U-PICK SWEET PEPPERS & HOT PEPPERS.  Now open!  Bell peppers, frying peppers, jalapeños, serranos.  More varieties ripening soon.  The hots are not red yet, that comes later in the growing season.

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 Type B home chef who would pick a bag of mixed herbs for seasoning and dressing – not big enough for hordes of Type A pesto pickers. 

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

U-PICK PEPPER PROWESS.  Three cheers to Faithful Farmketeer @samanthafountain for three jars of exemplary locavoric culinarity!

A DAY AT THE ‘CREEK.  Thirty-one cheers to ‘Creeknik @kathyrutherford12!  Thank you for including us!

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

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


– SUMMARY –


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.


– SUMMARY –


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


– FULL STORY – 


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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