Controlled Chaos in Apple Country as Whole Heirloom Orchard is Suddenly Opened to U-Pickers; Meanwhile Pumpkins & Sprouts Threaten to Steal Thunder from Donuts; “We Just Have to Keep Things Balanced,” Says Sed.

DEAR FARMKETEERS & CONVIVIAL ‘CREEKNIKS:   Have you met Sed here at the farmstand?  Even when Sed is trapped in a torrent of donut-addled shoppers, Sed is nice and steady.  Nice and “seddy,” as we say.  Sed is very balanced.  Can balance things atop the head for days.

That is Sed’s “Power 3” – a mastered skill that confers no obvious advantage.  Sed explains that Power 1 is some awesome career skill you have, like predicting the stock market if you are a Wall Street oracle.  Power 2 is something you crush at and it helps you in life; predicting the stock market would be a good Power 2, too.  Power 3 is that extra magic you haven’t found a use for.  Yet.  Like balancing apples on your head.  (Perhaps after the apocalypse your Power 3 will become your Power 1.  When a career in apples will be more lucrative than trying to rig the defunct financial markets.)

Farmketeers, YOUR Power 1 is pumpkin picking.  Pick your dream pumpkin and you will feel happy.  Happy workers do better work so your career will take off.  You did a fine job on the long holiday weekend.  You picked more pumpkins than there are stars in the cloudy Ithaca sky.  Only 4,592 more to pick.  Attention families, student groups, office teams, and pumpkin collectors:  the big u-pick sale continues.  Pick any 5 for $25.  Pick any 12 for $50.  Any size. 

Your Power 2 is donuts.  Eating these deep-fried toroids of fructotic splendor will help you in life, not least because they will power you up to pick pumpkins.  Thus you have a chain reaction of auspicious action.  This week’s donut models excelled at munching donuts in the pumpkin field.  Three weeks til Halloween and they are already properly pumpkinned.  Donuts served Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM.

Your Power 3 is picking exotic heritage apples.  For the first time ever, we are opening the entire heirloom orchard to the rabble (that means you, Dear Farmketeers) for u-picking!  Professional orchardists around the nation will scoff, “Fools!  You can’t let Joe-Bag-a-Donuts into the inner shrine of pomological sanctitude!  Only geniuses can handle these most potent specimens!”  To which we shout, “HUMBUG!”  Let our heirloom apple rows henceforth be called The People’s Orchard.  Or The Pupils’ Orchard.  How’s that?  We are all humble students of the apple game.

Yummmm.  Yes, starting today, you can pick the lower rows of the Dwarf Orchard.  Ask at the stand when you get here.  You will find yourself amongst the likes of Calville Blanc, Ashmeads Kernel, Baldwin, King David, Wickson Crab, Black Oxford, Roxbury Russet, Golden Russet, Suntan, Newtown Pippin, Spitzenburg, Hudson Gem, and many more besides.  Please don’t bite them and throw them on the ground.  They are different.  They are spicy.  They are scintillating.  They are pomes of the highest order, many reaching back hundreds of years before Honeycrisp (the apple equivalent of a deep-fried donut) was a glint in a postmodern apple breeder’s eye.

Please have a great time expanding your apple-tude.  In our spare time from ‘Creeking, we supply baby fruit trees to orchardists in all 50 states.  Many people come to our nursery to get these very heirloom apple varieties that you can now explore for yourself!  They are prized for making craft cider and generally rebuilding our shared national apple heritage, which got depleted through 20th Century industrial monoculture.  Remember, even though our signs might say, DO NOT PICK, please pick.  We will know that you have carefully read this Fresh Crop Alert if you disobey those signs as instructed herein.

Other apples now open for u-pick:  Jonagold, Macoun (pictured), Fortune, Spigold, Late Gala, and good old Cortland and Mac.  Ask at the stand and we will circle the spots on the map.  Help us clear out each variety one by one.  It is a beautiful crop this year and we don’t want any apples to drop.

Another Power 1:  pick your own Brussels Sprouts.  Farmer Steve thanks you all for being such a polite and well-behaved crowd over the holiday weekend.  In particular, you honored the Treaty of Brussels:  (1) Find loppers at the Produce Portal which is a crystal-handled rickety door in the deer fence, (2) Find a deleafed stalk, meaning a stalk that had the leaves pre-stripped by a professional farmer, (3) Lop the whole stalk, (4) Return loppers to Produce Portal.  DO NOT pick individual sprouts.  Meaning do not pluck the l’il cabbages off the stalks.  Take a whole stalk home then pluck the sprouts off right into your cookery.  Then add bacon or facon.

“Cruciferous and delicerous.”  You heard it here first.

TIME TO PLANT!  Seed garlic sale 10/20 & 10/21.  Our neighbor Paul will be selling his organically grown garlic bulbs at the farm stand Saturday and Sunday, October 20 & 21.  He has grown these lines of garlic for about 10 years at his homestead on Indian Creek Road.  Paul has Georgia Fire, Italian Easy Peel, Tochliavri, Persian Star, Romanian Red, Chesnok Red, Georgia Crystal, and other varieties.  Soft necks and hard necks.  Large bulbs and cold-hardy.  Come support a local gardener and get your own garlic patch planted!

Chef Greg down in NYC is roasting his FLX haul.  Making all kinds of pepper and eggplant stuff including avjar.

What is Bowie trying to tell us?  Last chance to cut your own flowers.  There are lots of flowers now but when they go, they go fast.  Cooler nights ahead.  Bring some color home.  Cut your own bouquet for only $5.  What is a bouquet?  A fistful of flowers.  Don’t be THAT guy and try to fit a bucket of stems in your fist.  A bouquet is more than Bowie has in his mouth but less than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar could hold in his hand.  Just a bouquet-sized bouquet.

(Commercial break for donuts.)

If you ever get tired of our schtick and want to grow your own orchard, we’ll sell you a tree.  You can see some potted trees at the farm stand now, or order online from our sister biz, Cummins Nursery.  The live inventory is here.  NOW is the time to reserve your trees for spring planting.  As the fall harvest season draws to a close, big orchardists around the country swoop in and buy hundreds or thousands of trees.  So now is your chance to get a couple you might like before our best inventory is cleared out.  We sell out every year.

Photo 16, row 15, bunny 14 (pounds).  This plump fellow lives at Five Pads Farm round the corner.  They supply us with garlic, pear juice, and honey.  We also have Gil’s Honey, from a small family-owned apiary in Ithaca.  You can support these local growers by shopping here at Indian Creek.  Does anyone else think bunnies are kind of scary/evil?  Just a thought.  Didn’t mean to say it out loud.

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

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Jumbo October Sales on U-Pick Pumpkins, Apple & Pear Packs, and Cider for Homebrew Moonshine; Rare Monday Donuts(!), Everything You Need for “Fire Cider,” and, Ten Great Women in Science.

BELOVED FARMKETEERS & LOYAL ‘CREEKNIKS:  Welcome to the “Women in Science” issue of Fresh Crop Alerts & Farm Buzz.  Two Nobel prizes awarded this week, physics and chemistry, were shared by women.  This is all too rare.  The physics prize, shared by Canadian Donna Strickland, was awarded to a woman for the first time in 55 years, only the third time in history.  The chemistry prize had its fifth woman winner in American Frances Arnold.  Today’s newsletter recognizes a few great women in science.  Inspired by this classy illustrated book, Women in Science, a great gift for anyone at any age.

JUMBO SALE:  U-pick pumpkins.  Pick any 12 pumpkins for $50 or any 5 for $25.  Any size!  You will find some mega jumbo ultra colossus specimens and also some wee wittle teenie mini pumpies.  (Eww, weird word.)  Find your spirit pumpkin!  No astrologer required.  Just spy the one that has your name on it.  Woman in science:  Rosalind Franklin, born 1920, chemist and cystallographer, first showed the double helix structure of DNA, should have won the Nobel prize

Pick apples.  Jonagold, Macoun, Empire, Fortune, Spartan, Liberty, McIntosh, Cortland, and more.  These are all prime “dessert” varieties that signal high apple season.  All sweet and delicious fresh eaters.  Of the 75 varieties that we grow at The ‘Creek, we are more than HALF WAY through, and apple season will draw to a close precipitously as October trundles forth.  Please enjoy the harvest now.  Woman in science:  Chien-Shiung Wu, born 1912, experimental physicist, disproved a core law of quantum physics, should have won the 1957 Nobel prize along with her now famous male colleagues

JUMBO SALE:  Sudden homebrew cider run!  Last day of the sale is today, Friday, October 5, 2018.  Fill your carboys for only $5/gallon when you buy 10+ gallons.  This would normally be $7/gallon or more depending on volume.  We have to move 120 gallons that we pressed for Apple Harvest Festival last weekend.  Kick off your homebrew projects with great unpasteurized cider.  Leave your carboys with your name and number at the farmstand.  If we can’t fill them while you wait we will call you when ready.  Woman in science:  Hypatia, born around 350 CE in Alexandria, Egypt, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, killed by religious extremists

NEW & EXCITING:  Donuts served on Monday, October 8.  The long holiday weekend will be all the sweeter – and starchier and fattier and fried-ier – as the Mark II Donut Robot churns out fructotic toroids of pomological splendor from 10 to 6 on Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday.  Woman in scienceMary Agnes Chase, born 1869, botanist, scientific illustrator, and suffragist, world expert in grasses,  jailed and force-fed while on hunger strike protesting for women’s right to vote

NEW!  U-pick Brussels sprouts.  You can take your half-eaten donut to the Brussels patch to balance out the good you are about to do with the evil you have already done.  Too much good can be nauseating.  Anyway, Farmer Steve wants all Farmketeers to read, repeat aloud, and obey the following instructions:  (1) Find loppers at the Produce Portal which is a crystal-handled rickety door in the deer fence, (2) Find a deleafed stalk, meaning a stalk that had the leaves pre-stripped by a professional farmer, (3) Lop stalk, (4) Return loppers to Produce Portal.  DO NOT pick individual sprouts.  Meaning do not pluck the golf ball-sized cabbages off the stalks.  Take a whole stalk home then pluck the sprouts off right into your wok.  Woman in science:  Marjory Stoneman Douglas, born 1890, conservationist, journalist, suffragist, fought to save the Florida Everglades from ecosystem destruction, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Why do we humans love to put things on our heads?  (Because awesomeeee?)

LAST BLAST:  Sweet corn.  Yesterday Farmer Dusky was all fired up like, “Tell every single ‘Creeknik that we are surfing the last and best wave of corn this weekenddddd!”  Please help our Corn Crushing Farmer Rocker and his nice young family finish a second successful season growing delicious sweet summer corn.  We thank you with butter on top.  Woman in science:  Gerty Cori, born 1896, biochemist, helped solve the mystery of how cells use sugar for energy, helped understand diabetes, first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

NEW:  Winter squashes.  Delicata, butternut, acorn, sweet dumpling, blue hubbard, and pie pumpkins.  They all have their place in this world but delicata is the only one that can keep us farmers up past our bedtime.  Last night, way too late and way too tired, we sliced a delicata in half on the strength of the allure of broiled delicata crescent snacks, but never got around to scooping out the seeds and slicing and slathering with oil, salt, and pepper, and actually broiling.  Just ran out of steam and melted onto the couch.  But delicata is like that.  It can make you start things you don’t have the steam to finish.  Women in science:  Marie Curie, first woman to win a Nobel prize (physics, 1903) and the only woman to win twice, and Irene Joliot-Curie, her daughter, who also won (chemistry, 1935), each for seminal work on radioactivity

You woke me up to put THAT on my head?

NEW & EXCITING:  Fresh ginger and turmeric and everything you need for “fire cider.”  We are loving these autumnal additions to the farm stand lineup.  Our friends at Tree Gate Farm are dropping off exhilarating rhizomes, ginger and turmeric, from their small farm round the block.  As luck would have it, the ‘Creek is host to an impassioned cohort of herbalists who work at the farmstand!  Text message to the Crop Alert department said, “Turmeric, ginger, garlic, onion, and hot peppers… You infuse them into apple cider vinegar for an immune boost throughout the cold seasons.”  People call it fire cider, and you can get the ingredients at the stand.  Woman in science:  Katia Krafft, born 1942, geologist and volcanologist, “Krafft Medal” now awarded to exceptional volcano scientists, killed with her husband and 41 other scientists and journalists by a pyroclastic flow in Japan

Ginger and turmeric in the fall?  Sharon from Tree Gate Farm tells their story:  “Crazy, right?  The seed comes from Hawaii (arrives in March), and using a greenhouse and a lot of compost, we spend 8 months working to convince it that the Finger Lakes region is almost as wonderful a place to grow as the tropics.  Unlike what you find at the grocery store, our uncured baby turmeric is snappy and sweet, roughly the texture of an apple or a slice of water chestnut.  And no peeling required!  Just be sure to use or freeze within a week; it’s perishable.”  Thank you, Tree Gate, for making these culinary treasures available to Farmketeers.  Woman in science:  Sally Ride, born 1951, astronaut, physicist, engineer, first American woman in space, broke that glass ceiling in the sky

FREE EVENT TOMORROW – Saturday, October 6.  Orchard tour and tasting at Eve’s Cidery.  Our friends and family at Eve’s Cidery grow weird cider apples on hundreds of trees from our nursery and they make brilliant artisan ciders.  See their national press coverage.  Eve’s Cidery is renowned for educating and inspiring so many producers in the current American cider boom.  We’re proud to know these progressive and creative farmers from the little hamlet of Van Etten.  Register here free for their orchard tour and tasting.  It is free but you need to RSVP so they know what’s up.  It would be cool if a BUNCH of Farmketeers took the free tour and bought bottles of Finger Lakes champagne-style cider from one of the pioneers.  Woman in science:  Autumn Stoschek of Eve’s Cidery, hard cider science pioneer :-)

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

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Donut Robot Lands on Commons; Fifteen Reasons to Pick Apples & Pumpkins Now, Each Paired with One of George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior; $1.95/lb for U-Pick Farm Dog.

BELOVED FARMKEETEERS & LOYAL ‘CREEKNIKS:  The Fresh Crop Alerts get simpler this time of year.  Peaches are kaput.  Pears picked.  Strawberries a hazy memory.  Veggies are packing for Vegas.  That leaves apples.  It is apple season.  And pumpkin season.  Little red orbs, big orange orbs.  Please come harvest our best crops ever.  As you wander the farm, consider these tidbits from Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company & Conversation, by George Washington, written when he was around 15 years old.  He wasn’t president yet.

Pick Empire, Macoun (shown), Sweet 16, McIntosh, Cortland, and last chance Honeycrisp.  These are all delicious dessert apples, telltale varieties for high apple season.  Ask which rows are ready and we will show you the map.  George Washington’s Rule 68:  Go not thither, where you know not, whether you Shall be Welcome or not. 

Find your McIntoshes on orange-ribboned trees; Cortlands on yellow.  These are in the Vintage Orchard, the big trees that are about 100 years old.  They were planted around the time of the Great War.  Which was really only great in the sense of big.  A big war with untold global suffering.  At any rate these apples are tasty.  Rule 97:  Put not another bit into your Mouth until the former be Swallowed; let not your Morsels be too big for the jowls.

You have never eaten this kind of apple before.  It is called a “McCortland.”  In each $5 and $8 value bag, you will get a random mix of McIntosh and Cortland.  If you are not a seasoned apple person, you might not be able to tell the difference.  Best to say you are eating a McCortland.  Not clear which farm official thought these mixed bags were a good idea, but the sale is in effect now.  Rule 44:  When a Man does all he can though it Succeeds not well, blame not him that did it.  (Don’t blame MEN for being lame as long as they try?)

Pick your own pumpkins.  There is a big field absolutely crawling with big pumpkins.  Actually if you see one crawling, please call for help immediately.  We’ve asked them to sit still during daylight hours.  Rule 25:  Superfluous Compliments and all Affectation of Ceremony are to be avoided, yet where due they are not to be Neglected.  (Where are superfluous compliments due?)

Pick your last peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes.  Farmer Steve says they are “slim but there.”  Farm Fans from cooked up a 1-year supply of homemade sriracha from 8 POUNDS of U-pick hot peppers!  See the recipe on their fridgeRule 92:  Being Set at meat Scratch not, neither Spit, Cough, or blow your Nose except there’s a Necessity for it.

You can sing the Song of the Crabapple Fairy!  Farm Fan @doolittle.kelly, inspired by the “little red-headed imp” in one of our photos, told us to look up the little autumnal poem by Cicely Mary Barker.  Rule 15:  Keep your Nails clean and Short, also your Hands and Teeth Clean, yet without Showing any great Concern for them.

Hi.  I’m Millie.  I work at the farmstand a couple days a week.  They put me on the scale, I weighed 5.52 pounds.  At the U-pick price of $1.95 per pound, I would go for $10.77.  I feel like I’m worth at least 20 George Washingtons.  Rule 110:  Labor to keep alive in your Breast that Little Spark of Celestial fire Called Conscience.

Make German apple cake.  Another Farmketeer raised the bar for farm baking with this German Apple Cake, featuring “lovely fragrant apples” from The ‘Creek.  Whoa, thank you, @vasanthanarayananwillfordRule 43:  Do not express Joy before one sick or in pain for that contrary Passion will aggravate his Misery.

Make pear upside-down cake.  A ‘Creeknik down the street, @orangecountertopbaking, impressed with this “pear up-side-down cake with gorgeous pears” from the farm.  Gorgeous cake!  Rule 16:  Do not Puff up the Cheeks, Loll not out the tongue, rub the Hands, or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them or keep the Lips too open or too Close.

Make apple crisp a là our hometown celebrity chef Emma Frisch of Firelight Camps.  Here’s what @emmafrisch says:  “A crisp is quite possibly the greatest dessert on Earth.  It is SO forgiving!  You can swap any fruit in and out, embellish the topping with various nuts, seeds, spices and flours, and cook it in a variety of ways.  But my favorite crisp, hands down, is an Apple Harvest Crisp with a crunchy almond flour and polenta topping baked to perfection in a Dutch oven on the grill (or in the campfire).”  Emma shares this recipe in her new cookbook Feast by Firelight which you can order from Amazon.  Thanks for using ‘Creek apples in your tasty work, Emma!  Photo by @ausavageRule 50:  Be not hasty to believe flying Reports to the Disparagement of any.

Pick and snuggle!  Farm Fan @emma_m_thomas roamed the orchards with the apple of her eye.  She said, “I guess now that it’s officially fall, I’m cool with all the pumpkins, plaid, and apple picking.”  Can everyone PLEASEEEE wear plaid this weekend?  That would be so weird.  Rule 53:  Run not in the Streets, neither go too slowly nor with Mouth open, go not Shaking your Arms, kick not the earth with your feet, go not upon the Toes, nor in a Dancing fashion.

The orchards are soooooooo big.  If you’re so little.  ‘Creeknik @mommyteessa kept an eye on the apple of her eye.  Might be vest weather this weekend.  To go with your plaid.  Rule 35:  Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.

We will be on the Ithaca Commons all weekend at Apple Harvest Festival.  Find us right in the middle of things with our biggest stall ever.  The DONUT ROBOT will be there!  A second, brand new robot.  Follow your nose – fresh apple cider donuts downtown Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  The slushee machine will probably be there, too.  No slushees at the farm this weekend.  Rule 38:  In visiting the Sick, do not Presently play the Physician if you be not Knowing therein.

YES there will be donuts at the farm, too.  You can still snarfle your dozen on Saturday and Sunday 10 to 6.  Rule 12:  Bedew no man’s face with your Spittle, by approaching too near him when you Speak.

Cool free event, Saturday, October 6 – Orchard tour and tasting at Eve’s Cidery.  We go way back and way deep with our dear friends at Eve’s Cidery.  They grow weird cider apples on hundreds of trees from our nursery and they make some of the best artisan ciders in the nation.  Look at their stack of national press coverage.  Eve’s Cidery is renowned for educating and inspiring so many producers in the current USA cider boom.  We’re really proud to know these restlessly creative biodynamic farmers from little Van Etten, New York.  Register here free for their orchard tour and tasting.  It would be cool if a whole mess of Farmketeers took their tour and bought bottles of brilliant champagne-style cider.  Rule 99:  Before and after Drinking, wipe your Lips, then breathe not then or Ever with too Great a Noise, for it’s uncivil. 

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

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High Appleeee Season Beginssss! Pick Honeycrisp, Fuji, Cortland, Mac, Pears, Pumpkins, Veggies, Flowers, Lastttt Peaches (Srsly!); Donuts; Cider; and, 16 Biscuits of Wisdom from the Farmer’s Cupboard of Knowledge.

DEAR FARMKETEERS:  Kids are back in school.  Teachers, too.  Everybody’s getting real smartlike.  But there’s learning to be got right here in Farm School.  Heavy reasonin’ and lofty waxin’.  In today’s Fresh Crop Alert, we share 16 tidbits of erudition from our cornucopic Cupboard of Knowledge.

Last chance to pick a peach off a tree.  Peaches will be kaput after the weekend.  To a human being, a peach hanging silently on a tree is like “some patient god come down to woo her.”  Flannery O’Connor wrote that about a cow in a field outside a lady’s window.  But a peach is every bit as cow as a cow.  Biscuit of wisdom = Every peach contains the universe, every drooly bite creates it anew.

Chicken with balsamic peaches.  Peaches are for now – eating fresh and cooking up special.  Look at what ‘Creeknik @itsme_emily cooked with her haul ^^^.  Anddd she canned peaches for the winter.  Bravo.  Biscuit of wisdom = Harvest now, eat now AND later.

Yes, you KAN haz honeycripssps.  Farm Kitty got first pick, but you can still get yours.  It is time to pick Honeycrisp, Early Fuji, McIntosh, and Cortland.  All beautiful crops this year.  Easy picking.  Biscuit of wisdom = Farm Kitty ALWAYS gets first pick of Kittycrisp™!

Ask at the stand which apple rows are ready.  You can’t tell by just looking at an apple on a tree.  You also can’t tell by following the ARROWS on our signs!  Unless you are looking for a patch of dead grass.  Thank you to Faithful Farmketeer @heather.april for the fun photo.  Biscuit of wisdom = If I can’t see you, you can’t see me! 

Hey that’s my apple!  No way, mineeee!  Honeycrisp can make people grabby.  Cool weather will bring out the winner-takes-all mentality in otherwise lazy armchair apple pickers.  But there’s enough for everyone.  If you pick nowwww.  Thank you to and @liontail_press for using local food in your work… and sharing.  Biscuit of wisdom = Apple picking inpires sharing. 

Bountiful and exotic heritage apples at the farm stand. Happy 310th birthday, Ribston Pippin.  “This apple was grown in 1708 from one of three apple pips sent from Normandy to Sir Henry Goodricke of Ribston Hall at Little Ribston near Knaresborough, Yorkshire; the original trunk did not die until 1835.  It then sent up a new shoot and, on the same root, lived until 1928.  Ribston Pippin is one of the possible parents of Cox’s Orange Pippin.”  (From Wikipedia which is always correct about everything.)  Biscuit = A ‘pip’ is what people over there call seeds.  Sooooo weird!

Pick your own pears.  Pear season will close soon.  You can pick the lovely and weird varieties in Row 19 of the Dwarf Orchard – Flemish Beauty (pictured), Magness, Shenandoah, Potomac, and more.  There are also real beauties at the farm stand, such as the prized little bugger called Seckel.  Remember that most pears are hard on the tree – they ripen inside out – and will ripen sitting a in paper bag for a few days at room temp.  Brown paper is most homey.  Biscuit of wisdom = Pears are actually way more Frenchy and subtle and sophisticated than apples.  And if you are lucky enough to know a “pear-shaped” person… Mama mía!

Pick your own pumpkins.  5 weeks til Halloween.  Farmer Steve says we’ll never sell all the pumpkins.  He planted more pumpkins than there are stars in the sky.  But Emily Dickinson taught us, “THE BRAIN is wider than the sky, / For, put them side by side, / The one the other will include / With ease, and you beside.”  So if we put our brain on the pumpkin problem, we can do this!  Biscuit = Please pick pumpkinnnns!

Flower champs of the week, Eunice and Christine.Just bopping around the farm making bouquets.  “Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.”  John Harrigan wrote that.  Biscuit = Share flowers for double power.

Tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers.  You can pick your own or find some at the stand if we can keep up with the picking.  These veggie crops should do well until the frost.  There were 32 varieties of tomatoes at last count.  Sweet peppers and hot peppers.  Fairytale, Italian, and Japanese eggplants.  Field abundance ebbs and flows daily with crowds and weather.  Biscuit = Harvest vigorously before the frost, just like the old homestead days.

Fresh tomatoes make stuff scrumchy.  Kale with lemon juice, shrimp, cherry tomatoes, brown rice, shredded carrots, roasted broccoli, sesame oil, and homemade peanut-lime dressing.  Dish of the week by @dishes_n_degreesBiscuit = Meal in a bowl will make you feel whole.

Orchard Ambrosia, Nectar of the Dogs Gawds.  Fresh pressed unpasteurized cider.  100% fruit.  No sugar added.  Nothing added.  Just apples and pears, cold-filtered into jugs.  Get gallons and 1/2 gallons.  Biscuit = Some bevvies, like some people, are sweet with no sugar added.

This week’s donut models, Lee and Bri.  Nicest people you’ll ever meet.  Trekked to the farm from wayyyy over in Lansing.  Fresh back from Alaska.  Why did they get this week’s free donuts?  Walked up to us at the farm stand, no warning, and gave a big fat high-five.  “We loveeee your Fresh Crop Alerts,” said they, “we just wanted you to know.”  Biscuit of wisdom = High-five a stranger, you just might win a dozen fried starch treats.  (Donuts on Sat & Sun 10 to 6.)

It is harvest time.  Big time.  Please come share the bounty with us.  Bring friends.  Take stuff home for your neighbors and your teachers and your frenemies.  In the old days, autumn was all about the harvest.  It can still be part of the rhythm of life.  Biscuit of wisdom = We are open every day til there’s nothing left to pick.

Put The ‘Creek on ya car.  Biscuit of wisdom = Put The ‘Creek on ya carrrrrrrrr?!

Love to y’all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.  (Bonus biscuit = Strawberries are a spring crop.)

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Lastttt Weekend to Pick Peaches! First Chance to Pick HONEYCRISP & McIntosh Apples, Exotic Pears, Dream Pumpkins! Go Time for Tomatoes & Peppers; Bulk Cider Pressing for Your Homebrew.

LOYAL ‘CREEKNIKS… BELOVED FARMKETEERS:  Can you tell by the headline that it is Boom-Boom-Boom around the farm right now?

Boom.  This is the LAST WEEKEND of u-pick peaches.  They will soon be as scarce as deviled eggs after a church picnic.  The peaches have been primping for the grand finale… the big show… the climactic denouement.  The eggplants are consulting since they are showbiz veterans.  (You won’t find tons of big eggplants to pick, they are tied up offstage.)  Pick peaches now to help us harvest this glorious crop.

Booooom.  You demolished the 2-for-1 peach sale.  This past week we ran a BOGO sale on peach pecks and quarts.  You wiped those out in 2 days.  We are picking more peaches to supply the stand even though the sale is over for now.  To keep abreast of sudden sales that crop up between weekly newsletters, see Facebook and Instagram.

Booooooooooooom.  Honeycrisp apple u-pick begins.  McIntosh too!  And more!  Honeycrisp:  There are several rows of Honeycrisp in 2 different orchards.  Ask at the stand where to find them.  This is the early side of Honeycrisp ripeness, and all the Honeycrisp won’t ripen at the same pace.  A given tree will have ripe fruit and not-quite ripe fruit.  Our basic instruction would be “pick the red apples!”  Not that helpful, perhaps, but given the almost insatiable public appetite for Honeycrisp, you might want to get in on the early wave of Honeycrisp picking – despite the challenge of picking perfectly ripe specimens – instead of gambling with your happiness.  McIntosh:  You can pick McIntosh apples in the Vintage Orchard on orange ribboned trees.  The Macs are absolutely beautiful and flavorful this year.  Introduced in the 1820s, Macs don’t have that Johnny-Come-Lately sheen that Honeycrisp cannot avoid.  So you can be all hoity-toity when you choose Macs over Honeycrisp.  Other applesThere will prolly be other varieties to pick that will be revealed when you arrive, since the situation keeps changing as new varieties ripen and get picked lickety split.  Pick prized September apples!

Boooooooooooooooooooooooom.  7000 pumpkins.  We know what you are thinking:  That is not nearly enough pumpkins.  You might be right.  Last year we sold out 2 weeks before Halloween, a mortal sin among pumpkin farmers.  Bad farmer!  BAAAADDDD FARMERRR!  This year we went big.  In number and size.  There is an ocean of large pumpkins out here.  Pick pumpkins now.  It’s early, but the big chain stores are pumping out pumpkins.  Let’s play ball with the bigs!  Give em a run for their gourds.

Boom.  All pears now open for U-pick.  The lovely and weird varieties in Row 19 of the Dwarf Orchard – Flemish Beauty (pictured), Magness, Shenandoah, Potomac, and more.  There are also real beauties at the farm stand, such as the prized li’l tater tot called Seckel.  Remember that most pears are hard on the tree – they ripen inside out – and will ripen upon sitting in paper bag for a few days at room temp.  Come pick your own pears, season might last a week or less.

Booooooom.  Best tomatoes of the year.  You can pick your own or find some at the stand if we can keep up with the picking.  31 varieties at last count.  Field abundance ebbs and flows daily with crowds and weather.  Come pick tomatoes.

Boom.  Peppers.  Lots of hot peppers.  Still sweets, too, although you pepper monsters have been picking them while they are still smallish and green.  Come pick peppers.

Booooom.  Dusky’s sweet corn.  He’s in a rock band.  He grows corn.  He’s your 21st Cenury Crunchy Liberal Corn Rocker.  And he warns of a coming cornplosion when we will need your help – 7000 ears ripening soon.  (No connection to the 7000 pumpkins.  Captain Corn and Prince Pumpkin both simply went bonkers at planting time.)  Eat sweet corn!

Boom-ditty-boom.  Orchard Ambrosia, Nectar of the Dogs Gawds.  Fresh pressed unpasteurized cider.  100% fruit.  No sugar added.  No nothing added.  Just squoshed apples and pears, cold-filtered into jugs.  Get gallons and 1/2 gallons.

Booooom-bangety-boom-boom.  Bulk cider pressing for homebrewers.  Calling all backcountry moonshiners – drop off your carboys with your name and phone number.  We will fill at our next pressing.  Great blends as the weeks roll by and new apples ripen.  $8/gallon for 5-10 gallons.  $7/gallon for 11-20 gallons.  $6/gallon for 21+ gallons.  Bring your bulk containers starting now.

Booooooooooooooooom.  Donuts.  This is what you get when apple cider and highly processed white flour have a lovechild in a tub of hot fat.  Usually served pretty fresh and warm.  Always smushy in your gullet.  Get your splendid lovechild toroids Saturday and Sunday 10 to 6. 

Booooooom-whatttt?!-booom.  Peach treats of extraordinary slobberworthiness.  Courtesy of Shoshana Perrey’s Liberation Supper Club, “farm-to-table and wild foods catering.”  Cedar BBQ’d peaches with balsamic, sea salt, chèvre, and lemon-thyme.  Bet Amazon Prime don’t deliver THAT.  (P.S. We are not serving these treats at the farm; just sharing the brilliant work of a Farmketeer.)

Booooooom.  Peach mango chia jam (right).  Paired with crunchy peanut butter (left).  Thank you @gazzellie for another energy booster bomb.

Booooooooooom.  Crispy garlic chili oil pasta.  With sautéed bell pepper and cherry tomatoes.  Another wonder from locavore

Pick now or forever hold your peach.  Love to y’all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Peach & Flower Sales Thru Friday; Your Final Hack at Peach Picking Begins Nowww; Pick 31 Kinds of Tomatoes, 4+ Kinds of Apples; Juicy Pears & Savory Veggies; Indian Creek Space Force.

TO BE HONEST, Dear Farmketeers, we are not really foodies.  Oh sure, we grow 31 kinds of tomatoes, 477 types of fruit trees, and 76 varieties of apples – some of them more exotic, dare we say recherché, than a straight talking politician.  But we farmers are not gourmands or epicures or fetishizers.  Our thoughts are turned to rather more lofty ideas

Announcing Indian Creek Space Force.  We look to the skies from here at The ‘Henge.  Formerly called Stumphenge til the apple stumps rotted last year.  Now in the Stone Age with rock seats.  But, soon we will enter the Space Age.  The ‘Henge is Mission Control.  Everybody is Mission Commander.  All Loyal ‘Creekniks get a seat on the first rocket to Space Farm.

It was Space Farmer Tino’s brainchild.  He saw a face in an apple one day.  To him it was the Man in the Moon.  He bit the Man in the Moon in the head.  Thus he seized the idea in mind and body.  He carpe’d the diem with the gusto of Musk.  (Come pick apples now!  Dayton, Elstar, Jonamac, Autumn Crisp, and more as new rows ripen!)

Space Farmer Hannah is in charge of miniaturization.  There is not much cupboard space on the rocket.  We will need freeze-dried ice cream and tiny vegetables.  This is her first trial.  A purple pocket pepper, about the size of your big toe.  (You can come pick peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes!  31 types of tomatoes and the season is short!)

Space Farmer Greg is in charge of the anarchists.  And the flowers.  The New York Times is reporting that Indian Creek Space Force is a non-hierarchical hierarchy and there are no “senior administration officials,” though there is rumored to be a “quiet resistance.”  Anyway Space Farmer First Class Greg is in charge of the pancake-flat org chart and has declared a sale on flowers:  Get 2-for-1 u-pick bouquets through Friday, 9/7/18.  Cut your own bouquet for $5, get the second one free.  Bring your own clippers if you remember, ours keep floating off to a remote orbit.

Space Team Five is in charge of peach picking!  This gang of 5 recruits picked 2 pecks in like a minute and made cobbler, crisp, and freezer bags of chopped peaches.  Thanks to Jenna for the family photo.  Come pick peaches – this is the final week of heavy peach picking action.  Crowds will demolish the orchards forthwith.

If you get here before Saturday, save $5 on every peck box of pre-picked peaches you buy at the stand.  Get $20 pecks down from $25 each.  That works out to 20% OFF.  This kind of Space Age math will almost definitely inspire some rocket scientist to chew us out at the farmstand, but let’s give it a whirl.  You will save $20 (which, as luck would have it, is 20%) on a bushel because you will pay $80 per bushel instead of $100, because 1 bushel = 4 pecks = 32 quarts = 64 pints = who knows how many pounds?  Depends.  Maybe 50 or 60 pounds.  But the sale doesn’t go by weight.  Please don’t yell at the farm stand worker when your mental calculator pops a spring.  Instead, turn your animus into a nice peaceful cobbler for your neighbor with the sore back or broken heart.  Sale ends Friday 9/7/18 at midnight.  But we close at 8.

Pick Bartlett pears and Asian pears.  Pears are the bridge between peach season and apple season.  There will be a few more pear varieties to ripen in coming weeks.  But the crisp, delicious, prized Asian pears will all get gobbled very soon.  Come pick Asian pears now, they are a treat.  Bartletts are beautiful and love to be poached.

Pick tomatoes.  Farmer Steve says there are 31 varieties.  Farmer Robert the Bruce says 38.  Truth is usually somewhere in between.  Come make your own count.  Pick tomatoes now, we keep saying the season might be short, not sure why we keep saying that, but pick away.

Pick apples in the Dwarf Orchard.  Autumn Crisp (called NYS 674 on our signage), plus Dayton, Elstar, Jonamac.  All great apples.  This postmodern apple design was courtesy of the European Apple Sawfly.  It’s so Euro and pretentious.  But perfectly good eating.  The swirly part tastes good.  Pick apples now, ask at the stand for the row map.

Dehydrated peaches – ready for blast off!  Space Farmer @aurora.rey will be in charge of Space Farm’s kitchen.

Cobbler.  Gluten-free.  Allergy friendly.  Breakfast.  Space Farmer @skychild42 will be in charge of Space Farm’s bakery.

Fall raspberries are not ready yet.  Patience please!  But warm up your appetite with these pancakes topped with peanut butter and homemade summer raspberry jam.  Space Farmer @gazellie will be in charge of Space Farm’s bakery.

Fried green tomato tacos!  A must-have on any spaceflight through the Kuiper Belt to the Oort Cloud.  Space Farmer will be in charge of Space Farm’s kitchen.

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

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Summer Crops = Busting Loose! Pick Ya Boxes of Tomatoes, Peaches, Pears, Apples, Veggies; First Sweet Cider & Asian Pears; Dusky’s Corn & Fresh Flowers; and, the MEANING of These Foods?

DEAR FARMKETEER:  Are you a meaning junkie?   Are you you always asking, “What is the meaning of all this?  What does that even meannnn?”  Not to worry!  We can help.  In this week’s Fresh Crop Alert, we decipher the meanings behind the ordinary – but nonetheless mystical (oooo weeeee ooooo) – foodstuffs you will find on the farm this time of year.

Donatoes.  An Indian Creek original pairing, based on deep analysis of terroir, flavor profile, and the relentless pursuit of an explosive eating experience.  Take a cherry tomato, pair with donut, jam it in your gob.  That’s what “donato” means.  Pick tomatoes now!  All varieties ready!  Get donuts pretty fresh every Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM. 

Cider.  These days when you say cider, people think booze, cidré, äpfëlwëin, snooty hooch.  That’s because there is a surging foodie hubbub about fermented apple juice, such as the national press attention on our dear friends at Eve’s Cidery.  They make some of the best ciders in the USA, 100% estate grown organically (and some wild foraged), including trees from our fruit tree nursery.  But the LITERAL translation of “cider” is:  Orchard Ambrosia, Nectar of the Dogs Gods.  Pressed fresh here at the farm.  Nothing but apples and pears squooshed into a jug.  Unpasteurized.  No sugar added.  No barrel aging or hoity-toity tastings in Zoo York City or Frenchy methode champenoise.  No sommeliers or schmancy pairings.  Just fruit.  Squished and squuushed.  Get the first cider in gallon and half-gallon jugs!  No ID required.

Did we mention tomatoes four times already?  Here’s number five:  TOMATOES.  Five means:  Things are happening fast and there are tons ready to pick.  We are picking boxes every day, just running through the field grabbing ripes for the stand.  But we need you to pick your flavorites right off the vine.  There are 38 varieties.  Pick tomatoes now.  Season could be short.  Go time.

Asian Pears & Bartlett Pears.  You can go to the grocery store and pay $4 per pound for Asian pears – those fruits that are so precious they often get wrapped in individual netting.  Or you can pick your own at our U-pick price of $1.95 per pound with volume discounts when you pick 20 pounds ($1.50) and 50 pounds ($1.25).  Same goes for Bartlett pears.  What does this mean?  Bite into a perfect Bartlett pear and it will TELL you what it means.  Poach it and it will sing.  Asian pears are at the early edge of their season.  For some of you, a new delight.  Pick pears now.  Finish in a brown bag if needed.

Peaches.  Notwithstanding the preposterous bumrush you perpetrated on the peach orchards last week, there are more to pick.  It is a bumper crop.  What is the meaning of this?  It means MOMENTUM.  You run up the score when you have a decent year.  Crops ebb and flow, farms hop then drop.  If you get a good crop, you enjoy it now AND share with friends AND put some up for winter.  You don’t assume past peformance predicts future results.  Nobody on earth knows if we will have peaches next year.  (Paul Manafort might know but he’s not talking.)  Come pick peaches.  Ask which rows ready.

Peach Exhibit A:  Professional peaching & plumming.  Farm Fans, this is what premium peachery looks like.  Local baker @dolcedelightithaca says:  “All local all delicious!  Peach Plum Coffee Cake in the making.  Love the summer fruits! Surrounded by beautiful local flowers.”  Bravo.

Peach Exhibit B:  Properly putting up.  ‘Creeknik Cécile did solid work picking peaches and canning 12 quarts for breakfasts in winter.  Exemplary Farmketeering!

Peach Exhibit C:  “Peachzza” challenger.  Two weeks ago Farmketeer Kelly sent a pic of her peachzza.  This week she kinda got challenged by upstart Farmy @teresa_padavona, who sent this succulent version:  “Wood fired pizza, with fresh peaches, ricotta con latte, basil and honey.”  What do you got for that, Kelly?

Peach Exhibit D:  Pick & play.  Farm Fan Jenna brought her gang.  They picked 2 pecks of peaches which turned into cobbler, peach-raspberry crisp, and freezer jam.  Then they hit the playground.  Good work, Team Jenna.

Apples – Ginger Gold, Zestar, Sansa, and Akane.  These are among the best early apples you can get.  That’s why we planted them 8 years ago.  And that’s the meaning of apples:  Plant a tree, help it grow, get fruit for 100 years.  You can find cold-hardy and disease-resistant varieties to plant in your yard.  Til your trees are bearing fruit, you can come to The ‘Creek.  Pick apples now in the Dwarf Orchard.  Please ask which rows when you get here.

Eggplant, tomatoes, peppers.  The NIGHTSHADES.  Check out this beautiful steamed Chinese garlic eggplant dish from Farmketeer Risa.  She picked eggplants here at the farm and cooked them same day.  Warning:  Uses raw garlic.  Risa says, “You should eat this in the evening with people that won’t judge you for how bad your breath smells.”  The meaning:  Bad breath can signal good eating.  Pick eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes now.  All types ready, abundance varies day-to-day with temps and crowds.

Flowers.  An outdoor adventurer and conservationist at the Finger Lakes Land Trust called this “the most beautiful donut to grace the face of the planet.”  Possibly overstated, but we love the spirit.  We also love the work the Land Trust does – saving farmlands, lakeshores, forests, wetlands, and gorges forever.  Check out their new campaign to save a heron rookery and expand the Biodiversity Preserve just south of Ithaca.  The meaning of this photo:  Flowers make nearby things look better than they really are.  Flowers are visual monosodium glutatmate.  Apply liberally.  Cut your own bouquet, $5.

Farmketeers of the Week:  Nancy and Chief.  Picked a beautiful box of summer vegetables and a bouquet to boot.  Love to y’all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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PEACH PANDEMONIUM: You “Peachple” Are the Peachiest Pickers Everrr! As a Thank You, Cut Your Own BOGO Bouquets! Also Pick Tomatoes, Apples, Peaches, and First Pears of the Year!

DEAR PEACHNIKS:  Thursday morning.  A quiet August morning for a couple old peaches down at the lake.

This is the quiet AFTER the storm.  Earlier this week, during the flash BOGO peach sale, you wholly stripped the donut peaches and kicked the regular peaches that were ripe!  You shattered all summer records and dignified the words LOCAVORE and BUMRUSH.  Never was there a more frenzied furor of picking in this little peach orchard.  Your dedication to the harvest was noted in the heavens.  It wrung the very heart.  It twinkled the farmers’ toes.

We could see it happening before our very eyes.  Sunday night, Sammy called a friend, “How peachy are you feeling?”  Risa called a friend, “How peachy are you feeling?”  People were feeling soooo peachy.  By Monday morning at 8 AM, cars were lined up.  We had pickers from all round the Finger Lakes and Pennsylvania and New Jersey and Ohio and even Binghamton.  And Canada!  (It’s that British colony north of Vermont.  They have a QUEEN!  How quaint and… well… quaint.)  Thank you Hannah for the eggplant telephones and that masterpiece which we can’t get out of our heads now.

And THANK YOU to all peach pickers.  You rescued the fruit – and the branches that will bear next year’s crop – from the rains.  So let’s do another sale to say thanks:  Cut your own bouquet, get a second one free!  You can visit the flower fields and beds around the farm.  Sale will run Thursday through Sunday, August 23-26.  Dress up your table.  Share with the friends whom you didn’t share the peaches with.  You really did help a local farm.  It doesn’t matter that we had to ply you with a BOGO.  It’s not hush money or a campaign violation.  You showed up fair and square and did the work.

Peach picking continues.  The peach BOGO sale is over for now, and the orchards will need a day or two to recharge.  You can come any day to hunt around, but our guesstimate is that there should be plenty of peaches to pick by Saturday.

Breaking news!  Bartlett pears are ready to pick!  Everybody waits for Tino to issue the results of the annual pear pressure test.  He’s our personal Pearxatawney Phil.  Tino the Human Groundhog says GREENLIGHT.

Farmer Steve says it is TOMATO season.  Says it could be a short season, so come load up.  These are 300-foot rows of tomatoes, so don’t just look at the near end where everybody else goes.  Walk down the rows and look under the leaves.  There’s tomatoes now.  Also pick eggplant and peppers in that same Nightshade field.

Donut peaches are kicked, but donuts are kicking.  You can get them pretty fresh and usually warm on Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM to 6 PM.  Tell the donut lad he’s doing a good job.  He makes LOTS of donuts.  (Cherry season is kaput.)

Pick Sansa apples.  Row 10 of the Dwarf Orchard.  A cross between the Akane and Gala varieties, developed in the 1970s as a collaboration between Japan and New Zealand.  Sweet and acidic.

Pick Zestar apples.  Row 11 of the Dwarf Orchard.  A product of Minnesota’s storied apple breeding.  Released in ’99.  Sweet and tart.  A cross between State Fair and a research apple MN 1691.

Pick Ginger Gold apples.  Rows 9 and 11.  A 1960s release from Virginia, discovered as a chance seedling, possible cross between Golden Delicious and Albemarle Pippin.  One of the best early season apples.

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

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Donut Peaches Open for U-Picking & Big-Time Peach Picking Begins; Irresistible Baby Eggplants for Perfect Pickling; Sweet Corn Keeps Getting Sweeter; Your New Loo.

DEAR FARMKETEERS, everybody always wants to know:  “What have you done for me lately?  What will you do for me next?”  Our answer to both is:  “Donuts.”

What have we done for you lately?  Opened the donut peaches for u-picking.  This is big news for you fanatics.  You can expect the customary orchard bumrush when word gets out.  It is first come, first git.  Sorry, we cannot take reservations for these precious toroids of fructotic splendor.  Pairing suggestion:  Interlard your donut peaches with actual DONUT-donuts, served fresh and usually pretty warm every Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM.  Kabobs, anyone?

What will we do for you next?  Share the cutest donut peach recipe – Personal Cobbler.  The peach you see peeking out of that ramekin was originally used in a farmstand photo shoot (“kabob” photo at top).  One lucky ‘Creeknik, @darcymartinrose, happened to be nearby when the display models turned into freebies.  She took the donuts home and paid it forward with this droolworthy photo and recipe:

  • one donut peach from The ‘Creek diced small
  • one Tbsp butter
  • one Tbsp brown sugar
  • one Tbsp rolled oats
  • cinnamon

Darcy Rose says:  Put your diced peaches in a ramekin.  Fork up the sugar, butter, and oats to make a rough crumble.  Smoosh it on top of your peaches.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.  Stick it in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes.  Don’t share with anyone.  Thank you, Darcy Rose!  You = Farmketeer of the Week.  Plus 5 points for “ramekin.”

Even bigger news for donut fetishists:  Our secret NEW DONUT ORCHARD out back.  Don’t ask where it is and don’t go sniffing around.  It is guarded by a mercurial beast called Zorro.  We are picking these babies for you.  They are even specialer than the U-pick ones.  Ask at the farmstand for these bigger, juicier, flavorier specimens.  Gamechangers.

Zorro:  130 pounds of somnolent fluff.  Genetically, he has the hardware for long days of mountain work in the Pyrenees.  Culturally, his software has been hacked by the hippy ethos of Ithaca.  A dogologist might describe this hybrid creation as an alpine canine bong hit, Canus alpinus bongus.  He has an infinitude of engrossing if dubious ideologies to ponder in daytime dreamland.  Please wake him when you go poking around for secret orchards.  He is supposed to work.

Not to bury the lead story beneath dogs and donuts:  it is PEACH SEASON proper.  We are going to need you Farmketeers en masse over the next few weeks; row after row of peaches will be opened for picking.  We want everyone to share in this bountiful harvest.  Possible hail storms in the forecast – we shudder to remember what 3 minutes of hail does to peaches.  Come pick while the fruit is happy.

William’s Pride is the name of the apples you can pick.  On your walk to Row 7 in the Dwarf Orchard you can debate whether it is properly Williams’, William’s, or Williams.  The internet has not decided.  When you get to Row 7, you can pick your first apples of the year.  These are RED APPLES, which seems to be what everyone has been holding out for.  The yellow and green apples that kicked off the season were treated with precisely the contempt we have come to expect.  Sigh.  Note:  You can also pick Pristine apples in Row 7.  They are yellowy.  Additionally in Row 7, sandwiched between William’s and Pristine, are Sansa apples.  Sansa are NOT ready yet.

Dusky’s sweet corn is an OMGawdsend.  Just crushing it with his second year as a corn cropper at The ‘Creek.  Eat it right outta the pot or, like these juveniles of the farmer species, right offa the stalk cavewoman style.  Zero butter and even less salt than that.  (But try Old Bay Seasoning!)

Baby eggplant bonanza!  Pick your own!  Farmer Steve says eggplant is a headline this week.  ESPECIALLY the baby purple Fairytales and baby Japanese varieties – perfect for pickling!  How many of you are actually picklers is a question we don’t have to tackle right now.  Steve is just throwing it out there:  Please come pick Fairytale and Japanese eggplants, including the babies, despite our usual lament about such cradlerobbing.  Now is the time.  Pickle and stirfry and baba ghanoujjjjj.  The “normal” godfearing Italian-American eggplants are pickable, too, but not in big abundance yet.

What else is pouring out of the cornucopia?  You can pick sweet peppers, hot peppers, and the first tomatoes.  All types of tomatoes are ready (they were late for the photo shoot) but the tomato field is not explosive yet.  The farm stand is more loaded each week with goodies as August crops hit prime time.  We also stock local honeys and syrups from our friends around the corner.  Cut your own flowers.  Locally foraged mushrooms from time to time.  Pick up treats for friends.

Now back to the food.  Because, you know, all those fresh fruits and vegetables we’ve just covered don’t count as food.  Like when you’re a kid and you’re like, “Mommmm, there’s nothing to eattttt,” while the fridge and cupboards are full of good food.  Just no CHEETOHS or LITTLE DEBBIES is what you meant.  Well look what Farm Fan @gazzellie brings us today:  pancakes stuffed with peanut butter and blueberry peach jam!  Short stack o’ power.

Farmketeer Kelly made peach pizza = PEACHZZA.  Don’t say, “Ewww!  Fruit doesn’t belong on pizza!  We are not in Hawaii!”  Kelly will become Yelly and say she’s not sending you the photo.  Then she will send you the photo.  She perfected this recipe to bring around the haters:  “Homemade dough topped with ricotta cheese and local peaches cooked on the grill.  Finished with chopped basil and splashes of balsamic.”

Farm Buddy Hannah is at it again:  Japanese kabocha!  Ever the adventurer, she took a flier on Emily’s new squash, slathered it with oil and herbs, and roasted at 350 for 40 minutes.  “Luxury abounds,” she rhapsodized, “tastes like decadent softness itself.”

Farm Alumna Anna K. made the New York Times!  Our dear friend, and long-time fan of the farm dogs, studies foxes.  “Dr. Kukekova and a team of scientists in the United States, Russia and China, sequenced the red fox genome for the first time and then compared three strains of red foxes — farm bred, selected for tameness and selected for aggressiveness.”  See the story in the New York Times.  Hi, Anna!

Your deluxe new playground port-a-potty with sink, mirror, standup, and sitdown.  ‘Creeknik Elisha wrote, “Seriously deluxe!  Had my birthday there last weekend, was expecting my guests to haul down to the storefront to use facilities.  Was a pleasant surprise when I found this there.  I swear every guest complimented that it was the nicest port-a-potty they had ever used.  Flushing action, no smell, and a pretty bright light (maybe solar?) for after dark.  Thank you, Indian Creek!  You keep on improving on being my happy place…”  Guess it’s the small things... that ring big.

Thank you for partying with us.  Love to y’all.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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Pick Peaches, Veggies, and Flowers; Eat Dusky’s Delicious Sweet Corn; Say Hi to Your Deluxe New Potty; First 4 Trees of Donut Peaches; ¡¿Esmeralda Mystery Apples?!

WHO IS THE BEST PERSON to be stuck on a desert island with? A dreamy star like Tom Selleck or Morgan Fairchild? A brilliant doctor to save you from mosquito bites? A Wall Street lawyer to help you milk that island good and proper? These guesses are incorrect!

The correct answer is:  FARMER.  Farmers think ahead.  They plan for the future.  They improvise against the odds.  And they make FOOD.  You will need food on your exotic island adventure.  Such as donut peaches.  A marvelous invention.  There are 4 trees of donut peaches ready for you to pick.   Exactly 4 – not 5 or 6.  That means they might be picked clean by the time you get here.  Farmer Steve said we probably shouldn’t even mention them.  Oops, the cat is out of the bag.

Yes, the cat is out the bag… and into the sweet corn.  Dusky’s Delicious™ SummerSweet™ corn works across species lines.  It is not genetically modified – we don’t have GMO crops – but it is engineered through classical plant breeding to appeal to humans and felines.  Last weekend Dusky sold clean outta ears so get your dozen stat.  But wook at doze fuzzy earsss!

Pick peaches.  You should find plenty of regular peaches even after the 4 donut trees get whupped.  Ask at the stand which rows are ready.  You really can’t tell just by looking.  And you don’t want to test by squeezing a bunch and ruining them.  Just ask and we’ll point you to the ripes and almost ripes.  Store them on the counter in a bag and boom they’ll be ready.

If the donut peaches are picked out, no tantrums please.  You can get DONUT-donuts instead.  Those are cooking Saturday and Sunday 10 to 6.  If the DONUT-donuts aren’t happening when they should be, a small tantrum is permitted.  But really small.  Like totally inside your head.  Or you can squinkle your toes or sniffle your mucilaginous membranes.  But please don’t hurt the donut person.  They are a person and not a donut.  Last Saturday we were short a lad and the donuts started late.  Let’s see if we can fumble our way toward a perfect 10:00 AM start this weekend.  Ready go.

Pick tomatoes, eggplant, peppers.  Same deal about the tantrums.  These crops are just getting rolling.  You will find some heirloom and cherry tomatoes; Italian, Japanese, and fairytale eggplant; and first sweet peppers.  Now here’s the thing about tomatoes and cracks.  A cracked tomato, if left on your counter in 90 degree heat at high humidity, will putrefy faster than a tomato that is kept slightly cooler or has the fullest protection of its skin.  Same logic as a peeled banana, bitten apple, or gash on your leg.  We received a plaintive note from a Farm Fan who had picked cracked tomatoes, expressing surprise that the cracked tomatoes were “totally moldy and disgusting” a couple days later.  She kindly asked us to warn fellow pickers.  We are hereby notifying 9,322 of you.  Our advice:  Pick em & eat em… fast & fresh!  Thank you all.

Peach galette.  Thank you to Farmketeer @fauselimagery for sharing such phantastic phood photos.

Eggplant, potatoes & veggies sauteed with hummus!  Thank you to @gazzellie for pairing fresh Indian Creek goodies with @ithacacoldcrafted lemon dill hummus.  They are our hometown hummus heroes.

Garlic scapes ‘n’ eggs for brunch.  Just a simple affair, really, but wholesome and healing, following a Montana mountain misadventure!  Thanks @hannah.george99.  See you back on the Go Finger Lakes trails soon.

Happy 40th Birthday to Farm Fan Elisha.  Her family and friends partied up at The ‘Henge, where they filled the 32-foot picnic table and sparked the new firepit.  (They also built the awesome new airplane swing.  Thanks again!)

Esmeralda Mystery Apples – The lone tree we call Esmeralda provided a small batch of summer apples!  There are precious few, so ask at the farm stand.  We do not know what kind they are.  They look like Honeycrisp but predate the advent of that sugarous monstrosity.  Esmeraldas are the first red and really apple-y apples of the season.  You can also pick your own Pristine apples in the Dwarf Orchard.

Kids.  Boxes.  On their heads.  What else is there to say, really?  Just walking up the farm road like this.  Eating Esmeralda Mystery Apples.  Good on yas.

Kids.  Potties.  Porta!  Yes, you will have to come see the new DELUXE PORT-A-POTTY with sink and sitdown and standup modes up by the playground.  Nestled in the bushes.  A game changer for kids and parents.  It will be stationed here through October harvest.  Woo hoo to the Loo.

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

(Thank you Suzy Goldleaf for the great squirrel photo!)
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