Raspberry U-Picking in Effect; Strawberry Picking Done; New This Week, Coffee & Travel Tumblers; Donuts; Garlic Scapes; Sweet & Tart Cherries; Open Tuesday Through Sunday; Closed Monday July 4.


– SUMMARY –


U-pick raspberries • Fresh donuts 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM • Coffee • Garlic scapes • Sweet cherries • Tart cherries • Blueberries • Lemonade • Slushies • Local honey, syrup, and potted plants including herbs, flowers, and tomatoes • Open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM rain or shine • Closed Mondays • COVID protocols = (1) All farm stand staff are fully vaccinated, (2) Masks are not required, (3) We recommend that everyone practice distancing in the farm stand and that non-vaccinated people wear masks at the stand • Drive carefully when approaching and leaving the farm on Trumansburg Road • Drive slowly on the farm • NO DOGS in the vegetable fields and berry patches • Thank you for bringing your personal magic


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DEAR FARMKETEERS, say hello to Berry Potter.

YES, ‘CREEKNIKS, IT’S BEEN 25 YEARS THIS WEEK since The ‘Creek got going in its modern form, and since Potter & Friends descended upon Planet Earth, our magical home.

SO COME PICK YOUR OWN RASPBERRIES.  The berry patches are seeing a lot of action, while the rain has been scant, so the abundance of raspberries varies day to day, while strawberries are done for the year.  But you can come picking, hunt for berries, and get many goodies at the farm stand during this period of relative quiet before we see the cornucopia of harvest season over the next few months.  Assuming we are hit with the ultimate spell – Rainus Soonus.

NEW – COFFEE POTTER!  First time ever, you can get a cup of coffee at the farmstand whenever we are open.  We are brewing from hometown roaster, Ithaca Coffee Company, and you can serve yourself.  No lattes, no pumpkin spice, no ice.  Just a simple coffee for your agritourism adventure.erer

NEW – GOBLETS OF FIRE!  And ice.  You can take these nifty insulated travel tumblers on your daily commute between your own Chamber of Secrets and your big job at Azkaban.  Notwithstanding the dog in the logo – we’ve loved our herd of farm dogs – please see our updated dog policy below.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT WE KNOW YOU LOVE YOUR FURRY HOUSE ELF.  Best.  Elf.  Ever.  But our updated policy is in pretty much everyone’s interest.  It will be published in our 2022 Farm Guide in a couple weeks.  Thank you very much for helping us keep the farm clean and safe.

FRESH DONUTS = 4 DAYS A WEEK.  Served Thursday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Yes, the Mark 2 Donut Robot is magically 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.  No donuts on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its Cyborg Sabbath.

CLOSED MONDAY JULY 4TH and EVERY MONDAY – Please observe this new Monday Sabbath with us as The ‘Creek will be closed completely, including u-pick operations, the farm stand, the playground, and picnic spots.  The phone will ring and crickets will answer.  It will be quiet time for farmers, though we’ll be quietly industrious, preparing for your Tuesday visits.  Thank you very much. 

NEW – SWEET & TART CHERRIES.  Get them at the stand while the season lasts

NEW – GARLIC SCAPES.  Get them for stirfry or make scape oil for your garlicky bread.  So delicious.

NEW THIS YEAR – POTTERED HERBS, FLOWERS, TOMATOES.  Get them at the farm stand while they last.  Start your own ‘Creek.  Send us a newsletter.  We’ll come picking and cidering and donutting and herbing.  Geminio Plantae!

DRIVE SAFELY!  We have witnessed several terrible, high-speed collisions on Route 96 by the farm in recent years. 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.

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

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Load Up on Strawberry U-Pick, Heat Caused Mass Ripening Event! Also Raspberry U-Pick Now Open; Fresh Donuts Starting Saturday June 25; Open Tuesday-Sunday; Closed Mondays to Recover.


– SUMMARY –


U-pick strawberries • U-pick raspberries • Fresh donuts 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM starting Saturday, June 25 • Lemonade and slushies • Local honey, syrup, and potted plants including herbs, flowers, and tomatoes • Open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM rain or shine • Closed Mondays • COVID protocols = (1) All farm stand staff are fully vaccinated, (2) Masks are not required, (3) We recommend that everyone practice social distancing in the farm stand area and that non-vaccinated people wear masks at the farm stand • Drive carefully when approaching and leaving the farm on Trumansburg Road • Drive slowly on the farm • NO DOGS in the strawberry patch • Thank you for being mostly good and pretty nice


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS, did you see the Strawberry Moon last week?  Ever since scientists proved that astrology is more scientific than astronomy, we have looked to the Strawberry Moon to forecast our yield — always 9 days after the pink orb in the night sky, we get a whopper of croppage.  This year, too.

PLEASE COME PICK STRAWBERRIES NOW!  The recent heat pumped up the patch.  Ask at the farm stand for a map to the new 2022 strawberry fields.

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOR NOW.  The fields are marked “Strawberry Fields FOREVER” even though they move every couple years.  But so does the sign.  So it’s always right.  Like astrology.

PICK RASPBERRIES NOW TOO!  The summer raspberry crop is just beginning.  There is a main patch and another patch and another spot along a fenceline.  Please ask at the stand for directions, or try a-wandering in the spirit of the planets – after all planet comes from old-time Greek for wanderer

FRESH DONUTS = STARTING SATURDAY.  To be served 6 days a week 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Yes, as of this Saturday, the Mark 2 Donut Robot will be 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.  No donuts on Mondays, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its Cyborg Sabbath, which has been extended to the whole farm crew in 2022, per below.

CLOSED MONDAYS FOR R&R – RESTOCKING AND RECOVERY.  Except for a few Monday holidays, when – in backwards fashion – we’ll be open.  Consult your weekly Fresh Crop Alerts for emergent holiday data.  Please observe this new Monday Sabbath with us as the ‘Creek will be closed completely, including u-pick operations, the farm stand, even the playground and picnic spots.  The phone will ring and crickets will answer.  It will be quiet time for farmers, though we’ll be quietly industrious, preparing for your Tuesday visits.  Thank you very much.

FARM RULE #27:  NO DOGS IN THE BERRY PATCH.  ‘Nuff said? Ruff ruff. Especially your dog who is definitely the cutest and friendliest and never pees on plants.

NEW THIS YEAR – POTTED HERBS, FLOWERS, TOMATOES.  Get them at the farm stand while they last.  Start your own ‘Creek. Send us a newsletter.  We’ll come picking and cidering and donutting and herbing.

NEW BUS STOP = INDIAN CREEK!  Take your public transportation right to your u-pick destination. TCAT has moved the bus stop to directly in front of the farm, so anyone can take the #21 from town to our doorstep. You want to avoid using the #14, which ends at the hospital requiring a walk on the highway. Be safe!

DRIVE SAFELY!  We have witnessed several terrible, high-speed collisions on Route 96 by the farm in recent years. 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.

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

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Strawberry U-Pick Continues Every Tuesday-Sunday Rain or Shine; Now Stocked with Local Honey, Syrup, Pottery; New This Year – Potted Flowers, Herbs, Tomatoes; Closed Mondays to Recover!


– SUMMARY –


U-pick strawberries • Local honey, syrup, and potted plants including herbs, flowers, and tomatoes • Donuts and drinks coming soon – stay tuned • Open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM rain or shine • Closed Mondays • COVID protocols = (1) All farm stand staff are fully vaccinated, (2) Masks are not required, (3) We recommend that everyone practice social distancing in the farm stand area and that non-vaccinated people wear masks at the farm stand • Drive carefully when approaching and leaving the farm on Trumansburg Road • Drive slowly on the farm • NO DOGS in the strawberry patch • Thank you for being pretty good and very nice


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS, people are always talking down about plant brains.  We hear it all the time:  “This cucumber is dumb as a horse chestnut,” “Strawberries have the intelligence of a three-year-old pumpkin,” “It’s a good thing peaches are pretty…” And a lot more besides. Well phooey.

FIND THE STRAWBERRY PATCH. Yes, ‘Creekniks, the strawberries have a challenge for all you Nobel Prize winners and Straight A studmuffins: “Find us.” The berry patch has moved. Ask at the farm stand for a map to the new 2022 strawberry fields, which are marked “Strawberry Fields FOREVER” even though they will move again in a year or two. 

FOLLOW THESE SIGNS.

AND THESE SIGNS.

AND THESE.

LOOK UNDER THE LEAVES. The berries live there.

BEST HINT EVER: Go past the first 20 feet of each row – that’s where crowdy picking ends and berry bounty begins.

NO DOGS IN THE BERRY PATCH. ‘Nuff said? Ruff ruff. Especially your dog who is definitely the cutest and friendliest EVER and NEVER pees on plants.

NEW THIS YEAR – POTTED HERBS, FLOWERS, TOMATOES. Get them at the farm stand while they last. Start your own ‘Creek. Send us a newsletter. We’ll come picking and cidering and donutting and herbing.

FRESH DONUTS = NOT YET.  Stay tuned!

FRESH CIDER = NOT YET.  Stay tuned!

NEW THIS YEAR – CLOSED MONDAYS! If you’ve ever seen the farm on a bustling weekend, you’ll understand why Mondays must henceforth be reserved for R&R – restocking and recovery. Please observe this Monday Sabbath with us: The ‘Creek will be closed completely, including u-pick operations, the farm stand, even the playground and picnic spots. The phone will ring and crickets will answer. It’ll be quiet time for farmers, though we’ll be quietly industrious, preparing for your Tuesday visits. Thank you!

NEW BUS STOP = INDIAN CREEK!  Take your public transportation right to your u-pick destination. TCAT has moved the bus stop to directly in front of the farm, so anyone can take the #21 from town to our doorstep. You want to avoid using the #14, which ends at the hospital requiring a walk on the highway. Be safe!

DRIVE SAFELY!  We have witnessed several terrible, high-speed collisions on Route 96 by the farm in recent years. 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.

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

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Now Open for Strawberry U-Pick Tuesday Thru Sunday Every Week Rain or Shine; You Can Shop for Local Honey, Syrup, Pottery & Potted Plants Including Flowers, Herbs & Tomatoes; New – Closed Mondays to Restock & Recover.


– SUMMARY –


U-pick strawberries • Local honey, syrup, and potted plants including herbs, flowers, and tomatoes • No donuts or drinks yet – stay tuned • Open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM rain or shine • Closed Mondays • COVID protocols = (1) All farm stand staff are fully vaccinated, (2) Masks are not required, (3) We recommend that everyone practice social distancing in the farm stand area and that non-vaccinated people wear masks at the farm stand • Drive CAREFULLY when approaching and leaving the farm on Route 96 • Drive slowly on the farm • Thank you for being kind & mindful


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS, a daiquiri for your troubles? Will today be the day that the fruits of your labors are… fruits?  (Aggregate accessory fruits, to be botanical.)

STRAWBERRY U-PICK = NOW OPEN.  Come pick between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Tuesday through Sunday, rain or shine. Please ask at the farm stand for a map to the new 2022 strawberry field. The strawberries move every couple years. It’s a crop thing.

NEW THIS YEAR – CLOSED MONDAYS! If you’ve ever seen the farm on a bustling weekend, you’ll understand why Mondays must henceforth be reserved for R&R – restocking and recovery. Please observe this Monday Sabbath with us: The ‘Creek will be closed completely, including u-pick operations, the farm stand, even the playground and picnic spots. The phone will ring and crickets will answer. It’ll be quiet time for farmers, though we’ll be quietly industrious, preparing for your Tuesday visits. Thank you!

NEW THIS YEAR – POTTED HERBS, FLOWERS, TOMATOES. Get them at the farm stand while they last. Start your own ‘Creek, and we’ll come u-pick.

FRESH DONUTS = NOT YET. This is the crop so many of you have been waiting for since October. Stay tuned!

FRESH CIDER = NOT YET. Stay tuned for 100% old-time, unpasteurized Orchard Ambrosia.

NEW BUS STOP = INDIAN CREEK!  Take your public transportation right to your u-pick destination. TCAT has moved the bus stop to directly in front of the farm, so anyone can take the #21 from town to our doorstep. You want to avoid using the #14, which ends at the hospital requiring a walk on the highway. Be safe! (Note: Apples are not ripe yet.)

DRIVE SAFELY!  We have witnessed several terrible, high-speed collisions on Route 96 by the farm in recent years. 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.

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

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LAST BLAST = COME NOW. Final Weekend of Farmily Fun:  U-Pick Sprouts & Sunflowers, Fresh Donuts & Cider; Open Daily 10:00 to 6:00 Through October 31, Then Hibernating Til Next June.


– SUMMARY –


Farm will be closed for the season as of November 1, 2021 •  Apples and pears and pumpkins are PICKED OUT now • U-pick Brussels sprouts  • U-pick sunflowers • Open every day 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM • Shop for cider, sprouts, hot peppers, ginger, turmeric, garlic, honey, syrup, pottery, slushees, donuts • COVID:  Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and 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 • Drive slowly on the farm • Drive CAREFULLY when approaching and leaving the farm on Route 96 • Thank you for repeatedly and politely bumrushing the farm this season!


– FULL STORY – 


BELOVED FARMKETEERS & ‘CREEKNIKS:  This is the last Fresh Crop Alert of the year.  On the first of November, the farm crew will turn our brains and brawns to off-season work, being six months of digging, packing, and shipping for our fruit tree business.  Would you like to stay in touch over the winter?  You can sign up for our fruit tree newsletter to get first dibs on tree sales, educational events, and seasonal orchard tips.  You can also order your own fruit trees, including Honeycrisp and Winecrisp and Pixie Crunch, for planting in your home orchard in April.  Now to the news of the farm’s final weekend.

U-PICK APPLES, PEARS, AND PUMPKINS = GONE.  Just saying so you know.  You might step on a few fallen specimens, but you won’t find any to pick.  Please do come anyway.  Say hello and farewell, wander the orchards, pick your own sprouts and flowers, eat donuts and cider.

U-PICK SPROUTS = OPEN!  These smashingly nutritious spheroids of cruciferous craving are your pathway to a psychological festival of botanical approbation.  Even people who resent plants love sprouts.  We call sprouts BROUTS for short because they are so unabashedly broutish.  We promote the Lop-Pop-Chop method:  Lop a fresh stalk in the field, pop off the sprouts in the kitchen, chop in half.  Stir fry them with bacon or fakin’.  You can also get brouts at the farm stand while supplies last.  KINDNESS ALERT:  Cut the whole stalk; don’t pick individual sprouts since that wrecks the plant.  Do not be a plant wrecker.  Be a sprout lover!

U-PICK FLOWERS & SUNFLOWERS = STILL GOING!  Last chance to harvest the ornamental horticulture. Please bring your own clippers for cutting sunflowers!

Get local GINGER and TURMERIC.  You only need to taste an itsy-bitsy slice of fresh ginger root to be a convert for life.  Good enough to eat out of hand, not to mention bringing spark to your cooking creations.  Same with the fresh turmeric root.  Have you tried golden milk?  Sharon and Dean from TreeGate Farm around the corner have been delighting farm fans with these Hawaiian roots grown, improbably, right here in the FLX.

FRESH DONUTS = 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM!  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.  In fact, this coming Monday, the Doughty Doughbot will unplug itself and roll into its hibernatory nesting vessel til some eight months hence.  Good night, sweet fryface.

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 kaboom.  ALERT:  Last pressing of the year all bottled.  Get a few jugs for the winter if you like.

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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ALL APPLES & PUMPKINS HAVE LEFT THE FARM. But You Can Still Pick Your Own Brussels Sprouts & Sunflowers & Hot Peppers; Fresh Donuts & Cider; Open Every Day 10:00 to 6:00; Last Day of Season = Sunday October 31.


– SUMMARY –


Reportedly no apples or pumpkins are on the premises • U-pick sunflowers • U-pick Brussels sprouts • U-pick hot peppers • U-pick flowers • Open every day 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday • Shop for cider, sprouts, hot peppers, ginger, turmeric, garlic, honey, syrup, pottery, slushees, donuts • COVID:  Farm stand staff are vaccinated, and 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 • Drive CAREFULLY when approaching and leaving the farm on Route 96 • Thank you for being U-Pick Champions


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS & ‘CREEKNIKS, you have outpicked yourselves.  Outharvested and outlocavored.  All apples are gone.  All pears are gone.  All pumpkins are gone.  All peaches and tomatoes and eggplants and berries are gone.  It’s the earliest – by at least 3 weeks – that we’ve ever announced the end of apple season.  Thank you so much for bumrushing the farm this year.  We will stay open through October, and you can come for a last round of sprout lopping, flower picking, and hot pepper harvesting.  Donuts and cider, too. 

U-PICK SPROUTS = OPEN!  These smashingly nutritious spheroids of cruciferous craving are your ticket to a psychological festival of plant appreciation.  We call them BROUTS for short because they are just massively broutish.  Cut a fresh stalk in the field, pop off the sprouts in the kitchen, chop in half, stir fry with bacon or fakin’.  You can also get them at the farm stand while supplies last.  ALERT:  Cut the whole stalk; don’t pick individual sprouts since that wrecks the plant.  Do not be a plant wrecker.  Be a sprout lover!

U-PICK SUNFLOWERS = STILL GOING!  You can pick sunflowers around the farm.  People wait all year for them – to cut them and, of course, add them to their social media haul.  ALERT:  Please bring your own clippers for the sunflowers!

U-PICK HOT PEPPERS = EXTENDED SEASON!  The pepper patch has kept producing, especially ghost peppers and jalapeños.  ALERT:  Don’t rub your eyes after picking peppers til you wash your hands!

Get local GINGER and TURMERIC.  You only need to taste an itsy-bitsy slice of fresh ginger root to be a convert for life.  Good enough to eat out of hand, not to mention bringing life to your cooking creations.  Same with the fresh turmeric root.  Have you tried golden milk?  Sharon and Dean from TreeGate Farm around the corner have been delighting farm fans with these Hawaiian roots grown right here in the FLX.

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  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. 

Get local GINGER and TURMERIC.  You only need to taste an itsy-bitsy slice of fresh ginger root to be a convert for life.  Good enough to eat out of hand, not to mention bringing life to your cooking creations.  Same with the fresh turmeric root.  Have you tried golden milk?  Sharon and Dean from TreeGate Farm around the corner have been delighting farm fans with these Hawaiian roots grown right here in the FLX.

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 kaboom.  ALERT:  We are unable to fill carboys because the orchards got picked soooo fast!  Sorry, cidermakers, let’s try for next year!

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.

Farmketeer @mommachica3 says: “…not everyday is a sunny day, but everyday IS a blessed day… Looking for the bright moments, the little things we take for granted, enjoying the beautiful people around us, taking in the nature around us…bee 🐝 intentional, bee 🐝 thankful and take notice!”

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

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LAST CHANCE APPLES! Come Pick Your Own Apples & Brussels & Sunflowers & Veggies; Fresh Donuts & Cider; You Probably Won’t Find a Pumpkin; Still Open Every Day Til Crops Gone!


– SUMMARY –

U-pick apples including Mutsu, Golden Russet, Newtown Pippin, Ashmeads Kernel • U-pick sunflowers • U-pick Brussels sprouts • U-pick tomatoes • U-pick peppers • U-pick eggplant • U-pick flowers • U-pick herbs • Open every day 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday • Shop for apples, pears, sprouts, eggplant, peppers, squash, corn, ginger, turmeric, cider, honey, syrup, pottery, slushees, donuts, 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 • Drive CAREFULLY when approaching and leaving the farm on Route 96 • Thank you for being the best Farmkeeteers


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS & ‘CREEKNIKS, once in a while the bumbling newsdesk that produces these Fresh Crop Alerts improbably brings you accurate and actionable reporting on the crops at The ‘Creek.  Last week we projected that pumpkins would be picked clean well before Halloween, and this week we can confirm that projection.  Pumpkins are kaput, though you might find a straggler.  Especially if you are one of those blessed beings who meanders through life with only the most occasional effort and for whom everything slides into place as if Zeus and his sister/wife Hera were your personal assistants.  For the rest of us, it is last chance to pick apples – you’ll have to earn them – and possibly last chance to get sprouts, vegetables, flowers, cider, and donuts.  This year’s harvest will wrap early and suddenly!  Come soon!

U-PICK APPLES = Golden Russet, Newtown Pippin, Ashmeads Kernel, Mutsu.  At this point in the newsletter, we usually say, “And other varieties will be ripe by the time you arrive.”  But that might not be true now, as the picking has been vigorous – historic even – and you will find the orchards thinner over the coming days.  Nonetheless the assortment of apples in this week’s lineup will cover the bases for eating fresh, baking, and saucing.  Get a map at the stand and we will try to direct you to the best picking.  But be prepared to wander farther afield than usual, scanning the horizon for scattered apples in distant trees.  If you still haven’t read our How to Pick an Apple tutorial, it hardly matters for this year, but please do so to incubate best practices for next year!  Thank you for picking assiduously, ebulliently, and mindfully!

U-PICK BRUSSELS SPROUTS = OPEN!  These massively nutritious spheroids of cruciferous craving are your ticket to a happy moment of plant appreciation.  We call them BROUTS for short because they are just so broutish.  Cut a fresh stalk in the field, pop off the sprouts in the kitchen, chop in half, stir fry with bacon or fakin’.  You can also get them at the farm stand while supplies last.  ALERT:  Cut the whole stalk; don’t pick individual sprouts since that wrecks the plant.  Do not be a plant wrecker.  Be a sprout lover!

U-PICK SUNFLOWERS = STILL GOING!  You can pick sunflowers around the farm.  People wait all year for them – to cut them and, of course, add them to their social media haul.

U-PICK FLOWERS & HERBS = OPEN.  Word from farm stand staff is, “Half the herbs are extinct but the flowers are enjoying a last hurrah.”  Come cut flowers for your home and friends.  You can probably find enough herbs to flavor dinner.

U-PICK PEPPERS = EXTENDED SEASON!  The pepper patch has kept producing, especially for ghosts and jalapeños, Hungarian waxes, and habaneros.  Also some green bell peppers.  Tomatoes and eggplants are actually still going, too!  You just have to come explore the patch for last goodies. 

Get local GINGER and TURMERIC.  You only need to taste an itsy-bitsy slice of fresh ginger root to be a convert for life.  Good enough to eat out of hand, not to mention bringing life to your cooking creations.  Same with the fresh turmeric root.  Have you tried golden milk?  Sharon and Dean from TreeGate Farm around the corner have been delighting farm fans with these Hawaiian roots grown right here in the FLX.

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  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.

DREAM TEAM = STILL HERE!  Just a snapshot of two members of our starting lineup All-Star Squad.  They have been tireless in helping countless customers this season – often THOUSANDS of visitors in a single busy harvest weekend!  You think that’s easy?!  Try it!  Thank you, Dream Team!  We love you!  (And yes, we hear you, we need our own shirts and sweatshirts next year :-))))))))))))

BUT WE DO HAVE TOTES!  Reusable on the farm and anywhere.  Two sizes.  Last chance to get some for toting stuff around in the winter.  They make great gift wrapping too – instead of paper or foil that gets rumpled, torn, and tossed, put presents in these cute bags.  Here’s the little ones.

AND THE BIG ONES.  Collect ’em all.

NEW BUS STOP = INDIAN CREEK!  Take your public transportation right to your u-pick destination!  TCAT has moved the bus stop to directly in front of the farm, so anyone can take the #21 from town to our doorstep.  You want to avoid using the #14, which ends at the hospital requiring a walk on the highway.  Be safe!

DRIVE 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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PUMPKINS DON’T GROW ON TREES, YOU KNOW! Pick Your Pumpkins Now – Will Be Gone Well Before Halloween; Also Pick Your Own Apples & Brussels & Sunflowers & Hot Peppers; Donuts & Cider; Open Every Day Including the Monday October 11 Holiday.


– SUMMARY –

U-pick pumpkins • U-pick apples including Mutsu, Splendour, Sir Prize, Northern Spy, Spigold, Prairie Spy, and others • U-pick sunflowers • U-pick Brussels sprouts • U-pick tomatoes • U-pick peppers • U-pick flowers • U-pick herbs • Open every day 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM including this Monday holiday • Shop for apples, pears, pumpkins, sprouts, squash, corn, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cider, honey, syrup, pottery, slushees, donuts, 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 • Drive CAREFULLY when approaching and leaving the farm on Route 96 • Thank you for being kind when appropriate


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS, the long-brewing global supply chain shortage – chief cause of handwringing among economic advisers in the Potomac swamp, and prime pivot of sneaky dealmaking at recent Wall Street happy hours – might finally get attention here in the bougie-boho bubble when we tell you this emergent agribusiness FACT:  the Pumpkin Patch will be picked clean well before Halloween this year, and the farm stand will sell out of pumpkins fast too.  Come pick your pumpkins now!  It’s not like they grow on trees!

U-PICK PUMPKINS = OPEN BUT HURRY!  Last week’s #3 story has rocketed up to #1.  There won’t be any October 30 panic-picking this year at The ‘Creek.  Pumpkins are moving swiftly and will be gone long before the full ranks of ghouls and goblins have come to town.  Regional farm scuttlebutt tells us that the soaking wet weather has rotted some pumpkin crops.  So this could be your chance to gourd up.

U-PICK APPLES = Mutsu, Splendour, Sir Prize, Northern Spy, Spigold, Prairie Spy (pictured), and possibly others by the time you arrive.  The assortment of apples in this week’s lineup will cover the bases for eating fresh, baking, and saucing.  There might be a few late varieties to ripen after these, but NOW IS THE TIME to pick apples.  Get a map at the stand and we will direct you to the best picking.  If you haven’t read our How to Pick an Apple tutorial, please do so!  Thank you for picking enthusiastically but mindfully!

U-PICK BRUSSELS SPROUTS = OPEN!  These massively nutritious spheroids of cruciferous craving are your ticket to a happy moment of plant appreciation.  We call them BROUTS for short because they are just so broutish.  Cut a fresh stalk in the field, pop off the sprouts in the kitchen, chop in half, stir fry with bacon or fakin’.  ALERT:  Cut the whole stalk; don’t pick individual sprouts since that wrecks the plant.  Do not be a plant wrecker.  Be a sprout lover!

U-PICK SUNFLOWERS = STILL GOING!  You can pick sunflowers around the farm.  People wait all year for them – to cut them and, of course, instapost the photo opps.

U-PICK FLOWERS = Still Going.  Word from farm stand staff is, “Half the herbs are kaput but the flowers are enjoying a last hurrah.”  Come cut flowers for your home and friends.

U-PICK PEPPERS = EXTENDED SEASON!  The pepper patch has kept producing, especially for hot peppers.  You just have to come explore the patch for last-chance goodies. Tomatoes are actually still going, too, mostly green but you can pick!

Get local GINGER and TURMERIC.  You only need to taste an itsy-bitsy slice of fresh ginger root to be a convert for life.  Good enough to eat out of hand, not to mention bringing life to your cooking creations.  Same with the fresh turmeric root.  Have you tried golden milk?  Sharon and Dean from TreeGate Farm around the corner have been delighting farm fans with these Hawaiian roots grown, improbably, right here in the FLX.

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM including the Monday holiday.  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.  Normally there are no donuts on Monday, when the Donut Robot observes its Cyborg Sabbath.  This week, the holiday trumps the sabbath, and there will be donuts, probably the last such special Monday of 2021.

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.

NEW BUS STOP = INDIAN CREEK!  Take your public transportation right to your u-pick destination!  TCAT has moved the bus stop to directly in front of the farm, so anyone can take the #21 from town to our doorstep.  You want to avoid using the #14, which ends at the hospital requiring a walk on the highway.  Be safe!

DRIVE 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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“TURN IT UP TO ELEVEN!” 11 Reasons to Come to the ‘Creek This Week, Including Abundant U-Pick Pumpkins & Apples & Sunflowers & Sprouts & Vegetables & Donuts & Cider; Open Every Day Come Heck or High Weather.


– SUMMARY –


U-pick apples including Jonagold, Cortland, Mutsu, Ashmeads, Sir Prize, Macoun, Snowsweet, Prairie Spy • U-pick pumpkins • U-pick sunflowers • U-pick Brussels sprouts • U-pick tomatoes • U-pick peppers • U-pick flowers • U-pick herbs • Open every day 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM rain or shine • Fresh donuts every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Mondays • Shop for apples, pears, pumpkins, sprouts, squash, corn, garlic, ginger, cider, 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 slowly on the farm • Drive VERY CAREFULLY when approaching and leaving the farm on Route 96 • Thank you


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS, when Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel shocked rock-n-roll by turning it up to 11, minds were blown.  This week at The ‘Creek, we’re turning it up to 11, and you are invited to blow your OWN mind by picking a big bag of nutritious, local, vegetarian, Finger Lakes Apple Country harvest treats.  Plus donuts.

U-PICK APPLES = Cortland (pictured), Jonagold, Macoun, Mutsu, Ashmead’s Kernel, Sir Prize, Snowsweet, Prairie Spy, and probably more by the time you get here.  You will find plentiful apples to pick in the Vintage Orchard and Dwarf Orchard.  It is a glorious harvest and we hope you will share in the bounty.  The picking is so easy that, in a single visit, you can pick for yourself AND pick a few extra to share with neighbors on your block – erasing any accumulated bad karma with a wee tote of fruit.  The assortment of apples in this week’s lineup will cover the bases for eating fresh, baking, and saucing.  Get a map at the farm stand and we will direct you to the best picking action.  If you haven’t read our How to Pick an Apple tutorial, please do so!  Thank you for picking mindfully.  By the way, would you like to plant some of these apple varieties in your own backyard?  See over 450 apple tree offerings on our fruit tree nursery site.  You can order now for Spring 2022 shipping or local pickup.  Cummins Nursery is us same folks as The ‘Creek.

U-PICK MUTSUS = OVEN BUSTERS!  Mutsus gets a spot of their own on the list.  Also known as Crispin, Mutsu is perhaps the most versatile apple on the farm.  It is a dessert apple.  A pie apple.  A juice apple.  A bake-it-right-in-the-oven apple.  It is the little black cocktail dress of apples.  Mutsus will not shrivel when stored, and they hold flavor through winter.  They can get as big as pumpkins.  The British call them “oven busters” since a couple of old orchard ladies could pick one giant Mutsu and bake it in the oven and split it as dessert for their afternoon stitch-n-bitch.  But – as we have opined before – boys can do that, too.  Ovens and stitching and b*tching aren’t just for girls.  Same with dessert.  And feelings.  And sharing.  And little black cocktail dresses.  All welcome at The ‘Creek.  Hooray.

U-PICK PUMPKINS = OPEN!  Cozy up to your dream pumpkin!  The pumpkin field moves around each year; ask at the stand for the map.  You can also find pumpkins right at the stand if you don’t want to pick your own.

U-PICK BRUSSELS SPROUTS = OPEN!  These massively nutritious spheroids of cruciferous craving are your ticket to a happy dinner.  We call them BROUTS for short.  Cut a fresh stalk yourself, pop off the sprouts, chop in half, stir fry with bacon or fakin’.  Cut the whole stalk; don’t pick individual sprouts since that wrecks the plant.  Don’t be a plant wrecker.  Be a sprout lover!

U-PICK SUNFLOWERS = NEW THIS WEEK!  You can pick sunflowers around the farm.  People wait all year for the sunflowers, to cut them and – required in the Instagram Era – take endless photo opps.  #sunflowerphotography

U-PICK PEPPERS = WINDING DOWN.  You can hunt for bell peppers, jalapeños, serranos, and more varieties.  You just have to come explore the patch for last-chance goodies.

U-PICK TOMATOES = WINDING DOWN.  Time to pick the tomato fields clean.  You can hunt for beefsteak, Marzano, Roma, heirlooms, etc., in the tomato patch.  They are mostly green, but they will ripen after you pick them. 

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  We’ve said it before, and it is possibly 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.

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.

NEW BUS STOP = IN FRONT OF FARM!  TCAT has moved the bus stop to directly in front of the farm, so anyone can take the #21 into town from our doorstep.  You want to avoid using the #14, which ends at the hospital requiring a walk on the highway.  Be safe!

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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APPLE & PUMPKIN U-PICK BONANZA: You Can Come Now to Pick 10 Kinds of Apples, European Pears, and Very Last Peaches of the Year!  Pick Pumpkins & Brussels Sprouts & Last Summer Vegetables; Fresh Donuts & Cider; Open 7 Days a Week Rain, Sleet, or Snozzle.


– SUMMARY –


U-pick Cortland, Mac, Empire, Macoun, Early Fuji, Jonamac, Jonagold, Spartan, Sweet 16 apples • U-pick European pears • U-pick peaches (last chance) • U-pick Brussels sprouts • U-pick tomatoes (last chance) • U-pick peppers • U-pick flowers (winding down) • 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, pumpkins, peppers, 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


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS:  How about a Free Farmer Thought to start off your weekend?  When you first build a barbwire fence – perhaps to corral the heifers and ponies in your tidy home pasture – sturdy posts are needed to hold up the wire.  That is clear enough, a nothingburger, not newsworthy, but it is only the first half of this Free Farmer Thought.  Wait til you hear the other half.  Years down the road, when the posts are ragged with wear and weather, if you snip a length of wire, down goes a post!  Yes, Farm Fans!  In a fence’s later years, it is the wire that holds up the posts!  Think about that!  Oh how things change with time!  Could this wisdom serve you in some way?  Can it be an illuminating metaphor for something in your life?  And now to the Fresh Crop Alert:  This week, you can pick your own apples, pears, peaches, pumpkins, sprouts, vegetables, herbs, and flowers – all in a single visit to The ‘Creek.  Come on!

U-PICK APPLES = Cortland, Mac, Empire, Macoun, Early Fuji, Jonamac, Jonagold, Spartan, Sweet 16.  Honeycrisp are picked clean, and your neighbors might beat you to some of the varieties in that list.  But by the time you get here, other varieties might be ready.  Anyway that is the basic list for this week – lots of apples to pick in the Vintage Orchard and Dwarf Orchard.  It is a marvelous harvest and we hope you will share in the abundance.  Pick for yourself, pick a few for your neighbors.  Pick for eating fresh, baking, saucing.  Get a map at the farm stand and we will direct you to the hot picking action.  If you haven’t read our How to Pick an Apple tutorial, now is the time.  Thank you for picking mindfully.  By the way, want to plant some of these apple varieties in your own backyard?  See over 450 apple tree offerings on our fruit tree nursery site.  You can order now for Spring 2022 shipping or local pickup.  Cummins Nursery is us same folks as The ‘Creek.

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.  Perhaps the most iconic apple of the modern era, McIntosh is a round, slightly flattened, mid-sized fruit.  The skin shows a splash of cherry red over bright green and the flesh is bright, bright white. This apple is known mainly for its distinctive flavor:  perfumed, “subacid,” spicy, and vinous (like wine).  It has many progeny – Macoun, Spartan, Empire, and Cortland to name a few – and they all share the amazing Mac flavor.  The McIntosh apples at Indian Creek grow on trees that have been been on the farm for about 100 years, and we believe that these come close to the remarkable flavor of the original from the 1800s.  As of today, our fruit tree nursery has ONE MCINTOSH TREE left for planting in Spring 2022 – will you be the locavore to get it?!

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.  It is also a favorite baking and sauce apple.  Cortland is a cross of McIntosh and Ben Davis, first produced in Geneva, New York, and released in 1915.  It was bred by S. A. Beach, who is also author of the venerable compendium Apples of New York.  Find Cortlands in the Vintage Orchard on trees with YELLOW ribbons.  You can plant your own Cortland apple trees!  Our fruit tree nursery is sold out for Spring 2022 planting, but you can reserve your Cortland apple trees for Spring 2023.

U-PICK PEARS = EUROPEAN VARIETIES.  Asian pears are down to slim pickings, but 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.  You can plant your own pear trees next spring by ordering now from our fruit tree nursery.

U-PICK PEACHES = THE FINAL ROWS.   We’ve had a once-in-a-lifetime peach crop this year.  The trees just kept on peaching.  This is the last week to pick, because if any are left on the tree after the weekend, we will probably have to strip them before they drop.  Want to grow your own peaches?  You can order now for Spring 2022 planting while they’re in stock at our fruit tree nursery.

U-PICK PUMPKINS = OPEN!  Cozy up to your dream pumpkin!  Summer officially wrapped this week, so you can proudly display your pumpkins now without committing a seaonal overeagerness violation.  The pumpkin field moves around each year; ask at the stand for the map.  We do not sell pumpkin trees in our nursery.

U-PICK BRUSSELS SPROUTS = OPEN!  But clarification!  These are actually U-LOP or U-CUT sprouts – do not pick individual sprouts, for it wrecks the plant.  Use the loppers to cut the whole stalk!  Thank you!

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.  They are mostly green, but they will ripen after you pick them.  You can hunt for bell peppers, jalapeños, serranos, and more varieties.  You just have to come explore the patch.  Eggplants are picked clean.

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  We’ve said it before, and it is possibly 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.  Many of you have asked whether we will be filling carboys for homebrew this year.  Yes, it is an annual tradition and a good savings over buying individual gallons.  It will start in October and we will announce it in the newsletter.

NEW BUS STOP = IN FRONT OF FARM!  TCAT has moved the bus stop to directly in front of the farm, so anyone can take the #21 into town from our doorstep.  You want to avoid using the #14, which ends at the hospital requiring a walk on the highway.  Be safe!

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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