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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  We’ve said it before, and it is usually true:  Making fresh donuts six days a week is a revolution in small farm fryer logistics.  The Mark 2 Donut Robot is still churning out fresh fried toroids of fructotic splendor – sprinkled, if you like, with cinnamon sugar.  “A sprinkle of sin, sugar,” is all you have to say.  No donuts on Monday, when the Donut Robot observes its Cyborg Sabbath.

FRESH CIDER = READY NOW!  At the farmstand you can get jugs of “Orchard Ambrosia” – that’s 100% unsweetened, unpasteurized juice of apples and sometimes a few pears.  Nothing added.  It’s like the old days, and it gets better each week as apple season rolls on.  Freezes great, just pour a little off the top before freezing to keep it from going boom.

DRIVE SAFELY!  We have witnessed several terrible, high-speed collisions on Route 96 by the farm this summer.  Please approach the farm carefully, exit the farm carefully, and drive slowly when you are on the farm!

A Drivers Education
REMINDER

Entering from Ithaca

  • Indian Creek Farm is 1/2 mile north of the Cayuga Medical Center traffic light.  We are on the left, just after the Dubois Road intersection, as you come over the rise.  The entrance comes up quickly.
  • There is no need to increase speed to 55 MPH.  Stay slow to keep the cars behind you slow.
  • Use your left TURN SIGNAL well before the turn.  We have watched people stop to turn into the farm without using their signal.

While on Farm

  • Please drive slowly.  There is no hurry.  You are on vacation while on the farm.  There are kids and folks of all ages walking around the farm.  Take it easy.

Exiting

  • Do not pull out if you can even see a car coming.  Assume the car is speeding and that you will get hit.
  • Be patient, an opening will come

 We want you to have a safe visit.

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

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


– SUMMARY –


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  We’ve said it before, and it was possibly true:  making fresh donuts six days a week is a revolution in small farm fryer logistics.  Yes, the Mark 2 Donut Robot continues churning out fresh fried toroids of fructotic splendor – sprinkled, if you like, with cinnamon sugar.  “A sprinkle of sin, sugar,” is all you have to say.  No donuts on Monday, when the Donut Robot observes its Cyborg Sabbath.  Amen.

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

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


– SUMMARY –


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


– SUMMARY –


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  We’ve said it before, and it might be true:  making fresh donuts six days a week is a revolution in small farm fryer logistics.  Yes, six days a week, the Mark 2 Donut Robot churns out fresh fried rings of fructotic splendor – sprinkled, if you like, with cinnamon sugar.  “A sprinkle of sin, sugar,” is all you have to say.  No donuts on Mondays, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its Cyborg Sabbath. Amen.

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

FRESH DONUTS = Every day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM except Monday.  We’ve said it before, and it might be true:  making fresh donuts six days a week is a revolution in small farm fryer logistics.  Six days a week, the Mark 2 Donut Robot is churning out fresh fried rings of fructotic splendor – sprinkled, if you like, with cinnamon sugar.  “A sprinkle of sin, sugar,” is all you have to say.  Again, no donuts on Mondays, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its Cyborg Sabbath.Amen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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