Peak Summer Harvest: Everybody Come Pick Your Own Peaches, Tomatoes, Asian Pears; First Fresh Apple Cider of the Year; Pick Your Own Flowers & Herbs; Fresh Donuts Thursday-Sunday; Piano Chicken Time.


– FRESH CROP ALERT –


U-Picking

Round peaches • Asian pears • Tomatoes • Peppers • Flowers • Herbs

Shopping

  Beefsteak tomato peck sale ($16) • Peach peck sale ($26) • Apples • Peaches • Asian Pears • Tomatoes • Peppers • Fresh cider • Flowers • Garlic • Slushies • Coffee • Mugs • Honey • Lotion • Beeswax • Syrup • Pottery • Potted fruit trees • Fresh donuts Thursday-Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM

Business

See current hours on home page
See map & tips & safety in 2022 Farm Guide
Drive extra carefully on highway & farm
Thank you for being kind & nice


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS: When pigs fly! When doves cry! When heck freezes over. Even freshman Farmketeers know what these old phrases mean. But only veteran ‘Creekniks know what it means when the Pickin’ Chicken tickles the ivories…

IT MEANS FARM SEASON PROPER! Yes, despite epic drought and widespread dread, late August has brought a lovely u-pick bounty for locavores including this week’s headline crops: peaches (classic round), tomatoes (especially juicy beefsteaks), and Asian pears (a fan flavorite!). We need you all picking ASAP. Please commence bumrush. There’s no need to read further. But! An unsubstantiated fact worth digesting: This is the most viewed piano-playing chicken of any small farm in the 12-county Finger Lakes region. Assorted other probable facts follow. But! Things change fast on a small farm.

U-PICK PEACHES: Round peaches (classic style) are in, flat peaches (donut style) are out. Overall it is a smaller crop this year, but this is peak week for peach picking. Please ask at the stand and we’ll direct you to the beautiful bountiful booty. You can also get a peck of peaches at the farmstand for only $26 while supplies last! That can actually equal or beat the u-pick price per pound.

NEW THIS WEEK: U-PICK TOMATOES! Technically there have been bits-n-bobs for a couple weeks, but now is the true tomato harvest. Especially BEEFSTEAKS! Load up and put up! They are so easy to chop and cook down and put into freezer bags for the off-season. There are also cherries and heirlooms. Romas are getting going, but not in full swing yet. You can also get a peck of beefsteaks at the farmstand for only $16 while supplies last! These are “field run” tomatoes meaning there will be some blemishes – perfect for your DIY culinary productions.

NEW THIS WEEK: U-PICK ASIAN PEARS! Surely you’ve tasted these before, right? They are more of an apple-shaped pear than a pear-flavored apple, but they’re not a cross of European fruits – they’ve been grown in China and Japan for over 3,000 years. They are wildly popular and the harvest flies by. This is your chance. The orchard is behind the playground, but ask at the stand so we can point you to the stuff that’s ready.

NEW THIS WEEK: FRESH CIDER! At the farmstand you can get the year’s first 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. Earn your locavore credentials by starting with a jug this week and following with jugs over the coming weeks of apple harvest – the flavor will evolve as the varieties change each week. Freezes great, just pour a little off the top before freezing to keep it from going kaboom. 

FRESH DONUTS! Served Thursday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Yes, with ever increasing verve and vigor as autumn approaches, 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 served on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its lavish Cyborg Sabbath. Amen and hallelujah.

U-PICK PEPPERS. Come browse the pepper patch. Sweets and hots, many varieties, a veritable capsicum smorgasbord.

U-PICK FLOWERS. The u-pick field is right next to the farm stand and parking lot! Use scissors instead of ripping and tearing at flowers with your bare hands. Thank you!

U-SERVE COFFEE! First time ever, you can get a cup at the farmstand. We are brewing from hometown roaster, Ithaca Coffee Company, and you can serve yourself. No lattes, no pumpkin spice, no ice. Just a simple cuppa for your agritourism adventure. Self-serve kiosk next to the hole-in-the-wall donut shoppe. (New tumblers keep stuff hot or cold forever!)

HOW TO PICK AN APPLE. Apples are not quite ready to pick, but the harvest is imminent. This would be a good time to read our Farm School tutorial, How to Pick An Apple. And teach your rugrats. Respect les pommes!

& SO MUCH MORE. Please come help us harvest the best of summer crops now! Hurry! But! Don’t rush…

THIS IS THE MYSTICAL MAGICAL UNICORN OF SLOW DRIVING. Please drive slowly. We have witnessed several terrible, high-speed collisions on Route 96 by the farm in recent years. Approach the farm carefully, exit the farm carefully, and drive SLOWwwwwly when you are on the farm! Here is a free driver’s education reminder.

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 farm 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 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.

BUS STOP = INDIAN CREEK! You can 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!

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

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A Flurry of Round Peaches, Last Chance Flat Peaches; First Apples of the True Harvest; Prepicked Peach Peck Sale; Assorted U-Pick Veggies, Flowers, and Herbs; Now Open Tuesday-Sunday 9:00 to 7:00.


– FRESH CROP ALERT –


U-Picking

Round peaches • Flat peaches (last chance) • Sansa apples • Flowers • Herbs • Peppers • Some eggplant, tomatoes

Shopping

Huge Peach Peck Sale, only $26/peck while supplies last • Apples • Eggplant • Peppers • Flowers • Garlic • Scapes • Blueberries • Slushies • Coffee • Mugs • Honey • Lip balm • Lotion • Beeswax • Syrup • Pottery • Potted herbs • Potted fruit trees • Fresh donuts Thursday-Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM

Business

See current hours on home page
See map & tips & safety in 2022 Farm Guide
Drive extra carefully on highway & farm
Thank you for being kind & nice


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS: Please let this peach rise like a Sunday sun over your personal planet. Kind greetings to ‘Creekniks and would-be Farm Fans worldwide!

U-PICK ROUND PEACHES: There is another flurry to pick this weekend, and by flurry we mean neither wave nor surge nor blast nor gush nor onslaught nor stampede – and definitely not bumrush – but just a modest sprinkle ‘n’ twinkle of peaches for the picking. It’s a smaller crop this year, and first come, first get. Please ask at the stand and we’ll direct you to the booty.

U-PICK DONUT PEACHES = LAST CHANCE IN 2022. Y’all ‘Creekniks went loopy on the main crop over the past couple weeks. Bravo and hallelujah. A few lucky and/or assiduous pickers will get donut peaches this weekend. There is one partial row to pick. There is no more after those are gone. We do not have a secret stash at Mar-a-Lago or anywhere else.

ROUND PEACH PECK SALE: ONLY $26/PECK for PREPICKED PEACHES AT THE STAND. That works out to only 13 two-dollar bills per box, or about 2 dollars per pound, i.e., cheaper than the u-pick price for a peck! All the drool, none of the labor. Note that the weight of pecks will vary a little, but they’re full up and ready to take home. A peck is something like 2 dry gallons or 8 dry quarts or 16 dry pints. The sale is while supplies last. That would seem to go without saying but inevitably someone will show up and, upon hearing that we are out of peach pecks, demand a peck of peaches that physically does not exist. Reportedly this metaphysical quandary is not unique to Indian Creek. A fellow New York farmer replied to last week’s newsletter citing the same behavior from their customers – I want the nonexistent vegetables! Give me the invisible rhubarb! Produce more tomatoes suddenly now! This apparent repudiation of science/facts could be rich fodder for a social science Ph.D. thesis investigating cultural norms of the @)@@ zeitgeist. That’s “2022” with the shift key held down. Doctoral level symbology, deep conspiracy stuff.

U-PICK SANSA APPLES. One of the best early apples, sweet and nice. Also known as Morioka #42. Sansa marks the beginning of “real” apple season. Sure, we’ve picked the Pristines and eaten one or two William’s Prides, but Sansa is the first really fun apple of the year. The apples have a tropical coloring, bright red – almost pink and almost orange – and they are lightly flecked with a gold russet. The creamy white flesh has the simple sweetness of a Gala (one of its parents) balanced by the acidity of Akane (the other parent). The flesh is firm, almost woody, and it’s nothing like the trendy expolsiveness of a Honeycrisp, but it is, nevertheless, deeply satisfying. These apples are for fresh eating; they do not store for more than one month. Sansa was the result of a collaboration of researchers in Japan and New Zealand. In 1969, a team of Japanese researchers in Morioka sent the pollen of an Akane tree to Dr. Don McKenzie in Havelock North, New Zealand. This pollen was used to fertilize a Gala, and the seeds of the offspring were sent back to Japan, where the new variety was evaluated for almost 20 years before its release in 1988. If only all international relations had such happy outcomes. And no scurrilous diplomatic cables!

HOW TO PICK AN APPLE. This would be a good time to read our Farm School tutorial, How to Pick An Apple. Prime time is right round the corner.

FRESH DONUTS! Served Thursday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Yes, with increasing verve and vigor and zeal as autumn approaches, 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. No donuts served on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its lavish Cyborg Sabbath. Amen.

U-PICK FLOWERS. The u-pick field is right next to the farm stand and parking lot! Use scissors instead of ripping and tearing at flowers with your bare hands. Thank you!

U-PICK SWEET PEPPERS AND HOT PEPPERS. Come browse the pepper patch. Currently ready are sweet peppers and the first of the hot peppers – jalapeños and Hungarians and more. Other hots will be ripening in the weeks ahead. Also get yours at the farm stand.

SCATTERED U-PICK TOMATOES. A few beefsteak, heirloom, cherry, roma, and randoms to pick. Not enough u-pick tomatoes for bulk picking. Just come explore.

COFFEE! First time ever, you can get a cup of coffee at the farmstand. We are brewing from hometown roaster, Ithaca Coffee Company, and you can serve yourself. No lattes, no pumpkin spice, no ice. Just a simple cuppa for your agritourism adventure. Self-serve kiosk next to the hole-in-the-wall donut shoppe. (New tumblers keep stuff hot or cold forever!)

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 SLOWwwLY 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 farm 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 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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Come Pick Donut Peaches ASAP; Small Flurry of Round Peaches to Pick; Huge Prepicked Peach Peck Sale; U-Pick Flowers & Herbs; Now Open Tue-Sun 9:00 to 7:00 with Fresh Donuts Thu-Sun.


– FRESH CROP ALERT –


U-Picking

Donut peaches • Round peaches (small crop) • Flowers • Herbs • Some eggplant, peppers • Limited tomatoes

Shopping

Huge Peach Peck Sale, only $26/peck while supplies last • Apples • Eggplant • Peppers • Flowers • Garlic • Scapes • Blueberries • Slushies • Coffee • Mugs • Honey • Lip balm • Lotion • Beeswax • Syrup • Pottery • Potted herbs • Potted fruit trees • Fresh donuts Thursday-Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM

Business

See current hours on home page
See map & tips & safety in 2022 Farm Guide
Drive extra carefully on highway & farm
Thank you for being kind & nice


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS:  The donut peach, also called pan tao, peento, saucer, Saturn – or toroidalpeach if you are an armchair topologist and differential geometer – might soon become your favorite fruit. Though new to many Americans, the pan tao peach has been known in China since at least the 12th century B.C.E. (That’s over 2,000 years and one-third the age of Planet Earth depending your personal brand of science!) Read more about these venerable tree fruits, and come pick yours as soon as you can. Note that we call them flat peaches sometimes, just to further confound matters with a ‘Creeknik nickname.

U-PICK DONUT PEACHES: Come now. Beat the weekend rush on Thursday and Friday. If you come on Saturday or Sunday, come early and pick fast! Farming is a fast song!

ROUND PEACH PECK SALE: ONLY $26/PECK for PREPICKED PEACHES AT THE STAND. That works out to about $2/pound, cheaper than the u-pick price for a peck! All the drool, none of the work. Note that the weight of pecks will vary a little, but they’re full and ready to take home. A peck is something like 2 dry gallons or 8 dry quarts or 16 dry pints. Sale while supplies last. That would seem to go without saying but inevitably someone will show up and, upon hearing that we are out of peach pecks, demand a peck of peaches that physically does not exist. A metaphysical quandary for the modern farmer.

ROUND PEACH U-PICK? Yes there is a small flurry of round peaches to pick, though they could get gotten quickly. It is a smaller crop than last year’s bumper, and the drought means our cup does not runneth over this year.

U-PICK FLOWERS. Ask at the stand, for there are two fields of beautiful flowers this year. One is right next to the farm stand and parking lot. Use scissors instead of ripping and tearing at flowers with your bare hands. Thanks!

FRESH DONUTS! Served Thursday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Yes, with ever more zeal, 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. No donuts served on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its lavish Cyborg Sabbath. Amen.

U-PICK SWEET PEPPERS AND HOT PEPPERS. Come browse the pepper patch. Currently ready are sweet peppers and the first of the hot peppers – jalapeños and Hungarians and more. Other hots will be ripening in the weeks ahead. Also get yours at the farm stand.

LIMITED U-PICK TOMATOES. A few beefsteak, heirloom, cherry to pick. Not enough u-pick tomatoes for bulk picking.

COFFEE! First time ever, you can get a cup of coffee at the farmstand. We are brewing from hometown roaster, Ithaca Coffee Company, and you can serve yourself. No lattes, no pumpkin spice, no ice. Just a simple cuppa for your agritourism adventure. Self-serve kiosk next to the hole-in-the-wall donut shoppe. (New tumblers keep stuff hot or cold forever!)

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 SLOWwwLY 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 farm 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 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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“The Flowers Before the Fruits” – Come Pick Your Own Flowers Now at Peak Season in the Quiet Time Before the Release of Our August Peach & Veggie Collection; Fresh Donuts Thursday Thru Sunday.


– FRESH CROP ALERT –


U-Picking

Flowers • Herbs • Peppers • Okra • Limited & scattered eggplant, tomatoes, donut peaches – details below

Shopping

Peaches • Apples • Eggplant • Peppers • Flowers • Garlic • Scapes • Blueberries • Slushies • Coffee • Mugs • Honey • Lip balm • Lotion • Beeswax • Syrup • Pottery • Potted herbs • Potted fruit trees • Fresh donuts served Thursday-Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Business

See current hours on home page
See map & tips & safety in 2022 Farm Guide
Drive extra carefully on highway & farm
Thank you for being kind & nice


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS:  When somebody advises you, “Good things come to those who wait,” wait a moment before buying into their program. Take that time to consider whether waiting will leave you a day late and a dollar short – and whether now is actually the time to act.

OUR ADVICE FOR THIS WEEK IS: Wait til about August 10th to come pick peaches en masse. Similarly wait a week or two to come pick the best tomatoes and eggplant. Meanwhile come pick FLOWERS now while the blossom fields are peaking – you can hunt for zinnias, dahlias, celosia, gomphrena, snapdragons, strawflowers, ageratum, pincushion, verbena…

OF COURSE WE KNOW FROM LONG EXPERIENCE that if we even mention the word “peach” in a Fresh Crop Alert, we risk an orchard bumrush. We know that people don’t have much time for subtle, nonbinary messages these days. And we know that you shouldn’t take just anyone’s advice about waiting for good things. But that’s our advice: WAIT a week or two for peach and vegetable picking to kick in; PICK flowers now.

THERE ARE TWO FIELDS OF FLOWERS THIS YEAR. One is right next to the farm stand and parking lot. Please ask at the stand for directions to the other one. Use scissors instead of ripping and tearing at flowers with your bare hands. Thanks!

THERE ARE, TRUTH BE TOLD, A FEW U-PICK DONUT PEACHES IN ROWS 2 & 3. Ask at the stand for directions, but be warned – this is the very beginning of donut peach season, they are wildly popular, so it’s first come, first get. There are really no “regular” round peaches to pick right now. Farmer Steve says come between August 10 and September 1 to pick pecks of peaches.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF FRESH DONUTS! Served Thursday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 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. No donuts served on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its lavish Cyborg Sabbath. Amen.

U-PICK SWEET PEPPERS AND HOT PEPPERS. Come browse the pepper patch. Currently ready are sweet peppers and the first of the hot peppers – jalapeños and Hungarians and more. Other hots will be ripening in the weeks ahead.

VERY LIMITED U-PICK EGGPLANT & TOMATOES. Some pickers will get a few, but eggplant and tomatoes are not in the “alert” spirit of this Fresh Crop Alert. Stay tuned. 

NEW: POTTED FRUIT TREES. Plant your own orchard and send us a newsletter. We’ll come picking at your place. Please have the donuts ready by 11:00 AM sharp. Among the trees you can buy are apple heavyweights Honeycrisp, Enterprise, Liberty, Cox’s Orange Pippin, and a handful of nectarines and cherries. Fruit in the backyard is food security!

COFFEE! First time ever, you can get a cup of coffee at the farmstand. We are brewing from hometown roaster, Ithaca Coffee Company, and you can serve yourself. No lattes, no pumpkin spice, no ice. Just a simple cuppa for your agritourism adventure. Self-serve kiosk next to the hole-in-the-wall donut shoppe. (New tumblers keep stuff hot or cold forever!)

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 farm 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 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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Peach Picking Continues Apace; Second Swift Wave Ready Now; New This Week, Pick Your Own Eggplant & Peppers; Fresh Donuts Thursday Thru Sunday.


– FRESH CROP ALERT –


U-Picking

Peaches • Eggplant • Peppers • Apples • Flowers • Herbs

Shopping

Peaches • Eggplant • Peppers • Apples • Garlic • Scapes • Cukes • Zukes • Blueberries • Slushies • Coffee • Mugs • Honey • Lip balm • Lotion • Beeswax • Syrup • Pottery • Potted herbs • Potted fruit trees • Fresh donuts served Thursday-Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Business

See current hours on home page
See map & tips & safety in 2022 Farm Guide
Drive extra carefully on highway & farm
Thank you for being kind & nice


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS:  If anyone tells you, “You are the apple of my eye,” you might want to ask, “But who is the PEACH of your eye?” Because even the crackingest autumn apple can’t beat the slobbery summerfeel of a fresh peach growing on the gravelly loam of Finger Lakes Fruit Country.

YOU CAN PICK PEACHES NOW. The second wave is ready and could get picked clean by the end of the weekend. So come now! There will be several waves of ripening peaches as always, but this year the crop is much smaller than last year. We expect short flurries of picking, perhaps a couple days each on short notice. When you arrive, ask at the farmstand and we will direct you to the proper rows. As of today, we’re talking about “regular” “round” peaches, meaning the roughly spherical ones. The “flat” “donut” peaches are not ready to pick yet, the roughly toroidal ones. Please see our 2022 Farm Guide for how to pick peaches – and how not! Hint: DON’T SQUEEZE ‘EM!

DONUT PEACHES ARE NOT READY TO PICK! BUT! FRESH DONUTS ARE! Served Thursday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 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. No donuts served on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its lavish Cyborg Sabbath. Amen.

U-PICK EGGPLANT. You can pick the Italian, Asian, and Fairytale varieties. BUT! Heads up! Please do not pick baby eggplants. Let them size up for picking in a week or two. This is especially true of the Italian variety (pictured) which are commonly used at full size for cutlets and so on. Pick the bigs!!

U-PICK SWEET PEPPERS AND HOT PEPPERS. Come browse the pepper patch. Currently ready are sweet peppers and the first of the hot peppers – jalapeños and Hungarians. More hots will be ripening in the weeks ahead.

U-PICK APPLES. First variety of the year is the famed Yellow Transparent. Of course we know what you are thinking: “Yellow” and “Transparent” make the most unappetizing fruit name since Edelborsdorfer. But nothing creates a community orchard bumrush like Yellow Transparent apples – and it’s time now. Everyone’s Siberian cousins ARE WILD ABOUT THIS APPLE. A cold-hardy variety imported in the 1800s from the far north, it ripens in July by design for the short Arctic growing season. To cut the acidity, people in the olden/colden days added SALT – take note, foodivorous foodies! – and called them salt apples. We call them Old Yellers because they’ll make you scream for their creamy apple sauce, first chance of the year. They are good stuff to be thankful for – not condemned for being way too early to the apple party.

NEW: POTTED FRUIT TREES. Plant your own orchard and send us a newsletter. We’ll come picking at your place. Please have the donuts ready by 11:00 AM sharp. Among the trees you can buy are apple heavyweights Honeycrisp, Enterprise, Liberty, Cox’s Orange Pippin, and a handful of nectarines and cherries. Fruit in the backyard is food security!

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS. Please be gentle with our somewhat tender plants. Zinnias, dahlias, celosia, gomphrena, snapdragons, strawflowers, ageratum, pincushion flower, verbena. Use scissors instead of ripping and tearing at them with your bare hands. Civilized ‘Creekniks!

COFFEE! First time ever, you can get a cup of coffee at the farmstand. We are brewing from hometown roaster, Ithaca Coffee Company, and you can serve yourself. No lattes, no pumpkin spice, no ice. Just a simple cuppa for your agritourism adventure. Self-serve kiosk next to the hole-in-the-wall donut shoppe. (New tumblers keep stuff hot or cold forever!)

Thanks to ‘Creeknik @hueybethany for this marvelous still life:  “Afternoon snack 🍑🫐🍩 @indiancreekfarmithaca #summerfruit #farmfresh #yummy

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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Please Come Pick Peaches Now! Smaller Crop Than Last Year But Needs Picking Immediately; Also Pick Flowers, Herbs, First Apples, Last Summer Raspberries.


– FRESH CROP ALERT –


U-Picking

Peaches • Apples • Flowers • Herbs • Raspberries

Shopping

Peaches • Eggplant • Garlic • Scapes • Blueberries • Slushies • Coffee • Mugs • Honey, lip balm, lotion, beeswax • Syrup • Pottery • Potted herbs • Potted flowers • Fresh donuts served Thursday-Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Business

See current hours on home page
See map & tips & safety in 2022 Farm Guide
Drive extra carefully on highway & farm
Thank you for being kind & nice


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS: The traintracks and tarmacs of England are melting. The Secret Service can’t find the text messages. And – gasp – Brad Pitt threatens to incite a surge of middle-aged manspreading by posing in a brown linen kilt. So how about some pretty good news to inoculate the locavore population against these inklings of doom?

YOU CAN PICK PEACHES NOWWWW. In fact, now is when they need picking – over the next 2 or 3 days. There will be several waves of ripening peaches as always, but this year the crop is much smaller than last year. We expect short flurries of picking, perhaps a couple days each on short notice. This is the first round, please pick them by the end of this weekend. Ask at the farmstand and we will direct you to the proper rows. As of today, we’re talking about “regular” “round” peaches, meaning the roughly spherical ones. The “flat” “donut” peaches are not ready to pick yet, the roughly toroidal ones.

DONUT PEACHES ARE NOT READY TO PICK! BUT! FRESH DONUTS ARE! Served Thursday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 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. No donuts served on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its lavish Cyborg Sabbath. Amen.

THE RARE JULY APPLE – PICK YOUR OWN. First variety of the year, Yellow Transparent. Of course we know what you are thinking: “Yellow” and “Transparent” make the most unappetizing fruit name since Edelborsdorfer. But nothing creates a community orchard mid-July bumrush like Yellow Transparent apples – and it’s time now. Your Siberian cousins ARE WILD ABOUT THIS APPLE. A cold-hardy variety imported in the 1800s from the far north, it ripens in July by design for the short Arctic growing season. To cut the acidity, people in the olden/colden days added SALT – take note, foodivorous foodies! – and called them salt apples. We call them Old Yellers. They’ll make you scream for their creamy apple sauce, first chance of the year. They are good stuff to be thankful for – not ridiculed for being early to the party.

PICK YOUR OWN HERBS. A modest garden by most measures, but offering the thrills of basil, Thai basil, marjoram, dill, sage, thyme, oregano, chives, parsley to all ye who seek.

PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS. Please be gentle with our somewhat tender plants. Zinnias, dahlias, celosia, gomphrena, snapdragons, strawflowers, ageratum, pincushion flower, verbena. Use scissors instead of ripping and tearing at them with your bare hands. Civilized ‘Creekniks!

U-PICK RASPBERRIES. The summer raspberry crop will taper off soon. But you can come picking and hunt for berries. Others are still scoring hauls. We usually get a smaller fall crop.

COFFEE! First time ever, you can get a cup of coffee at the farmstand. We are brewing from hometown roaster, Ithaca Coffee Company, and you can serve yourself. No lattes, no pumpkin spice, no ice. Just a simple cuppa for your agritourism adventure. Self-serve kiosk next to the hole-in-the-wall donut shoppe. (New tumblers keep stuff hot or cold forever!)

POTTED HERBS & FLOWERS. Get them at the farm stand. Start your own ‘Creek. Send us a newsletter. We’ll come picking and herbing and cidering and donutting at your house. We will keep our dogs out of your berry and vegetable fields! We will drive very slowly on your farm! We will be really pretty nice! Very nice and really pretty nice customers!

SLUSHIES. Hot days. Try dunking.

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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Garlic U-Pick Now Thru Sunday = Only Chance This Year! Also Pick Raspberries, First Flowers, First Apples; Open Every Day Except Mondays; Donuts 4 Days a Week.


– FRESH CROP ALERT –


– U-Pick –

Garlic • Raspberries • Flowers • Apples • Herbs

– Farmstand –

Fresh donuts Thursday-Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM • Garlic • Garlic scapes • Potted plants including herbs & flowers • Pennsylvania peaches • Blueberries • Lemon & cherry slushies • Local honey, lotion, lip balm • Local maple syrup • Local pottery • Coffee • Travel tumblers

– Affairs –

Open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM rain or shine • Closed Mondays • Drive carefully when approaching and leaving the farm on Trumansburg Road • Drive very slowly on the farm • No dogs in berry patches or vegetable fields • Covid protocols = All farmstand staff are fully vaccinated, masks are not required, we suggest that everyone practice distancing in the farmstand and that nonvaccinated people wear masks at the stand • Thank you for being considerate, creative, congenial ‘Creekniks


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS: Greg will pedal away with all the garlic on Monday. Now is your chance to pick.

THIS WEEK ONLY – PICK YOUR OWN GARLIC. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. U-pick garlic will be $1.25/head, shallots $6.00/handful. Easier than ever! We “pre-dug” all three varieties Inchelium Red (softneck), Continental (hardneck), and German Red (hardneck) so the whole crop is ready and waiting to be gathered just below the surface. It has been a dry year so the same amount of the pungent garlicky goodness you love is condensed into smaller heads. Pre-picked garlic will be $9.00/lb at the farmstand.

STOCK UP FOR WINTER. If stored correctly, this year’s garlic will last until about April 2023. The best way to cure garlic is to tie cloves in bunches of 15-20 and hang in a dry, well-ventilated area such as under a front porch. After the stalks have totally dried in three or four weeks remove dried stalks for storage. Keep at even temperature and low humidity if possible – do not refrigerate or freeze.

U-PICK RASPBERRIES. The berry patches are seeing a lot of action, so don’t count your berries before you pick. The abundance varies day to day, and the summer raspberry crop will taper off soon. But you can come picking and hunt for berries. Others have scored nice hauls. See below.

NEW THIS WEEK – PICK YOUR OWN APPLES. First variety of the year, Yellow Transparent. Of course we know what you are thinking: “Yellow” and “Transparent” combine to make the most unappetizing fruit name since Edelborsdorfer. But nothing creates a community orchard bumrush like Yellow Transparent apples – time to pick now. Your Siberian cousins REALLY LOVE THESE APPLES SO MUCH. A cold-hardy variety imported in the 1800s from St. Putinsberg before it was officially called that. Ripens in July for the short northern season. To cut the acidity, people in the olden days added salt (take note, foodivorous foodies!) and called them salt apples. We call them Old Yellers. They in a different league than Johnny-Come-Lately Honeycrisp. They make a creamy apple sauce, first chance of the year. They are good stuff to be thankful for. Please come pick and earn your locavore stripes.

NEW THIS WEEK – PICK YOUR OWN FLOWERS. Please be gentle with our still somewhat tender plants. Zinnias, dahlias, celosia, gomphrena, snapdragons, strawflowers, ageratum, pincushion flower, verbena.

NEW – COFFEE! First time ever, you can get a cup of coffee at the farmstand. We are brewing from hometown roaster, Ithaca Coffee Company, and you can serve yourself. No lattes, no pumpkin spice, no ice. Just a simple cuppa for your agritourism adventure. Self-serve kiosk next to the hole-in-the-wall donut shoppe. (Pictured in new tumbler!)

FRESH DONUTS = THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.  Served 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Yes,the Mark 2 Donut Robot is assiduously 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 Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its lavish Cyborg Sabbath. (One dozen fits in new tumbler!)

CO-‘CREEKNIKS OF THE WEEKNIK. Kate and Gabriel replied to last week’s Fresh Crop Alert with this photo and said: “We love to combine your raspberries and donuts – amuse bouche! We love your farm!” Thank you for coming and picking and sharing! Bottom pic is also theirs!

CO-‘CREEKNIK OF THE WEEKNIK. Farmketeer @mybearyspanglishkitchen posted: “Last Sunday, I went raspberry picking to a gorgeous farm here in Upstate NY called Indian Creek & got a bounty of berries that we’ve been enjoying fresh since. True to my nature, I also wanted to bake something with them, so in my stories I asked you about ideas & you more than delivered! 🙏🏻. It was a hard decision but, with your help in the poll, I chose the Raspberry Almond Crumb Cake from @sallysbakeblog suggested by my dear friend Ilene @baker.meets.world . Oh wow! What a scrumptious treat! The combo of flavors is amazing! Now that I know about this cake, I’ll definitely will be making this again!”

NEW THIS YEAR – POTTED HERBS & FLOWERS. Get them at the farm stand. Start your own ‘Creek. Send us a newsletter. We’ll come picking and herbing and cidering and donutting at your house. We will keep our dogs out of your berry and vegetable fields! We will drive very slowly on your farm! We will be really pretty nice! Very nice!

NEW THIS WEEK – PICK YOUR OWN HERBS. Same small garden we had last year. Basil, Thai basil, marjoram, dill, sage, thyme, oregano, chives, parsley.

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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Raspberry U-Picking Continues in the Quiet Time Before the Peaches; Coffee & Donuts & New Tumblers; Garlic Scapes & Cherries & Blubes; First PA Peaches Arrive Friday; Open Every Day Except Mondays.


– SUMMARY –


U-pick raspberries • Fresh donuts 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday-Sunday • Coffee • Garlic scapes • Sweet cherries • Tart cherries • Blueberries • Lemonade • Slushies • Local honey, lotion, lip balm • Local syrup • Local pottery • Potted plants including herbs, flowers, and tomatoes • First Pennsylvania peaches • 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 berry patches and vegetable fields • Thank you for being Kind ‘Kreekniks


– FULL STORY – 


DEAR FARMKETEERS: For some cheery folks, it is the Twizzler-sweet Sweet Sixteen apple. For others, it’s the charm-school graduate Red Haven peach. Doubtless there are others who would claim the haute couture San Marzano tomato. And for at least one rabble-rousing chap in our troubled republic, it might be the colossal, aggrieved, narcisstic pumpkin. What is your spirit fruit?

CALLING ALL RASPBEOPLE TO RASPBANIA! This is your time to shine, the one week each year when raspberries – and their human devotees – claim solo billing in the u-pick lineup. Soon enough the rabble will be all a-titter about peaches and tomatoes and apples. But for now, we happily incite the raspble. First come, first get! Discover your drupelets!

SO COME PICK YOUR OWN RASPBERRIES.  The berry patches are seeing a lot of action, so the abundance varies day to day (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. To whet your appetite for the full u-pick harvest, we’ll have the first peaches from Pennsylvania farmers on Friday.

NEW – COFFEE!  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. Self-serve next to the hole-in-the-wall donut shoppe.

NEW – INSULATED TUMBLERS! For hot and cold. Notwithstanding the dog in the logo – we’ve loved our herd of working farm dogs – please see our updated dog policy below. We included this last week but it bears repeating so we can all have a happy farm experience.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT WE KNOW YOU LOVE YOUR COMPANION ANIMALS. Our updated policy is in everyone’s interest. It will be published in our 2022 Farm Guide next week. Thank you very much for going with the program.

FRESH DONUTS = THURSDAY TRHOUGH SUNDAY.  Served 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 Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, when the Mark 2 Donut Robot observes its Cyborg Sabbath. Donuts, like Britons, prefer the 4-day week.

A PROPER RASPBERRY JAM SESSION! From Farmketeer @kitchensense: “This morning’s jam session. Before breakfast. Not even half the raspberries from yesterday’s harvest. @christine_ferber_officiel_ technique. Copper pot. A year’s worth of goodness. #jamsession #raspberry 

LOCAL HONEY, LOTION, AND LIP BALM! When you shop for these local products, you support the local economy and ecology. Area pollinators produced this stuff.

MAKES GREAT GIFTS. Love the craft tube on the lip balm.

FROM GIL’S HONEYBEES. Local family, local business, local bees. From gilshoneybees.com: “Our beehives are located in natural areas in Ithaca and its surroundings, and our bees collect honey and pollen mostly from wild flowers and trees. We harvest raw honey – unfiltered, unheated, and undergoes minimal processing.We do not use heat or chemicals in the extraction process, just strain the honey from the wax and pour it directly into glass jars, leaving the honey with all its natural sugar complexes, pollen traces, enzymes, proteins, and natural volatiles that give each honey its distinct aroma. The honey you get is all natural – from the beehive directly to the jar. We also produce other beehive products, such as beeswax candles, and skin creams, all natural and non-toxic.”

IN SEASON – GREG’S GARLIC SCAPES. Get them for stirfry or make scape oil for your garlicky bread. So delicious.

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

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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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


– FULL STORY – 


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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