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  • June, 2016
    Sam Castner Sculpture Commissioned by Luke's Mill Creek Farm
    The Fox Run Festival will be premiering new gates by artist Sam Castner. See some of Sam's spectacular work here.

    Luke's Mill Creek Farm has also commissioned a sculpture from Sam that will be previewed at the Fox Run Garlic Festival.  This will be one show you will not want to miss. 

    In addition the eagle will be displayed landing on a very large, yet to be created nest.       

    This entire structure will be placed atop a 20 ft pole that sits on a high hill at the farm entrance.  The week following the show the eagle sculpture will placed at the farm.   Spectacular! 

    Visit Luke’s Facebook page for updates as the sculpture progresses.

  • September, 2015
    Luke’s Bread and Butter Scapes Top Pizza and More at the NY Wine and Culinery Center
    Chef Andrew Chambers of the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua, NY uses Luke’s Garlic Scape Pesto on his pizza creations. He has been using it for 2 years now and is very happy with the results. His newest creation is using Luke’s Bread and Butter Scapes as a pizza topping and it is going over fabulously with the customers. I will also be delivering fresh garlic scapes to Andrew for use in the kitchen. He truly believes in garlic infusion in his kitchen!

  • August, 2015
    Announcing that Luke's Added Three New Retail Locations This Month
    We are proud to welcome Joe’s Jerky and Country Market, Costanza’s Sausage and Schutt’s Apple Mill to our ever growing and amazing family of retail locations and cutomers.

  • March, 2015
    Announcing that Luke's Will be at Three Garlic Festivals this Summer
    23rd Annual Glorious Fox Run Garlic Festival - August 1 & 2, 2015
    Webster Garlic Festival - September 12 & 13, 201
    Cuba Garlic Festival - September 19 & 20, 2015
    Please come by our booth and say hi.

  • March, 2015
    Hart’s to host Spring Vendor Market on March 28th, 2015
    Luke will be attending The Harts Local Grocers Spring Vendor Market on March 28th – Look forward to it!!

  • February, 2015
    Palmer Food Services Now Distributes Luke's Mill Creek Farm Products
    Since 1850 Palmer Foods has been serving customers and clients in upstate New York, distributing fresh seafood, meat, poultry and groceries to the finest dining establishments in the area.  Experienced on-site meat cutters are true artisans who custom cut any protein to your exact specification.

  • January, 2015
    Hart's Local Grocers Now Retails Luke's Mill Creek Farm Products
    A grocery store in Rochester’s East End that’s big enough to carry everyday basics. Brands you know and love, sure. Ah, but small enough to navigate. Where bins brim with bright, juicy, hand-selected produce, fresh from our own region. Where a kitchen serves up scrumptious comfort foods worthy of a chef’s table.

  • January, 2015
    Black Button Distilling New Retailer for Luke's Mill Creek Farm
    The first and finest grain-to-glass Craft Distillery in Rochester, NY since prohibition. Each week we hand make 900 bottles of our world class gin, vodka, moonshine, bourbon and more.

  • November. 2014
    White Springs Winery becomes a new retailer for Luke's Mill Creek Farm
    White Springs Winery offers a wide selection of wines, made from grapes grown in our vineyards and crafted to appeal to every palate. The new retail center located at the top of Seneca Lake on one of the busiest wine routes in the Finger Lakes is the lynch pin for introducing our wines to the public.

  • Summer 2014
    During the summer of '14 Luke's Mill Creek Farm added 3 NEW Retailers to the Ever Expanding Client List
    The Cornerstone Market - a place where the “little finger lakes” community can find all of their favorite local flavors. Farm fresh items, an in-house bakery and a rotating line of draft beer make this a must-stop.
    The Busy Bee Market - a seasonal lakeside grocery and café. Accessible by car, bike & boat; the Bee provides groceries, local goods & produce, breakfast and lunch menu, as well as souvenirs. Stop in for a bite and our beautiful lake view.
    Zarpentine Farms - the Corn Maize is the LARGEST in New York State?! 20 ACRES of fun twists and turns to get lost in! The market offers a wide range of home grown vegetables and fruit for a great price. We grow over 17 varieties of apples ALONE!!!!
  • May 2014
    Luke's Mill Creek Farm will be Participating in 4 Festivals in 2014
    As well as returning to both the 22nd Annual Fox Run Vineyards Glorious Garlic Festival 
    August 2 & 3, 2014`and the Cuba Garlic Festival – 10th Annual Sept 20 - 21, 2014 we are pleased to be participating in two new festivals. Now visit our booth at The Great New York State Food and Wine Festival June 13 – 15 2014 and the Corn Hill Arts Festival July 12 – 13, 2014. Visit our fewtivals page to find out more about our 2014 festival schedule here.
  • April 2014
    Lukes Fine Products Now in The Upstairs Bistro
    Over the winter the New York Wine and Culinary Center has been using my products to create menu items in The Upstairs Bistro   where New York State products are featured.

  • Luke's products recognized by one of the premier gourmet and artisan food magazines as a unique healthy natural appetizer.

    Beyond the Bulb
    If you can’t find any garlic scapes at your farmers’ market this year, it might be because Bob Emens got them first. Every June, Emens sources nearly 1,400 pounds of the tender green spirals from farms across New York, including his own Mill Creek Farm in Clifton, and turns them into Luke’s Pickled Garlic Scapes and Garlic Scape Pesto. With three pickled varieties to choose from, including Dill and Habanero Pepper, they are an addictive seasonal treat. Read the full article here.

    “I discovered garlic scapes at a farmers’ market years ago, but it took a gift of pickled scapes from a close friend to wake me up to their possibilities,” says Emens, who named the brand after his farm’s original owner. “They were unique and locally grown, and were clearly a flavorful and healthy snack.” Processed and pickled at their peak of freshness, the scapes’ garlic flavor is much milder than the bulb’s and the texture is similar to a young green bean. They add zing to salads or pasta, even cocktails, but eating them straight out of the jar is fine too.

    Read the full article here.
  • December 2013
    Announcing Four New Retail Locations for Luke's Family of Fine Foods

    We welcome these new retailers to our family of retail outlets:
    CB Crafts Brewers - Small Batches, Big Taste
    EVL Cheese Company - Award Winning New York State Cheddar
    Abundance Cooperative Market - Stronger Together
    Premier Gourmet - Fine Foods & Provisions Since 1974

  • December 2013
    Announcing Another Great Year at Stokoe Farms 

    In 1997, the farm was presented with the Century Farms award from the New York State Agricultural Society. Today the 5th, 6th and 7th generations of Stokoes are actively farming. In 2012 the Stokoe families celebrated 200 years of their farming heritage.  Over 1,500 family, friends and farm guests came out to help us celebrate this special event. Find out more here.

  • December 2013
    Announcing that...

    On Dec 12, 2013 Luke's Mill Creek Farm attended a Xmas program at the New York Wine
    & Culinary Center
      where we met many enthusiastic revelers and also was treated to Xmas songs from a young girl’s choir. 

    Through supportive partnerships with area farmers, winemakers, artisans and entrepreneurs, The New York State Wine & Culinary Center brings you the best of New York, all in one beautiful and scenic spot on the northern shore of Canandaigua Lake.

  • July 23, 2013
    Luke's Bread & Butter Pickled Garlic Scapes Now for Sale!!!

    This new member of our family of fine garlic scape condiments can now be ordered on our order page. Please contact us to stock this new product in your store, winery, restaurant or outlet. Great taste of garlic with the sweetness and crunchiness of a bread and butter pickle. 

  • June 18, 2013
    Luke's Bread & Butter Pickled Garlic Scapes Getting Ready to Launch

    This new member of our family of fine garlic scape condiments has it all: texture and flavor and so much zest that you will want to munch yet one more. Share it with your friends and family and bring a jar to summer picnics or family dinners. Stay tuned.

  • Coming June 23rd, 2013
    "It's all about Country at Glenora Wine Cellars~ Wine & Food Festival"

    Luke will be one of a few select vendors asked to participate in this country western music festival on June 23, 2013 at Glenora Winery. Get your tickets here.

  • June 2013
    Luke's Family of Fine Foods is Continuing to Grow with the Addition of 3 Exciting New Retail Locations.

    Americana Vineyards tasting room and gift shop, Avon Feed & Supply and Provisions & ingredients in Peconic, NY.

  • June 2013
    Announcing Lakeside Country Club  Restaurant Using Luke's to Enhance Menu

    Chef Ben Comstock  was previously employed at Wolfgang Puck’s Restaurant in Hawaii and now brings his expertise to the Finger Lakes Region.  Ben uses Luke’s products to enhance his menu selection at the Lakeside Country Club.

  • June 2013
    Announcing New Retail Location

     DF August LLC - Specialty Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar will not be including Luke's products on the website. A natural relationship of fine foods and ingredients.

  • November 2012
    Announcing New Retail Location

    Anthony Nappa Wines crafts premium wines representing New York’s unique climates and soils and is please to now offer Luke's Fine Family of Garlic Scape products.

  • October 2012
    Luke's Mill Creek Farm Visits the 3 Brother's Winery

    Stokoe Farms is open again for the season and are celebrating 200 years of farming.  Please visit their website and stop by if you live locally.

  • April 2012
    Luke's Mill Creek Farm Visits the 3 Brother's Winery

    Luke was asked to participate at a 3 Brother’s Winery Event and introduced many new customers to his products. The wines are tasteful and fun was had by all.

    (The 3 Brother's Winery has three unique wineries and a microbrewery, all on one estate.)

  • April 2012
    Announcing 2 New Retail Locations

    As the Luke's Mill Creek Farm family of fine pickled garlic scape products becomes more popular and more widely known our network of retail outlets is also expanding. We are happy to welcome both locations of the Greenstar Natural Foods Market as well as The Garden Factory. Peruse a list of our retail locations here.

  • March 2012
    Announcing New Retail Location

    Luke's family of fine products is now available at Hunt Country Vineyards. This is a family farm and winery in the heart of New York’s celebrated Finger Lakes wine region. The farm's 172 acres have been home to the Hunt family for six generations. Peruse a list of our retail locations here.

  • Nov, 2011
    Announcing New Retail Locations

    As the Luke's Mill Creek Farm family of fine pickled garlic scape products becomes more popular and more widely known our network of retail outlets is also expanding. The summer of 2011 saw 8 new retail outlets stocking their shelves with "Luke's". It is both exciting and gratifing to see this new business growth and customer base. Peruse a list of our retail locations here.

  • March, 2011
    Announcing New Distributor

    Luke's Mill Creek farm is proud to announce a new distributor that specializes in all products specifically made in NY. Simply New York Marketplace & Gifts – are located in Rochester, NY. Find out more here.

  • Marketing Consultant Lynette Loomis; how she helped me grow the business

    Bob Emens, 60, the owner of Luke's Mill Creek Farm, in North Chili is mentioned in a profile of Lynette Loomis published on "55 Plus Living". Loomis is a life coach who help keep her clients on track to fulfilling dreams, growing, enriching the lives of others, and having exciting, interesting and enriching experiences,” she says. “We’re not retiring from life. We’re retiring from a job. There’s a difference. Bob Emens claims that he couldn`t just `sit at home`after his retirement. That`s why he sought the help of Lynette Loomis. `She helped me with a lot of the incidental things I might not have thought about,`he said. Read this profile of Lynette Loomis here.

  • Dec 16, 2010
    New Retailer - Via Girasole

    Luke's Products were the featured product on the Via Girasole website. Via Girasole is a gourmet and specialty shop located on scenic Schoen Place on the Erie Canal. We offer a variety of cheeses, salami, olive oils, olives, savory snacks and spreads.

    Luke's products Via Girasole carries include:
    Luke's Original Pickled Garlic Scapes
    Luke's #9 Garlic Scape Pesto with Jalapeno

  • Oct 16 – 17, 2010
    The Edible Garden
    Growing and Preparing Good Food

    Lucke`s Mill Creek Farm will be attending the Oct 16 – 17, 2010 Fall Finale Weekend at the New York Botanical Gardens. We were invited to participate in this prestigious Festival Weekend on the Tasting Terrace.

    We are delighted to join the famous artists and chefs that will be cooking on the weekend including: Mario Batali, Michael Psilakis, Marc Forgione, and Todd English. Click here for the weekend schedule.

    Celebrate Harvest Week, Oct 16 – 17, by making apple sauce, pressing apple prints, and exploring fruits and seeds harvested by animals around the Garden.

    So Much More Than Just Good Food! Stroll the cool and refreshing paths of the 50-acre Forest* along the scenic Bronx River, stop and smell the roses in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, experience the serenity of the Rock Garden waterfall, and enjoy summer refreshments and lunch at one of our Cafes.

    Find out more about this culinary event here.

  • Fall, 2010
    Fall 2009 Planting for 2010
    Another crop is going into the ground. More garlic is planted than previously and we expect to continue this trend over the coming years.

    We look forward to the emergence of the plants and continued growth of the business in the future . Click on the image to your right to see the 2010 Fall Planting. As well as growing the garlic we continue to grow the garlic scape business in many ways.
  • June, 2010
    Jim Mott “The Itinerant Artist Visits Luke's Mill Creek Farm
    In June of 2010 we were pleased to host Jim Mott “The Itinerant Artist” at the farm for 2 days. He visits various locations, the host puts him up while Jim paints local scenes. His blog that talks about his visit to my house – about halfway down the page. Read more in the blog and see more artwork here.

    Here is an excerpt of that post: "When Bob Emens contacted me last December about hosting, I knew I’d have to make his place part of my local “tour.” Not only was he the first person to make an offer after reading about my project in Mark Hare’s column, but his location – the hamlet of Clifton in rural SW Monroe County – added useful geographic diversity to my list of stops. And there was an added hook: Bob farms and pickles garlic scapes (see: Luke's Originals). How could I resist the chance to paint a garlic scape landscape? The time for that, Bob said, would be early June, right before the scape harvest.

    A scape, incidentally, is the flower stalk of the garlic plant – typically cut from the maturing garlic plant before flowering, to allow the garlic bulb to develop more fully. The scape has been gaining popularity as a vegetable in its own right. This painting of a scape (above) was done on my second evening, as I waited for a dinner of pasta with garlic scape pesto.

    I arrived on a hazy Wednesday afternoon. First off, I got a tour of Bob’s handsomely built house (he’s also an engineer and designer), and his extensive property. Then, after months of eager anticipation, I settled down to do my first garlic scape landscape. More exactly, it was a small field of garlic plants with the neighbor’s house in the background. I have to admit that painting garlic scape landscapes wasn’t as fun as thinking about painting them, but the effort connected me to the place and made me appreciate dinner more: grilled salmon with garlic scape pesto, and dill pickled scapes on the side. Fortunately my brief adventure in Clifton was just beginning.

    After dinner we drove to the local cemetery – a small, square parcel of mowed grass with simple stones and several trees, including a venerable, dark spruce. I’m not someone who is necessarily drawn to cemeteries, but this one made me feel pleasantly – if oddly – at home. The place expressed simple beauty, and a sense of being cared for, despite evidence that some local teenagers had driven a pickup truck through some of the rows of gravestones.

    I think it was partly the ploughed field along one side of the cemetery, stretching out and up across a large, wide hill that gave the place a special resonance. My spirit felt settled and uplifted at the same time. Late dusk charged the setting with mood and inspiration rather than spookiness – although I was a little unsettled when Bob, in another corner of the cemetery, started conversing loudly with no one I could see or hear. I’d forgotten he had a cell phone.

    Read more in the blog and see more artwork here.

  • January 31, 2010
    Mitch Pritchard • Staff writer •
    Simple gift leads Chili man to new garlic business

    "The scape is the hard part near the neck of the garlic plant. It is usually snapped off and left on the ground to go back into the soil. But they've become the centerpiece of Emens' business, Luke's Mill Creek Farm.

    Emens, 59, sells pickled garlic scapes and garlic scape pesto to wineries, novelty food shops and at festivals.

    "I wanted something to do when I retired as a write-off and to feed my Type A personality," Emens says. "I thought I could improve on the product, but boy, that is easier said than done."

    This Democrat and Chronicle full article can be read here.

  • September 4, 2009.
    More growth in 2009.
    2008 was a great year and we brought the taste of Luke’s products to even more new people in 2009. Each festival is such a treat for the experiences, new faces and comments on my products. The crop for 2009 is looking healthy and growing rapidly. Hope to see everyone at the festivals! Click on the image to your right to see the 2009 Crop.

  • June 18, 2008
    A GOOD APPETITE; A Garlic Festival Without a Single Clove
    `... it was no surprise that the first time I came upon a cascading pile of vivid green, curling garlic scapes at the farmers' market, I had to buy some, even though I had no idea of what do with them. ..Scapes, I learned, are the flower shoots of the garlic bulb. Farmers cut them off to encourage the bulbs to grow plumper. When the garlic is harvested before individual cloves are formed, it is called green garlic.`

    This New York Times article is full of interesting information about ``all things garlic including many wonderful recipes. Read it here.

  • Chile Pepper - June 2007
    Bulbs of Plenty by Kelley Kingman
    This 4-page article features Luke's products.
    "The Garlic Festival is the perfect crossroads for the farmer and the food-lover, and often the two are one and the same."

    Read this article here.

Chile Pepper magazine, is the hottest magazine around for those who love bold, flavorful food. Luke's family of fine food products have been featured in this "hot" magazine for the tastebuds.

Kelly Klingman, writer, was introduced to Luke's fine products at a festival and wrote to us. Please click on the link below to read Kelly Klingman's article.

"We met briefly at the garlic festival this past fall. I am writing a feature article on garlic festivals for the May/June issue of Chile Pepper magazine. I sampled your pickled garlic scapes and would like to include it in a sidebar of festival highlights"
Kelly Klingman

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