So, while June 20th marks the official start of summer, here in Pure Michigan we feel like we’re almost half way through summer with the several day bouts of very hot days. (Or is it spring again?) We appreciated how many of you came out this past weekend in the sweltering heat to visit the farm and pick berries. The heat accelerated the growth of fruit and vegetables, so we have an abundance of zucchini, yellow summer squash, garlic scapes, lettuce and kohlrabi, so please help us out by planning these into your menu’s this week!
And sadly, it took its toll on strawberries, bringing them to closer to the end sooner than any of us were ready for.
U-Pick berries: We have a few more rows of berries to pick before U-PIck strawberry season is over, so once those are picked, we will be done for the year. We hope that will go through Friday, but if they get picked out sooner (like on Thursday) than we will be finished. If there are some left, we may have them this weekend. We are open for picking 8 until noon each day, unless we get picked out. Please check before you come to make sure we still have berries left 269-244-5690.
Picked Berries: We will pick as many berries as we can each day and they will be $4.00 a quart. Due to how few berries are left, we are not able to take any more orders. But if you call and we have some on hand, we’re happy to set them aside for you. We will try to pick berries through this weekend and may have a few quarts on and off next week.
This has been a difficult berry season for sure, we truly appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.
Sweet Cherries: We will not be able to have U-Pick Sweet cherries this year, due to the rains and high humidity causing the cherries to split. We will have picked sweet cherries when they are ready, which we anticipate will be sometime the week of June 26th.
Tart Cherries: We do have a good crop of these and we will be open for U-Pick as well as having them picked on the market. We expect those to be ready sometime around the beginning of July, depending on the weather of course.
Blueberries are coming along nicely, expect some to be ready by the middle of July.
Here’s what is on the market now:
- Fresh broccoli, zucchini, kohlrabi, cabbage, cucumbers, yellow summer squash and peas are starting
- Greenhouse tomatoes, greenhouse cucumbers
- Some of our u-pick herbs are ready. Find bags, scissors for cutting around the neck of the bird overlooking the herb garden. A list of what is ready is posted at the market.
- Straw: We have extra bales of straw available for your mulching needs. They are $6/bale or 4 bales for $20.
- We are currently harvesting lots of lettuce from our certified organic field so we will have it on special again for $5 a pound this weekend while it lasts. We also have garlic scapes, kale, carrots, and a few cucumbers and cherry tomatoes from the certified organic plot.
From the bakery this weekend:
We are sorry strawberry season was so short this year as we only got to make strawberry glaze pie one weekend. We loved getting the feedback on how much everyone enjoyed those…..stay tuned, blueberry glaze pie will be coming when blueberries are ready!
- Cookies: Flower Cut Outs, M&M “Monster” Cookies, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Lemon
- Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Peanut Butter
- Note: making peanut butter pies for Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
- Homemade Shortcake for topping with strawberries and whipped cream (in our refrigerated case)
- Breads: Whole Wheat, Whole Grain, Cinnamon, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
- Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
- Cake Donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry (made on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
- Slushies (now in 2 sizes based on customer’s requests for larger size!)
New in the bakery freezer: Plainwell vanilla ice cream, for pie a la mode!
Hard Ciders, Wine and Brandies: Strawberry Cider is back! We’ve also got our Prince Tribute Cider, Brunch, Rhubarb, Ginger, Dry, Semi-Sweet, Sweet, Hopped, and Bark Bite. If you’re interested in a mead, our new United Squash Federation features a really mellow blend of ingredients, most notably buttercup squash and caramel. It’s just a really soft, nice mead that comes in at about 8% alcohol by volume. We also have our full line of Hubbard’s Brandy, Double Cherry Wine, and Kaiser Cyser.If you’re looking for our cider outside of our farm, you can visit Rooster’s Wing Shack in Three Rivers, The Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers, Dussel’s in Cassopolis, Craft Beer Cellar in Grand Rapids, and as always, The Local in Centreville, Michigan.
Brandy tasting and tours are this Saturday with Bruce from 1 – 3 in the brandy room. Hard cider tastings are at the market 4-6 on Fridays and 3-6 on Saturdays. We’ll have many of our ciders on tap for flights and growler fills as well. Come sit and enjoy the space at the side of the market with a drink and pleasant conversation, and a view of the lake and our gardens. We look forward to seeing you rain or shine!
Farmer’s Markets: June means all of the local farmers markets have started. You can find us at Texas Township Farmers Market every Tuesday, plus every other Saturday (there again on June 23rd). Find out more: http://www.texastownship.org/community/farmers-market/. We also partner with CINO and the Huss School project to have our produce and baked goods at the Three Rivers Farmer’s market every Thursday: https://www.facebook.com/pg/trfarmersmarket/about/?ref=page_internal. We’re also doing the People’s Food Co-op Night Markets in Kalamazoo this year! Our first one is on June 21st. Find out more here: http://pfcmarkets.com/all-markets/night-market
Happenings on the farm this week: The week seemed to revolve around strawberries…constant checks on the weather forecast which turned into worrying, trying to pick as many as we could, cutting and making into pies, bottling, labeling, packing strawberry hard cider, and our favorite part: watching families enjoying themselves. We will leave you with a few pictures from the week (thanks to folks who gave us permission to post their photos!).
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local!