12147 Corey Lake Road, Three Rivers, Michigan (269) 244-5690

Corey Lake Orchards

Sweet Corn Coming Out of Our Ears!!

Sweet corn is here!  Same pricing as last year, $5 dozen, or 5 dozen (a bushel) for $20. Usually as the season begins, the first picking yields only a few bushel, we sell out early…but not the case this time. The heat has brought it in with a bang! We picked 75 bushel this morning and could have kept going.   We do a lot of succession planting here, which means during the spring we plant things seven days to two weeks apart, especially things like corn and green beans, with the goal being that they will be spaced such that when one planting finishes, the next is ready—-(yes all the things we do behind the scenes to keep produce coming for you!)  But….when a heat wave like this week’s comes, all bets are off and what happens is that two plantings come in at the same time.

sweetcorn

And such is the case right now! With fields overflowing, this puts farmers like us in a dilemma, if we can’t sell it, do we pick it or leave it in the field?

We live in a world where people go hungry, and we cannot bear to leave food in the field if we can help it. Our farm philosophy has been to help others wherever we can, so our desire is to pick it before it spoils and get it to food banks. Here’s how you can help us help others, if you feel so inclined. For customers who would like to help, for every one dozen of corn you buy at $5, if you want to put an additional $5 towards helping others, we will go pick, pack and donate two dozen on your behalf. We feel so strange about asking for money for this, but we pay our employees fair wages for their work and it helps us cover that cost so that we can afford to donate a substantial amount.

We will have a sign up sheet for this and provide a list of names to the food bank for all who helped with this – we want to be accountable to you and to them. Because of times like these, we maintain connections to all area food banks as well as Loaves & Fishes in Kalamazoo which distributes out even further. Together, we can help make a difference and put fresh sweet corn on someone’s empty plate. We thank everyone who is able to help us with this effort, and understand if you can’t.

Here’s what we have at the market now:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Cut Flowers
  • Eggplant
  • Fresh Cut or “Cut Your Own” Herbs
  • Fresh Dug Potatoes: Yukon Gold, Red Norland and Adirondack Blue
  • Field Cucumbers and Small Pickling Cukes
  • Greenhouse Tomatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Peppers
  • Onions:
  • Shell-Out Peas
  • Sweet Corn
  • Zucchini and Yellow Squash

Large quantities: For those who want to can or freeze this summer, we have started lists for up to bushel sizes of  peppers, pickling cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash and tomatoes. You can add your name when here or call us at 269-244-5690. Sweet corn ($20/bu) and green beans ($30/bu) are available by the bushel now, you don’t need to be on a list, but it would help us if you call in advance so we can get them ready. If you would like to pick your own green beans, they are $16 for pick your own (if we pick they are $30). If you pick green beans and would like to pick extra for the food bank, we’d be grateful!

so many green beans!

so many green beans!

Picked Blueberries: $26 for a 10-lb box, $13.50 for a 5-lb box, $5 a quart and $3 a pint. Some are coming out of our field and again this year we will be supplementing from Brookside Farms in Paw Paw, Michigan as we have done in previous years.

  • U-PIck Blueberries: We have a relatively small field compared to most major blueberry growers (only three acres), so our u-pick blueberries are for folks who just want to come over to get a few pounds or so at a time and pick them because they want the fun experience! In order to allow everyone to have a chance to pick some, we are limiting the picking to 10 pounds per group until more are ready. We are finishing the  “Duke” berries now this is a large berry, and starting the “Jersey” berry which is a smaller berry. If we get picked out, we will close to allow the berries to ripen up again. So, you may want to call ahead to make sure our u-pick patch is open, 269-244-5690.
    • The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 back at market.
    • Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick (this makes it about $3.50 a quart)
    • We will have them off and on probably through most of the month of July
    • We have buckets for you to pick in and boxes to send them home in
    • For anyone who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at:  http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/

Becca’s certified organic produce: Kale, eggplant, green beans, slicer tomatoes, “single serving” cabbage, bunching onions and cherry tomatoes. Some of this is in limited quantities so please call ahead and place an order if you want any of these items.

Peaches and cantaloupe are about a week away. Until we start the peach harvest, we are not sure how many we will have to sell by the bushel, but for sure will be selling them in small eating quantities. We have started a list, and if you would like to order by the bushel, we can get your name down and call you when we know more.

Cantaloupe are sizing

Cantaloupe are sizing

Peaches are turning color

Peaches are turning color

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Cut Out Sugar, Zucchini Chocolate Chip, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Triple Berry, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, and Oatmeal Raisin. PS: the zucchini chocolate chip cookies are Beth’s absolute favorite–you have to try!
  • Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will have fresh Blueberry Glaze Pies and raspberry-cream pies available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Bread: Whole Wheat, Honey Oat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, Vegetable and Tuscan, as well as Hamburger Buns, Hot Dog Buns, and Focaccia Bread. We are partnering with La Brea bakery on the following breads: Semolina Cheese, Rosemary Olive Oil, Roasted Garlic Loaf, and Toasted Sunflower Honey.  We are trying to keep up making our popular Zucchini-Blueberry Bread – definitely try some if you can get your hands on a loaf! They sell out fast.
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
  • Assorted Dessert Bars
  • Mini Cupcakes
  • Slushies: Concord and Niagara Grape Blend and Our Own Apple Cider
  • Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Cherry Almond, Pistachio, Wild Berry, Lemon Poppy Seed, Raisin Bran, and Banana Nut
  • Donuts: We will have our Cherry, Blueberry and Buttermilk Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  We also have our Chocolate Iced Yeast Donuts as well as Bavarian Cream-Filled Long Johns, Raspberry-Filled Bismarks and Cherry Fritters!
Blueberry-zucchini bread coming out of the oven, we can't seem to make enough of these!

Blueberry-zucchini bread coming out of the oven, we can’t seem to make enough of these!

Brandy and Hard Cider: It is supposed to be 95 on Saturday and we have to say – a nice cold cider out of the cooler tastes pretty good on hot afternoons. We might also recommend a Michigan Mojito made with our Blueberry Hard Cider in place of the club soda and sugar, and 2D Niagara Brandy in place of the rum. Serve it with mint from the herb garden over ice and voila, a refreshing beverage for this heat wave!

We have our usual line of brandies made exclusively from estate-grown produce, including our ever-popular oak aged apple brandy. Made right here, we have Blueberry, Sweet, Strawberry, Dry, and Hopped Hard Ciders for sale in 12 and 22 oz. bottles.We also have Double Cherry Wine, Kaiser Cyser, and Tart Cherry Hard Cider in 750mL bottles. If you’d like to try before you buy, we’ll have free tasting at the market from 1 to 3 on Saturday. You can also call and schedule a tour any time: 269 244 5690.  

Local Products:  We try to offer as many local and Michigan made products as we can.

  • Mollie’s Clay Vessels, a Flint based artist who does one of a kind bowls, planters, vases and more
  • Meat from Mill Lake Farms, http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/other-products/mill-lake-farm-meats/.  We have acquired a new freezer so you can find the meat easier, and will soon be stocking “take and bake” pies and other goodies. We do have a shortage on some meat items right now (particularly steak) but will have more the last week of July hopefully.
  • Yogurt from Mattawan Creamery
  • Unique cards made by 4 area artists
  • “Flatware” flowers and lady bugs made by our neighbor Dave
  • Honey and maple syrup
  • Ruth’s pecan and cashew brittle
  • Ladd’s Jalapeno Mustard (made with peppers grown here on the farm!)
  • Artisan Cheese from Remy Picot (Benton Harbor)
  • Michigan shaped chairs with matching Upper Peninsula tables (Kalamazoo)
  • Eggs (Kalamazoo)
  • Detroit Bold Coffee Company coffee (Detroit)
  • Dried blueberries and cherries (Traverse City)
  • 4 flavors of Great Lakes Chips (Traverse City)
  • 5 varieties of Michaelene’s granola (Clarkston)
  • Boxed (totally recyclable) water (Grand Rapids)

Happenings on the farm this week:

This was another heavy harvest week, made unbearable some days by the heat.

Load after load of green beans coming in.

Load after load of green beans coming in.

We also planted 100 new sweet cherry trees, something usually not done in July, but getting fruit trees these days means ordering out several years in advance.  We were fortunate to come across a MSU professor who had too many and offered them out to Michigan farms at an amazing price so we jumped on the chance to get them in and not wait for the order we had for 2018.  The hardest part was getting through the dry, hard ground….not easy.

Not much now, but hopefully in 5 years our customers will be picking cherries from these!

Not much now, but hopefully in 5 years our customers will be picking cherries from these!

And….the drought we are in forced us to put permanent irrigation down in our peach orchards….an expense we hope will pay off with larger peaches when Mother Nature gives us these tough years.

No, these are not snakes, but our crew getting the irrigation lines pulled thru the orchard.

No, these are not snakes, but our crew getting the irrigation lines pulled through the orchard.

Becca decided to take action on ‘too much” zucchini. From Becca:

A one-two punch of recent heat waves and a thriving local deer population has taken out two of my lettuce plantings, which means we’re going to be in a lettuce drought for a bit. In lieu of sadness, I’ve decided to take it as a challenge to make different salads out of peak summer vegetables. Particularly: zucchini. Excepting various sweet zucchini breads, I don’t like zucchini. I’ve had it fried, frittered, grilled, sauteed, raw, casseroled, whatever. And every time, I think that any other comparable vegetable would have been a better choice. It’s a personal preference. But I decided to grow up this week: instead of glaring at the zucchini sitting on the market counter, I glared at it as I brought it into my kitchen. After digging through recipes, I decided to combine a few and come up with a recipe of my own based on what we have at the market. **See below. The verdict? This recipe was good. Good enough to share with you all. Not good enough to turn me into a zucchini fan. I’ll try again next week and PLEASE, feel free to send me your best zucchini recipes! I’m keeping my mind open.

Reminder, this is the weekend of the Huss Future Festival, we will have produce and baked good there. It is a fun event, Saturday, July 23rd:  https://www.hussproject.com/event/huss-future-festival-2016.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.    And thanks in advance for helping us with our ‘too much sweet corn problem!”

**Becca’s recipe:

Recipe One: Corn and Zucchini Salad (serves 5-7 people)
4 Pasilla (“Holy Mole”) Peppers (these aren’t that spicy but if you’re sensitive to heat, substitute 10 Sweet Banana Peppers)
1/2 lb. Red Russian Kale
5 Ears of Corn
2 Zucchini (Medium)
4 oz. Smoked Gouda (about half of one of the chunks we sell at the market)
1 oz. Basil
1 Tomato
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Heat a medium frying pan with a tablespoon of your oil of choice. Slice pasilla peppers length-wise into thin strips and chop strips into 1-2 inch pieces. De-stem and shred the kale by hand (no need to be fancy with this.) Put the peppers and kale into the frying pan, add 1/2 tsp. of salt, and cook on high heat for two minutes, then on low-medium heat for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
Heat a large frying pan with a tablespoon of your oil of choice. Cut corn from the cob and put in the frying pan. Cook on medium-high heat for two or three minutes until the corn is light brown on one side. Turn heat off. (NOTE: you could also grill the corn in this step! I just don’t have a grill.)
Slice the zucchini very thin, chop the basil, and grate the gouda. Toss in a large bowl with enough olive oil to keep the zucchini slices from sticking together. Add the corn, kale/peppers, salt/pepper to taste, and mix well. Chill in the fridge if desired. Serve with tomato slices on top. Try and decide if you like zucchini yet.
(If I ever make this again I’ll probably throw in a little dill.)

We’ve Got the Blues: Blueberry Bread, Blueberry Cider, Blueberry U-Pick…

Blueberries remain in full swing and you’ll see we’ve got you covered every way possible from picked fresh, pick your own, in our blueberry zucchini bread, in a traditional 2-crust pie, a blueberry glaze pie, and Becca has a new blueberry hard cider.

Before we tell you what we have, here’s what we don’t have, yet: sweet corn…it is coming, we hope to have it sometime the week of July 18th. Peaches are several weeks away, so check back the end of July. Until we start the peach harvest, we are not sure how many we will have to sell by the bushel, but for sure will be selling them in small eating quantities. We have started a list, and if you would like to order by the bushel, we can get your name down and call you when we know more.

Becca’s certified organic produce: Lettuce, kale, green beans, slicer tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, “single serving” cabbage, bunching onions and cherry tomatoes. Some of this is in limited quantities so please call ahead and place an order if you want any of these items.

We've moved the organic produce to a new table--but you can't miss the bright green containers, plus much of it is in the cooler!

We’ve moved the organic produce to a new table–but you can’t miss the bright green containers, plus much of it is in the cooler!

Other fruit and produce available at the market: The market is full of beautiful summer vegetables now….so whether you are grilling ,sautéing or eating raw, this is the time of the year to enjoy them this fresh. (We pick everything every day, and sometimes more than once if we run out!)

Many specialty peppers beginning to come in.

Many specialty peppers beginning to come in.

Large quantities:  For those who want to can or freeze this summer, we have started lists for up to bushel sizes of green beans, peppers, pickling cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash and tomatoes. You can add your name when here or call us at 269-244-5690.

  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Cut Flowers
  • Fresh Cut or “Cut Your Own” Herbs
  • Fresh Dug Potatoes: Yukon Gold, Red Norland and Adirondack Blue
  • Field Cucumbers and small picking cukes are coming in daily
  • Greenhouse Tomatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Peppers
  • Onions:
  • Shell-Out Peas
  • Zucchini and Yellow Squash
Try our new "lucky 8 ball" zucchini--a bit sweeter, and the round size works well on the grill.

Try our new “lucky 8 ball” zucchini–a bit sweeter, and the round size works well on the grill.

  • PIcked Blueberries: $26 for a 10-lb box, $13.50 for a 5-lb box, $5 a quart and $3 a pint. Some are coming out of our field and again this year we will be supplementing from Brookside Farms in Paw Paw, Michigan as we have done in previous years.
  • U-PIck Blueberries: We have a relatively small field compared to most major blueberry growers (only three acres), so our u-pick blueberries are for folks who just want to come over to get a few pounds or so at a time and pick them because they want the fun experience! In order to allow everyone to have a chance to pick some, we are limiting the picking to 10 pounds per group until more are ready. We are picking “Duke” berries now. If we get picked out, we will close to allow the berries to ripen up again. So, you may want to call ahead to make sure our u-pick patch is open, 269-244-5690.
    • The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 back at market.
    • Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick (this makes it about $3.50 a quart)
    • We will have them off and on probably through most of the month of July
    • We have buckets for you to pick in and boxes to send them home in
    • For anyone who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at:  http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/
A family headed out to pick blueberries after the kids played in the farm yard.

A family headed out to pick blueberries after the kids played in the farm yard.

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Cut Out Sugar, Zucchini Chocolate Chip, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Triple Berry, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, and Oatmeal Raisin. PS: the zucchini chocolate chip cookies are Beth’s absolute favorite–you have to try!
  • Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will have fresh Blueberry Glaze Pies, Chocolate Cream, Peanut Butter Cream, and Choco-Butter Cream available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Bread: Whole Wheat, Honey Oat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, Vegetable and Tuscan, as well as Hamburger Buns, Hot Dog Buns, and Focaccia Bread. We are partnering with La Brea bakery on the following breads: Semolina Cheese, Rosemary Olive Oil, Roasted Garlic Loaf, and Toasted Sunflower Honey.  We are trying to keep up making our popular Zucchini-Blueberry Bread – definitely try some if you can get your hands on a loaf! They sell out fast.
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
  • Assorted Dessert Bars
  • Mini Cupcakes
  • Slushies: Concord and Niagara Grape Blend and Our Own Apple Cider
  • Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Cherry Almond, Pistachio, Wild Berry, Lemon Poppy Seed, Raisin Bran, and Banana Nut
  • Donuts: We will have our Cherry, Blueberry and Buttermilk Cake Donuts available Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  We also have our Chocolate Iced Yeast Donuts as well as Bavarian Cream-Filled Long Johns, Raspberry-Filled Bismarks and Cherry Fritters!
Watching our bakers make cinnamon rolls in the morning is always amazing.

Watching our bakers make cinnamon rolls in the morning is always amazing.

the long roll of dough gets cut into these delicious cinnamon rolls.

the long roll of dough gets cut into these delicious cinnamon rolls ready to be baked

Brandy and Hard Cider: We have our usual line of brandies made exclusively from estate-grown produce, including our ever-popular oak aged apple brandy.  Made right here, we have Sweet , Strawberry, Dry, and Hopped Hard Ciders for sale in 12 and 22 oz. bottles. This week we debuted our Blueberry Hard Cider, which is full-bodied and rich with sweet blueberry flavor. We also have Double Cherry Wine, Kaiser Cyser, and Tart Cherry Hard Cider in 750mL bottles. If you’d like to try before you buy, we’ll have free tasting at the market from 1 to 3 on Saturday. You can also call and schedule a tour any time: 269 244 5690.  Bruce is fermenting the cherries for cherry brandy this week, and it was wonderful walking into the distillery and smelling it!

Local Products:  We try to offer as many local and Michigan made products as we can.

  • Mollie’s Clay Vessels, a Flint based artist who does one of a kind bowls, planters, vases and more
  • Meat from Mill Lake Farms, http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/other-products/mill-lake-farm-meats/.  We have acquired a new freezer so you can find the meat easier, and will soon be stocking “take and bake” pies and other goodies. We do have a shortage on some meat items right now (particularly steak) but will have more the last week of July hopefully.
  • Yogurt from Mattawan Creamery
  • Unique cards made by 4  area artists
  • “Flatware” flowers and lady bugs made by our neighbor Dave
  • Honey and maple syrup
  • Ruth’s pecan and cashew brittle
  • Ladd’s Jalapeno mustard (made with peppers grown here)
  • Artisan Cheese from Remy Pecot, (Benton Harbor)
  • Michigan shaped chairs with matching Upper Peninsula tables (Kalamazoo)
  • Eggs (Kalamazoo)
  • Detroit Bold Coffee Company coffee (Detroit)
  • Dried blueberries and cherries (Traverse City)
  • 4 flavors of Great Lakes Chips (Traverse City)
  • 5 varieties of Michaelene’s granola (Clarkston)
  • Boxed (totally recyclable) water (Grand Rapids)

Happenings on the farm this week:  After so many days of irrigating, we enjoyed emptying the rain gage a few times this week, but would still love to see a nice soaking rain.

finally, Beth gets to use her new rain gage.

finally, Beth gets to use her new rain gage.

While we have several semis that come during the week to deliver flour, sugar and other bakery staples, we were surprised about another one that came this week exclusively to deliver a huge order of mad-mats. We can’t seem to keep these at the market.  So, we now have a “15 bushel” box full, each different, for you to choose from!

madmatsres

This was a heavy harvest week.  The heat made cucumbers, squash and green beans come on like crazy….so we picked and picked and lined the baskets up across the market.   We’ve posted new recipes next to the squash and cucumbers for you to try while we have so much of these.

The team at Welch’s, who we supply with Niagara grapes for juice, came down to look at our crop and we got an “A.”  So far, the grape crop is looking good.

grapes

Becca did the first round of garlic harvesting this week. We’ll be selling her garlic once it has cured and planting plenty more for next year. We’re also going to order a few new varieties. Finally, we will have Corey Lake Orchards garlic to offer!

Garlic being sorted for seed or for sale. Some of these bulbs are just gorgeous.

Garlic being sorted for seed or for sale. Some of these bulbs are just gorgeous.

Need your help, or actually, we just need your “stuff.”  Corey Lake Orchards and the Huss School Project https://www.hussproject.com/about have partnered together for years. Today we learned from Sarah (who works here at Corey Lake Orchards most often in the bakery and is in charge of this year’s rummage sale) that they don’t have very much coming in. So we are providing the information here for you to take advantage of cleaning out things you no longer need and at the same time, helping a very good cause. The rummage sale will take place at their annual festival, which is a fun thing to attend, and you will find our fruits and veggies there as well! It is July 23rd:  https://www.hussproject.com/event/huss-future-festival-2016.   Please feel free to call the market and ask for Sarah or leave her a message, she can work with you on getting your stuff from you to the Huss school.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. 

Everything Blueberries….

Blueberries are in full swing now and you’ll see we’ve got you covered every way possible from picked fresh, pick your own, in our blueberry zucchini bread, in a traditional 2-crust pie, a blueberry glaze pie, and Becca is working on a blueberry hard cider.

Triplets returning from blueberry picking

Triplets returning from blueberry picking

Post blueberry picking:  slushies and donuts and play in the "soybean house"

Post blueberry picking: slushies and donuts and play in the “soybean house”

Becca’s organic certified produce: Lettuce, kale, green beans, turnips, beets, bunching onions, “single serving” cabbage, and cherry tomatoes. Some of this is in limited quantities so please call ahead and place an order if you want any of these items.

Other fruit and produce available at the market:   The market is full of beautiful summer vegetables now….so whether you are grilling ,sautéing or eating raw, this is the time of the year to enjoy them this fresh. (We pick everything every day, and sometimes more than once if we run out!)  The most frequent inquiry now is about sweet corn (we think maybe around mid July??) and peaches (check end of July/beginning of August).

Large quantities:  For those who want to can or freeze this summer, we have started lists for up to bushel sizes of green beans, peppers, pickling cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash and tomatoes. You can add your name when here or call us at 269-244-5690.

  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Cut Flowers
  • Fresh Cut or “Cut Your Own” Herbs
  • Fresh dug potatoes:  Yukon Gold, Red Norland and Adirondack Blue
  • Field Cucumbers and small picking cukes are coming in daily
  • Greenhouse tomatoes
  • Green beans
  • Kohlrabi
  • Peppers
  • Onions:  Just pulled
  • Snow Peas/Sugar Snap Peas/Shell out peas
  • Zucchini and Yellow Squash
  • PIcked Cherries: We have Picked Sweet Cherries available on the market for sale, they are $5.75 a quart, $3 a pint or two quarts for $10, everything for the year is picked, so when these are gone, they will be done for the year.
  • PIcked Blueberries:  $26 for a 10-lb box, $13.50 for a 5-lb box, $5 a quart and $3 a pint.  Some are coming out of our field and again this year we will be supplementing from Brookside Farms in Paw Paw, Michigan as we have done in previous years.
Our potato plants are so lush this year and in bloom.

Our potato plants are so lush this year and in bloom.

U-Pick opportunities:.

  • U-PIck Blueberries: We have a relatively small field compared to most major blueberry growers (only three acres), so our u-pick blueberries are for folks who just want to come over to get a few pounds or so at a time and pick them because they want the fun experience! In order to allow everyone to have a chance to pick some, we are limiting the picking to 10 pounds per group until more are ready. We are picking “Duke” berries now. If we get picked out, we will close to allow the berries to ripen up again. So, you may want to call ahead to make sure our u-pick patch is open, 269-244-5690.
    • The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 back at market.
    • Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick (this makes it about $3.50 a quart)
    • We will have them off and on probably through most of the month of July
    • We have buckets for you to pick in and boxes to send them home in
    • For anyone who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at:  http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/
  • U-Pick Sour cherries are still open for picking but going fast. You will need at least a step ladder to reach these. Pricing: $1.75 per pound to pick, $1.50 cents per pound for 50 pounds or over. (Same price as last year)

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Cut Out Sugar, zucchini chocolate chip, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Triple Berry, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, and Oatmeal Raisin    PS:  the zucchini chocolate chip cookies are Beth’s absolute favorite–you have to try!
  • Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will have fresh Blueberry Glaze Pies  coconut cream available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Bread: Whole Wheat, Honey Oat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, Vegetable and Tuscan, as well as Hamburger Buns, Hot Dog Buns, and Focaccia Bread. We are partnering with La Brea bakery on the following breads: Semolina Cheese, Rosemary Olive Oil, Roasted Garlic Loaf, and Toasted Sunflower Honey.
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
  • Assorted Dessert Bars
  • Mini Cupcakes
  • Slushies: Concord and Niagara Grape Blend and Our Own Apple Cider
  • Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Strawberry, Pistachio, Wild Berry, Lemon Poppy Seed, Raisin Bran, and Banana Nut
  • Donuts: We will have our cherry, blueberry and buttermilk cake donuts available Friday, Saturday, Sunday.   We also have our chocolate iced yeast donut rings as well as Bavarian Cream-Filled Long Johns, Raspberry-Filled Bismarks and Cherry Fritters!

Brandy and Hard Cider: We have our usual line of brandies made exclusively from estate-grown produce, including our ever-popular oak aged apple brandy.  Made right here, we have Sweet Cider, Strawberry Hard Cider and Dry Cider for sale. We also have Double Cherry Wine, as well as our Tart Cherry Hard Cider and Hopped Hard Cider, which many of you tried and enjoyed when we debuted it last year. If you’d like to try before you buy, we’ll have free tasting at the market from 1 to 3 on Saturday. You can also call and schedule a tour any time: 269 244 5690.

Local Products:  We try to offer as many local and Michigan made products as we can.

  • Mollie’s Clay Vessels, a Flint based artist who does one of a kind bowls, planters, vases and more
  • Meat from Mill Lake Farms, http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/other-products/mill-lake-farm-meats/.
  • Yogurt from Mattawan Creamery
  • Unique cards made by 3 area artists
  • “Flatware” flowers and lady bugs made by our neighbor
  • Honey and maple syrup
  • Ruth’s pecan and cashew brittle
  • Ladd’s Jalapeno mustard (made with peppers grown here)
  • Artisan Cheese from Remy Pecot, (Benton Harbor)
  • Michigan shaped chairs with matching Upper Peninsula tables (Kalamazoo)
  • Eggs (Kalamazoo)
  • Detroit Bold Coffee Company coffee (Detroit)
  • Dried blueberries and cherries (Traverse City)
  • 4 flavors of Great Lakes Chips (Traverse City)
  • 5 varieties of Michaelene’s granola (Clarkston)
  • Boxed (totally recyclable) water (Grand Rapids)

Need your help, or actually, we just need your “stuff.”  Corey Lake Orchards and the Huss School Project https://www.hussproject.com/about have partnered together for years. Today we learned from Sarah (who works here at Corey Lake Orchards most often in the bakery and is in charge of this year’s rummage sale) that they don’t have very much coming in. So we are providing the information here for you to take advantage of cleaning out things you no longer need and at the same time, helping a very good cause. The rummage sale will take place at their annual festival, which is a fun thing to attend, and you will find our fruits and veggies there as well! It is July 23rd:  https://www.hussproject.com/event/huss-future-festival-2016

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.  We hope you have a safe and wonderful weekend.

**Other information for U-Pick Tart Cherries

  • U-Pick Hours:  8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 5:45 p.m. to be back to the market by 6pm.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy or prickly plants in the orchard area, among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers. We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs, buckets, etc.).
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.
  • Please bring your own ladder as we do not supply ladders. Some of the best cherries are out of reach and even a small step ladder would be helpful.
  • Our current orchard is an older orchard with very tall trees, so be mindful this is not always the ideal “small children” picking experience, although perched on a parents’ shoulder seems to work!

 

A 4th of July Weekend with a Taste of Fall!

We’ve been gearing up for the long holiday weekend (yes we will be open on Monday the 4th) coaxing blueberries and other vegetables to be ready in time for you to enjoy the tastes of summer. However, this weekend we are treating you to a few fall apple tastes. You may be thinking “American as apple pie?”

A view of our apples growing to get you in the apple spirit!

A view of our apples growing to get you in the apple mood!

Even better….Apple Cider Donuts!?!?! Yes, Apple Cider Donuts available on the 4th of July weekend, along with buttermilk donuts, Friday thru Monday!!! This is our most popular donut that we only make in the fall, but we wanted to give those people who just can’t wait, or those who are just here in the summer, a mid-summer surprise. Don’t worry, if you are a fan of the blueberry and cherry donuts they will be back next weekend until they are replaced with our fall donut offerings later in the season. Continuing on in the apple spirit, we will have apple cider slushies made with the apple cider that we pressed and froze last year at the peak of apple season! And….since it is now blueberry season (not, in fact, apple season), we will have fresh blueberry glaze pies. If you would like us to save something for you feel free to call us at 269-244-5690 and we will gladly set it back for you!

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Cut Out Sugar, Vanilla Sugar, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Triple Berry, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, and Oatmeal Raisin
  • Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry (cherries, blueberries, dried cranberries), Peach, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will have fresh Blueberry Glaze Pies (Beth’s favorite!!), chocolate cream and raspberry cream available Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
  • Bread: Whole Wheat, Honey Oat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, Vegetable and Tuscan, as well as Hamburger Buns, Hot Dog Buns, and Focaccia Bread. We are partnering with La Brea bakery on the following breads: Semolina Cheese, Rosemary Olive Oil, Roasted Garlic Loaf, and Toasted Sunflower Honey.
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
  • Assorted Dessert Bars
  • Mini Cupcakes
  • Slushies: Concord and Niagara Grape Blend and Our Own Apple Cider
  • Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Strawberry, Pistachio, Wild Berry, Lemon Poppy Seed, Raisin Bran, and Banana Nut
  • Donuts: We will have our Apple Cider and Buttermilk cake donuts available Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the holiday weekend. We also have our chocolate iced yeast donut rings as well as Bavarian Cream-Filled Long Johns, Raspberry-Filled Bismarks and Cherry Fritters!

Becca’s organic certified produce: Lettuce, kale, carrots, green beans, turnips, garlic scapes, bunching onions, “single serving” cabbage, and cherry tomatoes. Some of this is in limited quantities so please call ahead and place an order if you want any of these items.

Other fruit and produce available at the market: 

  • Broccoli, $2.50/lb.
  • Fresh Cut or “Cut Your Own” Herbs: Not everything is ready, but we have a nice selection and info on how to use them. $1/bag.
    The dill in the herb garden is looking great

    The dill in the herb garden is looking great

    •    Note:  Sadly rabbits destroyed our basil planting so we will be short of that for a while:(
  • Cauliflower: $2 and $3 a head, white, some yellow and purple and green Veronica (here’s an article about Veronica cauliflower from last year: www.sturgisjournal.com/article/20150721/NEWS/150729932/0/SEARCH).
  • Greenhouse Cucumbers, $0.75 (small salad-size cucumbers) or $1.50 (extra-long cucumbers).
  • Field Cucumbers:  $1.00 each
  • Greenhouse tomatoes.  $2 lb., due to our own greenhouse not keeping up, we are supplementing with Indiana-grown
  • Snow Peas/Sugar Snap Peas
  • Fresh Cut Flowers
  • PIcked Cherries: We have Picked Sweet Cherries available on the market for sale, they are $5.75 a quart, $3 a pint. Picked Sour Cherries are $4.00 a quart.
  • PIcked Blueberries:  $26 for a 10-lb box, $13.50 for a 5-lb box, $5 a quart and $3 a pint.  Some are coming out of our field and again this year we will be supplementing from Brookside Farms in Paw Paw, Michigan as we have done in previous years.

U-Pick opportunities:.

  • U-PIck Blueberries: They are just starting and we are going to open up U-Pick Blueberries for the holiday weekend (this is the earliest they have ever been ready that I can remember)! We will open on Saturday, July 2nd to give families a chance to come out. We have a relatively small field compared to most major blueberry growers (only three acres), so our u-pick blueberries are for folks who just want to come over to get a few pounds or so at a time and pick them because they want the fun experience! In order to allow everyone to have a chance to pick some, we are limiting the picking to 5 pounds per family until more are ready. We are picking “Duke” berries now.  This weekend’s picking will be perfect for small children (supervised by an adult of course) as we have new bushes to pick which are just their height! If we get picked out, we will close to allow the berries to ripen up again. So, you may want to call ahead to make sure our u-pick patch is open,  269-244-5690.
    • The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 back at market.
    • Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick (this makes it about $3.50 a quart)
    • We will have them off and on probably through most of the month of July
    • We have buckets for you to pick in and boxes to send them home in
    • For anyone who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at:  http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/
Baby bushes to pick--perfect for small children

Baby bushes to pick–perfect for small children

  • U-Pick Sweet Cherries are for the most part gone for the year, unless you have a very tall ladder (10 feet or more) and are nimble at these heights.  Pricing is $2.25 a pound.
  • U-Pick Sour cherries are still open for picking but going fast. You will need at least a step ladder to reach these. Pricing: $1.75 per pound to pick, $1.50 cents per pound for 50 pounds or over. (Same price as last yea.r) 

Brandy and Hard Cider: We have our usual line of brandies made exclusively from estate-grown produce, including our ever-popular oak aged apple brandy. We don’t see why you couldn’t try an apple cider donut paired with one of our hard ciders!  Made right here, we have Sweet Cider, Strawberry Hard Cider and Corey Lake Orchards Dry Cider for sale. We also have Double Cherry Wine, as well as our Tart Cherry Hard Cider and Hopped Hard Cider, which many of you tried and enjoyed when we debuted it last year. If you’d like to try before you buy, we’ll have free tasting and tours in the brandy house from 1 to 3 on Saturday as well as pop up tastings at the market throughout the weekend. You can also call and schedule a tour any time: 269 244 5690.

Local Products:  We try to offer as many local and Michigan made products as we can.

  • New: Mollie’s Clay Vessels, a Flint based artist who does one of a kind bowls, planters, vases and more
  • Meat from Mill Lake Farms, http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/other-products/mill-lake-farm-meats/.
  • Yogurt from Mattawan Creamery
  • Unique cards made by 3 area artists
  • “Flatware” flowers and lady bugs made by our neighbor
  • Honey and maple syrup
  • Ruth’s pecan and cashew brittle
  • Ladd’s Jalapeno mustard (made with peppers grown here)
  • Artisan Cheese from Remy Pecot, (Benton Harbor)
  • Michigan shaped chairs with matching Upper Peninsula tables (Kalamazoo)
  • Eggs (Kalamazoo)
  • Detroit Bold Coffee Company coffee (Detroit)
  • Dried blueberries and cherries (Traverse City)
  • 4 flavors of Great Lakes Chips (Traverse City)
  • 5 varieties of Michaelene’s granola (Clarkston)
  • Boxed (totally recyclable) water (Grand Rapids)
  • And more coming!
Our new freezer arrived today, so you can now find our meat selections and the bakery will be adding in "take and bake" pies and other items

Our new freezer arrived today, so you can now find our meat selections easier and the bakery will be adding in “take and bake” pies and other items

And while they are not so local, we have a new supply of Mad Mats in, and this week we got in some great “Advice from” mugs and hats, check them out in the bakery!

mugs2

Strawberries are gone for the season, although we have snuck in a few quarts in the last few days rejuvenated by the cool nights….we thank everyone who came out for strawberries this year–we had a great season!

One of our U-Pick families here last week let us all admire her beautiful baby--dressed in her cute strawberry outfit.

One of our U-Pick families here last week let us all admire her beautiful baby–dressed in her cute strawberry outfit.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.  We hope you have a safe and wonderful weekend.

**Other information for U-Pick cherries is listed

  • U-Pick Hours:  8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 5:45 p.m. to be back to the market by 6pm.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy or prickly plants in the orchard area, among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers. We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs, buckets, etc.).
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.
  • Please bring your own ladder as we do not supply ladders. Some of the best cherries are out of reach and even a small step ladder would be helpful.
  • Our current orchard is an older orchard with very tall trees, so be mindful this is not always the ideal “small children” picking experience, although perched on a parents’ shoulder seems to work!

 

Rolling from Strawberries to Cherries and Organic Certification Achievement!

We’re excited to announce that the hoop house and schoolhouse field parts of our farm have achieved organic certification. When grandchild of CLO founders Becca returned to the farm in 2014, she focused on the need and preference for organics that many customers had expressed. Using her education and previous experiences, she deployed organic techniques to grow lettuce, kale, carrots, sungold tomatoes, and much, much more. This year, she pursued official organic certification. This is a verification by a third party (which, on top of diligent practices, requires significant documentation). Having achieved this certification, customers can feel even more confident in the quality of these offerings.

This certificate, from OEFFA, will be hung proudly in the section where Becca’s organic produce is available. That produce is easily identified by green tape on the signs, and much of it is kept in the cooler—so look there as well! If you don’t see our organic produce, please ask!

All our fruit and the remaining vegetables, not marked “certified organic,” are grown conventionally as we have been doing for over 50 years. Please know that in everything we produce — from our organic offerings to the conventionally grown, to the baked goods we lovingly make, and the spirits we bottle — consumer safety is always our number one priority.

Please offer your congratulations to Becca as you see her on this huge accomplishment. We remain grateful for your support and interest in organic vegetables. Your enthusiastic reception has made this possible!

So great to have green beans early in the year out of the hoop house

So great to have green beans early in the year out of the hoop house

Becca’s organic certified produce: Lettuce, kale, carrots, green beans, turnips, garlic scapes, “single serving” cabbage, and cherry tomatoes. Some of this is in limited quantities so please call ahead and place an order if you want any of these items.

Other produce available at the market: 

  • Broccoli, $2.50/lb.
  • Fresh cut or “cut your own” herbs: Not everything is ready, but we have a nice selection and info on how to use them. $1/bag.
  • Cauliflower: $2 and $3 a head, White, yellow, purple and green Veronica (here’s an article about Veronica cauliflower from last year: www.sturgisjournal.com/article/20150721/NEWS/150729932/0/SEARCH).
  • Greenhouse cucumbers, $0.75 (small salad-size cucumbers) or $1.50 (extra-long cucumbers).
  • Greenhouse tomatoes.  $2 lb., due to our own greenhouse not keeping up, we are supplementing with Indiana-grown
  • Snow peas and sugar snap peas
Our cauliflower is just beautiful this year

Our cauliflower is just beautiful this year

  • Strawberries:  Whether we have them picked or for u-pick will be a day to day decision now, heavily dependent on the weather and how they hold up with the rains. We will not have any special flat pricing available on picked berries—they will be the normal $3.75 a quart.  So before you come to pick or get already picked berries, best to call us and find out what the strawberry situation is:  269-244-5690.
  • PIcked Cherries: We now have picked sweet cherries available on the market for sale, they are $5.75 a quart, $3 a pint. Picked sour cherries are $4.00 a quart.  Due to having a light cherry crop this year, we will only be able to sell them by the quart, no large orders by the pound. Cool spring weather and poor pollination has led to a small cherry crop in most of southwest Michigan.
  • U-Pick Sweet Cherries will open on June 24th, Friday. We have a lighter crop of sweet cherries this year. We grow about 8 different varieties including black, red, yellow and a few that are multi-colored. We have lots of yellow sweet cherries this year which are really good! Try them!
    • Pricing: 2.25 per pound to pick, over 50 pounds is $2 a pound (same price as last year.)
    • The sweet cherry trees are very tall (15 – 25 feet).
    • Length of the season. Since not all trees ripen at the same time, would expect there to be some for around a week to 10 days depending on weather and how many customers we have. We have to monitor the amount of rain carefully as if we get too much, it will cause the cherries to split and they will finish up earlier than expected.  So….you may want to call ahead to understand the cherry situation before you come.
    A branch of cherries ready for you to come pick.

    A branch of cherries ready for you to come pick.

    U-Pick Sour cherries  will also open on June 24th, Friday with optimum picking being next week. We have a decent crop of tart cherries, some trees better than others. The type of tart cherry we grow is Montmorency. They are typically used for pies, tarts, or making jelly, but some people like to eat them and enjoy their tartness.

    • Pricing: $1.75 per pound to pick, $1.50 cents per pound for 50 pounds or over. (Same price as last year)
    • The sour cherry trees are about 10 – 20 feet tall.
    • Length of the sour cherry season: It will depend on the weather and how many people come out each day but would expect them to last around 10 days to 2 weeks.

     

    Other information for U-Pick cherries:

    • U-Pick Hours:  8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 5:45 p.m. to be back to the market by 6pm.
    • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy or prickly plants in the orchard area, among other hazards.
    • Please bring your own containers. We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs, buckets, etc.).
    • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.
    • Please bring your own ladder as we do not supply ladders. Some of the best cherries are out of reach and even a small step ladder would be helpful.
    • Our current orchard is an older orchard with very tall trees, so be mindful this is not always the ideal “small children” picking experience, although perched on a parents’ shoulder seems to work!

    aturday and Sunday, cut flowers bouquets.

    Blueberry update:  We are picking a few blueberries now and expect them to be ready around July 1st.  The date U-Pick will open is still to be determined.

They are turning blue!

They are turning blue!

Bakery Update:   With strawberry season winding down, we are making a new pie this weekend, raspberry cream.  Let us know how you like it!  If you would like us to save something for you feel free to call us at 269-244-5690 and we will gladly set it back for you!

Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:

  • Cookies: Cut Out Sugar, Monster (chocolate chips, M&M’s peanut butter and oatmeal), Iced Lemon, Triple Berry, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, and Oatmeal Raisin
  • Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, and Strawberry Rhubarb. We will have Raspberry Cream Pies available  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Bread: Whole Wheat, Cinnamon, Italian, Whole Grain, Vegetable and Tuscan, as well as Hamburger Buns, Hot Dog Buns, and Focaccia Bread. We are partnering with La Brea bakery on the following breads: Semolina Cheese, Rosemary Olive Oil, Roasted Garlic Loaf, and Toasted Sunflower Honey.
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Pecan Sticky Buns
  • Dessert Bars
  • Mini Cupcakes
  • Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Strawberry, Pistachio, Wild Berry, Lemon Poppy Seed, Raisin Bran, and Banana Nut
  • Donuts: We will have our Blueberry, Buttermilk, and Cherry cake donuts available Friday, Saturday, Sunday, We also have our chocolate iced yeast donut rings as well as Bavarian Cream-Filled Long Johns, Raspberry-Filled Bismarks and Cherry Fritters.

Brandy and Hard Cider: We have our usual line of brandies made exclusively from estate-grown produce, including our ever-popular oak aged apple brandy.

Speaking of strawberry season, have you tried our sweet Strawberry Hard Cider yet? Made with real Corey Lake Orchards strawberries, it’s definitely a crowd favorite. Get it while you can. We will also have Corey Lake Orchards Sweet Cider and Corey Lake Orchards Dry Cider for sale. We also have Double Cherry Wine, as well as our Tart Cherry Hard Cider and Hopped Hard Cider, which many of you tried and enjoyed when we debuted it last year. If you’d like to try before you buy, we’ll have free tasting and tours in the brandy house from 1 to 3 on Saturday. You can also call and schedule a tour any time: 269 244 5690.

Local Products:  We try to offer as many local and Michigan made products as we can.

  • New: Mollie’s Clay Vessels, a Flint based artist who does one of a kind bowls, planters, vases and more
  • Meat from Mill Lake Farms, http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/other-products/mill-lake-farm-meats/.
  • Yogurt from Mattawan Creamery
  • Unique cards made by 3 area artists
  • “Flatware” flowers and lady bugs made by our neighbor
  • Honey and maple syrup
  • Ruth’s pecan and cashew brittle
  • Ladd’s Jalapeno mustard (made with peppers grown here)
  • Artisan Cheese from Remy Pecot, (Benton Harbor)
  • Michigan shaped chairs with matching Upper Peninsula tables (Kalamazoo)
  • Eggs (Kalamazoo)
  • Detroit Bold Coffee Company coffee (Detroit)
  • Dried blueberries and cherries (Traverse City)
  • 4 flavors of Great Lakes Chips (Traverse City)
  • 5 varieties of Michaelene’s granola (Clarkston)
  • Boxed (totally recyclable) water (Grand Rapids)
  • And more coming!

Happenings on the farm this week:  We “battened down the hatches” last night in our buildings and market area—given the violent storm predictions. Of course, there is no way to cover the orchards, vineyards and fields to protect against high winds, hail and heavy rains, so we slept anxiously all night listening. We were grateful to get up this morning and not find any damage and we extend our sorrow to other farms and folks who did receive damage.

We used our mechanical “squirrels” to get to the tops of the large sweet cherry trees that are beyond reach of even the highest ladder.  Our two experienced cherry pickers looked like acrobats getting around the tree.

We weeded, and weeded, and weeded,   WHY do weeds grow so fast, so tall and so prolifically.    Often customers ask us how we keep our fields weed free….there is no easy answer.  We deploy old fashioned cultivation with a tractor and hoeing by hand.

Our field tomatoes are growing nicely so we began the staking process this week of pruning and tying them.

After last night's rain, it was easy to drive the sticks into the field.

After last night’s rain, it was easy to drive the sticks into the field.

We planted a new small child’s maze in the same location we had the pumpkin maze last year….we’re not telling you what this year’s theme is–but as it grows, you might eventually figure it out.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.