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

Corey Lake Orchards

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!

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    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.

Update on Strawberries and Cherries

Strawberries:  We will continue to have both picked and U-PIck strawberries for a bit longer…but it will be day to day now.  We still have good picking, the berries are just getting a bit smaller as the season winds up.  With the weather cooling down, we might be able to have them through the weekend.   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.   We will have picked sour cherries for $4.00 a quart beginning Friday, June 24th.  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 Friday, June 24th.  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.

  • 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.
Great crop of yellow sweet cherries--make sure to try them.

Great crop of yellow sweet cherries–make sure to try them.

U-Pick Sour cherries  will also open on Friday, June 24th, but optimum picking will be June 28th or after. You can pick now, but need to carefully select only those that are ripe as the entire trees  is not ready yet. We have a light crop of tart cherries this year also.    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 pm 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!

All for now—we’ll have more info coming out later this week, but wanted to get this information to you on strawberries and fruit…

Beth

 

 

 

Still Have Strawberries (and a Special!), but Cherries Not Ready This Weekend.

Sorry, we posted yesterday that we would have sweet cherries this weekend for sale….but….when we went to the trees and tried to pick some, we found they just weren’t sweet enough yet! They looked good but they don’t taste ripe. We’re very sorry, we will not have them this weekend and we hope to be able to pick some next week, check back with us.

So….you need to enjoy strawberries as this will probably be the last weekend for them.  Since it is going to be a hot-weather weekend, this is the perfect time to make a fresh strawberry salad. Since we have so much beautiful lettuce right now grown naturally by Becca, we are offering a pairing special of one quart of strawberries and a half pound of lettuce for $6.00.  The simple recipe that I use is here and we will have copies at the market.

Simple Strawberry salad:

  • Prepare lettuce in a bowl
  • Wash and cut strawberries (use as many as you like in a salad)

Dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons liquid honey (available at the market)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (available at the market)
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (available at the market)
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seed (optional)

(If you don’t like a sweet dressing….use less honey or no honey…I leave honey out of mine.)

Topping suggestions:  Pecans, walnuts and feta cheese….all optional

We’ll leave you with some strawberry images that were captured today……Have a great weekend!

The bakery team making fresh strawberry glaze pie--this is a "must try" and the last weekend for these

The bakery team making fresh strawberry glaze pie–this is a “must try” and the last weekend for these

A small strawberry picker totally immersed in the experience!

A small strawberry picker totally immersed in the experience!

 

 

 

Stretching Out Strawberry Season….

It looks like we are going to be able to stretch strawberry season a bit longer than usual this year, but that’s still only another week or so. If you haven’t gotten your fill of fresh berries….don’t delay. We are hoping to have them at least until June 23rd….but stay tuned as the weather could change that in either direction. Try a Father’s Day outing this weekend to pick strawberries – and if you come on Sunday, free donuts for dads in the bakery.

"Many hands make light work."  One of my parent's favorite sayings.

“Many hands make light work.” One of my parents’ favorite sayings.

One of our little customers agreed to pose for a picture with the strawberries her Mom purchased.

One of our little customers agreed to pose for a picture with the strawberries her Mom purchased.

  • U-pick strawberries are 2.25 a quart this year. For more information, scroll down to the bottom of the page.**
  • Picked strawberries are available daily for $3.75 quart, $28 for a flat of 8 quarts, either ordered ahead or available when we have them. Please call 269-244-5690 to place your order.

The most frequently asked question has now changed to wanting to know when cherries will be ready. As in most of the state, we have a light crop of cherries this year due to poor spring pollination as the cherries were blooming during the cold May weeks.

Sweet Cherries: We will have some picked sweet cherries available this weekend on the market. Until we get into the trees over the next few days and evaluate how many there are, we can’t give you any more information about our u-pick availability and opening date, but would estimate June 24th or after. Please check back with us next week (after June 20th) as we hope to know then.

Tart/Sour Cherries: We will have picked and U-Pick tart cherries available, probably the last week of June, but there won’t be as many as in previous years (again due to poor spring pollination). We will keep updating as we learn more.

Other produce available at the market: 

  • Rhubarb, $2.50/lb. (this is probably the last week we will have it).
  • Broccoli, $2/lb.

    Finally we got some basil today...

    Finally we got some basil today…

  • 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.
Nothing like fresh picked cauliflower and it is so good for you!

Nothing like fresh picked cauliflower and it is so good for you!

Greenhouse cucumbers, $0.75 (small salad-size cucumbers) or $1.50 (extra-long cucumbers).

  • Greenhouse tomatoes.  $2 lb. (Note: we are having problems getting tomatoes to turn red….so we may have a short supply on some days.)
  • This weekend we will have our first cut flowers bouquets.

Bedding Plants: We are winding up our plant sales so there is a buy one-get one sale on the remaining vegetable, tomato and flower plants. So, you can buy one 4-plant pack, get one free, or a full flat and get one free.

Becca’s Produce: Lettuce, kale, carrots, green beans, turnips, and beets. As always, Becca’s produce is naturally grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals.

Bakery Update: The bakery is taking advantage of the longer strawberry season to continue making strawberry shortcakes to go with the berries you buy or pick (we even have whipped cream in the fridge for purchase) and offering fresh strawberry glaze pies on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. For Father’s Day, they are making pecan pie and specially decorated baseball cut-out sugar cookies. 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!

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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: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry Rhubarb and Rhubarb. We will also have fresh strawberry glaze pies and pecan 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 new 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 a new 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 and 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 been a crowd favorite the past few weekends! 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. 

Mad Mats: The popularity of mad mats has surprised us, so Peggy is about to do another order. The 4′ x 6′ colorful recycled Mad Mats that have been adorning the market are also available in larger sizes (5′ x 8′ and/or 6′ x 9′). Peggy would be happy to special order for you if bigger would be better for your deck, porch, patio, or dining area. Not all designs are available in all sizes, but call the market and leave a message and Peggy will get back with you. And think ahead regarding an autumn colored mat for fall days, but let’s not forget to enjoy every summer moment now.

Michigan Chairs and Mad Mats

Michigan Chairs and Mad Mats

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
Fill with berries for a great gift

Fill with berries for a great gift

  • 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: It was one of those weeks where we couldn’t seem to keep everything irrigated and then in the past several days it has been a joy to check and empty the rain gage (almost 1 and 1/2 inches!!)

This was a first for us:  irrigating our peach trees

This was a first for us: irrigating our peach trees

We picked an awful lot of strawberries….trying so hard to not run out each day. The bakery staff cut up and froze over 200 quarts of berries to keep you going in strawberry-rhubarb pie this year.

We starting thinning out the peaches—-this is one of the hardest things for me to watch–with how difficult it is to grow peaches in this climate and the number of years we don’t have any—to see us take them off on purpose!  But if we didn’t, the peaches would not size nicely and the weight would break the branches.  Good news is:  As of right now…..we are going to have peaches this year!

We try to leave about 4 inches between peaches so they can grow

We try to leave about 4 inches between peaches so they can grow

We got the corn maze and U-PIck pumpkin patch planted–we are excited as we are growing over 20 different varieties of pumpkins, great colors and sizes and shapes.

Coming this fall:  U-pick pumpkins and a corn maze

Coming this fall: U-pick pumpkins and a corn maze

We finally got most of the flowers planted in the terrace garden…cannot believe we are still trying to get flowers planted the week of June 13th….we have all been just a bit busy!

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Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.   We wish all of the Dad’s a very happy Father’s Day!

Grandaugher Emma Grace's first strawberry picking experience

Grand-daughter Emma Grace’s first strawberry picking experience

**U-Pick Strawberry information:

  • We will open the field at 8:00 am and it will remain open until until 12:00 pm daily (unless it’s picked out early–which we haven’t been so far this year.. Reminder for our Illinois customers, that is EST not CST. We are offering one afternoon picking option this year: Thursdays from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
  • In order to assure good picking for everyone who comes, we rotate field sections every day. When that section has had all of its rows finished, we will close the field early. The reason we have morning hours only except for Thursday is due to the heat in the afternoon—it is not good to pick berries when they are hot, they simply won’t keep as well.  (Plus—it’s hot for you too!)
  • We plan to open each day weather permitting, closing only for berries to ripen if the weather turns cold. If we close the field for ripening, we will make that decision the day before, so please call us the day/night before you plan to come to make sure we are picking that day. For safety, we will close the field during lightning or a thunderstorm.
  • Please bring quart containers if you have them. If not, you may borrow ours for picking and use your own containers (bowls, tubs, etc.) to get the strawberries home.
  • If you are trying to pick larger quantities of berries (over 5 cases or 80 quarts), please call us in advance. We would like to work with you to schedule you in on a day when we have lots of berry availability. Ask to be put on our “large quantity list.” 269-244-5690.
  • We welcome customers who want to take advantage of being on a farm and enjoy the u-pick experience. We know there are many families who would like to have their children understand where their food comes from and how it grows. Some of you have shared that the experience is almost more important than how many berries you pick! If you are newcomers to strawberry picking and want some advice, just let us know when you arrive and we will give your family information on how berries grow and show you how to pick them.
  • Strawberries are just starting and only the early varieties are ready.  With the heat coming this weekend, we would expect berries to be in peak production around June 15th or so. Depending on the weather, strawberry season is usually around 2 weeks.

News Fresh from the Farm: U-Pick Strawberries Will Open Thursday, June 9th at 8 am

Finally! The answer to the most frequently asked question of late: When will we open U-Pick Strawberries? Answer: Thursday, June 9th at 8 am. Here’s what you need to know:sbcarriersres

  • U-pick strawberries will be 2.25 a quart this year.
  • We will open the field at 8:00 am and it will remain open until until 12:00 pm daily (unless it’s picked out early). Reminder for our Illinois customers, that is EST not CST. We are offering one afternoon picking option this year: Thursdays from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
  • In order to assure good picking for everyone who comes, we rotate field sections every day. When that section has had all of its rows finished, we will close the field early. The reason we have morning hours only except for Thursday is due to the heat in the afternoon—it is not good to pick berries when they are hot, they simply won’t keep as well.  (Plus—it’s hot for you too!)
  • We plan to open each day weather permitting, closing only for berries to ripen if the weather turns cold. If we close the field for ripening, we will make that decision the day before, so please call us the day/night before you plan to come to make sure we are picking that day. For safety, we will close the field during lightning or a thunderstorm.
  • Please bring quart containers if you have them. If not, you may borrow ours for picking and use your own containers (bowls, tubs, etc.) to get the strawberries home.
  • If you are trying to pick larger quantities of berries (over 5 cases or 80 quarts), please call us in advance. We would like to work with you to schedule you in on a day when we have lots of berry availability. Ask to be put on our “large quantity list.” 269-244-5690.
  • We welcome customers who want to take advantage of being on a farm and enjoy the u-pick experience. We know there are many families who would like to have their children understand where their food comes from and how it grows. Some of you have shared that the experience is almost more important than how many berries you pick! If you are newcomers to strawberry picking and want some advice, just let us know when you arrive and we will give your family information on how berries grow and show you how to pick them.
  • Strawberries are just starting and only the early varieties are ready.  With the heat coming this weekend, we would expect berries to be in peak production around June 15th or so. Depending on the weather, strawberry season is usually around 2 weeks.

Picked strawberries are now available daily! 

  • Picked berries: $3.75 quart
  • $28 for a flat of 8 quarts, either ordered ahead or available when we have them. Please call 269-244-5690 to place your order and we will call you when they are ready.

Other produce available at the market: 

  • Rhubarb, $2.50/lb. (this is probably the last week we will have it)
  • Broccoli, $2/lb.
  • Our broccoli is beautiful this year
  • Kohlrabi $2 each head

We have an abundance of Kohlrabi, so this is the weekend to try it!

Greenhouse Produce: 

  • Greenhouse cucumbers, $0.75 (small salad-size cucumbers) or $1.50 (extra-long cucumbers)
  • Greenhouse tomatoes.  $2 lb.

Asparagus is ending…..hurry out and get it while it lasts. 

  • Asparagus pricing is the same as last year: $2.25 a pound, 10# or more in bulk, goes to $2.00 a pound.
  • We finished picking asparagus for the year on June 1st. We have enough remaining to last about a week we think. Please call ahead if you want more than 20 pounds and we can get it ready for you. 269-244-5690

Rhubarb is ready! Available now for $2.50 a pound. If you need large quantities, please order ahead.  Remember: strawberries and rhubarb are a wonderful combination, especially in a pie!

Bedding Plants: We are winding up our plant sales soon—beginning on Friday we will have a buy one-get one sale on the remaining vegetable and tomato plants. So, you can buy one 4-plant pack, get one free, or a full flat and get one free.

Becca’s Produce: Lettuce, kale, and maybe some green beans from the hoophouse. As always, Becca’s produce is naturally grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals.

Bakery Update:  The bakery has shifted into “berry” mode. This means they are making strawberry shortcakes to go with the berries you buy or pick (we even have whipped cream in the fridge for purchase) and offering fresh strawberry glaze pies on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. (These are only available during strawberry season!) 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!

We've started freezing extra berries for use after strawberry season

We’ve started freezing extra berries for use after strawberry season

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: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry Rhubarb and Rhubarb. We will also have fresh strawberry glaze 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 new 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 a new 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 and 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 been a crowd favorite the past few weekends! Becca, our cider maker, feels so flattered to see so many four packs and six packs walking off the market. It will probably sell out by the end of strawberry season so 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. 

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

  • 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!

So….what’s next? Sweet and Sour Cherries are the next fruit coming, along with summer vegetables as they get ready. Check back on sweet cherries the week of June 20th and tart cherries, around June 24th. That’s just our best guess at this time.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. Hope to see you at the farm soon.