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

Corey Lake Orchards

Another Year, Another BLT Countdown Begins

Well, winter was here, then it went, then it came again, then there was a lightning storm, and as of today it looks like winter will be returning tomorrow! With the rainstorms, the farm is as muddy as it is in March and we’re actually looking forward to the return of snow.

As a reminder, you can still purchase fresh spinach, carrots, lettuce, and arugula at World Fare in downtown Three Rivers. They’re open Tuesday through Saturday, call before you go to make sure we’ve stocked what you want! Their number is (269) 273-1253. You can also call us at (269) 244-5690 and we’ll harvest it for you and set aside your order to pick up at the farm or at World Fare (you may have to leave a message but we check our voicemail).

If you’d like to purchase brandy or hard cider, you can call us to set up an appointment to do that. We also have hard cider on the menu at The Local in Centreville. This is a really great restaurant for those of you in the area who are locally-minded. We’re so impressed with their menu and how nice it is working with them, and we appreciate their commitment to sourcing so much of their food from local farms.

2017 has us all in motion, pruning grapes, finishing getting the pruned branches out of the apple orchard and when the rains kept us in this week, we might have spent more time than normal perusing seed catalogs.  Tomato lovers, rest assured, the greenhouse tomato plants have been started and  we’re about 117 days from the first BLT! So we leave you with that image rather than a picture of the grey day here at the farm!

We hope your new year is off to a great start and we thank you for buying local.

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Some Cheer for You!

We are now closed for the season, however, we still have the following items available and are happy to set up an appointment with you to get.  Just call us at 269-244-5690.

  • Apples:  All bags of apples are Buy Two bags, Get One Free of any size.  We have Cameo and Golden Delicious apples still available.
  • Onions—2 bags for $10 (normally $8 bag)
  • Winter squash, $1 each
  • Becca’s organic produce. Fresh spinach, lettuce, kale, carrots, arugula, and garlic.
  • Brandy, wine and our vast selection of hard ciders.
  • Baked goods: Frozen” take and bake pies” and “take and bake muffins” in the bakery freezer–sorry but we only have apple pies left — but it is our famous Northern Spy pie!
  • Maple Syrup and Honey
  • Meat
No time for us to swing in the snow!

No time for us to swing in the snow!

‘Twas days before Christmas and all thru the farm,
Many creatures were stirring, especially cute deer in the apple orchard ready to do great harm…
The baskets and bushels were put away for the year
And the thought of filling them again fills us with cheer.

Customers which had come, are gone for this season,
After all, why come to the farm in winter they reason?
Aaahhh, if only they knew how much fun (work) there is still,
So much to be done, despite the wind chill.

Pruning grapevines, readying the greenhouse and moving snow,
Tending the hoop house where greens and carrots (and weeds) now grow.
Making batches of hard cider, bottling, labeling and more
And tackling the office work, our least favorite chore.

End of year inventory has to be done,
Counting flour, now sugar, and spices, what fun!
Oh gosh, no apple bags, out of wine bags—all gone from the store,
And looking through seed catalogs makes us want to do more.

But we pause to take a minute to send out our cheer,
To our many cherished customers far and near:
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Good Solstice, hear, hear!
And our very best hope for a wonderful New Year!

 

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards hopes you have a great season. Thanks as always for buying local.

Open Saturday 11 to 3 (weather permitting) for fresh local produce & more

So this Saturday, December 17th, is our last “official” day we are open for 2016, from 11 to 3.  Please find us in the bakery during these hours where there is heat!  This picture is the current winter-like state of the farm and market area, which means getting in and out could be tricky.  The current forecast for Saturday is calling for freezing rain.  Everyone’s safety is of the utmost concern to us.  If the conditions are too bad to be out, please don’t try.  Call us and we’ll set up a time to meet you on a better day.

If the roads are drivable, please be careful in our driveway.   When you come, if you could pull up to the market and park right in front of it, we will provide curbside service and bring your purchases to your car and keep you off the snow and ice!   Please feel free to call the market on Saturday to see what the real weather conditions are here before you try to come.   269-244-5690.

Please be careful if you are coming out to the market!

Please be careful if you are coming out to the market!

Below is a list of what we still have available, so whether you need to just restock, get some fresh produce, or do some serious holiday shopping, we’re ready to help.  A gift of fresh apples, local honey, just-picked spinach, a frozen pie to bake or our many alcohol choices would be much appreciated gifts for yourself or others!  (and if you can’t decide–happy to do a gift certificate for 2017.)

  • All bags of apples are Buy Two Get One Free, can mix and match all varieties. We have several varieties that keep very well for the winter, ask us about these. In fact, we have packed two of our best keeping apples in a peck bag: Fuji–sweet apple along with Pink Lady–a tart apple. Put a bowl of these out and everyone will be happy! See the list of apples still available below**
  • Onions—2 bags for $10 (normally $8 bag)
  • Winter squash, $1 each
  • Becca’s organic produce. Fresh spinach, lettuce, kale, carrots, arugula, and garlic.
  • Tasting in the market area from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday! You can sample almost every one of our products for free.
  • Brandy, wine and our vast selection of hard ciders.
  • Baked goods: Frozen” take and bake pies” and “take and bake muffins” in the bakery freezer–sorry but we only have apple pies left — but it is our famous Northern Spy pie!
  • Maple Syrup and Honey

**Varieties of apples  still available:

  • Fuji: Our late Fuji are now in! Fantastic sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content, an incredibly good keeper. Stays for weeks without being refrigerated
  • Cameo: A sweet apple with a bite to it, nice sized and striped color
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying:  Spy’s for pies. We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
  • Golden Delicious:  A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.

Happenings on the farm:

With the frigid temperatures and blowing snow, there is limited activity on the farm this week and it is so quiet!  I have to admit, this peace and quiet is a welcome reprieve after the frenetic pace we kept up this year.    Many of us traveled to the Great Lakes Expo for most of last week in Grand Rapids—which we do each year to take advantage of the huge trade show, the educational sessions, and the chance to network with fellow farmers from all around the world.  We brought back some ideas on things we’d like to try, heard about some of the continued technological advances in the fruit and vegetable industry and were amazed to hear the stories of what others do on their farm!   The timing of this conference in December is always perfect for getting us to think “outside the farm,” especially when these bitterly cold days gives us opportunities to sit in front of the fire and reflect.

Sunrise over the cherry orchard on quiet winter morning

Sunrise over the cherry orchard on a quiet winter morning

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards hopes you have a great season. Thanks as always for buying local.

December: Still Full of Fresh, Local Produce

December brings two more Saturdays where we have set hours for you to still pick up items here.  Please find us in the bakery during these hours where there is heat!

Don't let a little snow stop you from coming over our last two Saturdays!

Don’t let a little snow stop you from coming over our last two Saturdays!

  • December 3rd 11 – 3
  • December 17th 11 – 3

Below is a list of what we still have available, so whether you need to just restock, get some fresh produce, or do some serious holiday shopping, we’re ready to help. Here’s some gift suggestions for someone you work with, teachers, coaches, friends or family, the hostess gift you have to take, or gifting yourself!

  • A bottle of our most popular brandy:  oak-aged apple
  • A mixed-variety 4-pack of hard ciders
  • A bottle of wine (sweet, spicy Double Cherry is wonderful this time of year)
  • A peck of Fuji and Pink Lady apples–mixed in one bag–the best of both sweet and tart keeping apples
  • A jar of local honey
  • A bag of Ruth’s famous pecan or cashew brittle
  • A frozen pie to take-and-bake to family gatherings
  • Not sure?  Get a gift certificate!

This time of year often comes with tempting food choices, and that still includes fresh local produce even in December. We find ourselves using kale and spinach just-picked from Becca’s hoophouse in almost everything we cook. Another easy treat is leaving a pretty bowl filled with apples out as a holiday decoration and also as a quick grab-and-go snack!

What is available on our two remaining Saturdays, or…if you can’t make it, email or call us for an appointment.  (269-244-5690):

  • All bags of apples are Buy Two Get One Free, can mix and match all varieties. We have several varieties that keep very well for the winter, ask us about these. In fact, we have packed two of our best keeping apples in a peck bag: Fuji–sweet apple along with Pink Lady–a tart apple. Put a bowl of these out and everyone will be happy! See the list of apples still available below**
  • Onions—2 bags for $10 (normally $8 bag)
  • Winter squash, $20 a bushel — mix up your own (this is about 20 squash)
  • Herbs…Need any sage, rosemary, etc.? The garden is loaded!  Can just brush the snow off and pick!
  • Becca’s organic produce. Bring fresh spinach, lettuce, kale, carrots, radishes, and garlic to your family tables.
  • Tasting in the market area from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday! You can sample almost every one of our products for free.
  • Brandy, wine and our vast selection of hard ciders. A lot of hard cider specials on right now.
  • Baked goods: Frozen” take and bake pies” and “take and bake muffins” in the bakery freezer–sorry but we only have apple pies left — but it is our famous Northern Spy pie!
  • Maple Syrup and Honey

**Varieties of apples  still available:

  • Fuji: Our late Fuji are now in! Fantastic sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content, an incredibly good keeper. Stays for weeks without being refrigerated.**Below see information on how to best store apples.
  • Pink Lady: a fairly new apple to Michigan, hard tart apple with a beautiful pink cheek. Keeps well.
  • Red Rome: Very red, round apple that looks just like it came out of a storybook. Has a mild, sweet flavor, popular for baking because it holds flavor  and shape well.  Good keeper.
  • Cameo: A sweet apple with a bite to it, nice sized and striped color
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying:  Spy’s for pies. We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
  • Golden Delicious:  A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads. (Only a few left.)

Happenings on the farm:

Realizing that today is December 1, means we are at the end of another year again. Maybe it’s just the business of the farm, or maybe you feel it in your own lives, time seems stuck in high gear. While we have a break from our normal daily field work, harvesting and retail operations, the tasks of pruning, trimming, putting everything into storage are looming large. We know we must take advantage of each  “good weather” day, knowing that the inevitable winter blast will put the brakes on our progress. The mountain of office work that has piled up, always with good intentions of tackling at the end of a long busy day during the season, is now a high priority.  Reports are overdue,  accountants want information, production records must be completed and so the dreaded office work is in full force.  And even planning for the next season is in first gear, which is perhaps why I dreamed last night that I didn’t get the sweet corn seeds ordered on time!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards hopes you have a great season. Thanks as always for buying local.

Correction! No Holiday Tasting at the Riv Today

Last night our email said we’d be having a holiday wine tasting at the Riviera on Saturday, November 19th. The tasting was today, November 18th! Apologies for the misunderstanding. We will still have a tasting at the farm from 1-3 on Saturday.