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

Corey Lake Orchards

‘Twas the night before Christmas….

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the farm, Not a creature was stirring, to do any harm; Bushel baskets were placed by the market with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The orchards were nestled all snug in the ground, While visions of sweet spring time danced all around. And the farmer in her bibs and standard farm cap, had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the farm there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But so many, many tree eating deer.

And then more motion, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he shouted, “Stop eating those trees, what a shame,”

“And stay out of the grapes and the strawberries too, and tell all your friends they better just shoo, These trees are preparing for the 2020 crop, for eager CLO customers to get when they shop.”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky, So away from the tree-tops the coursers they flew, leaving alone the vineyards and blueberries too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard a new sound. As I drew in my hand, and was turning around, Down through the market St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to farm boots,  And his clothes were all tarnished with dirt and stained fruits,  Something large was flung on his back, And I wondered, what did he  have in that sack?

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were apple red, his nose like a sweet cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up so sweet, And I saw leftover sugar from a donut treat.

He was eating an apple and then a pear, but I saw him looking at pies, I swear, He had a broad face and a donut shaped belly, That shook, when he laughed like a jar of grape jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I wondered if he’d found peach brandy on the shelf; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, showed empty hard cider bottles he had instead.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the bushels; then turned with a jerk, I could see new farm tools; some pruners and hoes, but where was that new tractor I recently chose?

He moved to leave and I heard an engine roar, he was driving my new tractor right out the door, But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!

Wishing you the peace of winter…..

While the market is closed as we take our winter breather, we also know that some of you would like to pick up items we might still have for yourself or others. We know a lot of customers like giving hard ciders and brandies as gifts, or picking up some of our frozen “take and bake” pies.  (Still available in apple, strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry, cherry, and cherry-berry.) Just give us a call on 269-244-5690, and we’re happy to make an appointment to meet up with you.

From the Farmer’s Almanac:

In 2019, the winter solstice arrives on Saturday, December 21, at 11:19 p.m. EST, marking the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice always occurs around December 21 or 22. (In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs around June 20 or 21.) It is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in the whole year. 

At the winter solstice, the Sun appears at its most southerly point. The Sun is directly overhead at “high-noon” on the solstice at the latitude called the Tropic of Capricorn. The next day, the path will begin to advance northward.

The word solstice comes from Latin sol “sun” and sistere “to stand still.” So, loosely translated, it means “sun stand still.” For a few days before and after the solstice, the Sun appears to stand still in the sky. The change in its noontime elevation is so slight that the Sun’s path seems to stay the same, or stand still.  Think of it this way. The solstice brings the return of more sunlight. It only gets brighter from here!  (I think all of us are ready for that!)

As winter officially begins everyone here at the farm wishes you a most peaceful winter. For we farmers who spend so much time outdoors, thinking about growing hours and daylight, winter on the farm is an important time. It is when our orchards, vineyards and fields go into their deep sleep to prepare for another growing season. It is the time when all of us get to catch up with family and friends, linger over a cup of coffee, delight in eating our frozen/canned fruits and vegetables, and not set alarms. The moments of quiet and solitude are perhaps the best gifts we receive as we find time to relax and rejuvenate. All the best to all of you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

As farmers working the land every day, we are truly grateful for this year’s harvest that we could share with so many. A day for giving thanks allows all of us to reflect on the people around us for whom we are grateful: our families, our co-workers, our customers, friends and fellow community members.

Our simple message from everyone here at the farm to all of you:  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Open Saturday, November 23rd, from 9 until 3! and Visit the Norton Craft Show too!

Our market and bakery will be open this Saturday from 9 until 3.  Here’s what’s going on:

Happenings in the bakery (where it is warm!)

  • If you have a “take and bake” holiday pie order already in, please stop by and pick it up, or make  arrangements with us to pick it up by appointment another time.
  • if you didn’t have your “take and bake” pie order in, call us immediately at 269-244-5690 and tells us what you’d like!
  • There will be limited supplies of extra pies the bakers have made for walk-in purchases on Saturday.
  • If you can’t wait any longer to have a Corey Lake Orchards donut, we will be making them fresh that day! YES, we said we are MAKING DONUTS!
  • Hot mulled cider or coffee available
  • Hard cider tasting available from 9 until 3

Piles of apple pies:  just made and frozen for you to bake

In the Market:  

  • Apples: We have bags of the following apples left:  Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome and Jonathan.  A bag of fresh, healthy apples is a great hostess gift to take during the holiday gatherings!
  • Fresh Sweet Cider:  This is a Maybe.….we are going to try to make some on Thursday for hard cider, and if all goes well, we will jug a few gallons to sell.  If you want to give us a call on Friday, we’ll let you know if we will have it or not.
  • Squash:  Butter Cup, Autumn Harvest and Baked Potato Squash
  • Fresh picked sage will be available from our Herb garden for your holiday cooking needs.

Fresh harvested sage makes  the whole market smell like Thanksgiving dinner being cooked!

Brandy tasting and tours:  Available with Bruce from 1 until 3, in the Brandy distillery.

Stock up on Hard ciders or brandy:  These will be on display and for sale in the bakery on Saturday.  These also make great gifts for the holidays.

And while you are in the area, make sure to visit the Norton Elementary School for their annual Craft and Vendor Show, one of the best in the area!

Hoping to see you this weekend!  All of us at Corey Lake Orchards!

 

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Last chance for pie orders, Join us for the Holiday Wine Tasting Friday night: Riviera Theatre

Corey Lake Orchards is officially closed for the season.  Based on our recent weather, we closed just in time!  It would have been difficult to work and shop in an open-air market with snow, cold temps, and wind chills!  We were grateful for the few days of “normal” fall weather when we worked like crazy to get everything put away for the year…..we were 95% done!

Who’s ready to play?

No more herbs for the year!

White mums available!

The unusually cold weather forced our perennials into dormancy earlier–which is good because we can start trimming everything now.  There were a couple of days we had to keep folks inside—took advantage of the indoor work to get some Concord grapes de-stemmed so we can make something wonderful out of them.  (We’ll let you know when it is ready to try!)

Really, really, last chance to order pies!  We are still taking take and bake pie orders for pickup on Saturday, November 23rd from 9-12, or by appointment before that date.  Either email (coreylakeorchards@gmail.com or call us at (269-244-5690).  The flavors available to order are: 2-crust Apple, Dutch apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry, Pecan, Pumpkin, and Strawberry Rhubarb.  All orders need to be placed by Thursday, November 21st.  Don’t be one of those who call us on Thanksgiving day in a panic because you forgot!!

Three River’s Riviera Theatre Holiday Wine Tasting:  Join us for hard cider tasting along with nibbling on cookies from our bakery!  This is always a fun night!

  • Friday, November 15: 6pm to 9pm Tickets: $20 Advance, $25 Day of Event
  • The Riviera’s 11th annual Holiday Wine Tasting ― featuring a number of wines to sample and purchase, as well as great gift ideas from local merchants ― is the perfect opportunity to get your holiday shopping done in one place. Ticket purchase comes with a free souvenir wine glass while supplies last.

Brenda and I visited another farm on the east side of Michigan — also owned and operated by two sisters — Westview Orchards and Winery:  https://www.westvieworchards.com/ .   It is a great farm and worth the time to visit if you are in their area.   It was gratifying to connect with them to share stories, ideas and laugh about the happenings on farms like ours.  (Their donuts were amazing too!)

Brenda, Beth, Katrina and Abby

As we take a moment to reflect on the season, you, our valued customers come immediately to mind.  You make it possible for us to rise early each day and work hard to provide you with a great experience here on our farm.  Your smiling faces, supportive comments, excellent questions, and patience with Mother Nature’s timetable brighten our day!  The management and staff at CLO sincerely thank you for that and for shopping local with us!