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

Corey Lake Orchards

One Last Saturday: December 16th from 11 to 3

We apologize for the confusion in last week’s update about which Saturdays we are open. We have one last Saturday remaining and it is December 16th from 11 to 3. However, we are happy to meet any day at your convenience – just call us in advance to pick up things that you may want for the holiday – fresh apples, a bottle of our wine, a 6-pack of our hard ciders or a pie you can bake in your oven! (269) 244-5690.

Happenings OFF the farm:  This week three generations of our farm family attended the Great Lakes Expo, which is one of the largest (and best!) conferences held annually. Michaela and her mother Patti attended the bakery sessions, Brenda attended the farm market and agritourism sessions as well as the bus tour of five farm markets, Becca dashed between the hard cider and organic classes and Beth attended the sweet cider and the fruit and vegetable sessions. And since it is never too early to start, granddaughter Emma Grace came along, too. There is also a large trade show where we saw the latest technology in farm and bakery equipment, fruit and vegetable packaging, greenhouse construction, soil, fertilizers, seeds, fruit trees and so much more. We look forward to this opportunity each December to get away from the farm and be immersed in learning and networking with several thousand of our peers. While our heads are still reeling from so much information, over the winter we’ll digest it as we begin our planning for our 2018 season and beyond.

Brenda and Beth at the Agritourism booth

Beth looking at a new mini cider press

Emma Grace testing out the barrel train while sampling a yogurt smoothie

Here’s what we still have (until they run out!) for our final Saturday or for an appointment pick up.

  • Baked goods: frozen take and bake pies in many flavors
  • Apples, see list below of what we still have
  • Organics: garlic, kale, spinach, lettuce
  • Alcohol products: We’ll also have hard cider, brandy, wine, and if you want to try before you buy, come to tasting on Saturday the 16th from 1-3. Bruce is hosting it in the warmth of the bakery.
  • Other: honey, maple syrup, meat.

End of Season apple specials:

  • Buy any size bag of apples and get a free bag of Golden Delicious apples the same size (1 free bag per customer–of the largest size bag you purchased). In other words, buy a 1/2 bushel of Romes, a peck of Jonathan, and take a free 1/2 bu bag of Golden Delicious.

Picked Apples on the market:  Apples are going fast so don’t delay…..

  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • 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.
  • Fuji: Has a fantastic sweet flavor and tart flavor, with a low acid content.  An incredibly good keeper, it says crisp for weeks without even being in the refrigerator.
  • Red Rome:  A big, round very red apple, mild sweet flavor. Holds it shape and flavor when baked.

Apple Cider is gone for the year, we all miss that for sure!  Our bakery is now closed for the year, so sorry, no donuts, cookies, muffins, just “take and bake” pies from the freezer.

Many of you have asked where you can get our hard cider during our off-season. The Local Bar in Centreville has a great bottle selection and usually stocks five or more of our ciders. The Riviera Bar in Three Rivers also carries a few of our ciders, and we’ll be reaching out to some more stores now that we’re mostly done at the market.  You are always welcome to schedule a time to drop by and buy some wine, brandy, and hard cider as well – 269-244-5690.

Animal apples:  We have our apple “seconds” available for purchase at $5 a bushel, bring your own containers please.

Free Pallets:  If you would like some, give us a call and we can make arrangements to get them for you.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes you are having a good December.

 

***Storing Apples:

Apples are best kept in your refrigerator, preferably the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag. Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can be damaging to lettuce and other produce. If you have a root cellar, you can keep larger amounts there if it is cool, dry and dark.

For every 10 degrees above 30°F, the apples’ lifespan decreases dramatically. You do not want the apples’ temperature to fall below 30°F, however, because that will make them freeze and turn to mush when they’re thawed. Their cell walls will all collapse. Therefore, apples are best stored somewhere around 30-35°F, in a humid environment.

If storing apples in the fridge, place them inside a crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples. Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer with aforementioned damp paper towel, or else keep them in perforated plastic bags in a cold shed or cellar.

There is trust to that old adage: “One bad apple rots the whole bunch.” Apples give off a lot of ethylene gas, and so just one bruised and rotting apple will give off enough to swiftly ripen (and rot) the others. If you have any bruises or soft spots on an apple, set it aside for eating. Don’t store with the other apples.

Ultimately, if you’re planning on storing a lot of apples for the winter, look for firm, long-lasting apples. These are usually thick-skinned, tart apples. We recommend storing Rome or Fuji, properly stored they will last until spring

 

December Is It??!!! Open Saturday 11 – 3

As the calendar page turns over to December we are loving the fall weather that we wish would have come in October for apple picking. But alas, unpredictable Pure Michigan it is and we’ll enjoy it while it’s here. And since this weather always has us working somewhere on the farm, we are happy to meet up with you if you call is in advance to pick up things you need. 269-244-5690. Otherwise, we are open for the next two Saturdays

Weekend opening schedule: 

  • December 2nd 11 – 3
  • December 16th 11-3

Here’s what we plan to make available (until they run out!)

  • Baked goods: frozen take and bake pies  Good news! We currently all flavors available:   Dutch Apple, Regular 2-Crust Apple, Strawberry Rhubarb, Cherry, Blueberry, Pumpkin, Pecan, Peach  and Cherry- Berry.   If you want these for holiday events or to get you through the winter, need to stock up now as we are finished baking for the year.
  • Apples, see list below of what we still have
  • Organics: garlic, kale, spinach, lettuce
  • Alcohol products:  We’ll also have hard cider, brandy, wine, and if you want to try before you buy, come to tasting on Saturdays from 1-3 which Bruce is hosting in the bakery.
  • Other: honey, maple syrup, meat.

End of Season apple specials:

  • Buy any size bag of apples and get a free bag of Golden Delicious apples the same size (1 free bag per customer–of the largest size bag you purchased). In other words, buy a 1/2 bushel of Romes, a peck of Jonathan, and take a free 1/2 bu bag of Golden Delicious.

Picked Apples on the market:  Apples are going fast so don’t delay…..

  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • 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.
  • Fuji: Has a fantastic sweet flavor and tart flavor, with a low acid content.  An incredibly good keeper, it says crisp for weeks without even being in the refrigerator.
  • Red Rome:  A big, round very red apple, mild sweet flavor. Holds it shape and flavor when baked.

Apple Cider is gone for the year, we all miss that for sure!  Our bakery is now closed for the year, so sorry, no donuts, cookies, muffins, just “take and bake” pies from the freezer.

Many of you have asked where you can get our hard cider during our off-season. The Local Bar in Centreville has a great bottle selection and usually stocks five or more of our ciders. The Riviera Bar in Three Rivers also carries a few of our ciders, and we’ll be reaching out to some more stores now that we’re mostly done at the market. You are always welcome to schedule a time to drop by and buy some wine, brandy, and hard cider as well – 269-244-5690.

Animal apples:  We have our apple “seconds” available for purchase at $5 a bushel, bring your own containers please.

Free Pallets:  We put a stack of pallets in our parking lot, please take them if you can use them.  If you would like more, give us a call and we can make arrangements to get more to you.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see on one of our remaining days we are open, or by appointment if that’s more convenient for you!

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***Storing Apples:

Apples are best kept in your refrigerator, preferably the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag. Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can be damaging to lettuce and other produce. If you have a root cellar, you can keep larger amounts there if it is cool, dry and dark.

For every 10 degrees above 30°F, the apples’ lifespan decreases dramatically. You do not want the apples’ temperature to fall below 30°F, however, because that will make them freeze and turn to mush when they’re thawed. Their cell walls will all collapse. Therefore, apples are best stored somewhere around 30-35°F, in a humid environment.

If storing apples in the fridge, place them inside a crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples. Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer with aforementioned damp paper towel, or else keep them in perforated plastic bags in a cold shed or cellar.

There is trust to that old adage: “One bad apple rots the whole bunch.” Apples give off a lot of ethylene gas, and so just one bruised and rotting apple will give off enough to swiftly ripen (and rot) the others. If you have any bruises or soft spots on an apple, set it aside for eating. Don’t store with the other apples.

Ultimately, if you’re planning on storing a lot of apples for the winter, look for firm, long-lasting apples. These are usually thick-skinned, tart apples. We recommend storing Rome or Fuji, properly stored they will last until spring

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today’s story of Thanksgiving resonates with us because we farm the land and are truly grateful for all that we harvested this year that we could share with so many. The day 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. We are proud to be part of this great community and invited Dave Vago, from the Three Rivers DDA  to give an update on what is happening in Three Rivers especially with things you can enjoy this weekend. See his message below.

So while we are not open this weekend, we will be around the farm working. If you would like to make an appointment to pick up some apples, organic produce, hard ciders, wine or brandy, or a frozen “take and bake” pie, call us and we’ll meet up with you.  269-244-5690.

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

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From Dave Vago:
It’s been a few months since you might have heard from our historic downtown in this newsletter, but that doesn’t mean nothing’s been going on here in Three Rivers’ Main Street world. In fact, quite the opposite is true. We’ve been taking important steps to plan our next steps in downtown revitalization to make the most of the great momentum we have. Simultaneously, we’ve been running around and gearing up for one of our best and most cherished events: Christmas Around Town on Main Street.
If you’ve never been to Christmas Around Town, it’s like a Hallmark special, Mayberry, and Bedford Falls all wrapped up into one little family-friendly, small-town experience. There’s a ceremonial tree lighting in our mural mall at Portage and Main on Friday night, which includes a Dickens reading, carolers from the high school choir, and free hot chocolate courtesy of our own downtown merchants. That starts at 6pm, this Friday, November 24th. Also, earlier that day (if you’re a microbrew connoisseur) Kelsey Block Brewing Company will unveil a new black stout just in time for the holidays.
Then, on Saturday, Santa Claus arrives at noon–by fire truck!–at our beautiful, historic Riviera Theatre, where he will spend the afternoon (until 4:00) greeting and sitting with children, diligently making note of their Christmas wishes. While that’s going on, Main Street will feature live reindeer for the petting and Central Park-style carriage rides. A host of businesses will host a range of great activities: ornament making, Christmas sugar cookie decorating, a Santa’s Workshop kids craft area, a homemade cookie sale, face painting, and more! There will be two pop-up artists’ and artisans’ vendor spaces on Main Street, a holiday open house at Ridgeway Floral, a Holiday Center by New Hope Assembly of God featuring free refreshments and gift wrapping, and some businesses will also host holiday specials with snacks and refreshments.
Even after most activities conclude at 4:00 pm, our dining and drinking establishments will remain open for the evening, and some will feature holiday programming or specials for the event. So, Saturday, November 25th will be a fun-filled day. Of some note, Saturday is also Small Business Saturday, a celebration of local businesses nationwide, what some might consider an antidote to Black Friday.
Sunday rounds out the weekend with continued Santa visits from 1 to 3 at the Riviera Theatre. The businesses will again be open; many will continue to offer specials, and some will have activities. The pop-up arts spaces, the New Hope Holiday Center with gift wrapping, and Ridgeway Floral’s Holiday Open House will continue for the day.
Most Main Street businesses will open at 10:00 a.m. on all three days.
This weekend is a great way to burn off a little bit of Thanksgiving dinner without noticing the effort too much – just strolling the street – and to beat the cabin fever that follows. We’re proud to offer this little slice of American holiday tradition in our historic downtown, and we hope you’ll join us. Be sure to like and follow Downtown Three Rivers and Christmas Around Town 2017 on Facebook for the latest schedule changes and additions. Come on out – we’ll see you on Main Street!
Best,
DV

 

Open 11-3 on Saturday and Sunday! Norton Craft Show, Wine Tasting at the Riviera Theatre

As we reflect on the many traditions this time of year, one legacy is the completion of a successful harvest and the celebration of that. That resonates with us! We are grateful to have our harvests complete and have had the opportunity to share that bounty with our customers.

And for folks celebrating Thanksgiving this coming week, as you think about your dinner menus, we hope you will consider some of our produce, one of our pies, fresh sage, fresh lettuce, spinach, and kale from our hoophouse, garlic.…it is incredible how much local produce is still available this time of year! We also invite you to partake in another United States tradition: hard cider. It was a fixture on most winter dinner tables in this country from its founding until Prohibition, but now is regaining popularity. Our hard cider is lower in alcohol than wine, at about 6.5% percent, but has enough acid and tannins to do the job of a Thanksgiving beverage, cleansing and refreshing your palate to get you ready for the next bite, and the next one, and the next one…

Lots of sage in the U-Pick Herb garden---it smells so amazing!

Bundles of sage available

If you come out to the farm on Saturday, take advantage of the great Norton Elementary Craft show, 9 –  2, November 18th.   This is a really nice show which I never miss. Check here for more info:   https://www.facebook.com/events/124815698218788/

Also we will be at the wine tasting event at the Riviera Theatre Friday night (tomorrow) November 17th, from 6 to 9 and would love to see you there.  This is another fun local event to attend, with a few raffles and giveaways from local businesses. For more info check here;  http://www.trriviera.com/event/holidaywinetasting/

Yes, our last official day was Saturday November 4th, and now we will be open reduced hours on some weekends. This is a great way for you to stock up on things you still need for the winter, for holidays or just because you want to come see us! If you can’t make these times, call us and schedule an appointment: 269-244-5690. We are around the farm somewhere and happy to help you if we know you are coming. There is no lack of work to be done as we put things away for the winter, clear fields, prune orchards and the like, so we should be able to help you.

Weekend openings schedule: 

  • Saturday November 18th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 19th 11 – 3
  • December 2nd 11 – 3
  • December 16th 11-3

Here’s what we plan to make available (until they run out!)

  • Baked goods: frozen take and bake pies (if you have pre-ordered holiday pies and have them stored in our freezer you can pick them up on one of these weekends closer to when you need them). Good news! The bakery team has been working this week to restock the freezer with frozen pies, so if you didn’t get yours ordered, you can just come over and get them right from the freezer. Pies available: Dutch Apple, Regular 2-Crust Apple, Strawberry Rhubarb, Cherry, Blueberry, Pumpkin, Pecan, Peach  and Cherry- Berry. 
  • Apples, see list below of what we still have
  • Organics: garlic, kale, spinach, lettuce, other things as our winter hoophouse comes into full production and they become available.
  • Alcohol products: We’ll have a new mead available this weekend! WildVine, made with wild grapes and local honey. We’ll also have hard cider, brandy, wine, and if you want to try before you buy come to tasting on Saturdays from 1-3.
  • Other: honey, maple syrup, meat.

End of Season apple specials:

  • Buy any size bag of apples and get a free bag of Golden Delicious apples the same size (1 free bag per customer–of the largest size bag you purchased). In other words, buy a 1/2 bushel of Romes, a peck of Jonathan, and take a free 1/2 bu bag of Golden Delicious. The Golden Delicious apples are a real treat this year as they are the nicest ones we have grown in many years.

Picked Apples on the market:  Apples are going fast so don’t delay…..

  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying “Spies for pies.” We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • 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.
  • Cameo: Firm, crisp and sweet, tart. Great for snaking or baking. Keeps well in your refrigerator.  Beth’s favorite!
  • Fuji: Has a fantastic sweet flavor and tart flavor, with a low acid content.  An incredibly good keeper, it says crisp for weeks without even being in the refrigerator.
  • Red Rome:  A big, round very red apple, mild sweet flavor. Holds it shape and flavor when baked.
  • PInk Lady:  All the Pink lady have now been picked! If you don’t know a Pink lady, you need to meet her! It is a cross between a Lady William and Golden Delicious apple. It has bright white flesh that resists browning when cut. Pink Lady apples are very firm and dense, with a tart flavor and effervescent finish. Very unique apple!  Brenda’s favorite!

Apple Cider is gone for the year, we all miss that for sure!  Our bakery is now closed for the year, so sorry, no donuts, cookies, muffins, just “take and bake” pies from the freezer.

Alcohol offerings:  Stock up on our hard ciders, wines and brandy. Bruce will hold his normal Saturday Brandy House tasting hours from 1 – 3 where you can sample our products. He will be set up in the bakery where it is warm!

Many of you have asked where you can get our hard cider during our off-season. The Local Bar in Centreville has a great bottle selection and usually stocks five or more of our ciders. The Riviera Bar in Three Rivers also carries a few of our ciders, and we’ll be reaching out to some more stores now that we’re mostly done at the market. You are always welcome to schedule a time to drop by and buy some wine, brandy, and hard cider as well – 269-244-5690.

Animal feed: apples and pumpkins! Since we are no longer making cider, we have our apple “seconds” available for purchase at $5 a bushel, bring your own containers please. Also, pumpkins already picked are free, please take! If you want to pick them up out of the field, please call and ask for Beth to make arrangements.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see on one of our remaining days we are open. We’re wishing all of you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

 

 

***Storing Apples:

Apples are best kept in your refrigerator, preferably the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag. Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can be damaging to lettuce and other produce. If you have a root cellar, you can keep larger amounts there if it is cool, dry and dark.

For every 10 degrees above 30°F, the apples’ lifespan decreases dramatically. You do not want the apples’ temperature to fall below 30°F, however, because that will make them freeze and turn to mush when they’re thawed. Their cell walls will all collapse. Therefore, apples are best stored somewhere around 30-35°F, in a humid environment.

If storing apples in the fridge, place them inside a crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples. Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer with aforementioned damp paper towel, or else keep them in perforated plastic bags in a cold shed or cellar.

There is trust to that old adage: “One bad apple rots the whole bunch.” Apples give off a lot of ethylene gas, and so just one bruised and rotting apple will give off enough to swiftly ripen (and rot) the others. If you have any bruises or soft spots on an apple, set it aside for eating. Don’t store with the other apples.

Ultimately, if you’re planning on storing a lot of apples for the winter, look for firm, long-lasting apples. These are usually thick-skinned, tart apples. We recommend storing Rome or Fuji, properly stored they will last until spring

Open Saturday and Sunday 11 – 3 for Your Stock Up Needs!

Yes, our last official day was Saturday November 4th, and now we will be open reduced hours on some weekends. This is a great way for you to stock up on things you still need for the winter, for holidays or just because you want to come see us!  If you can’t make these times, call us and schedule an appointment:  269-244-5690. We are around the farm somewhere and happy to help you if we know you are coming. There is no lack of work to be done as we put things away for the winter, clear fields, prune orchards and the like, so we should be able to help you.

Weekend openings schedule: 

  • Saturday November 11th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 12th 11 – 3
  • Saturday November 18th 11 – 3
  • Sunday November 19th 11 – 3
  • December 2nd 11 – 3
  • December 16th 11-3

Here’s what we plan to make available (until they run out!)

  • Baked goods: frozen take and bake pies (if you have pre-ordered holiday pies and have them stored in our freezer you can pick them up on one of these weekends closer to when you need them.)
  • Apples, see list below of what we still have
  • Organics: kale, lettuce, other things as our winter hoophouse comes into full production and they become available.
  • Alcohol products: hard cider, brandy, wine, including tastings on Saturdays from 1 – 3.
  • Other: honey, maple syrup, meat

End of Season apple specials:

  • Buy any size bag of Honeycrisp apples, get the same size bag of Honeycrisp free
  • Buy any size bag of apples and get a free bag of Golden Delicious apples the same size (1 free bag per customer–of the largest size bag you purchased). In other words, buy a 1/2 bushel of Romes, a peck of Jonathan, and take a free 1/2 bu bag of Golden Delicious. The Golden Delicious apples are a real treat this year as they are the nicest ones we have grown in many years.

Picked Apples on the market:

  • Honeycrisp: This seems to be many people’s favorite. It is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it. Great for eating fresh or using in salads. Sold by the pound only ($2/lb.).
  • Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
  • Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying “Spies for pies.” We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
  • Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
  • 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.
  • Cameo: Firm, crisp and sweet, tart. Great for snaking or baking. Keeps well in your refrigerator.  Beth’s favorite!
  • Fuji: Has a fantastic sweet flavor and tart flavor, with a low acid content.  An incredibly good keeper, it says crisp for weeks without even being in the refrigerator.
  • Red Rome:  A big, round very red apple, mild sweet flavor. Holds it shape and flavor when baked.
  • PInk Lady:  All the Pink lady have now been picked! If you don’t know a Pink lady, you need to meet her! It is a cross between a Lady William and Golden Delicious apple. It has bright white flesh that resists browning when cut. Pink Lady apples are very firm and dense, with a tart flavor and effervescent finish. Very unique apple!  Brenda’s favorite!

Apple Cider is gone for the year, we all miss that for sure!  Our bakery is now closed for the year, so sorry, no donuts, cookies, muffins, just “take and bake” pies from the freezer.

Alcohol offerings:  Stock up on our hard ciders, wines and brandy. Bruce will hold his normal Saturday Brandy House tasting hours from 1 – 3 where you can sample our products.

Many of you have asked where you can get our hard cider during our off-season. The Local Bar in Centreville has a great bottle selection and usually stocks five or more of our ciders. The Riviera Bar in Three Rivers also carries a few of our ciders, and we’ll be reaching out to some more stores now that we’re mostly done at the market. You are always welcome to schedule a time to drop by and buy some wine, brandy, and hard cider as well – 269-244-5690. FYI, Becca found a case of Preach (our very popular pear/peach cider) hiding in our cider storage. So if you want to get some this weekend, you can!

Animal feed: apples and pumpkins! Since we are no longer making cider, we have our apple “seconds” available for purchase at $5 a bushel, bring your own container please. Also, pumpkins already picked by the market are 50 cents each (or make us an offer for a truck load.)  If you want to pick them up out of the field for free, please call and ask for Beth to make arrangements.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and hopes to see on one of our remaining days we are open. If not, our best wishes for the rest of the year. We truly appreciate you as customers….you are the reason we do what we do!  Thank you for your loyal patronage and being part of our farm family.

I took this picture coming to work this morning–we never get tired of seeing these beautiful sunrises!

 

***Storing Apples:

Apples are best kept in your refrigerator, preferably the crisper drawer or in an unsealed plastic bag. Refrigerate apples separately from vegetables because apples naturally release small amounts of ethylene gas that can be damaging to lettuce and other produce. If you have a root cellar, you can keep larger amounts there if it is cool, dry and dark.

For every 10 degrees above 30°F, the apples’ lifespan decreases dramatically. You do not want the apples’ temperature to fall below 30°F, however, because that will make them freeze and turn to mush when they’re thawed. Their cell walls will all collapse. Therefore, apples are best stored somewhere around 30-35°F, in a humid environment.

If storing apples in the fridge, place them inside a crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened paper towel on top of the apples. Apples are one of the few fruits that really do benefit from being stored in the fridge as quickly as possible. Keep them in the crisper drawer with aforementioned damp paper towel, or else keep them in perforated plastic bags in a cold shed or cellar.

There is trust to that old adage: “One bad apple rots the whole bunch.” Apples give off a lot of ethylene gas, and so just one bruised and rotting apple will give off enough to swiftly ripen (and rot) the others. If you have any bruises or soft spots on an apple, set it aside for eating. Don’t store with the other apples.

Ultimately, if you’re planning on storing a lot of apples for the winter, look for firm, long-lasting apples. These are usually thick-skinned, tart apples. We recommend storing Rome or Fuji, properly stored they will last until spring