Happenings on the Farm
Fall is a delightful time on the farm and the nice weather expected this weekend will make it a great time to visit! Here is a sampling of the family-oriented activities available. See further descriptions and information below.
- Enjoy cider and donuts in our social distanced seating area near the market or grab some to take home
- U-pick apples
- U-pick Niagara and Concord grapes – seeded, primarily for juice and jelly
- U-pick pumpkins
- Pumpkins already picked available for purchase
- Play yard – our small authentic play area for families to enjoy. Please supervise children while in play area and share this space with others trying to use it.
- Spookley story boards
- Giant pumpkin display – share your photos at #CLOGreatPumpkin2020
Wondering when your favorite apple will be ready? See our Apple Estimate Chart updated weekly, for when we think each variety will be ready, which varieties will be available for U-Pick, and whether you need to preorder a certain variety because we will not have many of that type c920.
Apples on the market now:
- Gala: a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness
- 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.
- Cortland: A hint of tartness makes this a great baking variety, a descendent of the McIntosh. This variety is a bit sweeter than its ancestor and juices really well.
- JonaGold: Superbly crisp and juicy with shades of tart and sweet in each apple, very large and aromatic. Cross between a Jonathan and Golden Delicious.
- Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
- Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin one hand clapping 다운로드. It is the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads. Makes a nice apple sauce and many people use for canning pie filling.
- Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple, known for the “five little bumps” on the bottom. Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste, yellowish flesh, and crisp texture.
Red Delicious being harvested this week from our orchard.
Apple pricing for the year: The price is the same for already picked apples or u-pick apples.
With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) the apples will be: $28 a bushel (when we have bushels available), $15 a half-bushel, $9 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $6 a half-peck, and $3.50 a 1/4 peck Download the Bethlehem Bible for Mac.
U-Pick Apple Update
Apple picking, when the orchard is open, will be available on:
- Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 5:30 pm (must check in at the market first by 5 pm)
- Wednesdays from 9 am to sunset (must check in at the market first by 5:30 pm)
- Closed Tuesdays
Based on the higher demand for U-Pick apples this year, with many working or schooling from home, we have decided to add one weekday for those who can come during the week when it is less crowded than weekends.
Please check in at the market first (no later than 5 pm) to get directions; you will be driving to the orchard. Please feel free to drive up to the market and have one person come in to get the information needed
Please note there is a minimum purchase of one peck for U-pick apples. You can prepay at the market, pay at the orchard, or get a ticket and pay at the market after you pick.
This week, the U-Pick Apple varieties available are limited to: Jonathon, Cortland (just a few left), and Yellow and Red Delicious until more varieties ripen. Our orchard guides will point you in the right direction to find the varieties you are interested in.
Apple Cider Update
With the warmer temperatures this weekend, we suggest you enjoy a cool, refreshing cup of apple cider or apple cider slushie! This week’s blend is made from: Honey Crisp, Gala, Jonamac, Jonathan, and Cortland. MMmmmmm previous version of office.
Our cider is pure apple juice with no additives or preservatives. Please keep refrigerated.
We have a good crop of the purple Concord and white Niagara this year. You can really smell the grapes by the market now, what an amazing aroma that only comes once a year! The Niagara sugar sample taken today registered at 17.4 and the Concord registered at 16.8. A reading of 16 or above is considered sweet so both varieties are ready!
Our dates for U-pick are:
· Niagara (white) – Opened September 19
· Concord (blue) – Opening September 25
The prime time for grape picking will be the last week of September through the first two weeks of October.
- 9 am to 5:30 pm – Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (must check in by 5 pm.)
- 9 am to sunset – Wednesday (must check in by 5:30 pm)
- Closed – Tuesdays
Must check in at market first for directions. You will be directed to the vineyard where we are picking that day and be assigned rows to by our vineyard supervisor.
What to Bring
- 5-gallon plastic pail (at least one) for measuring. If you do not have one, we can loan you one. Bring your own containers to put the grapes in as you pick them.
- Clippers / scissors to cut the grapes. If you do not have one, we can loan you one.
- Small wagon (helpful) if picking a lot as many of our grape rows are long
- Walking shoes/ boots suitable for vineyard
- $9 a bucket – 1 to 99 pounds, 45 cents a pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel
- $5.50 a bucket – 100 pounds or more, 27.5 cents a pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel
- We sell them by the pound and consider a five-gallon bucket or a 1/2 bushel basket to be 20 pounds: Note: This is the same price as last year.
U-Pick Pumpkin Update
Our U-pick pumpkin patch is open. The cost is $10 per family which includes picking the pumpkin of your choice. Additional pumpkins are available for picking at $8 (large) and $5 (medium), $2 (small pie) each. It is never too early to show children that pumpkins grow on vines in a field, not a parking lot! The field will be open from 9 am to 5:30 pm. (except for Tuesdays when we are closed.) Note: If we have a significant amount of rain or another situation, we may have to close the field until it dries out.
Please be careful walking through the field and avoid stepping on the vines as the pumpkins are still growing. The pumpkins are pre-cut, just pick them up off the ground.
We also have a photo area in the field to get photos of your children!
- Apples – several varieties
- Herbs – various types, fresh, pick your own
- Peppers – many varieties, mild and hot, Bell
- Winter Squash – variety of types, popular favorites
- Sweet Onions – Red, White or Yellow, also in bunches on a string for hanging to dry
- Pie Pumpkins (yes to really make a pumpkin pie out of or decorate!)
New on the Market
New Apple varieties added this week – Red Delicious and JonaGold
Apple Dumplings – back by popular demand!
Floral Pumpkins – Faye is bringing her special pumpkins filled with succulents and fresh flowers for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A beautiful arrangement sure to delight your home! They are available in several sizes.
Large Pumpkin Display
You must stop by to see the three large pumpkins on display and meet Jill! Keith Whitford, a 20-plus year pumpkin farmer in Three Rivers, has shared three of his largest pumpkins with us again this year. “Jill” is a whopping 679 pounds and is officially the largest pumpkin ever grown in St. Joe County. Jill is accompanied by her “smaller” sisters, an orange pumpkin weighing 505 pounds and a white pumpkin weighing 524 pounds. They are on display on the antique fire truck. You may pose with them for a picture, but no climbing on the truck bed or touching the pumpkins please. Please post your photos at #CLOGreatPumpkin2020.
Hard Cider, Wine, and Distillery Products Available
We also offer:
- Selection of hard ciders from dry to sweet
- Peach Honey and Double Cherry wines
- Brandy – various fruit flavors
We have “paused” our hard cider and wine tastings at this time.
Check out the variety of hard cider, brandy, and wine available on the market for purchase. Hard ciders are sold individually and in 4- and 6- packs; you can mix and match your selection.
Our apple dumplings are back! These will be available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday along with our other baked goods. The price is $5 for a two-pack.
We also will have some 6-inch small pies this weekend but there is still a tin shortage.
As a reminder, we only have baked goods on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. However, ‘take and bake’ fruit pies are available in our freezer throughout the week. Also, Gluten free baked products are available in the freezer – pies, brownies, cookies, and cinnamon rolls.
Below are apple dumplings freshly baked today for sale starting Friday.
Bakery Offerings for this Weekend
Pies – 9” and 6″:
- Apple – 2 crust
- Apple – Dutch
- Cherry Berry
- Strawberry Rhubarb
Muffins / Rolls
- Pumpkin Roll
- Cinnamon rolls – 2 and 4 count
- Apple Spice muffins – 4 count
- Pumpkin muffins – 4 count
- Pistachio muffins – 4 count
- Apple Dumplings – 2 count
- Asiago Cheese – 4 count
- Plain – 4 count
Donuts – available in packages of 4 unless pre-ordered differently
- Cake Donuts (6 packs)
- Apple Cider, plain and sugared
- Pumpkin, plain and sugared
- Buttermilk, plain and sugared
- Yeast Ring Donuts
- Chocolate iced – plain or sprinkles
- Vanilla iced – plain or sprinkles
- Raspberry Bismarks: sugared or white frosting
- Bavarian Cream Longjohn: chocolate or white frosting
- White Cream Longjohn: chocolate or white frosting
- Yeast Twists: glazed or cinnamon sugared
- Apple Fritters – glazed
- Crusty Country
- Hamburger and hotdog buns
Other Products Available on the Market
- Jake’s Country Meat: various pork and chicken products available in the freezer outside of the bakery
- Honey from Babcock’s Apiaries
- Maple syrup products from Maple Row Sugarhouse
- Local jams and jellies
- Peanut butter and chocolate peanut butter
- Mad Mats
- Greeting cards made by local artists
- Great Lakes potato chips
- Juice, strawberry and chocolate milk in the cooler
- Pottery from Barb’s Bowls
- Carruth Studio Clay figurines
- Plainwell Ice Cream
- Gluten Free Sensations
Our Days and Hours of Operation
Please note our opening time is 9 am. Closed Tuesdays.
The later start time allows us to do the extra cleaning and sanitizing required and move the baked goods and produce onto the market for sale – thanks for your understanding!
Open – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Hours – 9 am to 6 pm
Closed – Tuesday
Thank You for Supporting our Business!
We sincerely thank you for shopping local! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards
Pre-ordering: For your convenience pre-ordering is available.
Curbside service: We are happy to provide contactless curbside service.
- Simply call ahead with your order. Pay over the phone by credit card or give us cash or a check when you pick up. When you arrive, please park in the designated curbside area adjacent to our market, beep your horn, and we will bring it out to you.
- If you are not able to place your order in advance, no problem. Please pull into the curbside area, beep your horn, and we will take care of you. It just may take us a few minutes to get your order together.
We intend to continue to offer curbside service as an integral part of our market. We know we have a steep hill to climb from the parking lot, babies can be asleep in cars, dogs do not want to be left alone, you are in a hurry, or a myriad of other reasons!
Our policies and procedures will evolve as new, reliable information and local guidelines become available. We wish to maintain the peaceful, rejuvenating shopping experience our customers have come to rely on during these times. For a list of the changes we made due to COVID-19, please see below.
Current Operational Changes to the Market
- We will have one-way entering and exiting for the market. Customers should enter at the stairway, travel north side of the market towards the Bakery, curve around by Bakery, travel towards the checkout counter, and exit traveling west toward the play yard.
- For social distancing, we have marked the floors marked with X’s or potted plants every 6 feet.
- We have a hand washing station at the top of the hill as well as hand sanitizer in the market.
- We encourage everyone to use a face covering and consider using gloves.
- Please only touch items you are going to purchase to minimize surface contact. If you prefer to not touch anything our clerks would be happy to gather items for you.