A favorite weekend for many, the annual Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour is Sunday, October 11th. While the trees may not be in full fall color, for sure you will find many fall colors at our farm and fun things to do. The weekend weather forecast looks great for anyone hoping to visit the farm! Our farm is one of many venues on the route, and we’ll be open from 8-6 as usual with the following special events:
For information on other stops on the tour, http://trchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2015-Brochure.pdf
Conventionally-grown produce available at the market:
- Apples (more info below)
- Black Beans
- Grapes: Concord and Niagara Grapes are available in 1 quart and 2 quart quantities (bushels can be ordered)
- Fall Ornamentals: Colored corn, gourds of all shapes and sizes
- Mums: Large decorative ones to small ones, all colors
- Onions: Sweet red, white and yellow varieties (more info below)
- Onions: Specialty Red Tropea, Red and Yellow Cippolini
- Pears,Bosc Winter Pears (available by the bushel)
- Potatoes: Yukon Gold, Red Norland (bushels available)
- Pumpkins: Large, small, odd shaped, pie pumpkins and tan ones to paint!
- Painted Pumpkins, by Crista Morrison
- Squash: Yellow Summer, Spaghetti, Butternut, Acorn, Buttercup, Carnival, Heart of Gold, Turban, Delicata and Zucchini
Apples are here! With the last few harsh winters and frosty springs, we are grateful to have a bumper crop of two of our varieties, Jon-a-Mac and Golden Delicious. To share this bounty with our customers, we are offering special bushel pricing on these picked apples in the market, Buy two bushel, get one free.** Don’t need an extra bushel of apples? Consider donating it to your local food bank, soup kitchen or take to a local sports team’s practice session…..
- Jon-A-Mac:** This is a good cooking or eating apple. It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh. Great for apple sauce.
- 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.
- Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
- Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce.
- 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).
- Cortland: A hint of tartness makes this a great baking variety, A descendent of the McIntosh, tthis variety is a bit sweeter than its ancestor. Juices really well (very few left).
- Cameo: Firm-textured, crisp and sweet tart, great for snacking or banking and another good dessert apple. An excellent keeper in the coldest part of your refrigerator.
- Macoun: This is a sweet, dessert apple. We only offer them in 1/4 pecks and 1/2 pecks, try one while you are here, you will probably be hooked.
- 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: Spy’s 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.
- Fuji: Fantastic sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content, an incredibly good keeper. Stays for weeks without being refrigerated (will be in the market starting Saturday, October 10th).
- Ida Red: Eat fresh or for cooking, taste is both tangy and tart. Flesh is white, crisp and juicy. Texture holds up well when baked.
Apple Pricing for the year: Our apple pricing will be the same as last year, and is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples. With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $4 a half-peck, $2 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available. Please see apple forecast on our apple page, which we’ll update throughout the season.
U-Pick apples: Available now. The apples ready to be picked are: Cameo, Golden (Yellow) Delicious, Northern Spies, Fuji and Red Delicious.
U-Pick grapes: Both the Niagara and the purple Concord.
- Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6, except for Tuesday and Thursdays, where we will stay open until 8 pm (must be checked into the market by 6pm).
- Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start. You will be directed to the vineyard in which we are picking that day and be given rows to pick on.
- Pricing: U-Pick Pricing for both color grapes is the following, please note we sell them by the pound, and consider a five-gallon pail or a 1/2 bushel basket to be 20 pounds.
- 40 cents a pound for 20 pounds or less, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel= $8
- 21 to 100 pounds: 35 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $7
- Over 100 pounds; 25 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel=$5
When you come to pick grapes, please bring the following if you have them:
- Five gallon buckets to pick in, this is how we measure: One five gallon bucket, filled level, is considered 20 pounds. If you don’t have these, you can borrow ours, but bring containers to take them home in. You can also purchase pails from us for $5.00.
- Scissors or clippers to cut them with. We only have a few clippers that we can loan out for a $20 deposit while you use them.
- Small wagons to help you get them out of the vineyard (our rows are very long!)
Grape availability: We are about 70% through picking our Concord Vineyards, so we don’t know how much longer they will last as it depends on how many people come out to pick. The white Niagara grapes will be available until they are mechanically harvested which could happen around October 16th. We always suggest you call back before you come out to see what the grape availability situation is, especially if you are coming from a distance.
Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes both white Niagara and purple Concord, they are $25 a bushel, $13 half bushel, please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.
Cider: $6/gallon, $3.50/half gallon, $2/quart.
From the Bakery: A note from the bakers, many of you have been asking about Thanksgiving pies. We are not going to be able to take orders for Thanksgiving pies and bake them that week as we have done in previous years. But….we can still help get a Corey Lake Orchard’s pie to your Thanksgiving table with our “take and bake” option. We have these available now in our freezer inside the bakery, but we are happy to take your order and get them ready and frozen for you to bake for you holiday. We think you will love the aroma of pies baking in your own kitchen!
- Donuts: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Apple Cider, Pumpkin, Buttermilk.
- Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry, Peach, Pumpkin
- Specialty Pie: Pecan, Chocolate, Coconut Cream
- Apple Dumplings
- “Take and Bake” Pies available in our freezer
- Cookies: Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, Triple Berry, Caramel Apple
- Cupcakes: Pumpkin
- Bread: Cinnamon, Whole Wheat, Vegetable, Whole Grain, Honey Oatmeal, Italian, Tuscan, and Hamburger Buns/Hot Dog Buns
- Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns
- Muffins: Apple, Double Dutch Chocolate, Cherry-Almond, Pistachio, Wildberry, Raisin Bran, and Lemon-Poppy Seed
- Dessert Bars: Chocolate Chip Cookie, Caramel Brownie, Mississippi Mud, Lemon, Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter Mousse Brownie, Chocolate Caramel Mousse Brownie
- Frozen Slushies: Welch’s Grape or our own Apple Cider
- Caramel Apples
The u-pick herb garden is open for u-pick at $1/bag, look for the bags and scissors hanging on the large bird overlooking the garden. Bring your recipes and pick them fresh! Some of the herbs are waning at the end of the summer, so ask if you can’t find something. We know some of you just want to get your herbs already picked, so we are going to try to have some of the more popular herbs available picked and ready.
Brandy is available as is Mellifluous Blueberry Mead and Kaiser Cyser (the traditional name for an apple-honey wine). Our blueberry mead is very sweet with oak, blueberry, and honey notes. Kaiser Cyser is a dry, very strong-bodied wine, best served chilled. We also have Double Cherry Wine and Hard Cider. We will have open tasting in the brandy room from 1pm-3pm on Saturday for people who would like to sample.
Other Local Products:
- Thick Greek-style yogurt
- Eggs & Cheese
- Pecan and Cashew Brittle
- Honey and Maple Syrup
- Gift Items
Happenings on the Farm This Week: Are exactly the same as last week, we are all just a bit more tired! We picked apples, and grapes, then pumpkins, and repeated that over and over! We bagged apples and put them out on the shelf, and repeated that! We dipped big Jonagold apples into caramel, our new yeast donuts into icing, peeled apples for apple dumplings and pies, then repeated that! We got U-pick grape customers into the vineyard and then helped haul out their grapes, hour after hour! We made sweet cider and jugged it, we made hard cider and bottled it. We waited on many customers, broke up traffic jams in our driveways, and constantly reminded ourselves that this is our busiest season and we will get through it like we have for the past 50 some years!
Maze/Trail Number 1: Please visit our pumpkin and sorghum grass trail:
- Enjoy the story of Spookley the Square Pumpkin
- Find 8 fun activity stops
- Enter your name for weekly prize giveaways!
Entrance into the maze is free with any $10 purchase at the market. Upon your purchase, you will be given a ticket for entrance. Please fill this out with your name, email address and phone number and place it in the box at the entrance. We will do a drawing once a week for various prizes from our market!
Information for Adults:
- Please pick up a map of the trail if you would like to see how to get through it and where the activity spots are
- No children are to be unattended in the trail. An adult must be supervising at all times
- Please help us put each of the activity stations back in order so they’re ready for the next person when you leave
- Please be careful walking through the maze as there are many natural hazards (an occasional rock, an uneven surface, a honey bee, etc.).
- Due to uneven surface, strollers will not easily go through the walkway, wagons will
- Please stay on the path and the mowed grass
- Please do not take food or drinks into the area (you will only invite a bee to want to come with you!)
- No pets, please
- Absolutely no smoking anywhere on our farm.
- You may peek into our greenhouse and hoop house structures from a distance, but please do not go in them. There is important farm work happening and they are closed to the public
- Please watch for vehicles when crossing the driveway to the entrance
- We close at 6 pm, so please be out of the trail by 5:45
Maze # 2: Large Corn Maze
Please visit our new corn maze. This is our first attempt at a corn maze and we are providing it to you for a little fun, a chance to be outdoors on a nice day, right in the midst of aromatic fall vineyards. We’ve kept it simple and there is no fancy design, but by solving some riddles with the right answer, you will be able to get through it and maybe even learn some new things along the way.
This corn maze is geared for those who enjoy walking and are comfortable walking a distance on uneven surfaces (over cornstalks and an occasional ear of corn!). It is possible to pull small children through in a wagon if you bring one, or a sturdy stroller. An umbrella stroller will not work—sorry. This is also not for the sophisticated corn maze enjoyer who wants a thrilling, tough and adventurous course. But we think it will be a fun family experience for families with kids ages 6 to 16 or so. Enjoy it and have fun!
If you solve all of the riddles correctly, you can get through this maze in under 15 minutes. Otherwise, plan on around 30 minutes or so.
Entrance fee is $3 per person or $10 for one family/group in one vehicle. Please purchase a ticket at the main market. Upon entering the maze, please drop your ticket into the ticket box. If you put your name/email address and phone number on the ticket, you will be entered into our weekly prize drawing. You could win a pie, a bag of apples, a gallon of cider, or something else from our market!
Parents: Please pick up a map of the maze if you would like to see how to get through it but please don’t share with others…).
We’d love to have your feedback at the end with our simple survey as we are trying to gauge the interest of a corn maze on our farm for future years.
- Please stay on the corn maze cut path.
- Absolutely no smoking in or around the maze.
- Please no food or drink—you will only invite a bee to join you!
- No pets, please
- Please be considerate of others in the maze
- If you are lost, please call 269-244-5690, or walk to an edge of the field where you will see signs guiding you out. The edge of the fields are easily found by looking up out of the corn maze for the tree lines, walk towards any one of them. The easiest one to spot is the tall maple turning colors at the top of the tree which is on AL Jones Road.
- Please walk carefully, there are natural hazards: corn stalks, an ear of corn, a rock, a bee…we’ve even seen a mother deer and two fawns in here!
- An adult must be present with each group. Minors are not to be left unattended at any time.
- We close at 6 pm, so no one can enter the maze after 5 pm.