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

Corey Lake Orchards

Happy Father’s Day weekend!

Who’s ready for strawberries?  Based on the number of calls we think everyone  is ready for strawberries, along with normal spring weather, days of sunshine and the occasional rain (at night of course!)  However, we all know we don’t always get what we want, when we want it.  Strawberry ripening continues to be delayed due to this cool weather, so we ask for your patience, please!

Picked Strawberries:  We are picking our early variety (Early Glow) in order to have picked berries for sale at the market.  They are $4 a quart.  Since quantities are limited, we’re happy to hold them for you if you call us at 269-244-5690.  If you are trying to order flats (8 quarts), which are $29, we are taking orders and will call you when available.

U-Pick Strawberries:  We are hoping to open the U-pick field sometime next week.  We’d recommend you check our Corey Lake Orchard’s Facebook page, our website (www.coreylakeorchards.com) or call us around Weds, June 19th, and we are hoping we will have an opening date by then.  U-Pick pricing is $3.00 a quart for 7 quarts or less, $21 for 8 quarts (a flat) or $20 if you pick 16 or more quarts.  We will provide picking days and times and other information as we get closer to opening.

On the market now:

  • Greenhouse tomatoes:  Yes, it’s time for a BLT.  We have the bread in the bakery, the lettuce in the market cooler, the bacon in the bakery freezer – just supply your own condiments!
  • We have asparagus in limited supply.   Pricing: $2.50 a pound; 10 pounds or more for $2.25 a pound.
  • Fresh Rhubarb is also available,  $2.50 a pound.
  • Our large sweet onions, grown in 2018 and stored over the winter.
  • Greenhouse cucumbers:  4 different varieties
  • Fresh cut broccoli
  • U-pick herbs:  See list at the market for what you can pick now
  • Lettuce, Kale, Swiss Chard, and spinach from our fields

Bedding plants:  Vegetables, flower annuals, herbs and tomatoes.  These plants need to have a home so all of our bedding plants are buy one, get one free.

Bakery:  

Happy Fathers Day! We will have free cake donuts for any dads (or folks fulfilling that role) in the bakery all weekend.  We also have our Pecan pies and baseball-frog cookies! Show dad you care by gifting him a tasty scratch made pie, cookies, or perhaps treat him to a cinnamon roll or sticky bun for breakfast YUM!

Or celebrate by making strawberry shortcake.  Pick up fresh picked strawberries, shortcake made in our bakery, vanilla ice cream from the bakery freezer and cool whip from our refrigerated case. If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we would be happy to save it for you!

This weekend’s offerings will be:

  • Cookies: Baseball themed Frog Frosted Cut Outs, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, and Strawberry Rhubarb. Pecan is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Shortcakes for strawberry shortcake, our special recipe!
  • Breads: New; Mill Grain, Wheat and Rye Herb, Potato Scallion, and Herb Baguette.   Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan, Focaccia, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
  • Summer flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Slushies

Also in the bakery you can find:

  • Local Gluten free items
  • Local Plainwell Ice cream to scoop out with pie.
  • Jake’s Country Meats,  pork products
  • Welch’s juice products, from Lawton
  • Country Home Creations herb and spice packets to make your own dressing or dip
  • Our new line of local chocolates 

Alcohol offerings:  Our brandies, wines and hard ciders available are:

  • Brandies:  Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
  • Wines: Double Cherry and Kaiser Cyser
  • Hard Cider flavors: Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, Preach, Blueberry, Hometown Hero, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa, Elves, United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch. 

Brandy tours and tasting is available this Saturday, June 15th from 1 until 4, in the Brandy Barn/Distillery.  We’re extending the hours until 4 this weekend given the forecast of cool, rainy weather (the brandy room is enclosed!)  Bruce, our brandy maker will be there to welcome you, talk with you about our process, offer sample of brandy and some hard ciders as well!  It’s always an interesting and fun experience.

Our Happy Hours will return on Saturday, June 22nd with a new format.  Stay tuned for next week’s announcement!.

Happenings on the farm:

This week we raced once again to get our final pumpkins and special sunflowers in, finished last night!  The vegetables in our field are coming along nicely, our tomato plants already need to be staked.  And of course, we picked strawberries!

Staking and tying up the tomato plants.

Beautiful strawberries just picked!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.  Have a good weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Reminder:  Corey Lake Orchards will now be closed every Tuesday.  We will continue to share this notice since it is a major change.  As a small family business, we have begun to realize that to best serve our customers with an exceptional product and experience, we need a down day once per week to regroup, reorganize, and re-energize.

Corey Lake Orchards 2019 : “Growing Children Growing Sunflowers Contest”

Attention:  Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Godparents, Aunts, Uncles, Teachers, and all

Contest information:

  • Contest open to children 10 years and younger
  • Purchase a sunflower book for $12.99 and receive a packet of 5 sunflower seeds free with book purchase.
  • Plant seeds into the earth, water as needed, and keep weeds away so they can grow tall!
  • Photograph the growth at least 4 times (see suggested schedule below) and send pictures to coreylakerochards@gmail.com. Corey Lake Orchards will share pictures, progress and the winners on their website and social media.  Only child’s first name and last name initial will be used, like Sally G.
    • Photo 1: When I Spy (when plant is first popping out of the ground)
    • Photo 2: When Knee High (when plant reaches the child’s knees, measure with the sunflower growth chart in the book)
    • Photo 3: When it Goes to the Sky (when it is as tall as the child, measure with the sunflower growth chart in the book)
    • Photo 4: And Why?  Your own unique photo and caption with the child (extra points if it rhymes!)
  • Corey Lake Orchards will be the final judge, reviewing all pictures and captions.
  • Prizes: Top 3 chosen to win will receive four tickets to Corey Lake Orchard’s Sunflower Experience in August
  • All other qualifying entrants (must submit the four photos) will win a free donut and small slushy

Loving these sunny days

After this cool spring we truly are enjoying these several sunny days in a row!  And so are the fruits and vegetables.  Since the most frequently asked question is “when will strawberries be ready” these few days of heat are really helping them along.  The crop looks good this year!

Strawberries sizing and turning red!

So, when will strawberries be ready?  We will start picking a few this weekend and this coming week of the early variety.   U-Pick will open when our main variety (Jewels) are ready which are at least a week to ten days away.  If you are interested in U-Pick, check back with us about June 13th for an update.  This coming week is supposed to be cool again, so once again, we are going to have to wait and see what the weather does.  We are all anxious for fresh strawberries, but Mother Nature is in charge!

Strawberry pricing:  Picked strawberries will be $4.00 a quart, or $29 for a flat of 8 (ordered in advance.)  We are taking orders now and will call you when we have them.  269-244-5690.    More information about U-Pick will be out next week, U-Pick pricing is still being determined.

Finally bringing in lots of greenhouse tomatoes!

On the market now:

  • Greenhouse tomatoes:  Yes, it’s time for a BLT.  We have the bread in the bakery, the lettuce in the market cooler, the bacon in the bakery freezer – just supply your own condiments!
  • We have fresh picked asparagus for around one more week.  So this is it, the season is coming to a close.    Pricing: $2.50 a pound; 10 pounds or more for $2.25 a pound.
  • Fresh Rhubarb is also available,  $2.50 a pound.
  • Our large sweet onions, grown in 2018 and stored over the winter.
  • Greenhouse cucumbers:  4 different varieties
  • Organic produce: Spinach, Lettuce, Kale and radishes
  • Swiss Chard
  • U-pick herbs:  See list at the market for what you can pick now

U-PIck Herb garden coming along, despite a hungry rabbit issue 🙁

Bedding plants:  Vegetables, flower annuals, herbs and tomatoes.  These plants need to have a home so all of our bedding plants are buy one, get one free.

Bakery:  

Reminder, next Sunday (June 16) is Father’s Day! If there is anything special you would like to order for dad, call us in advance to place your order!  We will be doing our Pecan pies and baseball cookies that weekend (as those seem to be a favorite among dads!) If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we would be happy to save it for you!

These frog cookies are absolutely adorable

This weekend’s offerings will be:

  • Cookies: Frog Frosted Cut Outs, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, and Strawberry Rhubarb.  Chocolate Cream is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Breads: New; Mill Grain, Wheat and Rye Herb, Potato Scallion, and Herb Baguette.   Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan, Focaccia, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
  • Summer flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
  • Slushies

Also in the bakery you can find:

  • Local Gluten free items
  • Local Plainwell Ice cream to scoop out with pie.
  • Jake’s Country Meats,  pork products
  • Welch’s juice products, from Lawton
  • Country Home Creations herb and spice packets to make your own dressing or dip
  • Our new line of local chocolates 

Alcohol offerings:  Our brandies, wines and hard ciders available are:

  • Brandies:  Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
  • Wines: Double Cherry and Kaiser Cyser
  • Hard Cider flavors: Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, Preach, Blueberry, Hometown Hero, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa, Elves, United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch. 

Brandy tours and tasting will be starting up this Saturday (June 8th)  from 1 until 3, in the Brandy Barn/Distillery.  Bruce, our brandy maker will be there to welcome you, talk with you about our process, offer sample of brandy and some hard ciders as well!  It’s always an interesting and fun experience.

As soon as we get the plants out of the side of the market, we will be opening up that area with tables and chairs and be offering happy hours.  We will be changing it up a bit this year and we think you’ll like it, stay tuned.

Happenings on the farm:

This week we finished planting everything and you could probably hear us exhaling!  The second planting of tomatoes got in along with pumpkins.  And thankfully, we got our sunflowers in before it rained again.  So, you’ll be hearing more about this year’s sunflower experience which will be in August.  See below for entering our sunflower growing contest for children called: Corey Lake Orchards 2019  “Growing Children Growing Sunflowers Contest”.  All of the information you need for this is at the end of the email or pick up a flyer at the market.

A race against the rain to get the sunflowers in, but we did it!

We are growing lots of weeds and grass, probably the same as most of you with the spring rains.  Sometimes I feel like changing our sign to Corey Lake Dandelion farm!    It seems like there is a mower going non-stop.  So while we are having a hard time keeping up with weeding (because most of it we do manually) be aware that some we leave some on purpose because they are beneficial weeds that attract pollinators and butterflies, like milk weed that you will find in our herb garden, blueberry field and strawberry field.

Two of these are milkweed, one is a basil plant!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.  Have a good weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Reminder:  Corey Lake Orchards will now be closed every Tuesday.  We will continue to share this notice since it is a major change.  As a small family business, we have begun to realize that to best serve our customers with an exceptional product and experience, we need a down day once per week to regroup, reorganize, and re-energize.

Corey Lake Orchards 2019 : “Growing Children Growing Sunflowers Contest”

Attention:  Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Godparents, Aunts, Uncles, Teachers, and all

Contest information:

  • Contest open to children 10 years and younger
  • Purchase a sunflower book for $12.99 and receive a packet of 5 sunflower seeds free with book purchase.
  • Plant seeds into the earth, water as needed, and keep weeds away so they can grow tall!
  • Photograph the growth at least 4 times (see suggested schedule below) and send pictures to coreylakerochards@gmail.com. Corey Lake Orchards will share pictures, progress and the winners on their website and social media.  Only child’s first name and last name initial will be used, like Sally G.
    • Photo 1: When I Spy (when plant is first popping out of the ground)
    • Photo 2: When Knee High (when plant reaches the child’s knees, measure with the sunflower growth chart in the book)
    • Photo 3: When it Goes to the Sky (when it is as tall as the child, measure with the sunflower growth chart in the book)
    • Photo 4: And Why?  Your own unique photo and caption with the child (extra points if it rhymes!)
  • Corey Lake Orchards will be the final judge, reviewing all pictures and captions.
  • Prizes: Top 3 chosen to win will receive four tickets to Corey Lake Orchard’s Sunflower Experience in August
  • All other qualifying entrants (must submit the four photos) will win a free donut and small slushy

Excited to see the sun!

After another week of emptying the rain gage, we have been delighted to get these few days of sun.  Ask any school child what it takes to make a plant grow, and almost all of them will quickly tell you water and sun.  And those students a bit further along in their science study can tell you about the photosynthesis process.   What a difference a few days of sun have made on the health of our plants, orchards and vineyards.

And we thank all of you who came out over the long Memorial Day weekend, despite the on and off showers.  It was great to see so many of you back that we hadn’t seen all year!

 

On the market now:

  • We have fresh picked asparagus and  will have it all weekend.  While it seems like we just started the asparagus season, we are already 5 weeks in and will probably only pick for one more week.  So…get your fill quickly!    Pricing: $2.50 a pound; 10 pounds or more for $2.25 a pound.
  • Fresh Rhubarb is also available,  $2.50 a pound.
  • Our large sweet onions, grown in 2018 and stored over the winter.
  • Greenhouse cucumbers
  • Greenhouse tomatoes:  They are in limited supply as they start ripening
  • U-pick herbs:  See list at the market for what you can pick now
  • Organic produce from the Hoophouse:  Spinach, Lettuce, Kale and radishes

Bedding plants:  Vegetables, flower annuals, herbs and tomatoes.  We have sold out of some plants, so feel free to call before you drive out to see if we have what you need.  While  we know only too well it has been tough to get anything in the ground, these few days without rain should allow for planting!

Lettuce bowls, for your “pick your own salad. ”  Pick and then let it grow back for your next salad.

Bakery:  

If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we would be happy to save it for you!

This weekend’s offerings will be:

  • Cookies: Frosted Cut Outs, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
  • Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, and Strawberry Rhubarb. Cherry Berry is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Breads: Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan, Focaccia Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
  • Summer flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Slushies

Also in the bakery you can find:

  • Local Gluten free items
  • Local Plainwell Ice cream to scoop out with pie.
  • Jake’s Country Meats,  pork products
  • Welch’s juice products, from Lawton
  • Country Home Creations herb and spice packets to make your own  dressing or dip
  • Our new line of local chocolates 

We know we told you this last week, but we’re going to say it again since we have had a lot of weather changes this week.  While the erratic weather makes farming challenging, it also affects our baking.    The temperature and humidity swings in the last few weeks have affected how our breads and donuts turn out.  Sometimes too large,  sometimes too small.   So if you find an extra donut in your bag, it’s because we added extra if they came out small that day (or not round!!)  We promise they still taste good no matter the shape or size:)

Alcohol offerings:  Our brandies, wines and hard ciders available are:

  • Brandies:  Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
  • Wines: Double Cherry and Kaiser Cyser
  • Hard Cider flavors: Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, Preach, Blueberry, Hometown Hero, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa, Elves, United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch. 

In the next few weeks we will let you know how we will be doing tours and tastings this year.  We’re a little late getting started because we have plants filling the spaces we need.

Happenings on the farm:

This week we planted, planted, and planted, every chance we got, even through the raindrops.  We are hopeful that everything will be finished up tomorrow, including getting the sunflowers planted.  Please do a “No rain dance” for us to give us at least a half a day tomorrow!

We planted around 30 kinds of peppers, hot and sweet!

Thankful to our crew who worked 10 hours to get these in before another rain.

This year’s sunflower experience will be in August and we’re excited about the plans we have for it.  To get it kicked off, we are starting a sunflower growing contest for children called: Corey Lake Orchards 2019  “Growing Children Growing Sunflowers Contest”.  All of the information you need for this is at the end of the email or pick up a flyer at the market.

The sunflower contest starts with this book we have on the market, with the pull out measuring ruler.

Our crop of strawberries and blueberries are just finishing up blooming and beginning to make fruit!    Strawberry timing is about mid-June with blueberries in July.  They will be late so check back with us for updated timing.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.  Have a good weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Reminder:  Corey Lake Orchards will now be closed every Tuesday.  We will continue to share this notice since it is a major change.  As a small family business, we have begun to realize that to best serve our customers with an exceptional product and experience, we need a down day once per week to regroup, reorganize, and re-energize.

Corey Lake Orchards 2019 : “Growing Children Growing Sunflowers Contest”

Attention:  Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Godparents, Aunts, Uncles, Teachers, and all

Contest information:

  • Contest open to children 10 years and younger
  • Purchase a sunflower book for $12.99 and receive a packet of 5 sunflower seeds free with book purchase.
  • Plant seeds into the earth, water as needed, and keep weeds away so they can grow tall!
  • Photograph the growth at least 4 times (see suggested schedule below) and send pictures to coreylakerochards@gmail.com. Corey Lake Orchards will share pictures, progress and the winners on their website and social media.  Only child’s first name and last name initial will be used, like Sally G.
    • Photo 1: When I Spy (when plant is first popping out of the ground)
    • Photo 2: When Knee High (when plant reaches the child’s knees, measure with the sunflower growth chart in the book)
    • Photo 3: When it Goes to the Sky (when it is as tall as the child, measure with the sunflower growth chart in the book)
    • Photo 4: And Why?  Your own unique photo and caption with the child (extra points if it rhymes!)
  • Corey Lake Orchards will be the final judge, reviewing all pictures and captions.
  • Prizes: Top 3 chosen to win will receive four tickets to Corey Lake Orchard’s Sunflower Experience in August
  • All other qualifying entrants (must submit the four photos) will win a free donut and small slushy

Wishing you a pleasant Memorial Day Weekend!

This holiday weekend, along with all of you, we’d like to extend our appreciation to our veterans and active service members for all that they have given and sacrificed. We’d like to treat any veteran or active service member who comes to the market over the weekend and on Memorial Day Monday to a free cake donut. (Yes, we will be open our normal hours of 8 until 6 on Memorial Day.)

On the market now:

  • We have fresh picked asparagus and  will have it all weekend. Asparagus is finally starting to grow faster with some of these warm days.   Pricing: $2.50 a pound; 10 pounds or more for $2.25 a pound.
  • Fresh Rhubarb is also available,  $2.50 a pound.
  • Our large sweet onions, grown in 2018 and stored over the winter.
  • Greenhouse cucumbers
  • U-pick herbs:  See list at the market for what you can pick now
  • Organic produce from the Hoophouse:  Spinach, Lettuce, Kale and radishes

Bedding plants:  Vegetables, flower annuals, herbs and tomatoes.  We have sold out of some plants, so feel free to call before you drive out to see if we have what you need.

Lettuce bowls, for your “pick your own salad. ”  Pick and then let it grow back for your next salad.

Large tomato plants for your patio, porch or yard.  We have regular size tomatoes, cherry and grape (perfect for snacking or putting on you salad.)

Bakery:  Happy Memorial Day Weekend! To say “Thank you” to all our service men and women, past and present, come visit us in the bakery to receive a free cake donut of your choice! We will have cake donuts Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for the Holiday Weekend! 

This weekend in the bakery we will have our Cherry Berry pies! These have cherries, blueberries, and dried cranberries, which make a nice sweet/sour taste that we think you will like.  (It’s Beth’s favorite!)  This is also the last weekend for plain Rhubarb pies for this season.  If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we would be happy to save it for you!

This weekend’s offerings will be:

  • Cookies: Frosted Cut Outs, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
  • Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Rhubarb and Strawberry Rhubarb. Cherry Berry is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Breads: Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan, Focaccia Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
  • Summer flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry (Available Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for the holiday)
  • Slushies

Also in the bakery you can find:

  • Local Gluten free items
  • Local Plainwell Ice cream to scoop out with pie.
  • Jake’s Country Meats,  pork products
  • Welch’s juice products, from Lawton
  • Country Home Creations herb and spice packets to make your own  dressing or dip
  • Our new line of local chocolates 

While the erratic weather makes farming challenging, it also affects our baking.    The temperature and humidity swings in the last few weeks have affected how our breads and donuts turn out.  Sometimes too large,  sometimes too small.   So if you find an extra donut in your bag, it’s because we added extra if they came out small that day (or not round!!)  We promise they still taste good no matter the shape or size:)

Alcohol offerings:  Our brandies, wines and hard ciders available are:

  • Brandies:  Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
  • Wines: Double Cherry and Kaiser Cyser
  • Hard Cider flavors: Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, Preach, Blueberry, Hometown Hero, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa, Elves, United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch. 

In the next few weeks we will let you know how we will be doing tours and tastings this year.  We’re a little late getting started because we have plants filling the spaces we need.

Due to popular demand Teresa has made more asparagus tamales to sell for the holiday weekend.  They are $1.50 each, you may want to call and order ahead.  269-244-5690.

Happenings on the farm:

We looked at lots of weather apps on our phones, hoping that one might give us the weather we wanted, but sadly not. It continues to be a very difficult spring for farmers or anyone trying to work outdoors.   The fields are still too wet for us to plant our vegetables, everything needs to be pollinated and the bees don’t like to come to work in the cold and rain.  The cool wet spring is going to push things back, so stay tuned for when things will be in season this year.   Sunday evening brought a double rainbow over the farm, so Mother Nature can do some pretty amazing things too!

We are poised and ready to plant our sunflowers the first chance we have when the field dries out.   This year’s sunflower experience will be in August and we’re excited about the plans we have for it.  To get it kicked off, we are starting a sunflower growing contest for children called: Corey Lake Orchards 2019  “Growing Children Growing Sunflowers Contest”.  All of the information you need for this is at the end of the email or pick up a flyer at the market.

The sunflower contest starts with this book we have on the market, with the pull out measuring ruler.

Beth and Emma-Grace are planting a pollinator garden.  It will be a work in process for several years as the perennials grow, but we hope you will enjoy it as much as we have getting it ready.

Preparing the garden bed

Our crop of strawberries and blueberries are in bloom and looking great, if all the blooms you see below turn into fruit, we’ll all be happy.  Strawberry timing is about mid-June with blueberries in July.  They will be late so check back with us for updated timing.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.  Have a good weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Reminder:  Corey Lake Orchards will now be closed every Tuesday.  We will continue to share this notice since it is a major change.  As a small family business, we have begun to realize that to best serve our customers with an exceptional product and experience, we need a down day once per week to regroup, reorganize, and re-energize.

Update from downtown Three Rivers:

DOWNTOWN IN BLOOM!

On behalf of the Three Rivers DDA/Main Street program, I would like to take a moment and introduce myself as the newly appointed Full Time Executive Director!  My name is Tricia Meyer and I am a long-time resident of Three Rivers and an avid fan of our charming Historic Downtown!

I would invite and encourage each of you if you had not had the opportunity to check us out yet, to please be sure to come see all the new things in “store” for you!  EAT, SHOP, PLAY and DRINK and Discover Downtown Again!

I am proud to boast we now have six wonderful, unique dining establishments right here in the heart of Main Street.  Roosters, Landmark Taphouse and Grille, Main Street Café, Venue 45, Kelsey Block and the Riviera’s doors are wide open and ready to welcome you and serve up some delicious, mouth-watering entrees!

We are gearing up for a great lineup of events this year that you will not want to miss out on!  Sass in the City, Upstairs Downstairs Tour, Harmony Fest, Halloween Crawl, Christmas Around Town, Midnight on Main, Chili Cook Off and another fun Trivia Night are some of the great things coming down the pipe!  For more details on dates and times please be sure to visit our Downtown Three Rivers Facebook page and our newly launched website www.trdda.net.

The City will again be offering their Movies in the Park with the first being “Spiderman – The Homecoming” being offered on June 14th.

Local artists will also be hosting a series of events such as the RED BARN ORIGINAL ART SALE,  Saturday,, May 25 10 AM – 3 PM,  58338 West Clear Lake Rd, “Paint Out the Town” on June 29th, and “Focus on Three Rivers” on August 24th.

The list is endless and the opportunities are bountiful!  If you have any questions or want more details on any of these exciting opportunities or you just want to get plugged into the fun, please feel free to email me at threeriversdda@gmail.com or call me at 269.535.5145!

See you Downtown!  Tricia Meyer

 

Corey Lake Orchards 2019 : “Growing Children Growing Sunflowers Contest”

Attention:  Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Godparents, Aunts, Uncles, Teachers, and all

Contest information:

  • Contest open to children 10 years and younger
  • Purchase a sunflower book for $12.99 and receive a packet of 5 sunflower seeds free with book purchase.
  • Plant seeds into the earth, water as needed, and keep weeds away so they can grow tall!
  • Photograph the growth at least 4 times (see suggested schedule below) and send pictures to coreylakerochards@gmail.com. Corey Lake Orchards will share pictures, progress and the winners on their website and social media.  Only child’s first name and last name initial will be used, like Sally G.
    • Photo 1: When I Spy (when plant is first popping out of the ground)
    • Photo 2: When Knee High (when plant reaches the child’s knees, measure with the sunflower growth chart in the book)
    • Photo 3: When it Goes to the Sky (when it is as tall as the child, measure with the sunflower growth chart in the book)
    • Photo 4: And Why?  Your own unique photo and caption with the child (extra points if it rhymes!)
  • Corey Lake Orchards will be the final judge, reviewing all pictures and captions.
  • Prizes: Top 3 chosen to win will receive four tickets to Corey Lake Orchard’s Sunflower Experience in August
  • All other qualifying entrants (must submit the four photos) will win a free donut and small slushy

Finally, starting to feel like spring!

We’re open for the 2019 season!   Our hours are 8 to 6 daily, including holidays, except we are now closed on Tuesdays

We have fresh picked asparagus and  will have it all weekend. Asparagus is finally starting to grow faster with some of these warm days.  We have started down the order list and should have all the orders filled this coming week.  Thanks for your patience.    Pricing: $2.50 a pound; 10 pounds or more for $2.25 a pound.

Fresh Rhubarb is also available now!  $2.50 a pound.   We also have rhubarb pie in the bakery, a spring favorite!

Our large sweet onions, grown in 2018 and stored over the winter.

Organic produce from the Hoophouse:  Spinach, Lettuce, Kale and radishes

Bedding plants:  All of our bedding plants – vegetables, flower annuals, and tomatoes are here!  These plants are specially grown for us at Schram’s greenhouse in Kalamazoo and are the same varieties we plant in our fields.  It is so important to start with a high-quality plant, so as you think about your garden needs, plan on getting your plants here.  Any of our staff can help you pick out what you need, just ask!

Bedding plants:

  • Cole crops: Cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, various lettuce varieties, broccoli, chard, and spinach
  • Flower annuals: We have a huge selection of flower annuals….too many to list
  • Tomato plants: We have a large selection of tomatoes (all the ones that we grow here in our own fields) plus mini tomatoes like grape and cherry
  • Herbs
  • Other “heat loving” vegetable plants like peppers, cucumbers, melons, squash, and eggplant
  • Hanging flower baskets: We have lots of hanging baskets, including some of the favorites we carry every year like the lipstick plant
  • Lettuce bowls, for your “pick your own salad”
  • Large tomato plants for your patio, porch or yard
  • Specialty pots made up with flower and herb arrangements by our own Teri.  If you’d like Teri to make a special pot for you, bring in your containers and pick out the flowers and she will put it together.
  • Bakery:  This weekend in the bakery we will have our peanut butter cream pies!  These are definitely a favorite!  If you would like anything reserved, give us a call at 269-244-5690 and we would be happy to save it for you!This weekend’s offerings will be:
    • Cookies: Flower Cut Outs, Frosted Lemon, M&M “Monster”, Chaos, Mudslide, and Salted Caramel
    • Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Rhubarb and Strawberry Rhubarb. Peanut butter Cream is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
    • Breads: Whole Wheat, Honey Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Italian, Tuscan, Focaccia Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
    • Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
    • Summer flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry (Available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
    • Slushies

Also in the bakery you can find:

  • Local Gluten free items
  • Local Plainwell Ice cream to scoop out with pie.
  • Jake’s Country Meats,  pork products
  • Welch’s juice products, from Lawton
  • Country Home Creations herb and spice packets to make your own  dressing or dip
  • Our new line of chocolates 
    • Many of the staff, particularly Beth, needed a good chocolate for stress relief and just to enjoy!  We had a lot of fun exploring different local chocolatiers this winter (especially the sampling part) and are now partnering with “Confections with Convictions” who handmake artisanal chocolates exclusively from organic and fair trade.   Find out more about them and their story here:  https://confectionswithconvictions.com/
  • Just outside the bakery in our market fridge, you’ll find lots of local cheese from Benton Harbor, but also we have Mattawan Creamery Yogurt back for the year.   Many of you have fallen in love with this yogurt, if you haven’t tried it, you should!  Learn more about them here:  https://www.facebook.com/Mattawan-Artisan-Creamery-105281702883195/

Alcohol offerings:  Our brandies, wines and hard ciders available are:

  • Brandies:  Pear, Grape, Apple, Cherry, Peach, and Grappa
  • Wines: Double Cherry and Kaiser Cyser
  • Hard Cider flavors: Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, Preach, Blueberry, Hometown Hero, Cortabella, Currant/Cacoa, Elves, United Squash Federation, Ginger, Strawberry and Brunch. 

Due to popular demand Teresa has made more asparagus tamales to sell on Saturday and Sunday.  They are $1.50 each, you may want to call and order ahead.  269-244-5690.

Happenings on the farm:

We hope last weekend was the last time we had to move plants into shelter from the cold weather.  Some of our plants are breaking records for how much mileage they are racking up being moved in and out!

Apples are now in full bloom, enjoy these final blossoms while you are out and about.   Strawberries and blueberries are starting to bloom.   Many questions about when strawberries will be ready, as of now everything is running about 2 weeks behind due to the cool spring, but that could change.  We estimate mid June for strawberries.   Stay tuned.

Pink Lady apples blooming

Blueberries in bloom

Early strawberries blooming

The several days of sun this week have started turning the greenhouse tomatoes from green to red……it won’t be much longer now!

With the few sunny, dry days, we planted furiously.  Yes, we have planted our heat loving crops like tomatoes, squash and other and are keeping our fingers crossed.  Thanks to Teri and Teresa, we got our herb garden planted.  All of the metal pots in front have different mint in them.  Be sure to stop and smell!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local.  Have a good weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Reminder:  Corey Lake Orchards will now be closed every Tuesday.  We will continue to share this notice since it is a major change.  As a small family business, we have begun to realize that to best serve our customers with an exceptional product and experience, we need a down day once per week to regroup, reorganize, and re-energize.