Our last day is Friday, October 24th for the year….

While our “official” last day for the market and bakery was Sunday, October 19th, we have remained open this week to sell remaining produce, with reduced hours of 9 to 5. Below you will find listed what is still available, we will be open until 5 pm on Friday October 24th, which will really be our last day for the year.  (We are closing early this year due to such a small apple crop.)

Here’s what is what we still have:

Butternut squash

Fall Ornamentals: rainbow corn, small hay bale sand Diane’s famous painted pumpkins

Bagged onions: Our sweet candy onions (red and yellow),  Special cipollini cooking onions are also available.

Kale (multiple kinds), potatoes, and dried sage

Bakery:  The bakery is closed for the year, but still taking orders for pies for Thanksgiving. If you’d like to place an order you can call us at 269-244-5690 until the Friday before Thanksgiving (November 19th). The pick up date for Thanksgiving pies will be on Wednesday November 26th.

Picked grapes: We still have picked grapes available (white Niagara and the purple Concord)- $20 a bushel. Please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.

U-Pick grapes: We are still open for purple Concord. The frost has killed off most of the leaves making them easier to pick for sure.  However, you need to come out very soon as  the grapes will start changing in texture. They are 25 cents a pound to pick, or 20 cents a pound if you pick over 100 pounds.

U-Pick apples:  We have completed the apple harvest and we are now open for end of year “apple gleaning”–you may pick apples left on the tree or off the ground for $5/bushel. However, please be aware that there are very few left….so some work and effort is required to find them.

Picked Apples on the market–we have some of the following left, but going fast.  It is best to call ahead and have us save what you want since we have so few left.

  • 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
  • Northern Spy: This is an antique apple that cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes…..very popular for apple pie
  • Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste lies under a thin skin. Great for applesauce, cider, pies or other desserts
  • Red Rome: Bright red, tart apple for eating or cooking with a pink tinge when you bite into it…makes a nice looking applesauce
  • Mutsu: A large green very tart apple for eating or cooking, the closest thing we have to a Granny Smith

Apple pricing for the year:  With the exception of Honeycrisp, apples are: $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.

Pumpkins: We no longer have pumpkins, sorry.  You might find some at Riley Pumpkin Farm which is located in Three Rivers, follow the signs to Ferguson Road off of Broadway.

Happenings on the farm this week:

We were surprised to find how busy we were on the market this week. After last year’s bumper crop of apples that went on through November, nobody believes that we really are closing! So thanks to everyone that came out to get our remaining produce this week. We have started pruning the apple orchards and making great progress with the good weather - if you drive along AL Jones Road you will see how far along we have already come. As soon as the Concord vines completely die off from the frost, we will start pruning the grapes, which is one of our most labor intensive annual farm tasks.

The reduced market hours this week allowed me to get into the office and start through the mountain of paperwork that piled up during our busy season (definitely not my favorite thing). Becca has been busy brewing hard cider, preparing her garden for the frosts, and helping Bruce to start some Concord grape brandy.

We were notified this week that we were selected to be this year’s recipient of Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes’ annual FISH (Food Industry Supply Hero) award.  They are one of several food pantries we work with to ensure none of our excess produce goes to waste and we really appreciate our partnership with them, which has allowed us to donate over 35,000 pounds of produce in the past five years.

It is supposed to be an absolutely beautiful fall weekend coming up and we are truly sorry that we will not have the traditional farm experience to offer you since we are closing. It will be great weather to be out in orchards and pumpkin patches. So for those of you looking for pick your own apples, pumpkins, and the cider and donut experience, I would direct you to the following website to find other places in Michigan:  http://michiganfarmfun.com/. All of the farms you will find here belong to the Michigan Agritourism Association which I am proud to serve as the President of. I can wholeheartedly recommend these as options for you to take advantage of fall fun on a Michigan farm.

Finally, we would like to give our condolences to the friends and family of Lee Hawkins. Lee passed away this week at the age of 94 and was a well-loved member of the Three Rivers community, working at the high school for many years. He also worked at Corey Lake Orchards for over 40 years and was a common face around the market even after he retired. He was a wonderful friend to our family and he will be missed.

So, we thank you again for a  great season, for being such loyal customers and buying local, Beth and everyone else at Corey Lake Orchard

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Beautiful colors at the market, open just a few more days.

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All good things must come to an end….at least for 2014…

Thanks to everyone who came out this past weekend, especially Sunday for the special Fall Color Tour events. Based on the size of the crowds, we think that was just about everybody. It was great to see everyone having fun on the farm and enjoying the beautiful day. Even when the donut line got long….no one seemed to mind.

A few people out for the Fall Color Tour.

A few people out for the Fall Color Tour.

Once again, it is time for us to wrap up our season, and with the smaller apple crop, sooner than we would like. So our last “official” day for the market and bakery with our normal 8 to 6 hours will be this coming Sunday, October 19th. After the 19th, we will be around from 9 until 5 for a few more weeks, for those who might still be coming to pick grapes, do apple gleaning, buy brandy, or purchase what produce we still have available.

So….if you have not gotten your fall produce, now really is the time.  Here’s what is what we still have:

Fall squash: acorn, butternut, buttercup—these will keep for a few months yet if you can store them in a cool, dry spot.

Fall Ornamentals: Mums, pumpkins, gourds, specialty pumpkins, rainbow corn, and small hay bales are ready for your fall decorating. Diane’s famous painted pumpkins are on the market too. Great picture taking spots amongst all of these ornamentals.

Apple cider: We pressed cider for the last time on Monday, October 13th, and will have it till it runs out, hopefully through the weekend.

Bagged onions: Our sweet candy onions (red and yellow) and our white superstar onions have now been cleaned and bagged. They have been dried and cured and will keep for you through the winter–so stock up. Special cipollini cooking onions are also available.

And of course, kale (multiple kinds), potatoes, dried sage, rosemary, oregano, and other herbs. Basil is now gone for the year.

This weekend in the bakery we will have:

  • Pies: apple, blueberry, cherry, fresh pumpkin, pecan
  • Apple dumplings
  • Cookies: pumpkin shaped cut outs, monster (oatmeal, choc chips, m&m’s and peanut butter), caramel apple, and lemon
  • Bread: Whole wheat, cinnamon, vegetable
  • Cinnamon rolls and sticky buns
  • Pumpkin cupcakes
  • Donuts: Apple, buttermilk, pumpkin
  • Slushies: Apple cider and grape blend

If you would like to reserve any baked goods please call us at (269) 244-5690.

Reminder that we have our Northern Spy frozen apple pies on special since it is apple season….you can buy three large pies for $25.

Second reminder:  We will also be baking pies for Thanksgiving again by order only. You can pick up and fill out an order form for Thanksgiving in the bakery now through October 19th, or call us to fill one out for you (269-244-5690). The pick up date for Thanksgiving pies will be on Wednesday November 26th.

A note from the bakers: This is the final weekend the bakery will be open. With that being said, it is always bittersweet to see each season come to a close…on one side we will miss seeing all of our wonderful customers, on the other it will be nice to able sleep in past 4 am. Everyone in the bakery would like to thank you for the wonderful season and we look forward to seeing and serving all of you next year! See you this weekend!-The Bakers

Local Meat: The freezer still has some meat, but it’s going fast. If you want bacon, pork chops, or ground sausage before it sells out, give us a call and we’ll put it on hold for you. Thanks to local friends at Rolling Meadows Farms in Jones for helping us keep in stock this year.

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes (white Niagara and the purple Concord)- $20 a bushel. Please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them. We also sell pre-picked grapes in smaller quantities as well. Often folks ask us what to do with these grape varieties—they are primarily used for making juice, wine or jelly. However, if you don’t mind the seeds, they are great to eat just fresh. We have recipes at the market for how to use them.

U-Pick grapes: We are open for both the white Niagara and the purple Concord. We have plenty of Concord, though but the Niagara are not as plentiful.

Everyone is asking how much longer we will have grapes…..it is always hard to predict how many customers will come out and what the weather will do, but it seems like we will have the purple Concord grapes until the first hard frost.  With the rains, coming sooner than later is best.

  • 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 (please check 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: They are 25 cents/pound to pick or if you pick over 100 pounds, they are 20 cents/pound. A 5-gallon bucket filled to the top weighs approximately 20 pounds which is also equivalent to a half bushel.
  •  If you pick over 100 pounds of grapes, that is $4 a bucket (20 cents/lb)
  • If you pick less than 100 pounds, it is $5 a bucket (25 cents/lb).

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 how much you pick instead of having to weigh them all. 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 $4.00.
  • Scissors or clippers to cut them with.
  • Small wagons to help you get them out of the vineyard (our rows are very long).

U-Pick apples:

We have completed the apple harvest and we a re now open for end of year “apple gleaning”–this is a great way for folks trying to get a lot of apples to do it very economically. You may pick apples left on the tree or off the ground for $5/bushel. So for those people who want to press their own cider, make a huge amount of apple sauce, get “animal” apples, etc., this is the time. For best availability of the types of apples and quality—you will want to come out within the next several weeks. Please check in with the market first.

Picked Apples on the market–we have some of the following left, but going fast:

  • 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 (good amount left)
  • JonaGold: This is a large, lovely apple for fresh eating and cooking. It combines the best qualities of a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious. It is very crisp, with shades of tart and sweet in each apple (few left)
  • Northern Spy: This is an antique apple that cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes…..very popular for apple pie (good amount left)
  • Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste lies under a thin skin. Great for applesauce, cider, pies or other desserts (good amount left)
  • Red Delicious: A sweet eating apple which is an old favorite. Excellent keeper (good amount left)
  • Red Rome: Bright red, tart apple for eating or cooking with a pink tinge when you bite into it…makes a nice looking applesauce (good amount left)
  • Pink Lady–very hard, tart, apple with a beautiful pink cheek
  • Gone for the year: Ginger Gold, Macintosh, Mollies Delicious, Earliblaze, Jonathan, Cortland, JonaMac, Mutsu, Ida Red, Fuji, Gala, Cameo

Apple pricing for the year:  With the exception of Honeycrisp, apples are: $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 update at our official page here.

Pumpkins: We have lots of pumpkins for sale, ranging from huge to small, but this year we have moved them to the parking lot area to make it easier for you to take to your car. You can’t miss them, right beside the vineyard and in front of the old white truck.  If you are looking for pumpkins after October 19th, we recommend Riley Pumpkin Farm which is located in Three Rivers, follow the signs to Ferguson Road off of Broadway.

The Spookley Storybook: Please check out our large storybook about Spookley the square pumpkin in the yard by the farmhouse. There are 12 storyboards to walk children through. It is a wonderful story about a pumpkin that grows square instead of round, gets teased and bullied because he is different, than something happens on the farm where Spookley ends up saving all of the pumpkins—and we won’t give the rest of the story away. This story has some great teachable moments about how all of us need to value the unique and different qualities that individuals have.

Happenings on the farm this week: We do have to admit that on Monday, all of us were a bit dazed and operating on auto-pilot after all of the hours we worked getting ready for the Fall Color Tour. The rains that came slowed things down a bit and actually seemed very nice for us! This week, in between the rainstorms, we are working back in the fields again preparing them for next year. Yes, all of those tomato stakes which held those plants up so valiantly are now out of the ground and stored for next year. This afternoon, the crew is getting pruning equipment ready so we can start into the apple orchards. Once we get a hard frost killing off the grape vines, we will start trimming the Concord grapes.

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Beautiful colors at the market, open just a few more days.

So to all of our customers, we say thank you. It has been our pleasure and joy to share our farm and all of its bounty with you. Especially this year, with the loss of my dad and so many transitions at the farm, your support has meant everything to us. We will certainly miss you during the winter as the farm moves into its slower pace. We promise to keep you updated and look forward to another season with you in 2015.

Thanks as always for buying local, Beth & everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

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Sunday at the Farm: Fall Color Tour! Special Events & U-pick Apples and Grapes

The weekend weather forecast looks great for anyone hoping to visit the farm! Sunday is the annual Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour and the fall colors are popping just at the right time. 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:

  • Birds of Prey exhibit–1 to 3 (weather permitting). See eagles, owls, falcons, merlins, and other rescue birds and meet the falconers who work with them.
  • Live music throughout the afternoon.
  • Local art fair from 11am-5pm
  • Emerald eCycling doing free used/broken electronics collection from 12pm-4pm (see detailed note below)**
  • Free cider and produce samples all day
  • Fresh baked goods in our bakery–especially donuts!!
  • U-pick apples and grapes
  • Picked apples and grapes and lots of other produce available in the market
  • The Spookley Story book in our pumpkin yard and wonderful autumn decorations to enjoy

For information on other stops on the tour, click here to see this year’s flier

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Here’s what we will have this weekend:

Fall squash: acorn, butternut, buttercup, spaghetti squash, and heart of gold. Sage bundles are ready for those who want them. $1 for small bundles and $2 for large bundles.

Fall Ornamentals: Mums, pumpkins, gourds, specialty pumpkins, rainbow corn and popcorn, and small hay bales are ready for your fall decorating. Diane’s famous painted pumpkins are on the market too. Great picture taking spots amongst all of these ornamentals.

Apple cider: Our cider is made in our own cider mill weekly, not pasteurized or treated in any way–just pure squeezed apples!

Bagged onions: Our sweet candy onions (red and yellow) and our white superstar onions have now been cleaned and bagged. They have been dried and cured and will keep for you through the winter–so stock up. Special cipollini cooking onions are also available.

And of course, kale, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and the rest of the last summer produce.

This weekend in the bakery we will have:

  • Pies: apple, blueberry, cherry, fresh pumpkin, pecan, and strawberry rhubarb.
  • Apple dumplings
  • Cookies: pumpkin shaped cut outs, monster (oatmeal, choc chips, m&m’s and peanut butter), and lemon.
  • Bread: Whole wheat, cinnamon, vegetable.
  • Cinnamon rolls and sticky buns. 
  • Caramel apples
  • Pumpkin cupcakes
  • Donuts: Apple, buttermilk, pumpkin.
  • Slushies: Apple cider and grape blend.

If you would like to reserve any baked goods please call us at (269) 244-5690.

Reminder that we have our Northern Spy frozen apple pies on special since it is apple season….you can buy three large pies for $25.

A note from the bakers: With this season coming to a close, we have been asked by several of you when is the last day for the bakery? Our last day for the bakery this year is Sunday, October 19th. But…we will also be baking pies for Thanksgiving again by order only. You can pick up and fill out an order form for Thanksgiving in the bakery now through October 19th, or call us to fill one out for you (269-244-5690). The pick up date for Thanksgiving pies will be on Wednesday November 26th. See you this weekend!-The Bakers

Note from Beth: Michaela’s last working day in the bakery for this season will be this Sunday, October 12th. For those who may not know, she and Jay are expecting their first child in December, and we think she deserves a little rest before experiencing the joys of motherhood. Make sure to offer your thanks for the great job she has done managing the bakery this year. Thankfully, the very competent bakery staff will carry on with the remainder of the baking season.

Local Meat: The freezer is loaded with boneless pork chops, bone-in pork chops, bacon (in 1# and 5# packages) and sausage, including bacon breakfast sausage patties! Thanks to local friends at Rolling Meadows Farms in Jones for helping us stock.

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes (white Niagara and the purple Concord)- $20 a bushel. Please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them. We also sell pre-picked grapes in smaller quantities as well. Often folks ask us what to do with these grape varieties—they are primarily used for making juice, wine or jelly. However, if you don’t mind the seeds, they are great to eat just fresh. We have recipes at the market for how to use them.

U-Pick grapes: We are open for both the white Niagara and the purple Concord. We have plenty of Concord, though we think this could be the last weekend for Niagara. While we were worried about last week’s rain, the cool weather and extra wind dried things back out so it did not hurt the grapes, thankfully.

Everyone is asking how much longer we will have grapes…..it is always hard to predict how many customers will come out and what the weather will do, but it seems like we will have the purple Concord grapes until the first hard frost.

  • 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 (please check 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: They are 25 cents/pound to pick or if you pick over 100 pounds, they are 20 cents/pound. A 5-gallon bucket filled to the top weighs approximately 20 pounds which is also equivalent to a half bushel.
  •  If you pick over 100 pounds of grapes, that is $4 a bucket (20 cents/lb)
  • If you pick less than 100 pounds, it is $5 a bucket (25 cents/lb).

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 how much you pick instead of having to weigh them all. 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 $4.00.
  • Scissors or clippers to cut them with.
  • Small wagons to help you get them out of the vineyard (our rows are very long!)

U-Pick apples:

There are still plenty of the following varieties left: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Northern Spies, and Red Rome. There are a few Fuji and some Cameo left, but not as many. The last day for U-Pick apples will be Tuesday, October 14th.

On Wednesday, October 15th, we will open for apple gleaning–this is a great way for folks trying to get a lot of apples to do it very economically. You may pick apples left on the tree or off the ground for $5/bushel. So for those people who want to press their own cider, make a huge amount of apple sauce, get “animal” apples, etc., this is the time. For best availability of the types of apples and quality—you will want to come out within the next several weeks, and you do need to check in with the market first.

Picked Apples on the market.

  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness (few left)
  • 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 (good amount left)
  • JonaGold: This is a large, lovely apple for fresh eating and cooking. It combines the best qualities of a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious. It is very crisp, with shades of tart and sweet in each apple (few left)
  • Cameo: A firm-textured, crisp and sweet tart apple. Great for snacking or baking and is an outstanding dessert apple. Keeps well in coldest part of refrigerator (very few left)
  • Fuji: This is an apple with sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content. It is a very good keeper, the best keeping apple we grow (good amount left)
  • Northern Spy: This is an antique apple that cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes…..very popular for apple pie (good amount left)
  • Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste lies under a thin skin. Great for applesauce, cider, pies or other desserts (good amount left)
  • Red Delicious: A sweet eating apple which is an old favorite. Excellent keeper (good amount left)
  • Red Rome: Bright red, tart apple for eating or cooking with a pink tinge when you bite into it…makes a nice looking applesauce (good amount left)
  • Mutsu: A large green very tart apple for eating or cooking, the closest thing we have to a Granny Smith (some left)
  • Ida Red: Tangy, tart, flesh is white, crisp and juicy. Use for fresh eating or cooking (some left)
  • Apples yet to come: Pink Lady–maybe one more week away.
  • Gone for the year: Ginger Gold, Macintosh, Mollies Delicious, Earliblaze, Jonathan, Cortland, JonaMac.

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 Honeycrisp, 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 update at our official page here.

How long will we be open this season: Based on the short apple crop—we will probably close earlier than our traditional October 31st closing. Once we run out of apples and grapes—we will close for the year. If we had to guess, we think as of now we will be open at least through October 19th. This is hard to predict. It will depend on the weather and the number of customers. Stay tuned to updates on our website and Facebook page, or feel free to call us at 269-244-5690.

We would encourage you to get your fall produce and baked goods within the next few weeks if you can, including those pumpkins for Halloween carving.

Pumpkins: We have lots of pumpkins for sale, ranging from huge to small, but this year we have moved them to the parking lot area to make it easier for you to take to your car. You can’t miss them, right beside the vineyard and in front of the old white truck.

The Spookley Storybook: Please check out our large storybook about Spookley the square pumpkin in the yard by the farmhouse. There are 12 storyboards to walk children through. It is a wonderful story about a pumpkin that grows square instead of round, gets teased and bullied because he is different, than something happens on the farm where Spookley ends up saving all of the pumpkins—and we won’t give the rest of the story away. This story has some great teachable moments about how all of us need to value the unique and different qualities that individuals have.

Happenings on the farm this weekGrapes, grapes and more grapes. Truly the biggest happening on the farm this week was all of the customers who came out to pick grapes…….thanks for everyone’s patience as we tried to take care of many customers at the same time. So far, everyone picking has been happy with the picking and the grapes themselves. A big thanks to our field clerk George, for getting you all into and out of the vineyards. With the number of folks that have been out in the last 10 days, there are lots of batches of grape juice and grape jelly being put up around the area!

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Thanks as always for buying local, Beth & everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

**Free Electronics Recycling: On October 12th from 12-4 Emerald eCycling will be doing a free collection of used/broken electronics to recycle, including old computers, cell phones, monitors, modems, cords, cables, VCR players, microwaves, and more. The collection truck will be located at the old schoolhouse at the corner of A.L. Jones and Corey Lake Road just up the street from the market. Please click here for a full list of items they recycle (note that most televisions, large appliances, and smoke detectors are excluded from the list). 

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October = Grapes, Apples, Cider, Pumpkins, Donuts, Dumplings and Fun!

We have loved seeing everyone out at the farm the past few picture perfect weekends….between the U-Pick grapes and U-Pick apples and the bakery–we needed a traffic director!  Thanks to everyone who came out!!

Here’s what we will have this weekend:

Fall squash: acorn, butternut, buttercup, spaghetti squash, and heart of gold. Sage bundles are ready for those who want them. $1 for small bundles and $2 for large bundles.

Fall Ornamentals: Mums, pumpkins, gourds, specialty pumpkins, rainbow corn and popcorn, and small hay bales are ready for your fall decorating. Diane’s famous painted pumpkins are on the market too.  Great picture taking spots amongst all of these ornamentals.

Apple cider:  Our cider is made in our own cider mill weekly, not pasteurized or treated in any way–just pure squeezed apples!

Bagged onions: Our sweet candy onions (red and yellow) and our white superstar onions have now been cleaned and bagged. They have been dried and cured and will keep for you through the winter–so stock up.  Special cipollini cooking onions are also available.

This weekend in the bakery we will have:

  • Pies: apple, blueberry, cherry, pecan, and fresh pumpkin.
  • Apple dumplings
  • Cookies: pumpkin shaped cut outs, monster (oatmeal, choc chips, m&m’s and peanut butter), chocolate chip, lemon, and caramel apple.
  • Bread: Whole wheat, cinnamon, vegetable.
  • Cinnamon rolls and sticky buns. 
  • Caramel apples
  • Pumpkin cupcakes
  • Donuts: Apple, buttermilk, pumpkin.
  • Slushies: Apple cider and grape blend.

If you would like to reserve any baked goods please call us at (269) 244-5690.

Reminder that we have our Northern Spy frozen apple pies on special since it is apple season….you can buy three large pies for $25. Stock up for the winter. See you this weekend! -The Bakers

Did you know we roast our pie pumpkins so that we can make fresh pumpkin pie and cupcakes??

Did you know we roast our pie pumpkins so that we can make fresh pumpkin pie and cupcakes??

Local Meat: The freezer is loaded with boneless pork chops, bone-in pork chops, bacon (in 1# and 5# packages) and sausage, including bacon breakfast sausage patties! Thanks to local friends at Rolling Meadows Farms in Jones for helping us stock.

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes (white Niagara and the purple Concord)- $20 a bushel. Please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.  We also sell pre-picked grapes in smaller quantities as well.  Often folks ask us what to do with these grape varieties—they are primarily used for making juice, wine or jelly.  However, if you don’t mind the seeds, they are great to eat just fresh.  We have recipes at the market for how to use them.

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U-Pick grapes: We are open now for both the white Niagara and the purple Concord.  We have plenty of both right now….let’s hope that the rain forecast is wrong…and that we only get a short, gentle rain…..too much rain could cause them to split, so we would encourage you to come sooner than later….just in case.

  • 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 (please check 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:  They are 25 cents/pound to pick or if you pick over 100 pounds, they are 20 cents/pound. A 5-gallon bucket filled to the top weighs approximately 20 pounds which is also equivalent to a half bushel.
  •  If you pick over 100 pounds of grapes, that is $4 a bucket (20 cents/lb)
  • If you pick less than 100 pounds, it is $5 a bucket (25 cents/lb).

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 how much you pick instead of having to weigh them all. 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 $4.00.
  • Scissors or clippers to cut them with.
  • Small wagons to help you get them out of the vineyard (our rows are very long!)

U-Pick apples:

Due to the demand for more U-Pick apples, we will be opening up additional orchards this weekend for you to pick in as we want you to have a good picking experience. The varieties you can pick are: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Northern Spies, Fuji, Red Rome and some Cameo. By making more available, we hope to have U-Pick apples through October 12th. Note: Please realize that when you go out to the U-Pick orchards and see some trees that have died, plus some with few apples, that this is due to the severe winter followed by a May 15th frost. It impacted some varieties severely. However, picking is still good right now and…..more importantly fun.

Once the apples have been picked, we will try to open for apple gleaning–allowing you to come in and pick what is left on the ground or the tree at a reduced price.  Check back with us.

Picked Apples on the market.

  • Gala is 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.
  • JonaGold:  This is a large, lovely apple for fresh eating and cooking. It combines the best qualities of a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious.  It is very crisp, with shades of tart and sweet in each apple.
  • Cameo:  A firm-textured, crisp and sweet tart apple.  Great for snacking or baking and is an outstanding dessert apple. Keeps well in coldest part of refrigerator.
  • Fuji: This is an apple with sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content. It is a very good keeper.
  • Northern Spy: This is an antique apple that cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes…..very popular for apple pie.
  • Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste lies under a thin skin. Great for applesauce, cider, pies or other desserts.
  • Red Delicious:  A sweet eating apple which is an old favorite
  • Apples yet to come:  Red Rome, Ida Red, Mutsu, and Pink Lady–maybe one more week away.
  • Gone for the year: Ginger Gold, Macintosh, Mollies Delicious, Earliblaze, Jonathan, Cortland, JonaMac.

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 Honeycrisp, 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 update at  our official page here.

How long will we be open this season: Based on the short apple crop—we will probably close earlier this year than our traditional October 31st closing. Once we run out of apples and grapes—we will close for the year. If we had to  guess, we think as of now, we will be open at least through October 19th. This is hard to predict. It will depend on the weather and the number of customers. Stay tuned to updates on our website and Facebook page, or feel free to call us at 269-244-5690.

We would encourage you to get your fall produce and baked goods within the next few weeks if you can, including those pumpkins for Halloween carving.

Pumpkins: We have lots of pumpkins for sale, ranging from huge to small, but this year we have moved them to the parking lot area to make it easier for you to take to your car.  You can’t miss them, right beside the vineyard and in front of the old white truck.

The Spookley Storybook:  Please check out our large storybook about Spookley the square pumpkin in the yard by the farmhouse.  There are 12 storyboards to walk children through. It is a wonderful story about a pumpkin that grows square instead of round, gets teased and bullied because he is different, than something happens on the farm where Spookley ends up saving all of the pumpkins—and we won’t give the rest of the story away. This story has some great teachable moments about how all of us need to value the unique and different qualities that individuals have.

Happenings on the farm this week:  With grapes ready this past week and needing to harvest apples….this is one of those weeks that occurs every year where we simply get through each day, one at a time—and remember that this craziness only goes on for a few weeks a year!   If we seem a bit frazzled at times–we are–and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding when we sometimes forget how to make change or don’t complete our sentence!

Becca presenting at Kalamazoo Bee Club: Becca (our yardener, late afternoon u-pick guide, and market clerk) will be doing a presentation on her experience as Peace Corps Volunteer and a beekeeper in Paraguay at 6:30 on October 8th. The event is open to the public! For more information visit the KBC website.

Fall Color Tour: The St. Joseph County Fall Color Tour is Sunday, October 12th and as always we’re one of the stops. We’ll be open from 8-6 as usual with special events throughout the day, including:

  • Birds of Prey exhibit–1 to 3 (weather permitting). See eagles, owls, falcons, merlins, and other rescue birds and meet the falconers who work with them.
  • Live music throughout the afternoon.
  • Local art fair from 11am-5pm
  • Emerald eCycling doing free used/broken electronics collection from 12pm-4pm (see detailed note below)**
  • Free cider and produce samples all day
  • Fresh baked goods in our bakery–especially donuts!!
  • U-pick opportunities
  • The Spookley Story book in our pumpkin yard and wonderful autumn decorations to enjoy

For information on other stops on the tour, click here to see this year’s flier

Thanks as always for buying local, Beth & everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

**Free Electronics Recycling: On October 12th from 12-4 Emerald eCycling will be doing a free collection of used/broken electronics to recycle, including old computers, cell phones, monitors, modems, cords, cables, VCR players, microwaves, and more. The collection truck will be located at the old schoolhouse at the corner of A.L. Jones and Corey Lake Road just up the street from the market. Please click here for a full list of items they recycle (note that most televisions, large appliances, and smoke detectors are excluded from the list). 

 
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U-Pick Grapes, U-Pick Apples, Cider, Dumplings, and Spookley…

We are loving this weather and delighted that the weather people have told us it will be here through the weekend. It will be a great few days to be out on the farm. Here’s what we will have this weekend.

Summer vegetables are winding down as fall produce fills the market. We still are picking some of these daily, but not huge quantities: zucchini, summer squash, cabbage, peppers (many kinds), kale (red Russian, Tuscan, and curly from Becca’s garden), eggplant, brussels sprouts, black beans and herbs.

We have lots of fall squash now: acorn, butternut, buttercup, spaghetti squash, and heart of gold. Sage bundles are ready for those who want them. $1 for small bundles and $2 for large bundles. Fall cauliflower is here–huge and beautiful.

Apple cider is here! Our cider is not pasteurized or treated in any way–just pure squeezed apples! It has been flying off the shelf so we have already adjusted our pressing cycle to make it on demand….but…there is a chance we might run out in any given day, so always feel free to call us to make sure we have it before you drive out.  269-244-5690.

Picked Tomatoes: Tomatoes are slowing down with the cool weather and we are no longer taking orders for bushels of tomatoes. We will continue to have them for sale by the pound until the first frost.

U-Pick Tomatoes: The U-Pick tomato field is open 8 to 6 daily, you can pick your own for $14 a bushel. It will be open until the first frost. You do not need to call ahead to come as we have gotten through everyone on the list who signed up for U-Pick – please just come to the market to check in. We appreciate everyone’s patience this year with tomato picking as we had to work through the weather issues. The tomatoes are really beautiful this year.

Fall Ornamentals: Pumpkins, gourds, specialty pumpkins, rainbow corn and popcorn, and small hay bales are ready for your fall decorating. Diane’s famous painted pumpkins are on the market too.

Diane's famous painted pumpkins are here

Diane’s famous painted pumpkins are here

Potatoes: We have white, red, and the russet baking potatoes on the market. We’ve harvested all our potatoes for the year, so they are now available by the bushel for your fall/winter use. They are $20 a bushel, which  makes them less than 50 cents a pound. Bring containers to put bushels in, preferably crates or something similar so air can circulate through.

Bagged onions: Our sweet candy onions (red and yellow) and our white superstar onions have now been cleaned and bagged. They have been dried and cured and will keep for you. Shallots and special cipollini cooking onions are also available.

This weekend in the bakery we will have:

  • Pies: apple, blueberry, cherry, cherry berry, pear, pecan, fresh pumpkin
  • Apple Dumplings
  • Cookies: apple and lady-bug cut outs, monster (oatmeal, m&m’s and peanut butter), oatmeal raisin, lemon
    Bread: whole wheat, cinnamon, vegetable.
    Cinnamon rolls and sticky buns.
    Donuts: apple, buttermilk, pumpkin.
    Slushies: apple cider and white grape peach.

If you would like to reserve any baked goods please call us at (269) 244-5690.

A note from the bakersApple Dumplings are here! Starting this weekend we will have apple dumplings available in the bakery. We take a whole Cortland apple, peel it, core it, and wrap it in our pie dough. We then bake the apples in pans with our special cinnamon caramel sauce. Fall is the only time we can make them and they are wonderful! We will have apple dumplings available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday now thru Fall Color Tour (October 12).  Reminder that we have our Northern Spy frozen apple pies on special since it is apple season….you can buy three large pies for $25. Stock up for the winter. See you this weekend! -The Bakers

It was very hard to not go get a spoon when the apple dumplings came out of the oven today

It was very hard to not go get a spoon when the apple dumplings came out of the oven today!

We put plenty of apples in our pie--after the crust that is the next best part.

Apples pies ready to go in the oven…We put plenty of apples in our pie–after the crust that is the next best part!

Picked grapes:  We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes, they are $20 a bushel, please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.

Concord grapes--looking good for picking over the next several weeks.

Concord grapes–looking good for picking over the next several weeks.

U-Pick grapes:  we will open for U-Pick on Sunday, September 28th, for  both the white 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 (please check 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:  They are 25 cents/pound to pick or if you pick over 100 pounds, they are 20 cents/pound. A 5-gallon bucket filled to the top weighs approximately 20 pounds which is also equivalent to a half bushel.
  •  If you pick over 100 pounds of grapes, that is $4 a bucket (20 cents/lb)
  • If you pick less than 100 pounds, it is $5 a bucket (25 cents/lb).
  • Sugar Content:  When the grapes were tested on 9-23, the Concords’ sugar solid was at 13.2 and the Niagaras’ was at 14.8. Both of these will have gone up by the time we open on Sunday–but the bottom line is: yes, they have plenty of sugar and are sweet.

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 how much you pick instead of having to weigh them all. 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 $4.00.
  • Scissors or clippers to cut them with.
  • Small wagons to help you get them out of the vineyard (our rows are very long!)

How is the crop and how long will the grapes last? We have around 50 acres of grapes for U-Pick this year and think they will last up until the first hard frost, that depends of course on the weather and how many customers we have. If you want white Niagara grapes, we would encourage you to come earlier than later, as we have only 1 block of those for picking.

Why can’t I smell the grapes this year? For those of you who have been coming here annually, you know that one of the most wonderful things about coming to the market during the fall….is that extraordinary sweet aroma from our vineyards. The reason it isn’t wafting through the breeze is that most of the white grapes around our market we lost due to the winter injury–no grapes, no smell. However, if you are picking apples, you will smell the grapes once you get there, and of course when you are picking grapes–you can immerse yourself in that wonderful aroma.

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) 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 update at the bottom or visit our official page here.

U-Pick apples:  We are open 8 to 6 daily for U-Pick apples. The varieties you can  pick now are: Red and Golden Delicious,  Cameo, Fuji and Northern Spies. Please realize that when you go out to the U-Pick orchards and see so many tree with no apples, some trees that have died, plus some with few apples, that this is due to the severe winter followed by a May 15th frost. It impacted some varieties severely.  We will continue to mark trees which still have good picking to ensure you have a good picking experience and on weekends our orchard guide, George, is there to help you find what you are looking for.

Picked Apples on the market.

  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple.  It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • 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.  Hurry, we only have a few of these left
  • Cortland:  This is an old fashioned apple which is excellent for baking.  It is a descendent of the McIntosh, but a bit sweeter,  it also juices well.   Hurry, we only have a few of these left
  • 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.  We will have these off and on as we pick them during the season, so feel free to call ahead before you come out.
  • Jonathan:  A very popular apple for fresh eating and cooking.  It has a spicy tangy flavor, a favorite for making apple butter or taffy apples.
  • Cameo:  A firm-textured, crisp and sweet tart apple.  Great for snacking or baking and is an outstanding dessert apple.  Keeps well in coldest part of refrigerator.  We are only picking a few of these as they ripen, so they are not available by the bushel yet.
  • Fuji: This is an apple with sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content.  It is a very good keeper.  We are only picking a few as these begin to ripen, so they are not available by the bushel yet. 
  • Northern Spy:  This is an antique apple that cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes…..very popular for apple pie.
  • Golden Delicious:  A gingery-smooth, sweet taste lies under a thin skin.  Great for applesauce, cider, pies or other desserts. We are only picking a few of these as they ripen, so they are not available by the bushel yet.
  • Gone for the year:  Ginger Gold, Macintosh, Mollies Delicious, Earliblaze and Jonagold.

Pumpkins: We have lots of pumpkins for sale, ranging from huge to small, but this year we have moved them to the parking lot area to make it easier for you to take to your car.  You can’t miss them, right beside the vineyard and in front of the old white truck.

The Spookley Storybook:  Please check out our large storybook about Spookley the square pumpkin in the yard by the farmhouse.  There are 12 storyboards to walk children through.  It is a wonderful story about a pumpkin that grows square instead of round, gets teased and bullied because he is different, than something happens on the farm where Spookley ends up saving all of the pumpkins—and we won’t give the rest of the story away. This story has some great teachable moments about how all of us need to value the unique and different qualities that individuals have.

Photo opportunities:  There is no lack of places to take your fall photos, but here are a couple of places set up just to get the group photo….

Ultra large pumpkins, squash and watermelon grown by Keith Whitford--no wonder he took first place at this year's fair.

Ultra large pumpkins, squash and watermelon grown by Keith Whitford–no wonder he took first place at this year’s fair.

Will your kids pose as still as Denim did for a picture??

Will your kids pose as still as Denim did for a picture??

Happenings on the farm this week: Unfortunately, our farm was the victim of a theft this week. Many of you have called, stopped by or emailed to tell us how sorry you are about that–we appreciate your thoughts and concern. It is unfortunate that all of us live in a world where these things continue to occur. Two of our ATV utility vehicles were taken which we use for the U-Pick grape picking to get customers and their grapes up and down the long rows—so this was very untimely with us opening this Sunday. For those of you following all of the “downs” we have had this year due to crop losses due to the weather, this one sure added another blow to us.

Remember those words I shared with you in last week’s update:  “Farming is about the most unpredictable thing you can venture into—so you have to be able to embrace change, be very flexible and let nothing surprise you! ” This surprise went from shock and disbelief, to some anger and real discouragement. Yes, your words of encouragement and ongoing support are a wonderful help right now for all of us here as we begin the final home stretch of our fall season! We’re grateful for all the kindness our customers have shown us this week.

Thanks as always for buying local, Beth & everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

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