Closing Date for the Year
Many of you have asked how long we will remain open. As the temperatures drop and the apples get harvested, it will soon be time to close our market and bakery. Our last day of regular hours will be Sunday, November 1.
After that, we will be open on limited weekend days/hours (TBD) to sell the remaining apples, onions, and squash (no baked goods). We will also have honey, maple syrup, jams and jellies, hard ciders, wine and brandy.
We will also be open on Saturday, November 21, from 9 am to 2 pm for those picking up Holiday Pie orders (see details below). We will have alcohol and non-perishable products and possibly some apples and produce still available for sale that day.
Happenings on the Farm
It was a good pumpkin growing year and so we were able to continue our “Every Child Deserves a Pumpkin” community charity effort. We are grateful to the Three Rivers Cross Fit group for having their Saturday morning workout in our pumpkin field this past week and helping to harvest over 1000 pumpkins for charity. And a workout it was since many of the pumpkins weighed 40-plus pounds c920! The workout was followed of course by sweet cider and our own fresh donuts!
We have been busy working with area schools and non-profit groups to get the pumpkins distributed to those children who may not have gotten one otherwise. Thanks to everyone in our community who has and continues to help us in this endeavor. We are grateful to be able to share the bounty of our harvest with others.
Below is Twelve Baskets Food Pantry picking up pumpkins for the 190 families that they serve in the Portage area.
Most of our apple varieties are finally ready and will be in the market this week except for Pink Lady who will ready around the last week of October.
Please note that we have a limited supply of the following: Gala, Honeycrisp, Cortland, Braeburn, and Ida Red. If you are interested in any of these, please consider getting them soon.
Below are Cameos straight from the orchard waiting to be placed into cold storage!
Apples on the market now
- Gala: A great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness
- Honeycrisp: This seems to be many people’s favorite. It is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it. Great for eating fresh or using in salads.
- Cortland: A hint of tartness makes this a great baking variety, a descendent of the McIntosh. This variety is a bit sweeter than its ancestor and juices really well one hand clapping 다운로드.
- Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
- Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It is the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads. Makes a nice apple sauce and many people use for canning pie filling.
- Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple, known for the “five little bumps” on the bottom. Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste, yellowish flesh, and crisp texture.
- Ida Red: Suits your every use! Eat fresh or for cooking. Taste is both tangy and tart. Flesh is white, crisp and juicy. Favored for sauces, pies and desserts. Texture holds up well when baked.
- Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, easy to remember by saying “Spies for pies” Download the Bethlehem Bible for Mac.
- Cameo: Firm, crisp and sweet, tart. Great for snacking or baking. Keeps well in your refrigerator.
- Braeburn: Sweet with a hint of tart, and a firmness that stores well. These traits plus the fact that they bake well have made them a very versatile apple.
- Macoun: Sweet, crispy, dessert apple that pairs well with cheese and wine. A cross between Macintosh and Jersey Black, and a parent of Honey Crisp. Available in pecks, half pecks, and quarter pecks only.
- Fuji: Has a fantastic sweet flavor and tart flavor, with a low acid content. An incredibly good keeper, it says crisp for weeks without even being refrigerated.
- Rome: A big, round apple right out of storybooks! Rome’s have a mild, sweet flavor. Most popular for baking because it holds flavor and shape well. (coming early next week)
Apple pricing for the year: With the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) the apples are: $28 a bushel (when we have bushels available), $15 a half-bushel, $9 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $6 a half-peck, and $3.50 a 1/4 peck.
U-Pick Apple Update
Our U-pick Apple orchard is closed for the year.
Unfortunately, the recent hailstorm damaged the remaining apples too much to allow for u-pick. We finished picking those apples and are putting them through an enhanced sorting process to remove the bruised ones to ensure you get the best quality apples previous version of office.
There will not be any apple gleaning this year. We have very few apples left on the tree and the apples on the ground have deteriorated due to the weather and are not very useable this year. We know that this is a disappointment to many of you.
Because of the hail damage, we may have more “second quality” apples than we can use for our cider. If we have surplus, they would be available towards the end of October. Check back later for an update.
Apple Cider Update
This week’s blend is made from: Honey Crisp, Gala, Cameo, Northern Spy, Braeburn, Ida Red, Golden and Red Delicious, Jonathan, and Cortland. Our cider is pure apple juice with no additives or preservatives. Please keep refrigerated.
This is the time of year to freeze cider to enjoy year-round. It is very easy to freeze. Just remove about 15% to allow room for the cider to expand. You can freeze it in the plastic jug or other plastic container including plastic water bottles.
Quantity discounts are available. The price is $5.50 per gallon when you order 10 or more gallons in advance.
There are still some purple Concord and white Niagara available for picking but it is the end of the season. The warm weather spurts, rain, and hail have taken their toll and the grapes are not as nice as they were a couple of weeks ago. These grapes are for processing only and should be used soon after picking.
Please note since this is the end of the season you must pick a minimum of a 20 pound or one 5-gallon bucket.
The remaining grapes are at the centers of our vineyards meaning there is lots of walking to get to them from your vehicle. Small wagons are encouraged.
If you are looking for large quantities (300 pounds or more) please call the market to check on availability before you come to pick.
They will be available until they are either all picked, or we have a damaging weather event such as a hard, killing frost.
Since they are going fast, we advise you to call the market to check availability before coming.
- 9 am to 5:30 pm – each day (must check in by 5 pm.)
- Closed – Tuesdays
Must check in at market first for directions. You will be directed to the vineyard where we are picking that day and be assigned rows to by our vineyard supervisor.
What to Bring
- 5-gallon plastic pail (at least one) for measuring. If you do not have one, we can loan you one. Bring your own containers to put the grapes in as you pick them.
- Clippers / scissors to cut the grapes. If you do not have one, we can loan you one.
- Small wagon (helpful) if picking a lot as many of our grape rows are long
- Walking shoes/ boots suitable for vineyard
- 1 to 99 pounds, 45 cents a pound, $9 a bucket for 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel
- 100 pounds or more, 27.5 cents a pound, $5.50 a bucket for 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel
- We sell them by the pound and consider a five-gallon bucket or a half bushel basket to be 20 pounds: Note: This is the same price as last year.
If you enjoyed our sweet onions this year and are looking for some to have this winter, now is the time to get them! They have been hanging and “curing” for about two months and will keep all winter for you. We have a limited supply of onions left.
The price is $1 a pound for onions on a string, and $1.50 each for individual onions.
What comes up must come down! Staff removing the last of the hanging onion bunches at the Onion Barn.
Pie Pumpkin Special
With Thanksgiving right around the corner and a shortage of canned pumpkin pie, this is the year to make your own pumpkin pie! We are having a buy one, get one free sale on our $2 pie pumpkins since no one should have just one pumpkin pie for the holidays!
Below is a link to step-by-step directions on making those perfect pies! https://minimalistbaker.com/
These small pumpkins are also good for painting and decorating.
We have many varieties of winter squash and want to help you get stocked by offering a larger quantity sale. You may purchase a bushel of squash (can mix and match any that we have) for $30. If that is too many, fill up one of our handle bags with squash of your choice (about 1/2 bushel and around 10 squash depending on the size) for $18.
U-Pick Pumpkin Update
Our U-pick pumpkin patch is open. The cost is $10 per family which includes picking one pumpkin of your choice. Additional pumpkins are available for picking at $8 (large) and $5 (medium), $2 (small pie) each. The field will be open from 9 am to 5:30 pm. (except for Tuesdays when we are closed.) Note: If we have a significant amount of rain or another situation, we may have to close the field until it dries out.
The pumpkins are pre-cut, just pick them up off the ground. We also have a pumpkin photo area in the field to get photos of your children.
- Apples – several varieties, Fuji and Macoun added this week
- Winter Squash – variety of types, popular favorites
- Sweet Onions – Red, White or Yellow, also in bunches on a string for hanging to dry
- Pie Pumpkins (yes to really make a pumpkin pie or to decorate!)
Large Pumpkin Display
You must stop by to see the three large pumpkins on display and meet Jill! Keith Whitford, a 20-plus year pumpkin farmer in Three Rivers, has shared three of his largest pumpkins with us again this year. “Jill” is a whopping 679 pounds and is officially the largest pumpkin ever grown in St. Joe County. Jill is accompanied by her “smaller” sisters, an orange pumpkin weighing 505 pounds and a white pumpkin weighing 524 pounds. They are on display on the antique fire truck. You may pose with them for a picture, but no climbing on the truck bed or touching the pumpkins please. Please post your photos at #CLOGreatPumpkin2020.
Hard Cider, Wine, and Distillery Products Available
We also offer:
- Selection of hard ciders from dry to sweet
- Peach Honey and Double Cherry wines
- Brandy – various fruit flavors
We have “paused” our hard cider and wine tastings at this time.
Check out the variety of hard cider, brandy, and wine available on the market for purchase. Hard ciders are sold individually and in 4- and 6- packs; you can mix and match your selection.
Now is the time to order your pies for the holidays! We are again doing our “take and bake” frozen pies for the holidays, or any occasion from now through next Spring.
The pies are 9 inches, $13, and include: Apple – 2 crust, Apple – Dutch, Blueberry, Cherry, Cherry Berry, Pecan, Pumpkin, and Strawberry Rhubarb. Call or stop by the market to order.
Last date for ordering — Sunday, November 1.
Pickup date — Saturday, November 21st, from 9 am to 2 pm
As a reminder, we only have baked goods on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. However, we try to keep ‘take and bake’ fruit pies in our freezer throughout the week. Also, Gluten free baked products are available in the freezer – pies, brownies, cookies, and cinnamon rolls.
Bakery Offerings for this Weekend
Pies – 9” and 6″:
- Apple – 2 crust
- Apple – Dutch
- Strawberry Rhubarb
Muffins / Rolls
- Pumpkin Roll
- Cinnamon rolls – 2 and 4 count
- Apple Spice muffins – 4 count
- Pistachio muffins – 4 count
- Pumpkin muffins – 4 count
- Apple Dumplings – 2 count
- Asiago Cheese – 4 count
- Everything – 4 count
- Plain – 4 count
Donuts – available in packages of 4 unless pre-ordered differently
- Cake Donuts (6 packs)
- Apple Cider, plain and sugared
- Pumpkin, plain and sugared
- Buttermilk, plain and sugared
- Yeast Ring Donuts
- Chocolate iced – plain or sprinkles
- Vanilla iced – plain or sprinkles
- Raspberry Bismarks: sugared or white frosting
- Bavarian Cream Longjohn: chocolate or white frosting
- White Cream Longjohn: chocolate or white frosting
- Yeast Twists: glazed or cinnamon sugared
- Apple Fritters – glazed
- Crusty Country
- Hamburger and hotdog buns
Other Products Available on the Market
- Jake’s Country Meat: various pork and chicken products available in the freezer outside of the bakery
- Honey from Babcock’s Apiaries
- Maple syrup products from Maple Row Sugarhouse
- Local jams and jellies
- Peanut butter and chocolate peanut butter
- Mad Mats
- Greeting cards made by local artists
- Great Lakes potato chips
- Pottery from Barb’s Bowls
- Plainwell Ice Cream
Our Days and Hours of Operation
Please note our opening time is 9 am. Closed Tuesdays.
The later start time allows us to do the extra cleaning and sanitizing required and move the baked goods and produce onto the market for sale – thanks for your understanding!
Open – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Hours – 9 am to 6 pm
Closed – Tuesday
Thank You for Supporting our Business!
We sincerely thank you for shopping local! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards
Pre-ordering: For your convenience pre-ordering is available.
Curbside service: We are happy to provide contactless curbside service.
- Simply call ahead with your order. Pay over the phone by credit card or give us cash or a check when you pick up. When you arrive, please park in the designated curbside area adjacent to our market, beep your horn, and we will bring it out to you.
- If you are not able to place your order in advance, no problem. Please pull into the curbside area, beep your horn, and we will take care of you. It just may take us a few minutes to get your order together.
We intend to continue to offer curbside service as an integral part of our market. We know we have a steep hill to climb from the parking lot, babies can be asleep in cars, dogs do not want to be left alone, you are in a hurry, or a myriad of other reasons!
Our policies and procedures will evolve as new, reliable information and local guidelines become available. We wish to maintain the peaceful, rejuvenating shopping experience our customers have come to rely on during these times. For a list of the changes we made due to COVID-19, please see below.
Current Operational Changes to the Market
- We will have one-way entering and exiting for the market. Customers should enter at the stairway, travel north side of the market towards the Bakery, curve around by Bakery, travel towards the checkout counter, and exit traveling west toward the play yard.
- For social distancing, we have marked the floors marked with X’s or potted plants every 6 feet.
- We have a hand washing station at the top of the hill as well as hand sanitizer in the market.
- We encourage everyone to use a face covering and consider using gloves.
- Please only touch items you are going to purchase to minimize surface contact. If you prefer to not touch anything our clerks would be happy to gather items for you.