What’s on the market this weekend:
Lodi Apples: If you don’t know this early summer apple, the first one of the season, you should. Thanks to the cool nights and plentiful rain, this year our Lodi apples are large and some have pink cheeks, truly the nicest we have ever seen them. This variety makes a delightful tart applesauce and can be used in pies, breads and other recipes. If you don’t want to make your own pie, we will have them available in our bakery for as long as the Lodi apples last. Summer apples are not “keepers” so once you get this apple, you want to refrigerate it and use it soon. We hope to have them about one week or 10 days. They are priced at: $20 a bushel, $12 a half-bushel, $7 a peck, or a half-peck bag for $4. We’ll also have samples for those of you who want to try this mouth-puckering apple.
Other conventionally-grown produce available at the market:
- Sweet corn (yes – finally!!)
- Sugar Snap Peas, Snow Peas and Shell-Out Peas
- Yellow Summer Squash
- Green Beans galore–by the bushel, by the pound or for you to pick yourself
- Sweet Banana Peppers and Hot Hungarian Peppers
- Bell Peppers
- Freshly Dug Potatoes: Finally we are digging our own potatoes and have 3 varieties available: Yukon Gold, Red Norland and Adirondack Blue
- Greenhouse Cucumbers
- Greenhouse Peppers
- Greenhouse Tomatoes – many of you have been asking for green tomatoes so we will have those available this weekend as well.
- Cut Flowers: Last Sunday we tried putting the fresh cut flowers in bouquets “ready to go.” That seemed to work for many customers, so this weekend, we will be doing the same thing. A fresh cut bouquet is $3.00.
Picked blueberries continue on the market: 10-pound boxes: $25, 5-pound boxes: $13.50, quarts: $5 or pints: $3.00. The blueberry variety is still Duke, which is a nice large, sweet berry. Some are coming out of our field and again this year we will be supplementing from Brookside Farms in Paw Paw, Michigan as we have done in previous years.
U-Pick Blueberries are still available: We have a relatively small field compared to most major blueberry growers (only three acres), so our u-pick blueberries are for folks who just want to come over to get a few pounds or so at a time and pick them because they want the fun experience! We are finishing the Duke variety and moving into the Jerseys which are now just ripening. The best picking for these will be at the end of July or first week of August. The Jersey is a smaller, but very sweet berry. Please call before coming to make sure our u-pick patch is open, as we will close the field when they are picked out and need to ripen. 269-244-5690
- The hours for u-pick will be 8 until 5:45 each day, must be finished and checked out by 6 back at market. We cannot let anyone start picking after 5:15 p.m.
- Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick (this makes it about $3.50 a quart)
- We will have them off and on probably through most of the month of July
- We have buckets for you to pick in and boxes to send them home in
- There is a 20 pound picking limit per group in order for us to accommodate the number of people who want to pick them here
For anyone who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside Farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at: http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/
Naturally grown produce from Becca: Looking for lettuce? It’s in the pop cooler! With the summer heat, I’ve begun sticking a lot of my greens in there, as well as carrots and occasionally some other things. As always, my produce is grown with organic standards in mind without synthetic chemicals. If you want, call ahead and we’ll set some aside for you as often we sell out fast – 269 244 5690.
- “Personal Size” Cabbages ($1/lb. and half a pound to a pound each)
- Green Beans from the hoophouse, $3/lb., last ones of the season as I need to pull the plants to seed fall and winter produce!
- Bell Peppers ($1/each), Jalapeno Peppers ($0.25/each), and Capperino Peppers (5/$1) from the hoophouse. These are like pimento (pimiento) peppers, just smaller. Great for shish kebabs, stuffing and pickling. Slightly spicy (though much less spicy than jalapenos)
- Cherry Tomatoes from the hoophouse ($3/pt.), Big Beef Slicer Tomatoes ($2.50/lb.), and the first of the Heirloom Tomatoes (starting this weekend with Cherokee Purple)
- Red Russian, Curly, Siberian and Tuscan Kale, $3/half lb. bag. I will also be doing a sale on kale this weekend! You can bag your own Red Russian Kale for $3/lb.
- Lettuce and Carrots
- Basil from the hoophouse and from the field, $1/bag or loose for $1/oz.
The u-pick herb garden is open for u-pick at $1/bag, look for the bags and scissors hanging on the large bird overlooking the garden. Bring your recipes and pick them fresh! With green beans starting to come in and abundant dill, now is the time to make dilly beans! Mmm.
Brandy is available as is Cherries Jubilant Hard Cider and Kaiser Cyser (the traditional name for an apple-honey wine). Kaiser Cyser is a very strong-bodied wine, best served chilled. Both the cider and the cyser are now about ten months old. We will have open tasting at the market from 1pm-3pm on Saturday for people who would like to sample
Other Local Products:
- Thick Greek-style yogurt
- Pecan and Cashew Brittle
- Honey and Maple Syrup
- Michigan-made Sanders Dark Chocolate Fruit Dip
- Gift items
We are sorry to inform you that our meat supplier, Drakes, is unable to continue to supply us. We are in the process of searching for a new supplier and this may takes us a few weeks. We want to make sure we find the right supplier that can provide the quality of meats that we would want for our market and customers.
From the Bakery: When the Lodi apples came in earlier this week, we made a few pies for our employees to sample. The general feedback was a thumbs-up and “Can I have another piece?” Even though these apples are tart, we think we got the sugar and cinnamon down just right, so please come try one and let us know what you think! Feel free to call and order any of our items in advance at 269-244-5690 to make sure you get what you want. This weekend in the bakery we will have:
- Donuts: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Cherry, Buttermilk and Blueberry.
- Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Blueberry Rhubarb, Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Rhubarb
- Specialty pies: Fresh Blueberry Glaze and Peanut Butter
- Cookies: Zucchini-Chocolate Chip, Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses and Chocolate Crinkles
- Bread: Blueberry-Zucchini, Cinnamon, Whole Wheat, Vegetable, Honey Oatmeal, Italian, Whole Grain, Tuscan, and Hamburger Buns/Hot Dog Buns
- Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns
- Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Cherry-Almond, Pistachio, Wildberry, Raisin Bran
- Dessert Bars: Cream Cheese Cookie, Caramel Brownie, Mississippi Mud, Tiramisu, Lemon, Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter Mousse Brownie, Chocolate Caramel Mousse Brownie
- Frozen Slushies: Welch’s Grape Juice or Apple Cider
Happenings on the farm this week:
Last week we mentioned picking and macerating 1500 lbs. of tart cherries. This week we distilled the macerated cherry wine into a fresh batch of cherry brandy. This took four total runs of the still, about ten hours in total. We’ll let the new brandy age for a bit before we begin to bottle it – those of you who have attended our Saturday tastings know cherry is quite full-bodied. The aging helps the flavor develop.
We really appreciate all of the new people we’ve met via the Texas Township Farmer’s Market. Every week, Becca and her mom go and set up a mini-Corey Lake Orchards, complete with baked goods, mountains of vegetables, delicious blueberries, and those magical orange cherry tomatoes. And every week they try to get a photo but they’ve got so many customers by the time everything gets set up, they can’t find the time. It really is a fun, busy market. If you live near Texas Corners, feel free to visit us Tuesdays from 4pm-7pm! You can even call ahead and have Becca bring you specific items. The Huss Project (and *culture is not optional) also sells our baked goods and produce at the Three Rivers Farmers Market.
On the farm, most of this week was spent harvesting green beans as several plantings came on at the same time.
We also spent time this week lamenting our sweet corn situation, where it seems like the deer and birds are harvesting more than we are able to for our customers. Due to having to “share” with the local animals, we will be supplementing our own sweet corn when we are short with Stear’s sweet corn, which we have done in other years. Our goal is to have sweet corn for you when you want it. After all, sweet corn is one of the true delights of summer.
With our minds on corn, we have been talking about our upcoming fall corn maze. In one of our winter planning sessions we decided we should try out a corn maze for the first time. So the corn has been planted and we need to pretty quickly figure out a design. We are starting out small, only 3 – 4 acres and are going to cut the design ourselves (or so we think we are…). So we are looking for your ideas of a picture or theme that you think would be fun to have in a corn maze.
Please reply back to us in an email (email@example.com) or on facebook, with your suggestion. We need your idea, your name, address and phone number. If we select your idea, you and your immediate family will receive free tickets into our maze this fall! All entries need to be back to us by the end of July please!
- Cantaloupe and watermelon: mid August
- Plums: late August
- Pears: late August
- Apples: summer apples available in August, fall apples probably mid to late September
- Grapes: mid to late September
- Peaches: “When will you have peaches?!” is now the most frequently asked question. We hope to have some in a few weeks, but sadly, we will not have very many peaches this year due to the harsh winter, so we will only be selling them in small quantities, like a 2-quart box. We grow three kinds of peaches: Coral Star, Flamin’ Fury, and Red Haven. If you are looking for some place to pick peaches yourself or to buy by the bushel, we would recommend that you try some of the farms on the west side of the state (Benton Harbor/Coloma/Bangor) or in the South Haven area. A good website to search is michiganfarmfun.com and you can sort by peaches.
As always, everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. Hope to see you out at the farm soon.