The countdown continues with plenty to do here at the farm before our final official closing date at the end of the month. There are still grapes to pick and apples to glean, freshly squeezed cider and pumpkin donuts await you along with our two mazes. If you are trying to get your apples, squash, potatoes and onions for the winter, your grapes to make juice or wine, your last fresh tomatoes, your pumpkins for Halloween, your pies for the holidays, we would encourage you to come sooner rather than later. Ask us which apples keep best, plus pick up one of our information sheets on how to store apples for long-keeping.
Taking a picture of a family taking their own picture with the giant pumpkin!
This family has an annual picture taken, it has been fun to see the family growing up over the years…
Halloween gatherings: Many of you have asked for cider, donuts and apples for the many events that happen the last week of October. In order to make sure we make enough donuts and cider, we would encourage you to call us and order ahead–269-244-5690.
Our normal 2015 season’s days and hours will continue until 6 pm on Halloween, October 31st for the market and the bakery. After that, if there are apples left to sell, we will announce a reduced schedule of days and hours.
Conventionally-grown produce available at the market:
- Apples (more info below)
- Black Beans
- Brussell Sprouts
- Grapes: Concord and Niagara Grapes are available in 1 quart and 2 quart quantities
- Fall Ornamentals: Colored corn, gourds of all shapes and sizes
- Kale from Becca (naturally grown)
- Lettuce from Becca (naturally grown)
- Pears, Bosc Winter Pears (available by the bushel)
- Potatoes: Yukon Gold, Red Norland (bushels available)
- Pumpkins: Large, small, odd shaped, pie pumpkins and tan ones to paint!
- Painted Pumpkins, by Crista Morrison
- Squash: Mostly butternut left
Apples are here! With the last few harsh winters and frosty springs, we are grateful to have a bumper crop of two of our varieties, Jon-a-Mac and Golden Delicious. To share this bounty with our customers, we are offering special bushel pricing on these picked apples in the market: buy two bushel, get one free.** Don’t need an extra bushel of apples? Consider donating it to your local food bank, soup kitchen or take to a local sports team’s practice session…..
The rest of our apples remain at the $24 pricing listed below (except for Honeycrisp)
- Jon-A-Mac:** This is a good cooking or eating apple. It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh. Great for apple sauce.
- Golden Delicious:** A gingery-smooth, sweet taste under a thin skin. It’s the most popular yellow apple, good eaten fresh, baked or cut in salads.
- Macintosh: This is a soft, white fleshed apple, very popular for baking and applesauce. (Very 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. Sold by the pound only ($2).
- Cortland: A hint of tartness makes this a great baking variety, A descendent of the McIntosh, tthis variety is a bit sweeter than its ancestor. Juices really well (very few left).
- Cameo: Firm-textured, crisp and sweet tart, great for snacking or banking and another good dessert apple. An excellent keeper in the coldest part of your refrigerator.
- Jonathan: Pretty and popular, used for fresh eating and cooking, a favorite for apple butter and taffy apples.
- Northern Spy: The professional baker’s dream, cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes. Stores well, Easy to remember by saying: Spy’s for pies. We are currently using it in our pies in the bakery.
- Red Delicious: America’s most popular apple “back in the day.” Best for fresh eating and snacks. Full-flavored sweet taste.
- Fuji: Fantastic sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content, an incredibly good keeper. Stays for weeks without being refrigerated.
- Red Rome: Very red, round apple that looks just like it came out of a storybook. Has a mild, sweet flavor, popular for baking because it holds flavor and shape well.
- Golden Supreme: Firm cream colored flesh that provides a sweet juicy flavor. Excellent for drying, baking and making cider. Keeps very well.
- Braeburn: Sweet with a hint of tart and a firmness that stores well. Very versatile apple that bakes well and great for fresh eating.
Apple Pricing for the year: Our apple pricing will be the same as last year, with the exception of a few special varieties (like Honeycrisp) all the apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $4 a half-peck, $2 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound. **When we have bushels available. Please see apple forecast on our apple page, which we’ll update throughout the season.
U-Pick apples: We have completed the apple harvest of everything except Golden Delicoius 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. It is best if you bring ladders for this as many are in the tops of the trees and we cannot lend you ladders. This is a great way to economically get a lot of apples for canning, pie fillings, making cider, etc. Please bring bushel baskets to measure or containers to put them in if you borrow ours.
U-Pick grapes: Both Niagara and Concord. While the frost has hit the leaves, the grapes are still okay. They are actually easier to pick now since you can see them. However, with the leaves dying the grapes will deteriorate much more quickly, so please come soon (and certainly before the next frost) if you want grapes.
- Picking hours: Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm.
- Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start. You will be directed to the vineyard in which we are picking that day and be given rows to pick on.
- Pricing: U-Pick Pricing for both color grapes is the following, please note we sell them by the pound, and consider a five-gallon pail or a 1/2 bushel basket to be 20 pounds.
- 40 cents a pound for 20 pounds or less, 1 five-gallon bucket or a ½ bushel= $8
- 21 to 100 pounds: 35 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel = $7
- Over 100 pounds; 25 cents pound, 1 five-gallon bucket or ½ bushel=$5
When you come to pick grapes, please bring the following if you have them:
- Five gallon buckets to pick in, this is how we measure. One five gallon bucket, filled level, is considered 20 pounds. If you don’t have these, you can borrow ours, but bring containers to take them home in. You can also purchase pails from us for $5.00.
- Scissors or clippers to cut them with. We only have a few clippers that we can loan out for a $20 deposit while you use them.
- Small wagons to help you get them out of the vineyard (our rows are very long!)
A big thank you to our customers for coming out, enjoying the vineyards, and letting us take a photo!
Cider: $6/gallon, $3.50/half gallon, $2/quart.
From the Bakery: A note from the bakers, many of you have been asking about Thanksgiving pies. We are not going to be able to take orders for Thanksgiving pies and bake them that week as we have done in previous years. But….we can still help get a Corey Lake Orchards pie to your Thanksgiving table with our “take and bake” option. We have these available now in our freezer inside the bakery and would be happy to take special orders. That way, we’ll be sure to have them ready and frozen for you to bake for your holiday. We think you will love the aroma of pies baking in your own kitchen!
- Donuts: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Apple Cider, Pumpkin, Buttermilk.
- Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Cherry Berry, Pumpkin
- Apple Dumplings
- “Take and Bake” Pies available in our freezer
- Cookies: Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, Triple Berry, Caramel Apple
- Cupcakes: Pumpkin
- Bread: Cinnamon, Whole Wheat, Vegetable, Whole Grain, Honey Oatmeal, Italian, Tuscan, and Hamburger Buns/Hot Dog Buns
- Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns
- Muffins: Apple, Double Dutch Chocolate, Cherry-Almond, Pistachio, Wildberry, Raisin Bran, and Lemon-Poppy Seed
- Dessert Bars: Caramel Brownie, Mississippi Mud, Lemon, Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Caramel Mousse Brownie
- Frozen Slushies: Welch’s Grape or our own Apple Cider
- Carmel apples
The u-pick herb garden is open for u-pick at $1/bag, look for the bags and scissors hanging on the large bird overlooking the garden. Bring your recipes and pick them fresh before they are gone.
Brandy is available as is Mellifluous Blueberry Mead, Auburn Plum/Honey Wine, and Kaiser Cyser (the traditional name for an apple-honey wine). Our blueberry mead is very sweet with oak, blueberry, and honey notes. Kaiser Cyser is a dry, very strong-bodied wine, best served chilled. We also have Double Cherry Wine and Hard Cider. We will have open tasting in the brandy room from 1pm-3pm on Saturday for people who would like to sample.
Other Local Products:
- Eggs & Cheese
- Pecan and Cashew Brittle
- Honey and Maple Syrup
- Gift Items
Happenings on the Farm This Week: This week we actually exhaled, as we finished the apple and grape harvest. Our friends from Oxley Farms came today with their grape harvester and picked most of our Niagaras, and even let a few of our employees ride on the harvester for a while with them.
Sarah and Terri taking a break from the market to ride on the grape harvester.
Of everything we grow here, apples and grapes have the most acreage, so this is a significant event, one worthy of a post-harvest celebration. But that will have to wait as we want to take advantage of the weather to get at all of the pruning and the fall/winter maintenance of buildings, equipment and land.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you buying local. We hope to see you soon!
The Red Romes being picked–the last variety of the season.
Our first load of apples going off to the processor in Paw Paw to make into applesauce
Harvesting the white Niagara grapes today
Juice trucks waiting to take the grapes to Welch’s for processing