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

Monthly Archive: June 2010

Sour Cherries are ending, Blueberries are starting

If you want to pick sour cherries you really need to come in the next few days.  While there are still plenty left to pick, due to all of the rain, they are not going to keep much longer.  We are no longer picking them for the market, so it us just U-Pick now.  I suspect by about the end of Wednesday, there will be very few left.

Blueberries are starting and are available for $5.00 per quart, or $3.00 per pint.   Since they are just starting, we are not picking too many each day and tend to sell out by the end of the day, so feel free to call us and we can reserve some for you.  269-244-5690.

The summer vegetables really are coming!!  We picked some yellow summer squash and zucchini yesterday and we hope to pick a few green beans tomorrow.

Beth

A Quiet Time at our Market

Well, we are experiencing a quiet and sort of empty market right now while we are waiting for most of the summer crops to arrive.   We still have plenty of sour cherries for you to pick and they are really nice right now.    There are only a few sweet cherries left to pick, high up in the trees, and we no longer are picking any for the market.

We did pick our first blue berries of the season today and with all of the rain we have had, they are really large and plump this year.  Since they are just starting,  we are only picking a few each day and they sell out quickly.  Carol was one of our lucky customers who got some today, she was so excited that our blue berries were ready that everyone on the market got a hug when she saw the blueberries and tasted them.  She made sure that my Dad, who grew the berries ,got a hug too.  But Carol, you still owe the picker a hug as he was still out picking when you came!  It is amazing for all of us to experience the “firsts” of the season as they come in and it reminds our taste buds of those flavors we have missed for a whole year.

So, I will update you in the near future when more of our summer crops start to come in like Green Beans, Summer Squash, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Egg plant, etc.    Since we are not sure what we will bring in each day, feel free to call the market and see what we have available before you drive over.  269-244-5690.

Have a good weekend, can you believe it is supposed to rain again?!!    Well, it has been a blessing that we have not had to use the irrigation so far this year.

Beth

It’s Cherry season!

Strawberries are now gone for the season, we thank all of our customers who got them here this year as given our early hail damage, it was a tough year for strawberries.

U-Pick Cherries:  We still have  Sweet and Sour Cherries left for you to pick.   The sweet cherries remaining are in the tops of the trees so you will definitely need a ladder.  The best sour cherry picking is in the tops of the trees as well, but there are lots of those left.  See our website for picking details and pricing.  www.coreylakeorchards.com.  As conditions can change due to weather or the number of customers we have, feel free to call the market for the latest picking information.  269-244-5690.

Picked Cherries:  We  have picked sweet and sour cherries on the market.  If you need 10 pounds or more, it is best to call us to make sure we can have those picked for you and ready when you come.   269-244-5690.

Greenhouse Tomatoes:  Our greenhouse tomatoes are winding down for the year, so we are only picking a few each day and tend to sell our early.  We will let you know when our field tomatoes will be ready.

Fresh Dug Onions and New Red Potatoes:  We are trying to bring these in now daily, lately the rain has hampered our ability to get them on some days, but they are both $1.00 per pound.

Three Rivers Water Festival:  We were very honored that Centrury 21 Arrowhead in Three Rivers asked if they could create their float this year as a replica of Corey Lake Orchards.  This year’s Water Festival theme was “Down on the Farm.”  While the weather forced the parade to be cancelled and the float did not get to be displayed for everyone to enjoy, we sincerely appreciated the honor bestowed upon us and all of their hard work to create the float.  They will be bringing it out to the orchard and it will be on display for a few weeks.  Thank you to all of the hard-working people at Century 21! 

Century 21's Water Festival Float honoring Corey Lake Orchards

Sesason reminder:  Due to the early spring heat, everything is running about 10 days to 2 weeks early this year.   It’s almost unheard of for strawberries to be over and  to be in the middle of cherry season during the middle of June!

Hope to see you during cherry season.

Beth

Sweet and Sour Cherry/Strawberry Update

Sour Cherries: We will open the U-Pick Sour Cherries on Wednesday, June 16th.  They will be 75 cents per pound to pick, if you pick over 100 pounds, they will be 60 cents a pound.  We have a smaller crop than normal this year due to some freeze and hail damage.    The variety we have is Montmorency.

U-Pick Pricing:

  • 75 cents per pound to pick
  • 60 cents per pound for 100 pounds and over

Picking information:

  • The sour cherry trees are about 10 – 20 feet tall.   For good picking, you should bring your own ladder.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you many run into poison ivy/sumac in the orchard area, among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers.  We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs, buckets, etc.)
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.

Picked Sour cherries:  $3.00 per quart (approximately 2 pounds).  Orders of 30  pounds or more are $1.25 pound, please call and order these in advance.

Sweet Cherry Update:

We opened for sweet cherry picking on June 12th.  We still have plenty left, but you will need a ladder to reach most of them.    Here are some pictures taken over the last several days of Sweet Cherry Picking:

Customer who picked 149 pounds of Sweet Cherries on 6-13-10

A Beautiful bowl of cherries picked by a customer on 6-14-10

A customer who did not check in or pay for their sweet cherries!!

How Long will the Cherries last? This is definitely the most frequently asked question and one that we unfortunately do not have a good answer to.  It will depend on how many people come out to pick and also on the weather.  The amount of rain we have been getting is causing the cherries to split.    The best advice we have is for you to call the market between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on 269-244-5690 and we’ll tell you what the latest is.

Strawberries: Strawberries are winding down for the season.  We will try to have picked strawberrries on the market through Saturday June 19th as well as U-Pick .

Hope to see you during Cherry season!!

Beth

Cherry Update

Sweet Cherries:

We will open our Sweet Cherries for picking on Saturday, June 12th.  We have several varieties of sweet cherries:

  • Dark red (black)
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Red/Yellow blush

They each ripen at different times and will be ripening over the next 10 day period, depending on the weather. 

 Picking information:  

  • The sweet cherry trees are very tall (15 – 25 feet).   For good picking, you should bring your own ladder.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy/sumac in the orchard area, among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers.  We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs, buckets, etc.) 
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.

 Pricing:

  • $1.50 per pound to pick
  • $1.25 per pound when you pick between 50 and 100 pounds
  •  $1.00 per pound if you pick over 100 pounds 

Note:  Some of the cherrries have been damaged by hail and excess rain.

Picked Sweet Cherries: 

We  have them available to sell at the market now for $3.00  per pound. 

Sour Cherries

Check back around June 17th for an update on Sour cherries.  We have a lighter crop than normal this year and have not set the pricing yet.

Finally, we had to share this picture of one of our young customers with one of our beautiful greenhouse cucumbers!  Hope to see you for Cherry season, Beth.