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

Monthly Archive: July 2010

End of July Update

Baked Goods!! We started offering homemade baked goods last weekend and and will continue to do so on Fridays and Saturdays.   Michaela (who you will find working in the market most afternoons) and her mother, Patti Eberhard, are the bakers.   Based on the number of people who came back the next day to buy more, everyone found them as delicious as I did.  They will have pies (made with our fruit), cookies, cupcakes and cinnamon rolls.   This week I highly recommend their peach pies, made with our peaches picked fresh this week. 

Peach Update:  We are starting to bring in a few peaches each day.  The early varieties were hit the hardest by the frost, we have very few each day and tend to sell out early.   If you are coming out for peaches, you might want to call ahead to make sure we have them or ask us to save them.    They are $4.00 for a  4 pound box.

Blueberries:  This weekend will be our last weekend for blueberries, the season has come to an end.

Field Tomatoes:  Finally, they are starting to come in, we picked 7 bushels today.   We will advise you within the next few weeks as to when we will open the U-Pick tomato field and the price.

Weather related issues:  This has been one of the most difficult years ever for us due to weather problems.  My father who has farmed here faithfully for 43 years has seen things this year he has never experienced, like the  May 20th hailstorm, the torrential rains that bring so much rain  so quickly at one time, leaving our crops sitting in water, and the days and days of scorching heat.  All of this has taken its toll on some of our crops,  which is causing us to bring in some produce from other area local farms.  We  pride ourselves on “growing what we sell”  but we also realize that when you come to our market, you want to get the produce you are accustomed to getting.  So on a select basis, we will be bringing in other produce from growers that we know,  with the quality we know you expect.  

We enjoyed this visit yesterday by a group from France stopping at the market as they were biking through the area.   Not everybody can ride a bike balancing a dozen sweet corn!

Group from France Visiting the Market

 

Thanks as always, for supporting us by buying fresh, local produce and other goods from us. Hope to see you soon.

Beth

Mid July Update

Given the heat and the nice rain last week, the market is now abundant with summer produce, so come on over!  We have:

  • Sweet Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Cucumbers (all sizes)
  • Peppers, both green bell and sweet banana
  • Egg plant
  • Onions
  • Red Potatoes
  • Cabbage
  • Yellow summer squash and zuchinni

Tomatoes:  Finally, this morning we picked our first half bushel of field tomatoes, but they are coming on slowly.  It will be several more weeks before we will have U-Pick tomatoes.  We still have our greenhouse tomatoes in the meantime.  Plus…..since we have now taken out our greenhouse for the year, we stripped the plants of the remaining green tomatoes, so we are offering a special on green tomatoes:

          Green Tomatoes:  1/2 bushel for $5.00 !!     In addition to making fried green tomatoes, you can make green tomato relish and even salsa!

Blueberries:  Our blueberries are just finishing for the year, we will hopefully have them through this coming weekend.

Peaches:  We have a light crop of peaches again this year due to the spring freeze, as well hail as damage from the May hailstorm , but we hope to have some in about 10 days to two weeks.

Melons:  Both watermelon and canteloupe are still several weeks away.

Pears:  We have a great crop of pears and will give you an update about mid August as to when they will be ready.

New!!  Baked Goods!!  Starting this week, on Fridays and Saturdays, we will have homemade baked goods.  Michaela (who you will find working in the market most afternoons) and her mother, Patti Eberhard, are the bakers, and I can personally attest to how great their baked goods are!  They will have pies (made with our fruit), cookies, cupcakes and cinnamon rolls.

Lawn services.  Several of you who have summer homes here or are leaving on vacation have asked me about whether I know of anyone who can help with your lawn.    In fact, my son Jay, who also works here on the farm and many of you know, has a side business of lawncare services, including mowing, trimming and this fall, leaf pick up.  He can be reached on 517-507-2525 or at JayKitzinger@verizon.net.

Thanks as always, for supporting us by buying fresh, local produce and other goods from us.  Hope to see you soon. 

Beth

Market Update

Wanted to give you a quick update to let you know we are beginning to fill out the market with summer produce.  We now have a good supply daily of blueberries, green beans, onions, red potatoes, zucchini and yellow summer squash.  We are just beginning to bring in bell peppers and sweet banana peppers.  We are picking corn pretty much every day, but every now and then we run into a gap where the next planting is not quite ready, so you may want to call ahead to make sure we have corn.   Tomatoes are continuing to be very stubborn in ripening this year, seems to me we gave them plenty of hot weather this past week!     We still have not picked one yet from our field, so to keep tomatoes available to you, we are bringing them in from another grower in Indiana out of their greenhouse.

Freezing and Canning quantities:  Many of you are asking about getting larger quantities for freezing or canning on things like blueberries, beans, corn, tomatoes, etc.  We are happy to take your name and phone number and call you when we can pick those for you.   269-244-5690.

So, since we don’t have a lot to report this week, I thought I would invite you to view a short video that has been posted on our website that you may not be aware of.    The BPA group from Sturgis High school made a wonderful video this year called  “America’s Heartland.”    They tried to select a range of different types of farming and farmers to be featured in the video and asked myself and my son Jay to participate.  We were honored to participate and want to thank and congratulate the Sturgis High BPA group on their award winning video.  They won 2nd place at the National competition!   Take a few minutes and click the link below to see it.

http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/videos/

So, have a safe and wonderful weekend and thanks as always, for supporting us by buying fresh, local produce and other goods from us.  Hope to see you soon. 

Beth

Happy 4th of July weekend!

Here’s wishing everyone a great holiday weekend!   I wanted to let you know what we will have at the market this weekend and also to answer some of the most frequently asked questions, such as:

When will you have sweet corn?  We hope we will be able to start picking some this weekend, probably Saturday.

Why don’t you have any tomatoes?  Remember those really hot weeks we had in May and June?  It caused all of our greenhouse tomatoes to ripen at the same time.  Many of you commented that you could not believe how our counters were overflowing with tomatoes.  We try hard each year to time this just right so that our greenhouse tomatoes carry us to our field tomatoes, but due to the hot weather we had early, we missed it.  Knowing that many of you want a tomato to slice on a hamburger or BLT this weekend, we purchased tomatoes today from another grower that we know in Indiana who had extra greenhouse tomatoes.  We normally do not do this and prefer not to, as we like to hold true to “growing what we sell,” but we have made an exception and so…..this weekend, we actually do have tomatoes, they are just not grown on our farm.

How come we have missed strawberries and cherries?  It is hard to believe these are gone for the year, but again, due to those extremely hot weeks we had earlier this year, everything is running 10 days to 2 weeks early.  So, keep this in mind as the year progresses. 

So, what else do you have in the market this weekend?  We have yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, fresh onions, new red potatoes, green beans, snow peas, sugar peas, cabbage, and cauliflower.  And…..blueberries!  How much of everything we pick each day varies, so you are always welcome to call the market before you drive over to make sure we have what you are looking for or to ask us to save it for you.  269-244-5690.

So, have a safe and wonderful weekend and thanks as always, for supporting us by buying fresh, local produce and other goods from us.

Beth