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

Monthly Archive: August 2010

August 31st Update

Another month has come and gone, wow.  Just wanted to give you a quick update on a few things:

Homemade Baked goods.    This Friday, our bakers will be introducing two new items:  Pear pie (made with our Bartlett pears) and apple dumplings (made with our Cortland apples)   Both of these are truly amazing and you will want to try them.  Baked goods are in the market on Friday, Saturday and Sundays.

U-Pick tomatoes, Help us to help others:    This week, we have been offering a special to anyone picking tomatoes:  Pick a bushel for yourself  and then pick an extra half bushel for us to donate to a local foodbank, and we will only charge you $10 a bushel instead of $12.    We are offering this to the first 10 (ten) customers each week day who are willing to do this.   (We are limited to 10 due to the need to coordinate  with the foodbanks during the weekdays.)    A big thank you to everyone who has done this, we have sent off ten bushels in two days to the area foodbanks and the recipients have been very thankful.  Our tomatoes are in their peak right now, plentiful,  beautiful and very easy to pick.   So please help us to help others.  We will continue to do this on weekdays while the tomatoes are plentiful and the food banks can use them.

Grapes:  Everyone wants to know when grapes will be ready, including us!!  We had sugar samples taken today and they are not as sweet as they need to be.  I’ll try to give you an update by the weekend on when we think they will be ready, but it is difficult to predict given the weather, but we will update you with everything we know.

Beth

Is it Fall?

Is it Fall?  Putting a sweatshirt on this morning was a nice change as I ventured out with my Dad and the crew to pick the crops for the day, the cool air hinted that fall is not far away.    The market offerings are already changing, apples are coming in, summer vegetables are finishing up and you can already smell the fragrant aroma of the grapes ripening.    So while technically it is still summer,  fall is starting here!

U-Pick Tomatoes:  We still have LOTS of tomatoes to pick and the picking is still good right now.   They are $12 a bushel to pick.  We should have U-Pick tomatoes up to the first frost.  If you don’t want to pick them, you can buy them for $20 a bushel on the market, but it would help us if you could call in advance to order them.  269-244-5690.
 
Summer Vegetables:  These crops are winding down and will be finished soon:  corn, green beans, cucumbers and summer squash.  We still have plenty of eggplant, peppers (especially red bell peppers), onions, and october (shell-out) beans.
 
Summer Fruit:  Bartlett Pears and Stanley Prune Plums are now gone for the season.  We are picking our last type of peach, Crest Haven, and will have them available for about one more week in the four pound boxes ($4) that we have been selling all season.  Both canteloupe and watermelon will done in about a week as well.
 
Apples:  We have a smaller apple crop than normal this year due to spring frosts/freezes and damage from a hailstorm which occurred in May.    Many of the apples have some hail damage on them, which left a mark or indent where the hail hit and the apple skin healed over.   This does not hurt the good flavor or the quality of the apple, but the apples do not look as nice as we are all accustomed to.  We will be grading the apples and removing those that have the worst hail damage to use for making cider.   So the good news is we will have lots of cider apples and hence, lots of cider!
 
Apple Pricing:  As each apple type becomes available, we will update the pricing.  But in general, the 2010 apples prices will be the same as last year or in some cases a bit lower, due to the hail damage. 
 
Apples available on the market now:
  • Jon-A-Mac:  $12 a bushel, $6.50 a half bushel, $4.00 a peck, 55 cents/lb.   This is an excellent cooking and eating apple.
  • Gala:  $5.00 a peck, 65 cents/lb.   Very few this year, so no bushels.
  • Molly’s Delicious:  $6.00/peck, 75 cents/lb. Very few this year, so no bushels.
  • Honey Crisp:  $1.00/lb.  We have some trees of early Honey Crisp which allows us to have some so early in the season!
  • Cortland:  We have brought in just a few Cortland so far, they are $18 a bushel, $9.50 a half bushel, $6.00 peck.

Apple Varieties we will not have this year due to weather related issues:

  • Northern Spies
  • Macintosh

        We know that both of these apples are favorites for many of our customers.  We recommend you try Jon-A-Mac’s this year in place of Macintosh (these are in the market now) and Cortland in place of Northern Spies.    While they are not perfect substitutes, they are the closest.

Apple Varieties that we will have when they are ready.  Most of these are several weeks away yet, but you can check the website or call for an update.

  • Braeburn
  • Cameo
  • Cortland
  • Fuji
  • Ida Red
  • JonaGold
  • Jonathon
  • Mutsu
  • Nu-Red
  • Red Delicious
  • Golden Delicious

U-Pick Apples:   An estimate on when U-Pick apples might be available is the 2nd week of September.  Of course it depends on the weather and how they ripen.  We will post the opening date and send an email as soon as we know this.  They will be the same price as last year to pick which is $12/bushel.

Grapes:  We have plenty of white Niagra and blue Concord grapes this year.    The white grapes may be ready the first week of September with the blue ones possibly the 2nd week of September.  We will take our first samples in for a sugar check on August 31st and depending on their ripeness, try to determine when we will open.    We will post the opening date on the website and send an email as soon as we know this.  As most of you know, once we open the U-Pick grapes, we will have them available up until the time that Welch’s comes to harvest them.   Preliminary information from Welch’s says they will probably harvest all of our grapes toward the end of September.  However, this can change, so we will keep you posted with the latest. 

U-Pick Grape Pricing:  Will remain the same as last year which is 20 cents/lb.   We will have more information coming about grapes later.

We would like to thank you as always for your continued support and for being there for us in the ups and downs we have experienced this year with our crops and the weather related problems. 

Here’s to our early fall, hope to see you soon,  Beth

End of August Update

U-Pick Tomatoes:  We still have LOTS of tomatoes to pick and the picking is really good right now, so come on over.  They are $12 a bushel to pick.  We should have U-Pick tomatoes up to the first frost.  If you don’t want to pick them, you can buy them for $20 a bushel on the market, but it would help us if you could call in advance to order them.  269-244-5690.

Grape Tomatoes:  Have you tried our grape tomatoes yet this year?  If not, you should.  They are firm and sweet, perfect for snacks.  As evidenced below, even our young customers like them! 

Ben and his sister enjoy our grape tomatoes!

Our grape tomatoes 8-19-10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bartlett Pears:  We have just started picking the Bartlett pears.  This is an excellent canning and eating pear.  We have them for sale by the bushel for $17.00, $9.00 a half bushel, $5.00 a peck (a quarter of a bushel) or a 4-pound box for $4.00.  We are going to let them continue to grow for a few more days and will start picking the majority of them this coming week.  If you have signed up on our list for bushels of pears, we will be calling you this coming week as we pick your orders. If you want to reserve bushels, please call us at 269-244-5690.

Bartlett Pears 8-19-10

Stanley Prune Plums:  We have picked all of our Stanley prune plums (we had a very small crop this year) and have them for sale for $6.00 a peck or a four-pound box for $4.00. 

Stanely Prune Plums being picked on 8-17-10

Apples are Coming!!    Because of the hot summer, everything is ripening early, so today we started picking our Jon-A-Mac  and Gala apples.   The Jon-A-Mac apples are $12.00 a bushel this year, reduced from last year due to hail marks on them.  (Note:  all of our apples got damaged by a hail storm in May.)   The Gala apples got hit by frost and hail, so we will not have enough of them to sell by the bushel, sorry.  They are in the market now for 65 cents/pound or a peck for $5.00.    We will advise you when each type of apple variety becomes ready by an email and posting it on the website.    Within the next several weeks, we will try to give you an estimate on picking dates and when U-Pick will be ready.

Grapes:  Please check back with us around the 1st of September for an estimate of when grapes might be ready.  Again, everything is going to be early this year.

Onions:  Our Red, White and Yellow Sweet Spanish Onions have all been harvested, tied in bundles and hung to dry and are being bagged into ten-pound-bags for sale.  We did not have many onions this year due to weather related issues.  They are $7.50 for a ten-pound bag.

Our Sweet Spanish onions bagged and ready for sale!

 Summer Vegetables:  As I mentioned last week, the market is bursting with all of the summer vegetable at their peak.  We have beautiful eggplant, peppers, onions, squash, green beans, shell-out beans, sweet corn, cucumbers and cabbage.

As always, thanks for supporting us by buying local fresh produce and products.

Beth

Mid August Update

Hi, hard to believe that it is already mid-august, but this is one of my favorite times of the year (my all time favorite is fall) when the market is full of great fruit and all of the summer vegetables.    Here’s what we have at the market now:

Fruit:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Tomatoes (Slicing, canning, roma, green, grape and cherry tomatoes)

Vegetables:

  • Sweet Corn    ****  We currently have a very nice bi-color corn in, picked fresh daily, $4.00/dozen or 3 dozen for $10.00!!****
  • Yellow, Red and White sweet onions
  • Zuchinni and Yellow summer squash
  • EggPlant
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell Peppers (Green and Red)
  • Hot Cheyenne peppers
  • Mild Sweet Banana peppers
  • Hot Hungarian Peppers
  • Green Beans

Tomato Update:   This heat has our tomatoes really coming in.  So, we have reduced the price of picked tomatoes on the market to $1.50 per pound or 4 pounds for $5.00.  You can also get bushels of tomatoes while we have an abundance of them for $20.00 per bushel.  It would really help us if you call and order them at least a day in advance. 

U-Pick tomatoes:  Everyone out to pick this week has been very pleased with how easy it is to pick tomatoes and how nice they are this year.  There are a lot there to pick right now, so plan to get yours soon.  There are so many tomatoes right now that there should be plenty for everyone, but just in case we get lots of customers on the same day, it is always better to call ahead just to make sure there are plenty left to pick.  269-244-5690.

Homemade Baked Goods:  Our baked goods, particularly the pies and cookies are becoming so popular, that our bakers are now bringing them Sundays, as well as Fridays and Saturdays.     This week I recommend their apple pie, which is made from our Earli-blaze apples.  This is an amazing pie and apple sauce apple that we currently have for sale in the market.

What’s coming next? 

Bartlett Pears:  We expect our pears to be ready next week.  Bartlett pears are a great eating and canning pear.  If you would like to get bushels of pears, please call us or email us and let us know how many you would like.    Due to a pear shortage in Michigan this year (but not at our farm) we have many new customers who want to get pears.  But….we want to make sure all of our regular customers get them first.  So, we are keeping a list of customers and phone numbers and will call you when they are ready.  Please call us to give us your order at 269-244-5690.

Stanley Prune Plums:  We expect our plums to be ready next week.  If you are looking for bushels of plums, please call to get on our list to be called.

Apples:  Check with us toward the end of August  for an apple update.  Like everything else, we expect them to be early this year to due to hot weather.  The website and an email will be sent out when each variety comes in so you will know when your favorite is ready!!  We will have U-Pick and picked apples.

Grapes:  We expect grapes to be early as well, check with us the first part of September for an update on when they will be ready.  We will have U-Pick grapes, the white Niagra and the purple/blue Concord.

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

Beth

U-Pick Tomato Field is open again

Our U-Pick tomato field is now open again, hopefully we’ll be able to satisfy all of the pickers coming out, especially with another heat wave coming this week which should keep the tomatoes ripening.  But, please do call before you come, just to make sure that we did not get picked out.   269-244-5690.

Beth