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

Monthly Archive: March 2011

Happy Spring!

These few days of nice weather have us busy in the fields, getting ready for the 2011 growing season!  Our grape trimming is finished, the straw is on the strawberry field, the blueberries are trimmed and the red potatoes are planted!  We are preparing the ground to put in a new peach orchard and blueberry field.  The tomato plants are now thriving in the greenhouse, along with cucumbers and green beans!  While we wait for warmer weather, we are busy getting all of the equipment ready for planting.

Jay trimming blueberry bushes on March 14th

Planting red potatoes on March 18th

Straw down on new field of strawberries March 11

Another spring task, new for us this year, was checking on the beehives to see how they weathered through the winter.   One made it and one did not survive, which is not unexpected.   So our beekeeper, Charlotte, took the honey off the hive that didn’t make it:  the good news is we have honey.  If anyone needs some local honey prior to us opening, I have it here and can sell you some if you give me a call on 244-5690. 

Charlotte Hubbard taking honey off the hive on March 16th

Upon going through the hive, she concluded it was the cold weather that did them in.  Honeybees cluster around the queen, keeping her at 92 – 94 degrees.  When the weather allows, the cluster breaks up and moves across the face of the honeycomb to where more golden goodness is located.  The honeybees died within inches of honey; it looks like it was too cold for their small number to move.  But, their bad news is great news for honey lovers!

Rivers of Justice Film Festival and Greenhouse update

Corey Lake Orchards, along with other local businesses, is helping to sponsor the Rivers of Justice Film Festival, which is this Saturday, March 12th, from 7 – 10:30 p.m. at the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers.  The festival will feature two films.  The first is “Food, Inc.,” an eye opening documentary about how food systems in the US have changed and what eaters can do to contribute to the good of others, ourselves and the earth.  The second film will be “Asparagus!” which is the tale of small scale asparagus farmers’ struggle to survive in Oceana Country. There is a reception to follow across the street at World Fare.  Here you can enjoy local food; Corey Lake Orchards will have their white grape juice, pickled asparagus and freshly made applesauce there for you to enjoy.  We hope to see you.  Visit www.riversofjustice.org for more information.

A few weeks ago we were excited to share our greenhouse opening with you and that the tomato plants were in and growing.  Unfortunately, that following week during the snow and ice storm, we had a power line that broke, causing erratic voltage to our greenhouse, taking out both of our furnaces.  It was only 10 degrees that night and we were only able to save about 25% of our tomato plants.  Needless to say, this is a loss that we can’t recover from easily due to the time it takes to start the plants over, but we are doing everything we can.   We would like to thank Shramm’s Greenhouse in Portage for starting more seeds for us the very next day and accelerating their growth.  We would also like to thank Jon First, a fellow farmer in South West Michigan who gave us 300 plants that they had left over to fill part of our gap.  It has been a difficult several weeks for us to get all of this in place, but we will persevere in our desire to bring you those tomatoes we all look forward to in the late spring from our greenhouse.

Also, you can now find us on Facebook and follow us there if you would like.  Hope your  winter is going well.

Beth