Due to this cool spring, we are opening this weekend, Saturday May 7th, just in time for Mother’s Day. This is the latest we have EVER opened!! Here’s what we hope to have:
Asparagus: This is coming on very slowly due to the cool weather. So it is best if you call ahead to make sure we have it, or place an order and we can call you when ready. (269-244-5690). It is $1.65 a pound.
Rhubarb: $1.50 per pound.
Baked Goods: Our bakers will be bringing special baked goods for Mother’s Day weekend. They will offer their great cinnamon rolls, colorful flower-shaped sugar cookies, Rhubarb and Rhubarb-Strawberry pies!
Tomato plants and other plants: We have a variety of plants available, all of the types that we plant. These are 30 cents each, or a 4-pack for $1.00. A flat of them is $12.00 (48 plants). We have some ready now for those of you brave enough to risk the weather and have your garden plot ready, or we have more arriving mid-May for those of you that want to plant them later. By mid-May, we should also have other plants available such as: cucumbers, melons, eggplant, peppers, lettuce, etc.
Local Honey: Both of our local honey suppliers will have their honey here. Both suppliers have local, raw, unprocessed honey. Many people find great health benefits in using local, unprocessed honey … in addition to the excellent flavor! Babcock’s Honey, the Apiary that has supplied us for years and years, will have containers with 12 ounces ($4), 1 pound ($4.50) and 2 pounds ($8.). TomsBeelovedHoney will have the popular jauntily dressed bears, perfect for Mother’s Day, graduation, weddings or “just-because.” You can also place a special order for bears in graduation caps, bridal veils or other themes via www.tomsbeelovedhoney.org. Charlotte Hubbard, beekeeper, has two hives on our farm and others at her home in Schoolcraft. The giant 24-ounce bear goes for $10, the 12-ounce bear for $5 , the 4 and 8-ounce bears for $4, and the cute mini-bear for $1.50. All profits from the honey go to her late husband’s charities.
Local Eggs: These are $1.50/dozen.
Locally made Cards & Paintings: Local artists Larry-Michael Hackenberg and Becky Hackenberg have both cards and paintings available.
Michigan made “Corey Lake Orchards” Tote bags: These beautiful bags are handmade and stitched by Kathy, she is delivering them to us the afternoon of May 7th. We love these bags because they have our name on them, but even more important, all of the proceeds go to feed the hungry.
Beautiful blossoms to enjoy: Even after seeing these for decades, it still takes my breath away every year when the orchards bloom; it is such an amazing sight of white flowers against spring blue sky. The cherries are in bloom now, soon to be followed by peaches, pears and apples blooming. So you can enjoy the blossoms for several more weeks. Feel free to take pictures.
We are looking forward to seeing you as we start our 2011 season. We appreciate the opportunity to have you as customers of locally grown produce and other goods. Here’s to wishing all of you mothers a great Mother’s Day. Here on the farm I am reminded daily of my own mother, a most amazing woman whose spirit and legacy we all work to uphold.
Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards