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

Sour and Sweet Cherry Update and yes, Strawberries are gone for the season

Sour Cherries: We will open the U-Pick Sour Cherries on Wednesday, June 29th.  They will be 75 cents per pound to pick.    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:

  • U-Pick Hours:  8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 6 pm.
  • 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).

Strawberries are now finished for the season.   It was another difficult season for us not having enough for everyone, plus the last four days of rain ruined what was remaining, but thanks to everyone who was able to enjoy them with us this season.

Sweet Cherries opened for U-pick on Wednesday June 22.    This was earlier than expected, but the weather from this past week with 4 days of rain,  have caused the cherries to start spoiling.    We have four different kinds in our small orchard across the street  from our market.  You can still try to pick them, but it is very difficult due to the damage caused by the rain.   Please realize that we have an older orchard with about 15 – 20 very large trees.  Since we do not have a lot of sweet cherries, we would recommend you not travel a long distance to get them, but if you are in our local area and want to get a few cherries to enjoy eating, please come on over.  We know for many of you, it is a tradition to come pick a bowl of cherries!  We have several colors:

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

Picking information:

  • The sweet cherry trees are very tall (15 – 25 feet).   Please 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

Picking hours are 8 – 6 daily, we ask that you finish picking by 6:00 pm. 

Picked Sweet Cherries: we no longer have any picked cherries on the market.   They are just too difficult to pick given the rain damage.  Wow, what a short crop, about 3 days!

So what else do we have on the market? The end of strawberry season and the short cherry season leave us with a “gap” of produce available on the market since we grow everything here.  We have some lettuce, peas and onions coming in, but we are now awaiting the next group of summer vegetables.    Of course we still have our great greenhouse tomatoes every day and baked goods on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  We’ll let you know when more things are ready.    On a positive note, yesterday, we picked our first tomato out of the field.  As many of you know, it is my Dad’s goal to always have the first tomato ready in the state.  He has even set a new record for himself by picking his first one on June 25th!

A glimpse of some of the small joys of farming: This particular last week with all of the rain which ruined the sweet cherries and strawberries and kept us out of the fields was certainly frustrating for those of us in farming.  But there are always small pleasures and joys we find among our days as well.  This past week, when picking radishes, I discovered this nest of bird eggs in one of the plants.   Then, at the end of the week, there were baby birds!!  Needless to say, this group of radishes did not get picked!

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for buying local produce and goods…..from all of us here at Corey Lake Orchards, we truly appreciate you as customers.      Beth