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

Monthly Archive: July 2011

End of July Update

As we close out the month of July, we wanted to give you an update:

Onions:  We have harvested all of our “Candy” onions.  This is a large, yellow, globe-shaped sweet onion.  If you have been getting onions here this year, this is what you probably have purchased.  You will find them hanging on the market to dry.  With harvest complete, we have changed our pricing to give you better value:   The cleaned, single onions in our bin are $1.00/pound or if you buy over 4 pounds, they are  80 cents a pound.  The” onions on the string”  hanging all over the market are also 80 cents a pound.  So far, we have gotten great feedback from our customers on how much they love these onions, thank you!!

Harvesting the onions in the field, tying into bundles to hang

Onions hanging on the market to dry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baked goods: Our bakers are bringing blueberry and zucchini bread this weekend, try it, and give them feedback!!

Tomatoes:  We are still bringing in tomatoes from our greenhouse but are also starting to bring in several bushel a day  from the field.  The first thing we noticed is how spoiled we got from eating the “perfect” greenhouse tomato!  Since they grew in a controlled climate, never touched the ground or had to deal with inclimate weather, they looked good and tasted good.   Let’s just stay the field tomatoes are not as pretty, as they have been subjected to just about everything mother nature can throw at them!  But, the important thing is, they taste great!!  We’ll let you know when there is enough to start U-Pick tomatoes.

Mr. Hubbard picking greenhouse tomatoes, they grew so tall this year this is even a reach for him!

Vegetables:  The market is full of summer vegetables:  corn, cucumbers, zucchini, spaghetti squash, yellow summer squash , green bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, hot hungarian peppers, jalapeno peppers, eggplant, red potatoes cabbage and green beans.

Fruit: The only fruit we have right now is blueberries, but we have plenty of them.

What’s coming:  We hope to have peaches and melons within a few weeks.  Both crops are coming along nicely.   We probably will not have enough peaches to sell by the bushel, it just seems like the cold winters and deer have really taken the toll on our peach orchard.

Here’s hoping we see you this coming weekend for fresh, local produce and other goods.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

Sweet Corn is back again!

Sorry we were out of sweet corn today, the weather continues to mess up our plantings!  As this happens we will be supplementing our corn supply from Stears, a local farmer who has excellent corn.  While we are waiting for our next planting to come in this week, we will have their corn for sale.  So, we will have corn on Monday, July 25th!  Hopefully now we will have sweet corn every day until the season is over, however, always feel free to call ahead just to make sure we do!  269-244-5690.  Corn is $4.50/dozen.

 

 

Hot, Hot, Hot and lots of produce!

The Heat:  Okay, it is hot, VERY hot as you all know.  Certainly the heat is having an impact on all of us as we just try to get  through the day, but it is impacting our crops as well.  Short term, it is ripening everything all at once.  We literally have an “explosion” of yellow summer squash, so many coming at the same time we could fill a large truck.  PLEASE help us by buying some at our special reduced rate, we even have some great recipes for you to try as well.    We are seeing other unusual things like we are picking two of our plantings of sweet corn at the same time (they were planted 8 days apart, meaning the second planting caught up to the first with the heat….. the same phenomenon is happening with green beans and other things.)  Longer term, this could have an impact on the fruit like apples and pears which are still maturing.  Something else you might notice is that the heat causes vegetables to grow so quickly that they become misshaped.   We are particularly seeing this with potatoes and green peppers right now.  So, please work with us as Mother Nature changes the produce a bit, while it may have a different shape, it is still fresh and tastes wonderful.

Also, due to the extreme heat we are trying to leave as much produce in the cooler as we can, so some of the bins of vegetables may seem like we don’t have many, feel free to ask if there is more to bring out.

For those of you following the Hummingbird flower garden, almost all of the flowers are in bloom, including the sunflowers.  Thus, we will have lots of flowers for sale this weekend, including sunflowers.  Bring your own vase if you want and make your own bouquet!

Sunflowers in the Hummingbird garden, 7-20-11 The little "specs" on the flowers are bees pollinating

Yes, we have Sweet Corn!  We started picking corn this week and should have it all weekend.  It is bi-color.  We have been selling out early each day, so if you want corn, come early in the day or call us to save it for you.  (269-244-5690).

Denim "guarding" the corn on the way back from the day's picking

Baked goods:  Our bakers are bringing a new pie this weekend called “cherry berry.”  made with cherries, blueberries and cranberries.    Be sure to check that out.  Also, if Michaela waits on you, be sure to thank her and her family for going out blueberry picking during this hot week in order that they could pick and freeze enough blueberries to make pies for the  rest of the year!

Blueberries:  Our blueberries will be ending this week, but we will continue to bring them in as we have been from Leduc’s in Paw Paw.    They are telling us they will have blueberries for several more weeks.    We have them available in 10-pound boxes for $25, 5-pound boxes for $13.00, $5 a quart or $3 a pint.

Summer vegetables: The market shelves are full now with the summer bounty:  green beans, red/white/yellow onions, green bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, hot Hungarian peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, green and yellow zucchini, peas, sweet corn, new red potatoes, and lots of yellow summer squash!

Tomatoes:  Our field tomatoes are slow in coming, despite the heat.  Fortunately, our greenhouse tomatoes are still coming in.  We have also started picking green tomatoes daily for those of you yearning for fried green tomatoes!!

Lodi apples:  This will be the final weekend to get Lodi apples, which is a great applesauce apple.  We will have more varieties of summer apples following this one.

Brandy tasting this Saturday:  Our brandy house will be open from 1 – 4 on Saturday, please come meet our new brandy maker, Bruce.  He had his first experience this week making brandy, he may have a few stories to tell about it!

So we know it is going to be a hot weekend, but we would still love to see you coming out for fresh local produce and other goods.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

 

 

Peak Blueberry season!!

This is the peak of the blueberry season, which is in full swing and the berries are plentiful and wonderful right now.   So don’t delay and miss them, come out within the week to stock up on them for eating fresh or freezing.

  • 10 pound box is $25.00**
  • 5 pound box is $13.00**
  • 1 Quart for $5.00
  • 1 Pint for $3.00

**It would really help us if you could call us in advance and order these, thanks!  269-244-5690.

Baked goods:  This weekend our bakers will be featuring fresh blueberry pie, since of course it is blueberry season.    I highly recommend their blueberry pie which is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Vegetables: The market is now full of summer vegetables:  green beans, fresh dug red potatoes, fresh onions, peas,eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, hot Hungarian peppers.    But still, we know most of you are waiting for sweet corn:  We might have some on Sunday, if it is as hot as predicted.  Call us to find out;  269-244-5690.

Again, thanks for buying local,

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

Blueberries are here!

Another summer favorite is finally ready:  Blueberries! We started picking this week and will be picking daily.  Due to our field being older and not producing sufficient quantities, we will not be able to have any U-Pick this year, sorry.  We also will supplement what we pick from our field with additional ones we will pick up locally from Leduc’s.  This will allow us to make sure we always have blueberries when you come and offer them in larger quantities.  Blueberries are:  $3.00/pint, $5.00/quart, $13.00 for a 5-pound box and $25 for a 10-pound box.    If you are interested in larger quantities, it would help us if you could order them in advance.  269-244-5690.  Thanks.

The good news is that we planted 1000 bushes this year,  so as they mature in a few years, we should have plenty of blueberries and be able to offer U-Pick.

Blueberries ripening; 7-4-11

Raspberries:  We have two local suppliers who will be bringing in black and red raspberries as available.  These are $3.50/pint.  Feel free to call us to see if we have them on hand as it varies by day.

Summer Vegetables:  Each day we bring in more and more summer vegetables:  Fresh dug red potatoes, freshly pulled onions, zucchini, yellow summer squash, peas, cucumbers, lettuce, green bell peppers, hot Hungarian peppers and sweet banana peppers.   The quantities available vary by day, so call us if you want us to hold something for you after we bring them in each morning.  269-244-5690.

“Make Your own flower bouquet:”  On Friday, Saturday and Sundays, we will set up a “make your own flower bouquet” station.  Bring your own vase or buy one of ours.  These are picked from the hummingbird garden adjacent to the market.

Sample of flowers from the Hummingbird garden to "make your own bouquet'

Tomato shortage: Sorry,  we currently cannot keep up with the customer demand for our greenhouse tomatoes, so they are not available every day.    Hopefully soon the field tomatoes will start ripening so we have fresh tomatoes for you each day.

Lodi Apples are coming soon!  The first apple of summer might be ready by this weekend.  If you don’t know this apple, it is the modern version of what was known as the old fashioned “transparent apple.”   They have a thick yellow skin and a sharp/tart taste!  Due to its ability to cook down very quickly, it makes a great (but tart!) applesauce.  Those folks who like sour things like sour candies, also like to eat them fresh.  We seem to have a bumper crop of them year, so give us a call if you would like to place an order and have us call you when they are ready.

Lodi apples, week of 7-4-11

Sour Cherries are now gone for the season, we are picking the last few very ripe cherries off the tree tomorrow hoping to make some cherry brandy!

Where are green beans and sweet corn? These seem to be the most frequently asked question:  Our answer is:  They are coming, but totally dependent on the weather.  We expect to have both in about 10 days to 2 weeks.

Again, thank you for buying local.

From everyone at Corey Lake Orchards