Thanks to everyone who made it out to our festivities during the Fall Color Tour this past Sunday. While the weather didn’t cooperate until later in the day, it seemed like everyone who ventured out enjoyed themselves. A special thanks to all of the various vendors who set up to sell arts, crafts, jewelry, baked goods, and other goodies, and to the Lake Milton Raptor Center for bringing the Birds of Prey. Also a special thanks to all of the Corey Lake Orchards employees for their extra efforts in preparing for the Fall Color Tour activities and making them happen.
Since the weather prevented some folks from getting out, we are continuing several of our specials. In celebration of our 50th anniversary, the Red Delicious apples are still at “roll back” pricing of $5 a bushel, limit 3/customer, until they are gone. The Honeycrisp apples are Buy 1 bag, Get the 2nd same size bag free. Our remaining onion bags are on special for buy 2, get the 3rd bag free.
Stocking up on apples for the winter: All of our apples are now picked, including the Red Romes harvested this week. We have several varieties of apples like the Fuji, which store well. This is the time to buy them to have for fresh eating over the next several months. We try to close each year on October 31st, but we will remain open as long as we have apples to sell. However, for the best selection you should get out soon. We currently still have: Braeburn, Cameo, Cortland, Fuji, Golden Supreme, HoneyCris0p, Ida Red, Jonathan, Mutsu, Red Delicious, Rome and Spy’s. This weekend we will have Pink Lady apples, we have been babying these trees along now for several years and will harvest some for the first time. They are very distinctive in flavor and color, Pink Lady™ apples offer a delicious sweet-tart taste and a crisp slightly dry firm creamy-white flesh. This apple’s tender skin has a pink to reddish-pink blush over a yellow background.
Apple Gleaning: We will open the apple orchards up for “after harvest” gleaning on Saturday, October 22nd. This allows you to go in and pick what is left on the trees or on the ground for $4.00 bushel. This is an economical way to get apples if you want to make a large batch of applesauce, apple butter, juice or get apples for animals.
Pumpkins, Squash and Fall Ornamentals: We still have a good selection of gourds, Indian corn, pumpkins and squash.
Grapes: We still have some white Niagara grapes available for picking, and there are a few purple Concords left in the already-picked vineyards.
Cider: We will continue to press cider through October 30th. If you want to get large quantities for an event, please call ahead to order it. There is a discount of $1/gallon when you buy over 10 gallons. 269-244-5690.
Highlights from October 16th Fall Color Tour:
Birds of Prey: This is the 2nd year the Lake Milton Raptor Center has displayed their birds of prey for our visitors. They were so popular, they stayed an extra hour. Check them out at: http://raptorcenter.org/
Another very popular area was the “Bag your own bushel of Red Delicious” for $5 a bushel, manned by George who helped everyone get their bushels packaged up and to their car. Thanks, George!
Who would have known that our local UPS driver Bob and his lovely wife could charm us with their musical selections that afternoon?
Pies, apple dumplings and more: There was no shortage of baked goods done by our local bakers Patti and Michaela Eberhard. Hope you were able to get some as this was their last weekend of baking for the year. We will definitely miss the baked goods. We thank them their hard work all year in providing fresh baked goods every weekend!
Mary Wright with jelly, Patti Eberhard with baked goods
Brandy House tours and tasting: Bruce had many visitors to the Brandy house that afternoon to show them how brandy is produced from the fruit here on the farm. Remember, you can visit the Brandy house every Saturday from 1 – 4 for a tour and tasting.
All of the Hubbard daughters were present to help in the celebration of the 50th year of the farm. The pose in a large apple bin is a throwback to the time when they were growing up on the farm and their parents would use an apple bin as a play pen! It was a lot easier then to get all four of them in the box then now!
From the entire Hubbard family and all of the employees at Corey Lake Orchards, thank you for the past 50 years of buying locally from us.