For those of you who read our earlier emails, you might remember that we planted some sweet corn in March when it was unseasonably warm on the chance that if the weather held, we could have sweet corn on Memorial Day weekend. Well, while the sweet corn made it through the April frosts, the cool temperatures slowed the growth so there will be no early sweet corn after all. However…..this is the earliest we have ever had strawberries ready. We started picking the early variety this week and hope to have quarts available through the Memorial Day weekend for you to enjoy.
We do not expect to have berries in any quantity (cases or flats) or U-Pick until the very end of the month (check back around May 30th). If you want to order picked berries, please call the market at 269-244-5690 and let us know how many you need. Please check our website fore more information on pricing and how we will be handling U-Pick this year. http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/05/strawberries-and-other-updates/
Baked Goods: Starting this weekend our bakers will be busy baking strawberry shortcakes to go with your fresh strawberries! They will be bringing in fresh shortcake daily now until the end of strawberry season. This weekend they will have all the normal baked goods (pies, cookies, bread) on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and also Monday for the holiday weekend! For those of you coming up to the lake for the weekend you can get baked goods to enjoy while you are here and pick up some Monday to take home for the week.
Greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers: We have plenty of greenhouse tomatoes ready right now and are beginning to pick a few cucumbers daily.
Rhubarb: We are temporarily out of rhubarb but hope to have more after it rains. Please call if you want some and we can call you when we have it again. 269-244-5690.
Brandy House: The Brandy House will be open on Saturday from 1-4. Bruce would love to have you come over for sampling and to show you how we make brandy.
Asparagus: We have finished picking asparagus for the year. We have a little left to sell, if you want some call ahead to see if we still have it and have us hold it for you. (269-244-5690).
Plants: We only have a few pepper and some grape tomato plants remaining. If you are still trying to plant your garden, we recommend trying Schram’s Greenhouse in Portage (7313 S. Westnedge. 269-327-5347.) This is where we get all of our plants. They have a wonderful selection of everything……and they are local!
- Most of our fruit crop was impacted by frost damage this year. The summer-like March temperatures caused fruit to blossom early, followed by many days of frost in April. As you may know, the state of Michigan has been severely impacted and we are luckier than most in what we have left. All fruit will be early this year—from 2 – 4 weeks.
- Sweet Cherries: We lost about 50% of our sweet cherry crop, but we will have enough to have them already picked to sell on the market and some to U-Pick. They will be early this year, check back with us the first week of June for an update.
- Sour Cherries: We lost about 80% of the sour cherry crop. Until they get closer to ripening, we do not know if we will have them for U-Pick. Check back around June 8th for an update.
- Blueberries: We expect a good crop and they will be ready probably in June this year.
- Peaches: We will have some peaches, but no bushels.
- Plums and Pears: We lost most of these and will probably not have any bushels.
- Apples: We have lost a lot of apples, but we will have some of certain varieties. We will update you further as they mature.
- Grapes: We have a good crop of both Niagara and Concord grapes and feel very fortunate as most of the rest of Michigan does not have any.
In the fifty years of the farm, this is the most frost damage we have ever had to our fruit crops. It is very heartbreaking to us as we must still maintain the less than fruitful orchards, but we will persevere. While it certainly will make for a difficult year, we remain steadfast in our desire to bring fresh produce, picked daily to our customers. This may be the year you have to learn to love your vegetables!
In a year like this, we are even more grateful to our customers for your on-going support and buying local.
Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards