Strawberry Update: With these nice warm days, the early strawberries are beginning to ripen. We should be able to have some picked quarts available for sale on the market sometime the week of May 21st. They will be $3.00/quart. Depending on the weather, we expect most of our strawberries to be ready later in the week of May 28th. Please continue to check our website www.coreylakeorchards.com or call us at 269-244-5690 for the latest information.
Picked Berries will be $3.00 a quart; a flat of 8 quarts is $22.00 ($2.75 quart) ; a case of 16 quarts is $40.00 ($2.50 quart) , when available or ordered in advance. We are now taking orders for flats and cases, and will call you when they are available. Please call us on 269-244-5690 to order.
U-Pick Strawberries will be $1.50 quart. Please bring quart containers if you have them. If not, you may borrow ours to pick in, but bring containers such as boxes, buckets, tubs, to take your berries home in.
Last year when we had fewer strawberries we tried a scheduling/reservation system. Feedback from our customers on this was mixed and so after listening to you, we are going back to the previous method of first come–first serve.
Unfortunately this year we again are going to have fewer strawberries due to frost damage. Essentially we lost the “first picking.” The picking that remains will still be good, the season will just not be as long. In the past several years, we have had more customers than strawberries, causing us to be picked out some days within 30 minutes and having to turn customers away. This is frustrating for us and certainly for those of you who took time off work or got the kids up early to pick berries.
In order to accommodate all of our many local, loyal customers who want to pick here each year, we may to have to limit the quantity you can pick on some days to 16 quarts per group in order to allow more customers to have a chance to pick.
We know we have some customers who do a lot of preserving and want to pick 5 – 10 cases, for these customers I would recommend the following. Call us and tell us how many you want to pick and we will try to accommodate you on a day when we have a lot of berries.
If we don’t have enough berries this year for everyone, there are several other local farms with U-Pick which we can give you the information on.
U-Pick times: We will open the field each day at 8:00 am and it will remain open until we are picked out or until noon. We plan to open each day weather permitting (closing only for berries to ripen if the weather turns cold. ) If we close the field for ripening, we will make that decision the day before, so please call us the day/night before you plan to come to make sure we are picking that day. For safety, we will close the field during a lightening and thunder storm.
Asparagus: We are winding down the asparagus season and will have it for about one more week. Please call in advance to make sure we have it before you drive out. 269-244-5690. Thanks for another great asparagus season, we all hate to see it end.
Greenhouse tomatoes: We have a good supply of greenhouse tomatoes now.
Garden plants: We have added squash, melons and cucumbers to the plants we carry this week. We still have a good selection but they are going fast, so please come out soon to get your plants. Besides, this wonderful weather is the perfect time to be planting.
Thanks as always for buying local. We hope to see you this weekend.
Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards