Greenhouse Tomatoes: This past week of sunny days has pushed the greenhouse temperature up (some days over 100 degrees!) and finally the tomatoes are ripening. So the wait for the “first really good BLT for 2012” is over as they are now for sale at our market! Just be aware they do tend to sell out quickly each day as we are not picking at full yield yet. Call ahead if you want us to save some for you.
Mother’s Day Weekend: Mother’s Day is this Sunday, it is a time for everyone to remember where they came from and to thank their mom for everything she has done for them! We have a number of items you can choose from to put together a lovely gift for Mom with local products. Besides our fresh picked asparagus and rhubarb we have reusable “Corey Lake Orchards” tote bags, honey, Ruth’s pecan and cashew brittle. Our bakers are bringing pies, cinnamon rolls, bread, and cookies. They will have specially-decorated flower sugar cookies for Mother’s Day. This weekend I highly recommend the rhubarb or strawberry- rhubarb pie. Since rhubarb is in season, this is the time to enjoy it. If one of my son’s was going to get me a Mother’s Day gift, I would want a mini-rhubarb pie that I could eat all by myself (Hint, hint….). If you have never tried their rhubarb pie, you really should, of all the pies they make it is my favorite.
The Brandy House is open this Saturday from 1 -4. Bruce will be here at the brandy house for tasting and tours. Be sure to ask him about some great drink recipes he has perfected using our brandies. I highly recommend the peach, cherry or pear brandy as a Mother’s Day gift!
Plants and Hanging Flower baskets: We will have many plants for sale this weekend, including hanging flower baskets. If your mother is a gardener, consider mixing up a flat of various vegetable and tomato plants and helping her get them planted this weekend.
Plants available this weekend will be:
- Pepper plants (Sweet bell, Sweet Banana, Hungarian, Jalapano and Cayenne)
- Herbs: Thyme, Basil, Oregano, Chives, and Parsley
- Note: we are just getting our pepper plants and herbs in for the first time this year and will have them available on Friday afternoon (May 11th)
- Brussel Sprouts
- Tomato plants (cherry and grape tomatoes, Biltmore, Mountain Fresh, Mountain Glory, Rocky Top, Red Defender, Primo Red, Scarlett Red)
Plants which are still yet to come will be watermelon, cantaloupe, eggplant, cucumber, and both summer and winter squash plants. Check back around May 15th to see if we have a date yet for when they will be ready.
Flower Plants: We usually don’t sell flower plants but as I did my cutting garden this year, I over estimated how many I needed so we have zinnias, cosmos and snapdragons for sale. So if you have ever wanted to try a cutting garden, this is a good way to start by using actual plants versus seeds.
Everyone here at Corey Lake Orchards is hoping you have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you.