Vegetable Update: What a difference a few more days have made, especially these hot ones, with bringing on the vegetables! The zucchini and yellow summer squash are coming on so fast we can barely keep up picking or selling it. We are now digging our red new potatoes daily! We are also bringing in field cucumbers, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, peas, sweet banana peppers, hot hungarian peppers, red/yellow/white sweet onions, and starting to pick green beans. Of course we know your real question is: will we have sweet corn for the 4th of July? Sorry, we will not, it is really been hit hard by lack of rain. We’ll give you an update in about a week. We are as anxious for it as you are.
Blueberries: Blueberries are ready! We have them in pints, quarts or 5 and 10-pound boxes. If you want 10-pound boxes, please call and order in advance so we can make sure to have them for you. 269-244-5690.
Fresh Cut Flowers: On weekends we have fresh cut flowers: zinnias, snapdragons, daisies, bee balm, cosmos, and others. Feel free to bring your own vase and make an arrangement. Or you can buy a vase or take them home in a paper cup.
Baked Goods: This Friday, our bakers are bringing a new cookie: peanut butter and honey. Also, now that it is zucchini season, their famous zucchini-chocolate chip cookies are back. (This is truly my favorite cookie, not only are they delicious, but don’t we all feel better about eating a cookie with a vegetable in it??!!) Since it is blueberry season, they will have fresh blueberry pies!
Tomato Update: Our greenhouse has lots of green tomatoes yet, but we are weeks away on those ripening, our field tomatoes look great so far, but they are weeks away from ripening as well. We are temporarily bringing in tomatoes from another greenhouse in Indiana. We have done the taste test for you and yes, they taste like a true tomato.
Lodi apples are coming: This is our first apple of the year and while we lost a good share of them due to frost damage, we will still have some. They might be ready this weekend or certainly by next week. They are a green, very tart apple, used primarily for pies or cooking, but also enjoyed by people who like really sour things! We have started a list of people who would like to get some, if you want to be added to the list, please call us at 269-244-5690.
Herbs: We are experimenting with growing herbs this year. This weekend we will have basil, parsley and dill, with other types coming later.
What are tomatillos? We have some for you to try. Tomatillos look like small green tomatoes encased in a papery husk. They’re pleasantly tart, and principally used to make salsas, particularly salsa verde. They’re good raw, but many cooks cook them briefly in order to enhance their flavor. Frozen tomatillos are good substitutes for fresh. Store fresh ones in the refrigerator for up to a month, or cook them and freeze them.
Recipe section at the market: Please check out our information and recipe section at the market. There are some great recipes on how to use kale, summer squash and tomatillos. If you have a favorite recipe using some of our produce that you would share, bring us a copy.
Brandy: Our brandy house will be open from 1 – 4 this Saturday, for tasting, tours or just talking to Bruce!
Still looking for rain……the lack of rain is truly stressing the crops and our faithful crew who are trying to keep the irrigation running 24/7. Our thanks to Jay who gets the sleepless nights as he monitors it and for our day crew who help to move it to various fields several times a day.
Please have a good 4th of July, stay safe and we hope to see you our way to get some local produce.
Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards