12147 Corey Lake Road, Three Rivers, Michigan (269) 244-5690

Monthly Archive: July 2012

Our Earli-Blaze apples are ready

We started picking Earli-blaze apples today.  This is what we consider to be our best summer apple.  It is a tart apple, for fresh eating or especially good for pies.   We will have some available by the bushel and are selling them in pecks and 1/2 pecks on the market.  If you would like to get them by the bushel, please call to reserve them at 269-244-5690.

 

Last Weekend of July

We find ourselves at the last weekend of July and it is supposed to be a beautiful weekend so hope you all enjoy it.   The temperature should be perfect for grilling out this weekend, so we have an array of recipes you can pick up with your produce this weekend on grilling vegetables.  These come from a new book we bought entitled “The Gardener and the Grill–the Bounty of the Garden meets the sizzle of the Grill.”  You will find these recipes mixed in with the produce plus all of the herbs you will need are fresh picked and available as well.

Goodbye Greenhouse tomatoes:  We have been picking tomatoes since May 5th from our greenhouse and yesterday we did our annual job of “taking out the greenhouse for the year.”  We harvested about 4 ton of tomatoes out of the greenhouse this year.  Many thanks to my Dad and Tom who both managed the greenhouse this year, a job well done!!

Dayton Hubbard carrying out some of the last pots 7-26-12

Crew working to remove each tomato plant 7-26-12

 

 

 

 

 

Before we took out the 8-foot plants, we picked off all of the green tomatoes.  So…..we have a green tomato special going on:  50 cents a pound or a 1/2 bushel for $5.00!!!   So this is the weekend for fried green tomatoes or if you want to grill some, we have a recipe for grilled green tomato “sandwiches” with herbed cream cheese.

Grilled green tomato sandwiches…..mmmmm….

We now have enough field tomatoes coming in from the field for you.  The one thing you will notice is that field tomatoes are not as pretty as our greenhouse tomatoes.  Please be assured the flavor is as good and better.  Remember our greenhouse tomatoes got protected from all of the elements of nature:  wind, hard rains, animals, etc, where as our field tomatoes have seen just about everything this year…..

The market is so full of produce this weekend we can barely find enough shelf space!!  The abnormal summer heat has accelerated many of the vegetable crops so get them now as they won’t last through August like they usually do.  Every vegetable we grow is now available. 

Sweet Corn:  We are offering the Stear’s sweet corn, it is bi-color and very sweet.

Peaches:  We picked about a quarter of a bushel of peaches today and will be bringing in a few each day.    The majority of our Red Haven peaches are still 4 – 7 days away.  We will not have any by the bushel, just small boxes for fresh eating.

Summer apples:  We have Jersey Mac and Earli-blaze on the market for fresh eating.  We hope to have bushels of Earli-blaze apples by the end of next week.

Egg Supply:  We are doing out best to keep eggs on the market but please be aware that the chickens are not cooperating, so call ahead to make sure we have eggs as we are selling out quickly when they come in.

Blueberries:  Just when we had given up on our field, the rains have refreshed them so we are picking once again.  They are small but sweet.  We only have them by the pint and quart, no larger quantities.

Baked Goods and Brandy:  All the baked goods you have come to enjoy are here for the weekend.  Bruce will be in the brandy house from 1 – 4 on Saturday and would love to give you a tour and a taste.

All you ever wanted to know about our Honey on the market:

Local Honey for Sale on our market

We’ve always offered local honey, but now we’re offering extremely local honey, from our eight hives tucked away on our farm, where a vineyard meets pear and peach orchards.  It is a very sweet and light honey.  We anticipate larger jars after the season-end robbing of honey (after Labor Day), but now have a 2.25 “taster” jar and a 5.5 ounce, proudly bottled under the Corey Lake Orchards label.   Honeybees fly up to three miles foraging, but we’re fairly sure these bees never had reason to leave the farm!

Our beekeeper is my sister Charlotte.  Her late husband was a beekeeper; all profits from this honey go to support his favorite charities of Meals on Wheels and Loaves & Fishes.

We also have honey from the local Babcock Apiary, and have quite a variety of sizes and containers.  Larger quantities (half gallon, quart, etc.) are priced economically for baking or topping lots of biscuits.

If you’ve never tried comb honey, we also now have it.  Many adults say they had it as a child, and appreciate the chance to bite into pure bliss again.  Honeybees keep their hives fastidiously clean; chew the honeycomb until you’ve enjoyed all the honey, and dispose of the remaining wax.  How and where is your secret….

Packaged comb honey

Local honey tends to help people combat local allergies, and offers many other health benefits such as boosting immunity and energy.  Honey lasts forever, although it will crystallize.  Most commercial honey (not what we sell here) has been heated and filtered to delay crystallization—removing most of its helpful properties.  If your honey crystallizes, simply set in a pan of hot water (or in the sun) to liquefy it again.

As always, thank you for buying local.  We hope to see you soon.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

 

 

Sweet Corn is back and we have Fruit!!

Sweet corn is back and we should have it daily now.  It is the bi-color sweet corn from the Stear’s Farm in Constantine.  The corn picked and delivered today looks beautiful!!

Much to our surprise, we discovered the cantaloupe were ready today.   So we will be bringing these in daily now as they ripen.  They are incredibly sweet this year (thanks to the dry conditions—see there is some good to no rain.)

We also have started picking some summer apples.  These are for pies, sauce and eating—they are a tart apple.  We have Jersey Mac’s and Earli-Blaze and are selling them in 2-quart boxes.  We will have Earli-blaze for sale by the bushel in about one more week.

Blueberries:  Just when we had given up on our blueberries, the last few rains have renewed them so we are picking a few more over the next few days.

Tomatoes:  Our field tomatoes are coming in more plentiful each day, so soon we will stop picking the greenhouse tomatoes.  It sure has been nice to have had those since April though, hasn’t it??  We will let you know when the field tomatoes are ready for U-Pick.  It will be several more weeks at least.

Given the weather and the nature of produce, things are constantly changing.  So always feel free to give us a call before you drive out to make sure we have what you are looking for.  269-244-5690.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

Sweet Corn Update–sorry temporarily out

Sorry about the sweet corn saga so far this year.  We are still not able to pick any of our own corn due to raccoon damage and now we will be temporarily out awaiting the next planting of the Stear’s corn to be ready.    We hope to have more by the middle of this coming week.    We will send out an email to let you know when we have it again or feel free to call the market. 269-244-5690.  Thanks for your understanding.

Beth

 

 

 

Vegetables R Us!

More Rain!!  We were delighted on Wednesday to wake up to the sound of rain which provided almost an inch, we again were so thankful for the rain and for all of you who left us messages after our last email with your support.

The market continues to be full with summer vegetables:

  • Sweet Corn
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Several varieties of peppers
  • Many sizes of cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Shell out peas
  • Broccoli
  • Red, white and yellow onions
  • Squash:  zucchini, yellow summer and spaghetti
  • Green Beans and “shell out” beans
  • Fresh dug red potatoes
  • Many types of herbs

Tomatoes:  We still have plenty of our greenhouse tomatoes and are starting to bring in some field tomatoes, cherry and grape tomatoes.  We always bring in plenty of green tomatoes for those who want to do fried green tomatoes!

Onions:  We are continuing to harvest our onions so you will find them hanging all over our buildings to dry and “cure’ so they will keep.  We planted 45,000 so before we are finished we will cover most of our buildings!

A truck load of onions ready to be hung to dry, 7-16-12

Flowers:   While the cutting garden has suffered with the heat, the gladiolus and sunflowers we grew in the field are beautiful.   Come make a bouquet!

Many colors of glad’s to choose from!

Baked Goods and Brandy:  The baked goods shelves are stocked and Bruce will be open for tasting and tours in the brandy house on Saturday from 1 – 4.

Summer Fruit Update:  While it is nice go have an abundance of vegetables, we are sorry that we currently do not have any fruit.  Our blueberries are gone for the year.  We are waiting on the following:

  • Peaches:  maybe a few by next weekend, check with us around July 27th
  • Earliblaze apples:  This is a great summer apple for eating and cooking, we hope to have some next weekend– July 27th
  • Canteloupe and Watermelon:  check back around August 6th

Peaches ripening on the tree, still about a week away

Grapes:  Check back with us around the middle of August for a grape update as we expect them to be ready early this year.  We will have a good crop of both white niagara and blue concord grapes.    We will not have any pricing information until right before harvest time.

Fall Apples.  As you probably know, we lost most of our apple crop in the April freeze.  We hope to be able to give you more information on availability of our fall apples around the middle of August.   We are not able to take any orders at this time for apples.

Another “old sign” added to the market.  Many thanks to one of our great customers who was at an antique auction and got this sign for our market.  As you have seen from my displays, I am always looking for old fruit and vegetable signs and other market antiques.  Denim has taken up guard next to the new sign.

As always thanks for buying local, we hope to see you soon.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards