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

Monthly Archive: July 2012

And….it rained….Thank you!

As we closed tonight it poured down rain, 20 minutes later it was still raining and the rain gauge measured 1 and 1/2 inches!!!!  We are so grateful.  This amount of rain probably saved the balance of our fruit crops (peaches, apples and grapes…..)  and of course will do wonders for the vegetables and everything else.   Thanks to everyone who prayed, worried for us and did a rain dance!!

Beth embracing the rain—7-14-12

Quick update on blueberries:   We are not able to get any more from Leduc’s and will probably be finished with blueberries for the year.  Sorry….

From all of us soaked but happy people at Corey Lake Orchards

Please let it rain!

I am already a day late from putting out the weekly email.  To be honest, the heat, the lack of rain, the sadness on seeing the crops damaged are taking their toll on all of us here at the farm.  Our week started by assessing the damage caused by the extreme 4th of July week heat.  Since we had to irrigate due to no rain, it created sauna + like conditions under the ground, literally ‘baking” crops that are underground, like our onions.  We started harvesting the onions early, in an attempt to save them.  You will notice next time you are out how small our red onions are, we pulled them early and couldn’t let them grow to size.  In the middle of the week we went out to pick our first sweet corn of the year, only to find that between the small ears due to no rain and the raccoon damage, it was not worth harvesting.    You might remember we told you earlier this would be the year of vegetables since we lost our fruit in the April freezes.  Now we are struggling to keep some of the vegetable crops alive.

Forgive us for taking a minute there to dwell on our hardships.  We know this is the business we are in and we can’t control Mother Nature and the weather.  We are experiencing the most difficult year the farm has ever had (our 51st year.) We always remember that even in what seems like tough times, our customers stay with us, buying local and helping us to “weather” through it all.  For that we are grateful.

Vegetables:  The market is truly flush with summer vegetables, including delicious local sweet corn, (we think as good if not better than our own!!) Come on out and you will find onions, all kinds of cucumbers and peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, peas, broccoli, kale, cabbage, green beans, fresh dug red potatoes, eggplant, fresh herbs….This may be a short season on some of the vegetables due to the heat.  So if there is something you were hoping to get in quantity to can or freeze, please ask us about it soon.

Tomatoes:  Our greenhouse is back producing lots of wonderful tomatoes again which should carry us over now until our field tomatoes come in.  Note:  The field tomatoes are looking great so far,  we are expecting to have a good supply and plenty for U-Pick.

Fruit:  We still have blueberries, but not for much longer.  Our blueberries are winding down and we are supplementing the market with berries from Leduc’s in Paw Paw.   The most frequently asked question now is when will we have peaches?  You might see they are starting to show color on the small tress on Corey Lake Road.  We hope to have some around July 23 or so.  We will only have “eating quantities,”  no bushels.

Baked Goods and Brandy.  Another weekend is here which means we will have all the normal baked goods and a brandy tasting again on Saturday from 1 – 4.

Thank you again for being such wonderful, loyal customers.  Because of you, we are reminded daily of why we do what we do.  When you tell us how wonderful something was, you bring a smile to our face and give us the motivation to continue on even in some of the tougher days.  Please……do a rain dance.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards.

 

 

Yes…..we have sweet corn!

When will you have sweet corn?  Since this has been the most frequently asked question this 4th of July week, we decided we would rather get corn for you than to keep answering the questions!!  So, since our corn is not ready, we are bringing it in fresh for the weekend from a farm in Northern Indiana.  It is bi-color and tasty!  We hope ours will be ready by next weekend.

Fixing sweet corn:  The “latest and greatest” way to fix sweet corn, if you have not heard or tried it, is microwaving it.   It is so much easier and does not leave any of the silk on!  Here’s the simple directions:  Do not husk, put it in the microwave for 4 minutes per ear.  Remove with oven mitts (it will be hot!!)  Put on a cutting board and slice off the bottom end (the sharp end where it is pulled off the stalk, not the end with the brown silks) Cut thru all of the husks and cob, then hold the ear of corn from the top (the brown silk end) and shake it out.  The corn will slip easily out of the husks, no silk, and ready to eat!!  If your would rather see the video that we wrote these directions from, check it out:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnBF6bv4Oe4

Plenty of vegetables:  The heat has brought on lots of everything:  green beans, peppers, potatoes, onions, kale, peas, zucchini, yellow summer squash, cucumbers, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, radishes and herbs.

Blueberries:  We are still picking blueberries from our field, we have them in quarts, pints, 10 pound and 5 pound boxes.  It really helps us if you could call ahead if you need 5 or 10 pound boxes.  269-244-5690.

Baked goods:  We will have all of the usual baked goods this weekend:  pies, cookies, bread and cinnamon rolls.   This is the time to get fresh blueberry pie while blueberries are in season.

Brandy House:  Our brandy house is open every Saturday, from 1 – 4 for tasting and a tour.  Please come out and visit!

We hope to see you soon and we thank you for buying local.  We especially are thankful that everyone is still coming out despite the heat.  A big thank you to our entire crew who continues to pick, harvest, clean and sell our produce everyday in the heat.  Please continue to do a “rain and cool” dance or any other trick you may have to bring some much needed rain and a cool down.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

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Happy 4th of July Week, Update 2

We wanted to let you know we will be open Wednesday, the 4th of July, our hours are 8 – 6 daily.  While we would love to have the day off, we have not found a way to stop our fruit and vegetables from growing on a holiday, so we will have our market filled with just picked produce for you to enjoy!  See our earlier update for what we have available: http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/06/happy-4th-of-july-week/

Baked Goods:  So many of you have asked about whether you can get baked goods all week for your holiday plans that the bakers have agreed to bring fresh pies and cookies all week.    For many, there is a tradition of a fresh cherry or blueberry pie for the 4th of July.  A special pie that we highly recommend is one called the “cherry-berry” pie:  it combines our blueberries, tart cherries and cranberries.  Put some vanilla ice cream on top you are covered for promoting the red, white and blue!

We were selling pies so fast this weekend they were coming right out of the oven to the market!

As I was doing this update it started to rain!!  We are so excited and thankful that we are all watching it like we haven’t seen rain before!  Yea!

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards hopes you have a great week!