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.