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

Monthly Archive: September 2012

It’s Pumpkin Time at Corey Lake Orchards

We have started bringing in our large “Jack o’ Lantern” pumpkins. And…..some of them have a special touch this year…..horizontal lines grown into them.   Why?  Blame it on the summer’s drought,  the frequency of our spinning irrigation left its mark so to say.  We are calling them “drought pumpkins.”

We know some artistic and creative carver will be able to do something special with these lines and create a masterpiece.  For the young carver, the horizontal lines can guide them into carving the eyes, nose and mouth in the right place!  So we have decided to have a drought pumpkin carving contest.  Here are the rules:  Purchase a pumpkin with lines on it and carve your masterpiece.  Take a picture and send to us by October 31st at coreylakeorchards@gmail.com (or you can snail mail it or drop it off to us.)  Include your name, phone number and address.   The Corey Lake Orchard’s staff will select a winner who will receive a $25 Corey Lake Orchards gift certificate.  Of course, we hope you don’t mind if we post pictures of some of the entries as they come in.

Our special 2012 “drought pumpkins”

More examples of our drought pumpkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Ornamentals: We have some beautiful and hardy mums in all colors, including large pots with 3 different colors in them.    White pumpkins, cinderella pumpkins, miniature gourd pumpkins and all kinds of other gourds are now available.   The painted pumpkins and gourds by Diane are here and are as cute as they are each year.  We have many small pie pumpkins this year that are perfect for classroom parties, Halloween parties, preschool rooms, etc.  If you need 25 or more, ask us about special pricing.

Denim takes his job of guarding the pumpkins very seriously!

Apple update:  Apples are continuing to go fast given how few we have this year.    We encourage you to call ahead to make sure the apple you want is available.   If we have the apples in the market when you call, we are happy to hold them for you.   269-244-5690.  We will continue to keep our 2012 chart on the website updated with the latest information.    You can find the link to the chart on the home page of our website:  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/08/apple-update-for-2012/

The following apples are available in the market:

  • Cameo (bushels, half bushels, pecks, half pecks and by the pound)
  • Fuji (bushels, half bushels, pecks, half pecks and by the pound)
  • Golden Delicious (bushels, half bushels, pecks, half pecks and by the pound)
  • Honeycrisp (half pecks and by the pound only, but going fast)
  • Ida Red (half pecks left only)
  • Mutsu (half pecks left only)
  • Red Delicious (bushels, half bushels, pecks, half pecks and by the pound)

The following apples are currently gone for the year:

  • Braeburn
  • Cortland
  • Gala
  • EarliBlaze
  • Macintosh
  • Molly’s Delicious
  • JonaGold
  • JonaMac
  • Jonathan
  • Nu-Red

Cider:  This week’s cider blend is  honeycrisp golden delicious, red delicious and mutsu.       Please ask for a sample if you want to try it.  We are sorry but we are only able to make cider once per week due to the apple shortage.  We try to press every Thursday afternoon,  which makes it available starting Friday am.  Lately we have been selling out in 2 – 3 days.

U-Pick Grapes: The white Niagara grapes have all been picked, but we still have lots of Concord (purple) grapes yet to pick.  So you are not too late, come on out!      If you are picking a lot, please bring a small wagon if you have one, we are in the middle of some long rows now!    Please go here for more information on grape picking: http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/08/update-on-grapes-apples-and-labor-day-weekend/

Picked Grapes:  If you want Concord grapes by the bushel, please call ahead to order them.  They will be $10 a half/bushel or $18 a bushel.  269-244-5690.

Winter Squash:  We have butternut, buttercup, acorn, spaghetti squash, hubbard and sweet dumpling squash.

Onions:  This is the time to be buying your onions to store for the winter.  We have them in mesh bags and still have red, yellow and white available, all sweet onions.

Baked Goods: This weekend we will have Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, and Cran-Apple pies, all of our apple pies will be made with the fresh apples grown here at our farm.  We also will have apple dumplings which are made using our whole cored Cortland apples. They will also have pumpkin cupcakes (the same ones everyone loved last year), along with cookies.

Fall Color Tour:  The Three Rivers Fall Color Tour is Sunday, October 14th this year.  We will be participating in it and doing our usual thing of having art vendors, the Birds of Prey Exhibit from 1 – 3, samples of produce, etc.    Put this on your calendar and plan to join us.  You can view the entire fall color tour brochure here:  http://rivercountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Color-Tour-Brochure-FINAL-2012.pdf

Closing for the Season:  Given how few apples we have this year, we anticipate closing early this year and expect October 14th could be our last day.  So, you only have a few weeks left to stock up for the items you will need for the winter.

We hope to see you soon and thanks as always for buying local.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

Fall 2012: The year we all learn to love Golden/Yellow Delicious apples!!

Earlier in the year we told you that based on this year’s apple shortage you might have to try a new apple instead of your usual favorite.  With it being apple season, we are all used to having the market chock full of different kinds of apples, but right now, our shelves are mostly full of Golden/Yellow Delicious.  If this is your favorite apple, then you are all set as these are  what we have the most of this year!   If you haven’t tried one before, please come enjoy one of our free samples.  Golden Delicious have a gingery-smooth sweet taste under a thin skin.  They are great to eat fresh or cut up in salads; an excellent cooking apple for making applesauce, juice, pie or other desserts.  It was my mother’s favorite pie apple.

Golden Delicious glistening in the morning dew 9-20-12

No U-Pick apples:  Another  reminder that we will not have U-Pick apples this year due to how many apples we lost in the spring frost/freeze.   We had many families who came last weekend not realizing this and thus, many disappointed children.  Some parents asked (most begged and pleaded!) if they couldn’t just take their kids out to the orchard to pick a few.    We ask for your understanding of this unusual and difficult year.  When you come to pick apples, we want it to be a good experience, which it would not be this year.  75% of our apple trees have less than 20 apples on the tree, and then,  some of those are damaged (scarred) by the frost, fortunately we can make cider out of these.   Here are a few pictures to show you the picking conditions.

 

Apples scarred by the frost
An apple here, an apple there does not make for very easy picking….

Apple update:  Apples are continuing to go fast given how few we have this year.    We encourage you to call ahead to make sure the apple you want is available.   If we have the apples in the market when you call, we are happy to hold them for you.   269-244-5690.  We will continue to keep our 2012 chart on the website updated with the latest information.  Please note that some of the dates for when our apples will be ready have moved back due to the cooler weather.  You can find the link to the chart on the home page of our website:  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/08/apple-update-for-2012/

The following apples are available in the market:

  • Braeburn (pecks, half pecks and by the pound only)
  • Golden Delicious (bushels, half bushels, pecks, half pecks and by the pound)
  • Honeycrisp (half pecks and by the pound only, but going fast)
  • Jonathan (half-pecks and by the pound only)

The following apples are currently gone for the year:

  • Cortland
  • Gala
  • EarliBlaze
  • Macintosh
  • Molly’s Delicious
  • JonaGold
  • JonaMac
  • Nu-Red

Cider:  This week’s cider blend is gala, jonathan, honeycrisp and golden delicious and will be available on Friday, September 21st.     Please ask for a sample if you want to try it.  We are sorry but we are only able to make cider once per week due to the apple shortage.  We try to press every Thursday afternoon,  which makes it available starting Friday am.  Lately we have been selling out in 2 – 3 days.

U-Pick Grapes:  Whew!  What a second busy week we have had with grape pickers.   Right now we estimate we have picked about 60% of the Concord (Purple) grapes and  98% of the Niagara (White) that are available to be picked this year.   We anticipate the white Niagara grapes will be gone by the weekend.  Please call in advance if you are coming to pick Niagara grapes to see if there are any left (269-244-5690).   If you want Concord grapes, you need to come out soon.  The grapes are ripe and a few are starting to split.   The forecast for rain and possible frost will only make things worse.  Right now we still have plenty of Concord grapes left and the picking is good.    If you are picking a lot, please bring a small wagon if you have one, we are in the middle of some long rows now!    Please go here for more information on grape picking: http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/08/update-on-grapes-apples-and-labor-day-weekend/

Picked Grapes:  If you want Concord grapes by the bushel, please call ahead to order them.  They will be $10 a half/bushel or $18 a bushel.  269-244-5690.

A Vineyard surprise:  Each morning I walk the grape rows to assess how many grapes are left.  This morning I was startled by a mother bird flying out at me, but then delighted at peeking inside the vines to see her young family!  (Isn’t this supposed to be a spring-time thing??)

A pleasant morning surprise in the vineyard, 9-20-12

 

Fall Ornamentals:  We have started bringing in our large “Jack o’ Lantern” pumpkins.  We have some beautiful and hardy mums in all colors, including large pots with 3 different colors in them.    White pumpkins, small “pie” pumpkins, cinderella pumpkins, miniature gourd pumpkins and all kinds of other gourds are now available.   The painted pumpkins and gourds by Diane are here and are as cute as they are each year.

Winter Squash:  We have butternut, buttercup, acorn, spaghetti squash, hubbard and sweet dumpling squash.

Baked Goods: This weekend we will have Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, and Cran-Apple pies, all of our apple pies will be made with the fresh apples grown here at our farm. They will also have their apple dumplings which are made using our whole cored Cortland apples. They will also have pumpkin cupcakes (the same ones everyone loved last year), along with all the usual cookies.

Other Fruit:    Available in the market now: bosc winter pears, and fall raspberries.  We are getting the raspberries in almost daily, but call us in advance to make sure they are available. 269-244-5690. 

We hope to see you soon and thanks as always for buying local.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

Grapes, Grapes, Grapes…..

U-Pick Grapes:  Whew!  What a busy week we have had with grape pickers.  We have had a lot of grapes picked this week.  Right now we estimate we have picked about 25% of the Concord (Purple) grapes and 50% of the Niagara (White) that are available to be picked this year.    The most frequently asked question is how long will they last?  We hope to have them several more weeks but it depends on the weather and how many people come out each day.  So don’t wait too long if you want grapes this year!   Please go here for more information on grape picking: http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/08/update-on-grapes-apples-and-labor-day-weekend/

Picked Grapes:  If you want grapes by the bushel, please call ahead to order them.  They will be $10 a half/bushel or $18 a bushel.  269-244-5690.

Apple update:  Apples are continuing to go fast given how few we have this year.    We encourage you to call ahead to make sure the apple you want is available.   If we have the apples in the market when you call, we are happy to hold them for you.   269-244-5690.  We will continue to keep our 2012 chart on the website updated with the latest information.  Please note that some of the dates for when our apples will be ready have moved back due to the cooler weather.  You can find the link to the chart on the home page of our website:  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/08/apple-update-for-2012/

The following apples are available in the market:

  • Braeburn (pecks, half pecks and by the pound only)
  • Cortland (pecks, by the pound, bushels are gone for the year)
  • Gala (pecks, half pecks and by the pound only, bushels are gone for the year)
  • Golden Delicious (bushels, half bushels, pecks, half pecks and by the pound)
  • Honeycrisp (half pecks and by the pound only, but going fast)
  • Jonathan (half-pecks and by the pound only)

The following apples are currently gone for the year:

  • EarliBlaze
  • Macintosh
  • Molly’s Delicious
  • JonaGold
  • JonaMac
  • Nu-Red

Cider:  This week’s cider blend is gala, jonathan, jonagold, cortland and golden delicious.  Our cider makers think it is the best so far this year!  Please ask for a sample if you want to try it.

Fall Ornamentals:  We have some beautiful and hardy mums in all colors, including large pots with 3 different colors in them.    White pumpkins, small “pie” pumpkins, cinderella pumpkins, miniature gourd pumpkins and all kinds of other gourds are now available.   The painted pumpkins and gourds by Diane are here and are as cute as they are each year.

Winter Squash:  We have butternut, buttercup, acorn, spaghetti squash and sweet dumpling squash.  The Hubbard squash are still ripening.

Baked Goods: This weekend we will have all the usual pies except apple, instead our bakers are making fresh apple dumplings which are similar to apple pie.  Apple dumplings are whole cored apples (our Cortland apples) wrapped in pie dough with a caramel sauce.  It’s a “must try.”  The new cookie they brought last week, Caramel Apple,  was a big hit and sold out fast so there are more of these again this weekend along with the other varieties of cookies.    This weekend will be the last weekend for peach and strawberry rhubarb pie for the year.  Starting next week they will offer a new “cran-apple” pie which is made with our fresh apples and dried cranberries.

Other Fruit:    Available in the market now: watermelon, bosc winter pears, and fall raspberries.  We are getting the raspberries in almost daily, but call us in advance to make sure they are available. 269-244-5690.  All of the watermelon are picked for the year and we are having an end of year special:  Any watermelon for $2! 

It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend, we hope you will come out and enjoy being at the farm and picking a few grapes while you are here!

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

Grapes are ready!! And another apple update…..

Our U-Pick Grapes opened on Sunday, September 9th.  Despite the early morning fog, we had a lot of groups out to pick grapes for juice/jelly/pies and fresh eating.  Everyone who came found good picking, sweet grapes, and seemed to enjoyed the experience; especially the aroma of ripe grapes!    We anticipate having grapes to pick for several more weeks, but it depends on the weather and how many customers come out each day.   We have more concord (purple) available then niagara (white) grapes.  So don’t wait too long if you want to get white grapes!   Please go here for more information on grape picking: http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/08/update-on-grapes-apples-and-labor-day-weekend/

Our first U-Pick customer for 2012, No fog slowed them down!!

In case you have wondered how we get all of these grapes picked, we do have some mechanically harvested, if you were driving by last week you might have noticed these monster pickers going through.

Grape Harvest 9-7-2012

Picked Grapes:  If you want grapes by the bushel, please call ahead to order them.  They will be $10 a half/bushel or $18 a bushel.  269-244-5690.

A truck load of concord grapes picked for customers on 9-10-12

Denim guarding the grapes!

Quick apple update:  Apples are coming and going about as fast as they ripen and are picked this year, so we encourage you to call ahead to make sure the apple you want is available.  269-244-5690.  We will continue to keep our 2012 chart on the website updated with the latest information.  You can find the link to the chart on the home page of our website:  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/08/apple-update-for-2012/

The following apples are available on the market:

  • Braeburn (half pecks and by the pound only)
  • Cortland (pecks, by the pound, and a few bushels, but going fast)
  • Gala (pecks and by the pound only)
  • Honeycrisp (half pecks and by the pound only, but going fast)
  • JonaMac (pecks and by the pound only)
  • Jonathan (half-pecks and by the pound only)
  • Nu-Red (pecks and by the pound only)

The following apples are currently gone for the year:

  • EarliBlaze
  • Macintosh
  • Molly’s Delicious
  • JonaGold

Please note that we had anticipated picking Golden Delicious, Golden Supreme and Ida Red’s starting today, but the cooler weather has slowed them down and we want them to get riper.  Please check back around September 15th for these.

We hope to see you soon to enjoy our vineyards!!

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

 

 

Yet another apple update……

U Pick Tomatoes:  We still have plenty of tomatoes for you to pick at $14.00 bushel.    There are so many tomatoes we are offering a special:  Pick a bushel for yourself and pick an extra half bushel for us to donate to a food bank and we’ll give you $3 off the bushel you picked.   If you don’t need tomatoes but have some extra time to pick some for food banks, we will happily accept your help as we hate to see them go to waste.

Picked Tomatoes:  We have picked tomatoes by the bushel for $22.  It helps if you can call ahead to order these.

Baked Goods: This weekend we will have all the usual pies except apple, instead our bakers are making fresh apple dumplings which are similar to apple pie.  Apple dumplings are whole cored apples (our Cortland apples) wrapped in pie dough with a caramel sauce.  It’s a “must try.”  They are introducing a new cookie this week: Caramel Apple, these will be for sale in the market along with all the other varieties of cookies they usually have.

The latest on apples….as the apples come in, there are even fewer than we thought and some varieties have worse frost damage than others.     Please realize when you buy a bag of apples here, you will find some with some frost scars or blemishes on the skin.  This does not hurt the apple, but it sure doesn’t look very “pretty.”   We are taking out the worst apples for cider.  In order to offer apples for sale and keep the prices down as much as we can, this is the only way we can do it.    We appreciate your understanding of this.   When you are out, please ask any of our clerks to show you what the frost marks look like on apples if you haven’t seen this before.

Quick apple update:  Apples are coming and going about as fast as they ripen and are picked this year, so we encourage you to call ahead to make sure the apple you want is available.  269-244-5690.  We will continue to keep our 2012 chart on the website updated with the latest information.  You can find the link to the chart on the home page of our website:  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/08/apple-update-for-2012/

The following apples are available on the market:

  • Braeburn (half pecks and by the pound only)
  • Cortland (pecks, by the pound, and a few bushels, but going fast)
  • Gala (pecks and by the pound only)
  • Honeycrisp (half pecks and by the pound only, but going fast)
  • JonaGold (pecks and by the pound only)
  • JonaMac (pecks and by the pound only)
  • Jonathan (pecks and by the pound only)
  • Nu-Red (pecks and by the pound only)

The following apples are currently gone for the year:

  • EarliBlaze
  • Macintosh
  • Molly’s Delicious

The latest on cider..….due to the apple shortage we will only be able to press cider about once per week.   So please make sure you call before you come out to get cider just to make sure we have it.

Other Fruit:    Available in the market now: watermelon, bosc winter pears, and fall raspberries.  We are getting the raspberries in almost daily, but call us in advance to make sure they are available. 269-244-5690.

Vegetable Update:   We have yellow summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, spaghetti squash, winter squash, and onions.

Fall mums: We have mums available now, they are located next to the large bird in the cutting garden.  We also have sunflowers cut for your vases.

Grape Update:  We will open the U-Pick grapes on Sunday, 9-9, both Concord (Purple) and Niagara (White.)  Please go here for more information: http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/2012/08/update-on-grapes-apples-and-labor-day-weekend/

Picked Grapes:  If you want grapes by the bushel, please call ahead to order them.  They will be $10 a half/bushel or $18 a bushel.  269-244-5690.

How late will we be open this year?  Many of you are asking this as you want to get apples, onions, cider to freeze, winter squash and other items you want to store for the winter.    We usually try to stay open through October; but this year, we will close when the apples are done.  The Fall Color tour is scheduled for Sunday, October 14th this year and if our apples are gone by then, this could be our last day.  We’ll know more as we continue to harvest the apples.

As always, thanks for buying local, we hope to see you during the grape harvest starting next week.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards