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

Monthly Archive: October 2012

Fall Color Tour and our Last Day for the Year: Sunday October 14th

Just a final reminder that since we had a small apple crop this year due to the spring frost, we plan to close early this year.   You have only a few days left to get things you want for the winter.    Our last official day for the year will be Sunday, October 14th.

Fall Color Tour:  The Three Rivers Fall Color Tour is also Sunday, October 14th this year.  We will be one of the many stops and will have extra activities that day such as:  art vendors, the Birds of Prey Exhibit from 1 – 3, fresh donuts made by the Immaculate Conception Church group, produce samples, etc.   In addition, we will have our distillery open that afternoon and will be making brandy.   This will give you a chance to see how brandy is made, feel the wonderful warm steam coming off the still and smell the fruit aroma.  (sorry we will not have any tastings that day.)       You can view the entire fall color tour brochure here:  http://rivercountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Color-Tour-Brochure-FINAL-2012.pdf

The following apples are available in the market and going fast.  By this weekend, we will probably only have Red Delicious available.

  • Red Delicious (bushels, half bushels, pecks, half pecks and by the pound)
  • Red Rome  (bushels, half bushels, pecks, half pecks and by the pound)

Cider:  This week’s cider blend is gala, golden delicious, red delicious, rome, fuji, grimes golden, jonathan,  cameo, jonamac, honeycrisp, cortland and braeburn.    Because there were so few apples, our crew went back through and gleaned every possible tree to come up with enough to make this blend which is comprised of almost every apple we grow.  It’s delicious!

Baked Goods: This weekend we will have Apple, Blueberry, Peach and Cherry pies, along with the famous apple dumplings.  In addition there will be pumpkin cupcakes, monster cookies, caramel apple cookies, and those wonderfully decorated cut-out sugar cookies in fall and Halloween shapes.  Your last chance to get baked goods for the year and put an extra pie in the freezer for Thanksgiving!

U-Pick Grapes: There are still purple Concord grapes to pick, but they are very ripe and splitting.   If you plan to make juice or wine, they would be okay to still get them.

Fall Ornamentals and Jack O’Lantern pumpkins are here: We still have some mums, white pumpkins, cinderella pumpkins, pie pumpkins, painted pumpkins, gourds, and a few Jack o’ lantern pumpkins left.

Winter Squash:  We have buttercup, hubbard, heart of gold  and sweet dumpling squash left.

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.

This is the first time the Fall Color Tour and our closing day are on the same day…..so in addition to the extra activities we will be having closing day specials.   We have mixed feelings about closing early this year, as it means saying goodbye for the year to our wonderful and loyal customers who have stood with us during this difficult year.   Because it was a difficult year for all Michigan fruit growers, we were able to welcome some new customers who found us when your local farms didn’t have some of the fruit that we were fortunate to have.  But because of the difficult year, we are “more than ready” for the farm to kick into a slower rhythm of pruning, equipment maintenance, planning and some long overdue naps!

I would like to take this chance to thank all of our hard working, dedicated and loyal employees and ask you to do the same when you see them as without them there could not be a “Corey Lake Orchards.”

  • The ones “behind the scenes” who are planting, growing, maintaining, harvesting and pruning everything:  Rocho, Teresa, Rudolf, Tom and Rambo.
  • My son Jay who oversees the IPM program (integrated pest management), manages the irrigation (no small job this summer!) maintains the equipment and does about every other job that we need help with.
  • Our friendly and knowledgeable market crew led by Cathy and Michaela, supported by Teri, Nancy, Patti and Jan.  They go out of their way to make sure every customer leaves satisfied.
  • A special thank you to Cathy who plants and maintains the flower beds that surround the market, the “sign garden” and the many planters around the market.    The flowers were incredible this year!
  • Special thanks to Michaela and Patti, who not only help at the market during the day, but go home at night and freeze our fruit as it is in season and bake all of those wonderful treats they sell on weekends.
  • Special thoughts go out to our brandy-maker Bruce who has been severely ill and hospitalized since August–we miss him and want him back.
  • Thanks to the seasonal employees and other family members who pitch in and help us thru some of our peak times.
  • Thanks to the local suppliers of honey, artwork, cards, bags, towels, brittle, jams and other items that add to our offerings.

On behalf of my father and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards, we thank you as always for buying local.  Have a great winter and we promise to send those occasional emails that keep you up to date with what’s happening here at the farm as we prepare for our 2013  season.

Beth

 

Yeah!! Apple Harvest is complete!!

It always feels like such a relief every year to finish the apple harvest.  Our dedicated and hard-working picking crew finished on Tuesday, took a few afternoons off and today we started laying out our plan for pruning the trees in preparation for next year.    So…..what this means is our dedicated and hard-working market crew has the apples ready to sell and are happy to help you select apples for fresh eating, cooking and ones that will store well for winter use.  We highly recommend the Fuji and Red Rome apple for winter storing and can give you tips on how to best store your apples.

Since we had a small apple crop this year due to the spring frost, we plan to close early this year, so you have 10 more days to get your supply of apples, winter squash, onions, honey, maple syrup, brandy, peppers, tomatoes, pies to freeze for Thanksgiving and all of the other items you want.    Our last official day for the year will be Sunday, October 14th.

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 (pecks, half pecks and by the pound)
  • Golden Supreme (half pecks only and by the pound)
  • Honeycrisp (half pecks and by the pound only)
  • Pink Lady (bushels, half bushels, pecks, half pecks and by the pound)
  • Red Delicious (bushels, half bushels, pecks, half pecks and by the pound)
  • Red Rome  (bushels, half bushels, pecks, half pecks and by the pound)

The following apples are gone for the year:

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

Cider:  This week’s cider blend is gala, golden delicious, red delicious, rome, fuji and cameo.     Please ask for a sample if you want to try it.  We pressed some cider today (Thursday October 4th) and will have it available tomorrow morning.  Unfortunately, we had press issues and did not finish a full run , but we think we have enough for about 2 – 3 days.   We are working to get the mill fixed and hope to make it one more time before we close for the year.   Please call ahead to make sure we have it before you drive over (269-244-5690).

U-Pick Grapes: There are still purple Concord grapes to pick, but they are very ripe and splitting.    If you plan to make juice or wine, they would be okay to still get them.

Fall Ornamentals and Jack O’Lantern pumpkins are here: We have some beautiful and hardy mums in all colors, white pumpkins, cinderella pumpkins, miniature gourd pumpkins and all kinds of other gourds, in addition to the Jack o’ lantern pumpkins.  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.

Peppers, Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Eggplant:  In anticipation of the frost coming (supposedly this weekend??) we have harvested all of these so it is your last chance to get a fresh tomato for one last BLT.

Winter Squash:  We have butternut, buttercup, acorn,  hubbard, heart of gold  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 are 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

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

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards