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:
- Ida Red
- Molly’s Delicious
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