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

Monthly Archive: April 2013

Asparagus, Plants and Mother’s Day update

We will be open starting Wednesday, May 1st, our daily hours are 8 to 6.

Asparagus Update:  We will try to pick asparagus for the first time on Weds, May 1st.  It will take a few days to a week (depending on the weather) to pick in large quantities.  So, you are best to call ahead (269-244-5690) and we will save it for you as we tend to sell out early at the beginning of the season.  If you want larger quantities (like 20 pounds or more) please call and get on our order list and we will call you when it is available.

Plants for sale:   We currently have a selection of cold crop plants: cabbage, kale, brussell sprouts, lettuce, broccoli, swiss chard, etc.  These plants like cold weather and you can get these in your own gardens any time now. We also have tomato plants for sale–many varieties.    By the middle of May we hope to have all of our plant selections available: squash, peppers, eggplant, peppers, melons, cukes.  So plan on getting your garden items here, call ahead to make sure we have the plants you want before you drive out as we are bringing them in daily.

Blueberry bushes:  We have some blueberry bushes available but only a few days.  Call us (269-244-5690) if you want us to save you some.  These are 3 year established bushes.  We have two kinds, Duke and Northland.

Flowers for a cutting garden.  Many of you have admired the cutting garden that we put out each year by the market.  If you would like to start some of your own, we will be offering those plants as well.    The annuals we use in the cutting garden are:  cosmos, snapdragons, asters, zinnias, and gomphrena.

In addition we are currently stocking a variety of flower pots and hanging baskets.

Mother’s Day ideas:     This year, consider some of our special Mother’s day items we are putting together for the Mom’s in your life:

  Salad for Mom:

  • We are offering large tomato plants for the patio or to set outside—they are already blooming, staked and some have little tomatoes on them.
  • We have put together lettuce bowls that can be put outside, the lettuce can be picked and it grows back!
  • Buy a lettuce bowl, a large tomato plant and add a bottle of your Mom’s favorite salad dressing and you have the healthy gift of a fresh salad!

Salad Bowls and tomato plants available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An arranged flower container for the patio or door step for Mom

  • This year we are combining the best of two things, Cathy’s skills in creating beautiful  flower containers and Beth’s love of collecting vintage items, especially with fruit on them.  Come see the many unique containers available for sale at all price ranges.  If you have a container you would like Cathy to plant, bring it over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baked Goods for Mom:    Michaela and her mother, our famous bakers, will be starting up for the year in time for Mother’s Day weekend.  Their offerings will be available starting Friday, May 10th through Sunday, May 12th.   To be sure to get the baked goods you want,  please call ahead or email us to order in advance (269-244-5690).

  • Cookies:  Large, pastel flower cut outs, Monster and Zucchini Chocolate Chip
  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry. Cherry. Cherry Berry and Peach.  Note: Peach pies will be only offered a few times this year until peach season as our frozen peach supplies are limited.  We are making peach available for Mother’s Day weekend
  • Sugar Free Pies need to be ordered in advance
  • Also 12 Grain Bread, Whole Wheat Bread and Cinnamon Rolls

    Brandy or Polecat Wines for Mom:  Bruce will be open for brandy and wine tasting along with tours of our distillery, on Saturday, May 11th from 1 – 4, and then all Saturdays for the rest of our 2013 season.  Ask him about some special ways to blend our brandies into some wonderful drinks for Mom.

What’s happening on the farm? Finally some true spring weather and we are busy getting plants in the ground.  Last week we planted 28,000 onion bulbs, 6000 strawberry plants, and all of our cold crop plants–working around the several days that it decided to snow off and on!  Today we planted tomatoes—all for continuing my Dad’s quest of having the first tomatoes ready in Michigan each year.

We even transplanted a few tomato plants we have been growing in greenhouse since February with tomatoes on them!! 4-30-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blossoms and Bees:   With another 80 degree day coming this week, we expect the orchards to start blooming soon.  Our beekeepers have been busy the last few days setting up more hives of bees which we think will enjoy the many pollination choices available here in our orchards, vineyards and fields.

 

 

 

 

 

Peach blossoms just about to “pop” 4-30-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards is excited about opening for another season to offer you the best we can in local produce and other local items.  Thanks for buying local and we hope to see you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asparagus and Snow sightings!!

Asparagus sighting!  Denim and I walked back to check on the asparagus today after last night’s snow fall melted off.   We found a few spears trying to come through the earth.    And while Denim was excited to have snow again, the rest of us were certainly not!  With the below freezing temperatures expected the next several nights,  the asparagus just coming up will freeze (ruined) and we’ll have to wait for the next ones.   So….looking at the weather forecast, if we get some nice days next week, we could have asparagus in about another week.  We’ll send another email when we know more.

Rain….rain…..rain.   We are certainly getting caught up from last year’s drought, having gotten over 4 inches in just this last week.   Everything is ready to be planted except we can’t get into the fields.   My Dad and I have 6000 strawberry plants stuffed in our refrigerators to keep them dormant until we can plant.

Jay plowing the fields in preparation for planting

 

 

 

 

 

The crew laying plastic mulch in the field

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spreading straw on our new strawberry patch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a reminder that we have some plants available..…once we can start planting, hopefully this coming week, we will plant everything unless you have called or emailed us to save you something.

Call us at 269-244-5690 or email us if you would like to have us save some for you.  Please leave us your name, phone number, what you would like and how many.   We are not open yet for the year so we will get back to  you on when you can pick them up.

Available NOW: 

  1. Strawberry Plant varieties are:   Earliglow, AC Wendy,  Allstar, Mesabi, Darselect and Donna.  They are  50 cents per plant.   These are all June-bearing varieties that we have planted over the years at our farm.
  2. Onion Plant varieties (All sweet) are:  Candy (large yellow), Red Candy Apple (red medium sized onion),  Super Star (large white).    They are 5 cents per plant or bulb.
  3. Seed Potatoes--Red Norland:  These are 10 cents/potato.  This is the same kind that we have grown and sold here for years.

Coming soon:  In May we will have lots of other plants for sale for your gardens.  We are also putting some special plant baskets together for Mother’s Day—we’ll have that information out soon.

Happy Spring,

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

 

 

Mid-April Update

Just a quick update as many of you have been asking about asparagus.  During our daily checks,  we have no signs of any asparagus coming up yet.    But this week’s rains and warmer weather should do something!   We will  give you an update in about a week.

Plants/Seed Potatoes for sale:  We have  plants available for sale as our stock came in this week and we have some extra.  Call us at 269-244-5690 or email us if you would like to have us save some for you.  Please leave us your name, phone number, what you would like and how many.   We are not open yet for the year so we will get back to  you on when you can pick them up.

Available NOW: 

Strawberry varieties are:   Earliglow, AC Wendy,  Allstar, Mesabi, Darselect and Donna.  They are  50 cents per plant.   These are all June-bearing varieties that we have planted over the years at our farm.

Onion Plant varieties (All sweet) are:  Candy (large yellow), Red Candy Apple (red medium sized onion),  Super Star (large white).    They are 5 cents per plant or bulb.

Seed Potatoes--Red Norland:  These are 10 cents/potato.  This is the same kind that we have grown and sold here for years.

Tomato Plants:  We have a few large tomato plants for sale now, these would be for your patio or if you have a greenhouse.  But the bulk of our tomato plants will be available in the month of May.  We will provide a list of varieties and pricing in a few weeks.

Coming in May we will have a large variety of vegetables, herbs, flowers, tomato and melon plants.  We will have a list of these out soon, so start getting those garden and flower beds ready!!  All of these plants are grown in a local greenhouse for us.

We think spring is finally here and we look forward to seeing all of our customers soon!

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards