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

Monthly Archive: June 2013

Happy 4th of July Week!!

Picked Sweet Cherries:  We still have picked sweet cherries for sale in the market for $4.00 a quart.  However, they are going fast and may only last a few more days.

U-Pick Sweet cherries:  We opened for U-Pick on Saturday, 6-22 and about one half of them have been picked so far.    There are still some to pick, but they are up in the tops of the trees now requiring a tall ladder and perseverance!  Due to the heavy rains this week, some have started to split.  There are more red and yellow sweet cherries than black cherries available, but try them, they are just as good.  See** below for more info.

Come try the yellow sweet cherries, there are still plenty to pick

 

U-Pick Sour Cherries:  We  opened the Sour (tart) cherry orchard on Wednesday, June 26th and there are still plenty to pick.  Please bring a step ladder for better picking.  See more information below:***

You can check our facebook page or the website for an update on cherry picking or call us at 269-244-5690.

Already picked Sour cherries:

  • Available in the market now for $3.00 a quart
  • Due to the small crop of sour cherries available at our orchard, we will be bringing a large quantity in from another local farm around July 6th.    If you would like to order these, please call us and let us know how many pounds you are interested in.  269-244-5690.

Strawberries are now done for the year.  We are extremely grateful for the weather during strawberry season which allowed us to have the best strawberries we have had in years.  We also thank our many customers who came out to pick or bought them already picked.  It will be hard to go without fresh strawberries for another whole year……

Thank to the many families who had fun picking our berries this year

Tomatoes and summer vegetables:  Our own greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers have slowed down, so we are bringing in some from other local greenhouses until the yield picks back up.  We are just starting to pick some zucchini and summer squash, but are also bringing some in this weekend from a local farm in Indiana (earlier growing season).  We are now picking lettuce, kale, swiss chard and peas daily.   So come stock up on fresh vegetables!

Blueberries:  We expect blueberries to start sometime this coming week.  Check back around July 3rd for more information.

Our blueberry bushes on 6-26-13—getting close!

Bakery update:  Well, work continues to progress on the bakery, drywall and painting is now complete so that equipment installation can begin next week.  We remain hopeful for a mid-July opening.

 

Michaela checking the bakery equipment as it gets delivered

Michaela with Anthony, from Walking Tall Drywall & Construction, who just finished the drywall and paint for the bakery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baked goods:  Despite the bakery not being ready, Michaela and her mother Patti will be baking all week.  This weekend will begin our “Fourth of July” week.  We will have baked goods this weekend (June 28-30), all next week (July 1-4), and the weekend after (July 5-7).

  • Pies we will have:  Blueberry,  Cherry,  Cherry Berry,  Peach,  Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Cookies: Red, White, and Blue frosted Cut Outs, Monster,  Lemon
  • Breads: Whole Wheat, Cinnamon, Vegetable
  • Cinnamon Rolls

Happenings on the farm this week:  We loved dumping out the rain gauge so often this week, 3 inches in total!   This was such a timely and great rain.  This did wonders in the orchards and vineyards especially, it seemed as if the fruit doubled in size just in a week.  Between the rain showers, we started hand-thinning some varieties of apples this week.  Coming off of the poor crop we had in 2012, –we much more appreciated having the problem of “too many.  ”

Hand thinning Honeycrisp apples on 6-27-13

A pile of little apples on the ground–the result of a good thinning job

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work commenced on our parking lot this week, which after the rains, turned into a fishing pond/swimming pool!

The parking lot preparation before the rain

Parking lot after the rain, Hubbard lake?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We decided to pick some strawberries to let Bruce try his hand at making strawberry brandy.  Bruce will be in the Brandy House on Saturday from 1 – 4.  The fermenting berries smell wonderful, come check it out!

Mmmmm, smashed strawberries for brandy

Unloading buckets of berries for brandy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, we thank you for buying local and hope to see you at the farm during the 4th of July week!  Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

**Sweet Cherry Picking information:

  • Pricing: $1.50 per pound to pick
  • Picking hours are 8 – 6 daily, we ask that you finish picking by 6:00 pm.
  • Varieties:  We have four different kinds  in our small orchard across the street  from our market.   We have several colors:  Dark red (black),  Red, Yellow, and Red/Yellow blush.  In addition, be aware that the recent rains have caused some trees to have spoilage issues.
  • The sweet cherry trees are very tall (15 – 25 feet).   Please bring your own ladder.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy/sumac in the orchard area, among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers.  We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs,   buckets, etc.)
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.

 

 

***U-Pick Sour Cherry information:

  • Pricing: $1.00 per pound to pick, 75  cents per pound for 50 pounds or over
  • U-Pick Hours:  8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 6 pm.
  • The sour cherry trees are about 10 – 20 feet tall.   For good picking, you should bring your own ladder.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and  sleeves) as you many run into poison ivy/sumac in the orchard area,  among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers.  We have buckets you may borrow to  pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs,  buckets, etc.)
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.
  • We only have about 25% of a crop this year due to the Mother’s Day frost event

 

Update on cherries and strawberries

Guess we didn’t need the calendar to tell us that summer has arrived….whew….what a warm weekend, thanks to all the many customers and my own crew who endured the heat to pick sweet cherries and strawberries!

The impending heat will bring strawberry season to an end quickly.    We hope to have berries for you to pick and already picked at the market through Wednesday, June 26th.  After that we are not sure, so please call us or check our website to see if we still have them.

Sweet cherries:  We opened for U-Pick on Saturday, 6-22 and about one third of them have been picked so far.    This means there are still many to pick, but with each day of picking they get harder to reach on the trees.  You will need to bring at least a step-ladder or preferably something longer  in order to have good picking.  See** below for more info.

Sour Cherries:  We will open the Sour (tart) cherry orchard for U-Pick on Wednesday, June 26th at 8:00 am.  We have about 25% of a crop this year due to the Mother’s Day frost.  The frost hit the orchard very unevenly—missed some trees entirely (great picking on those trees), hit the bottoms of some of the trees (great picking at the top half of the tree) and on other trees the frost hit the entire tree so there are very few cherries on those trees (poor picking.)

Availability will be on a first come-first serve basis.  How long they will last will depend on how many pickers come out each day.  You can check our facebook page or the website for an update on cherry picking or call us at 269-244-5690.   They will be the same price as last year.

U-Pick Sour Cherry information:

  • Pricing: $1.00 per pound to pick, 75  cents per pound for 50 pounds or over
  • U-Pick Hours:  8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 6 pm.
  • The sour cherry trees are about 10 – 20 feet tall.   For good picking, you should bring your own ladder.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and  sleeves) as you many run into poison ivy/sumac in the orchard area,  among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers.  We have buckets you may borrow to  pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs,  buckets, etc.)
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.

Already picked Sour cherries:  Due to the small crop of Sour cherries, we are still working on trying to bring some in from another local farm already picked.  We hope to have details on  how much those will be on Wednesday, June 26th.   If you are interested in trying to order them, check back with us then.

Happenings on the farm this weekend.  Despite the heat,  we really enjoyed having so many families out to pick strawberries and cherries this weekend.  From what we can tell, everyone seemed to have lots of fun picking (and eating—from the berry and cherry juice we saw on many faces!)  Here are some pictures that one family shared with us which are just precious!  We thank them for sharing…

The perfect way to get into a cherry tree–on Dad’s shoulders!

 

So excited to pick her first handful!

 

Why bother to pick them and put them in your hand when you can just eat them off the tree?!!!

Thanks and have a great week, from Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

**Sweet Cherry Picking information:

  • Pricing: $1.50 per pound to pick
  • Picking hours are 8 – 6 daily, we ask that you finish picking by 6:00 pm.
  • Varieties:  We have four different kinds  in our small orchard across the street  from our market.   We have several colors:  Dark red (black),  Red, Yellow, and Red/Yellow blush.  In addition, be aware that the recent rains have caused some trees to have spoilage issues.
  • The sweet cherry trees are very tall (15 – 25 feet).   Please bring your own ladder.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy/sumac in the orchard area, among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers.  We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs,   buckets, etc.)
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.

 

 

Sweet Cherries are ready!

Sweet Cherries:  We have a good crop of Sweet cherries this year, but not the bumper crop like we had last year.  We lost about 20% of them during the May frost.

Picked Sweet cherries are now available in the market for $4.00 a quart.

U-Pick Sweet cherries will open on Saturday, June 22nd.

  • We have four different kinds  in our small orchard across the street  from our market.    Please  realize that we have an older orchard with about 15 – 20 very large  trees.   Some of the trees are ready now and some will ripen over the next week.  We have several colors:  Dark red (black),  Red, Yellow, and Red/Yellow blush.  In addition, be aware that the recent rains have caused some trees to have spoilage issues.

Picking information:

  • Pricing: $1.50 per pound to pick
  • Picking hours are 8 – 6 daily, we ask that you finish picking by 6:00 pm.
  • The sweet cherry trees are very tall (15 – 25 feet).   Please bring your own ladder.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy/sumac in the orchard area, among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers.  We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs,   buckets, etc.)
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.
  • Length of the season:  It will depend on the weather and how many people come out each day.  Typically within the first several days the bottoms of the trees get picked out and then without a good tall ladder, the picking gets difficult.

Sweet cherries we picked today for sale at the market

 

Cherries just waiting to be picked, June 20th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Sour Cherries:  We have a very small crop of sour cherries this year (25%) as they were in their critical bloom stage when we got the frost on Mother’s Day weekend.  So, we lost about 75% of them.  We expect them to be ready around June 28th, again, depending on the weather.    We will have them available for U-Pick and we are working on trying to bring picked tart cherries in from another local farm.    Please check back with us around June 26th for more information on this as well as pricing, if we can get them at a reasonable price locally, we will start taking orders for them.

Strawberry Update:  We hope to have strawberries through this coming weekend, June 23rd and part of next week.

  • Picked Strawberries are available in the market daily now at $3.25 a quart.
  • U-Pick Strawberries:  We will have the U-Pick fields open this weekend, opening at 8:00 each day, closing at 11 or earlier if we get picked out.  We still have good picking available, but as the early berry rows phase out, we will have fewer to pick each day, so you need to come early.  More information on Strawberry picking can be found below:**

 Summer veggies:  We are beginning to bring in lettuce, kale, swiss chard, green onions and peas.  We still have greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers.    It’s salad time!  Please check out our new U-cut herb garden to put some additional zest into your salad.

The U-Cut Herb garden by the tall pine tree

The Brandy House will be open this Saturday from 1 – 4 for tours and tasting, please stop in.

Baked Goods.  Sorry we sold out of everything so quickly last weekend, looks like everyone wanted Father’s Day goodies.  Based on demand from last weekend our bakers are already baking extra so we have more supply.   If there is something you really want, to make sure you can get it, please feel free to order in advance by calling the market, 269-244-5690.  This Friday, Saturday and Sunday we will have:

  • Pies:  cherry, cherry-berry, blueberry, strawberry-rhubarb
  • Cookies:  cut-outs, monster and lemon
  • Bread:  Whole wheat, cinnamon, and a new one:  vegetable ranch (a must try–I got to sample it early!)
  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Shortcake

Bakery and Market restoration update:  Work is progressing on the bakery, so please take a peek next time you are out.  The majority of the electrical is done, the drywall is going up, and we expect kitchen equipment to be arriving soon.   Check out the doors that we had made locally, by Dustin White.  Dustin is also the one who restored and repainted the barn earlier this spring. Last night, he worked to hang the many antiques that the Hubbard family has collected (and even used) here on the farm.  (He does great restoration work and builds furniture out of old wood—we have his business card at the market.)

Dustin painting the bakery doors that he constructed out of old wood

 

Check out the many vintage agriculture tools we have put on the market-barn wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corey Lake Orchards Honey is here!  Did you know that a honeybee has to visit approximately two million flowers to create a pound of honey!

  • There are easily that many flowers here on the farm.  Honeybees pollinate our strawberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches, apples, watermelon—practically everything you love getting from Corey Lake Orchards.   Honeybees will fly about three miles for blossoms, but we’re pretty sure they felt no need to leave the farm to find nectar.
  • We’re already sharing the results of their hard work—tasty strawberries.  We now have another product of their hard work, Corey Lake Orchards Honey.
  • This year’s extra-sweet, light in color, predominantly fruit blossom honey is available in various sizes, in easy-to-reuse canning jars.  We even have it in the comb, just like the bees eat it! It is 100% pure Corey Lake Orchards honey.
  • Corey Lake Orchards Honey is all all-natural.  Our beekeepers use NO chemicals in their hives; they don’t filter honey (but do strain it); they don’t heat it.  Filtration and heat give honey a longer shelf life, but strip away many of the pollens and antioxidants that provide honey’s healthful benefits.  This honey is as close to “just-from-the-hive” as you can get, without the risk of stinging!  Because it isn’t heated or filtered, and because of its high natural sugar content, it may crystallize faster as all pure honey does.  If so, simply set the jar in the sun to re-liquefy it.
  • My sister Charlotte has about a dozen hives here on the farm.  Later this summer we’ll be hosting a ‘Meet the Beekeeper’ session where she’ll talk about this essential, critical insect, and let you see bees (contained behind glass.)
  • All profits from the sale of Corey Lake Orchards Honey go to her late husband’s favorite charities of Meals on Wheels, and Loaves & Fishes.  Please purchase a jar, knowing you’ll be enjoying pure, extra sweet honey on your biscuit, yogurt or in coffee while helping feed the hungry of SW Michigan at the same time.

Happenings on the farm this week:  We spent a lot of hours picking strawberries this week, (our crew of 3 picked close to 2000 quarts!).  Once again, we took up our fight against the weeds, pruned around our orchards and continued maintenance on the blueberry field.  One of the constant chores is trying to get to all of our various crops and orchards to assess their health and well being–we have to divide and conquer just to make sure one of us has been to all of our “back forties.”  On one of my checks today I caught this young deer feasting in the vineyard (yesterday they ate all of the red-leaf lettuce).    Yes, another of the joys of farming!

Asparagus is now gone for the season—wasn’t it wonderful to have it for a full 6 weeks?  Just in case you wonder what happens after you stop picking asparagus, the stalks go to seed and look like ferns.  The ferns store the food in the roots, which is required to have a good crop the following year.

The asparagus field after we finished harvesting for the year

Happy First Day of Summer,  Beth and Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local. 

**Strawberry U-Pick Information:  

  • U-Pick Strawberry times:  We will open the field at 8:00 am  and it will remain open until we are picked out or until 11:00 am.  
  • Our goal is to always have good picking for our customers.  So we will close the field when all the picking for that day is complete.  Depending on how many people come out in a given day, there could be some days that we will close before 11 am.    Picking will be on a first come, first serve basis. Given the cooler weather this June, we may have to close on certain days for ripening. 
  • To get the latest picking information, check our website, our facebook  page or our answering machine.  You can call the night before or the morning you are trying to come to make sure we are open.  With the price of gas, we wouldn’t want anyone to make a trip only to find out we are closed!
  • Location:  The strawberry fields are located on AL Jones Road, between Corey Lake Road and M-60.   You may go directly there, just look for the signs as to where we are picking each day.
  • U-Pick Strawberry pricing will be  $1.50 quart.  Please bring quart containers if you have them, if not, you may purchase or borrow ours but bring containers (bowls, tubs, etc.) to put them in to take home.

Update on Strawberries and Cherries

Strawberry Update:  We hope to have strawberries through this coming weekend, June 23rd, and if it cools down, we may have a few into the week of June 23rd.   If you have placed an order for a flat or case already picked, you should have received a call by now.  We hope to fill all of the orders this week.

Picked Strawberries are available in the market daily now at $3.25 a quart.   We are still taking orders for larger quantities of picked berries, however we are at a point in the season where we can’t promise them but will try our best.  Pricing will be:

  • a flat of picked berries (8 quarts) is $24.00 ($3.00 a quart)
  • or a case of picked berries (16 quarts) for $44.00 ($2.75 quart)

U-Pick Strawberries:  We have had a good run of berries so far.  There is still good picking,  but the berries are getting smaller.  We rotate our fields every 3 days to get you the best picking we have.  However, these cool nights are just not helping to get them ripe.  We will stop picking some of our early berries in the next few days (about 1/3 of the fields) which will cut down on our U-Pick availability.  We will continue to open at 8:00 am each day (weather permitting) but we might get picked out early.  For example, today we closed at 9:30.  If you need more information about U-Pick, please go to the bottom.**

Cherries:

  • Sweet Cherries:  We have a good crop of Sweet cherries this year, but not the bumper crop like we had last year.  We lost about 20% of them during the May frost.  We hope to start picking some sweet cherries for the market this coming weekend, June 22nd.  We will set a U-Pick opening date on Friday June 21st along with pricing information.
  • Sour Cherries:  We have a very small crop of sour cherries this year (25%) as they were in their critical bloom stage when we got the frost on Mother’s Day weekend.  So, we lost about 75% of them.  We expect them to be ready around June 28th, again, depending on the weather.  Please check back closer to the end of the month for more information.

**Strawberry U-Pick Information:  

  • U-Pick Strawberry times:  We will open the field at 8:00 am  and it will remain open until we are picked out or until 11:00 am.  
  • Our goal is to always have good picking for our customers.  So we will close the field when all the picking for that day is complete.  Depending on how many people come out in a given day, there could be some days that we will close before 11 am.    Picking will be on a first come, first serve basis. Given the cooler weather this June, we may have to close on certain days for ripening. 
  • To get the latest picking information, check our website, our facebook  page or our answering machine.  You can call the night before or the morning you are trying to come to make sure we are open.  With the price of gas, we wouldn’t want anyone to make a trip only to find out we are closed!
  • Location:  The strawberry fields are located on AL Jones Road, between Corey Lake Road and M-60.   You may go directly there, just look for the signs as to where we are picking each day.
  • U-Pick Strawberry pricing will be  $1.50 quart.  Please bring quart containers if you have them, if not, you may purchase or borrow ours but bring containers (bowls, tubs, etc.) to put them in to take home.
  • We are trying something new this year which is dedicating a section of the field for those who want to come out for the farm and U-Pick “experience.”  We know there are many families who would like to have their children understand where their food comes from and how it grows.    For this group, the “experience” is almost more important than how many berries are picked.  If you fall into this category, we will give your family information on how berries grow and show you how to pick them.  When picking in this section, each person picking will be allowed to pick up to one quart so we can hopefully accommodate all who come.
  • Please dress for strawberry picking!  Due to the rains this week there is plenty of mud.  The foliage is wet in the mornings so long pants and long sleeves along with rain boots is suggested.
  • If you are trying to pick larger quantities of berries (over 5 cases or 80 quarts), please call us in advance and we would like to try to work with you to schedule you in on a day when we have lots of berry availability.  Ask to be put on our “large quantity list.”  269-244-5690.

Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

Picked Strawberries are available in the market daily now at $3.25 a quart.   We are still taking orders for larger quantities of picked berries, pricing will be:

  • a flat of picked berries (8 quarts) is $24.00 ($3.00 a quart)
  • or a case of picked berries (16 quarts) for $44.00 ($2.75 quart)

Please call in advance and we will call you when they are available.  We are about half way through filling our orders.

Strawberry U-Pick Information:    Our U-Pick berries are ready now. We have been open for 2 days and picking is very good right now.   We expect the U-Pick season to last about 10 days.

  • U-Pick Strawberry times:  We will open the field at 8:00 am  and it will remain open until we are picked out or until 11:00 am.  
  • Our goal is to always have good picking for our customers.  So we will close the field when all the picking for that day is complete.  Depending on how many people come out in a given day, there could be some days that we will close before 11 am.    Picking will be on a first come, first serve basis. Given the cooler weather this June, we may have to close on certain days for ripening. 
  • To get the latest picking information, check our website, our facebook  page or our answering machine.  You can call the night before or the morning you are trying to come to make sure we are open.  With the price of gas, we wouldn’t want anyone to make a trip only to find out we are closed!
  • Location:  The strawberry fields are located on AL Jones Road, between Corey Lake Road and M-60.   You may go directly there, just look for the signs as to where we are picking each day.
  • U-Pick Strawberry pricing will be  $1.50 quart.  Please bring quart containers if you have them, if not, you may purchase or borrow ours but bring containers (bowls, tubs, etc.) to put them in to take home.
  • We are trying something new this year which is dedicating a section of the field for those who want to come out for the farm and U-Pick “experience.”  We know there are many families who would like to have their children understand where their food comes from and how it grows.    For this group, the “experience” is almost more important than how many berries are picked.  If you fall into this category, we will give your family information on how berries grow and show you how to pick them.  When picking in this section, each person picking will be allowed to pick up to one quart so we can hopefully accommodate all who come.
  • Please dress for strawberry picking!  Due to the rains this week there is plenty of mud.  The foliage is wet in the mornings so long pants and long sleeves along with rain boots is suggested.
  • If you are trying to pick larger quantities of berries (over 5 cases or 80 quarts), please call us in advance and we would like to try to work with you to schedule you in on a day when we have lots of berry availability.  Ask to be put on our “large quantity list.”  269-244-5690.

Greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers:  We are picking these daily now.  This weekend we will start pulling our green onions, yellow and white with long green stems.  We hope to pick Kale, Swiss Chard and lettuce as well.

Baked Goods available this weekend: 

  • Blueberry, cherry, cherry berry, peach, and strawberry rhubarb pies.
  • Baseball cutout cookies that say #1 Dad,  lemon and monster cookies.
  • Cinnamon rolls, cinnamon bread, White bread (no 12 grain).
  • Strawberry shortcake.

Asparagus:  This will be the last weekend for asparagus.

Coming soon:  Cut your own Herb garden.  For those who like to use fresh herbs, check out our herb garden in the middle of the driveway by the pine tree.  We are growing virtually every kind of herb we could get seed for.  Some are ready now, the rest soon.

Brandy House Tours and Tasting:  Saturday from 1 -4.  Bruce would love to have you come out.

Michaela’s weekly bakery update.  The bakery is progressing but we lost a little time this week with some construction issues.  So we will try to make up time and still hope to open some time in July.  This week I have decided to discuss our bread.  We make all of our bread fresh from scratch using old recipes from my great-grandma Susie.  My great-grandma had eight children and a husband to feed during the great depression, so to make it by on what little money they had, she would bake bread every other day using a “start” from each batch, making sure she would not need to buy yeast.  We unfortunately are not able to keep starts to make our bread out of, instead we use fresh yeast for every batch.  For those of you curious about our bread making process, here are a few pictures of us making it this morning.

Mixing the dough by hand helps prevent over working that would cause the bread to be tough.

Kneading the dough to bring all the ingredients together.

Throwing the dough allows the middle to come to the outside to ensure everything is evenly distributed.

A loaf of bread ready to be baked and then enjoyed by a happy customer!

This is how we make all of our breads every week!  Making bread is our second favorite thing to do (second only to pies!!).  It is our love for the wonderful aroma of fresh baked bread that gets us going every morning!  We start baking now around 5:30 AM, and the smell of bread and a good strong cup of coffee keep us going until 10:00 PM!!!!

For all the Fathers out there, Happy Fathers day from the bakers!  Michaela and Patti

Happenings on the farm this week.  We were thrilled by the 1 and 1/2 inch of rain we got this week.  Orchards, vineyards and our field crops seemed to double in size before our very eyes, (and we were thankful not to have to move irrigation pipes!!)    The weeds seemed to quadruple so our attack to keep up with them was in full tilt. We lamented at the deer eating our row of lettuce–in broad daylight as we watched them. (sorry it seems as if they prefer red-leaf and have eaten at least 25 heads…)  The crew spent much of the week picking strawberries,  amazed at how large and plentiful the berries are this year.  Even my Dad said this was the best strawberry crop he can remember in 52 years–perfect foliage–but of course he admonished us over the number of weeds!

We are delighted that strawberries came at the “normal” time this year so they can be available for Father’s Day weekend, graduations and all of those special events that fill up the month of June.  Our hearty congratulations to the many graduates, newly weds and Dad’s who are the recipients of our strawberries.

Beth and Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local!  Have a great weekend.