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

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