12147 Corey Lake Road, Three Rivers, Michigan (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.