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

Monthly Archive: June 2013

U-Pick Strawberry Update

Strawberry U-Pick Information: 

Will open on Wednesday, June 12th at 8:00.  We will be open daily from 8 until 11 am.

Length of season:  Our early berries are ready now and our later berries are just beginning to ripen.  We expect the U-Pick season to last about 10 days to 2 weeks.

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.

Please plan to visit our main market when you come, located on Corey Lake Road.  We have greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers, and asparagus for sale!

**Additional U-Pick Strawberry information:

  • 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.
  • 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.   We plan to open  each day weather permitting closing only for berries to ripen if the weather turns cold.   If we close the field for ripening, we will make that decision the day before, so please call us the day/night before you plan to come to make sure we are picking that day.   For safety, we will close the field during a lightening and thunder storm.

Here’s to a good strawberry season, Beth and everyone else at Corey Lake Orchards

Strawberry Update: U-Pick Strawberries are delayed by cool weather

Due to the cool weather, U-Pick strawberries will NOT be ready until sometime next week.  Check back with us around June 12th.  We will announce the opening date as soon as we know it.   More information about U-Pick strawberries is detailed at the bottom of this email/post.**

The U-Pick strawberry field on June 6th–coming, but still not quite ready for us to open.

Picked Strawberries are available in the market daily now at $3.25 a quart.   We are picking more each day, but the cool weather is holding them back.  Since June is forecasted to be cooler than normal, we would expect the season to last longer, at least 2 weeks and possibly even 3 this year.  We do sell out on some days so feel free to call if you want us to hold them for you.  269-244-5690.

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 started filling orders today.  (269-244-5690).

Greenhouse tomatoes:  We are getting a good supply of greenhouse tomatoes in now.  Our greenhouse cucumbers are coming very slowly this year, sorry we are only picking a few each day right now.  Local asparagus is still available for about another week.  Rhubarb is now gone for the year.

Baked goods will be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday as usual.  In addition to pies, bread and cookies, our bakers will be bringing their home-made shortcake for you to use with your strawberries.  All you need is to pick up some whipped cream!

Happenings on the farm this week:  This week we replanted our summer squash, watermelons, cantaloupe, zucchini and sweet potatoes that we lost in the cold weather about a week ago.   If you have noticed the crew working along M-60, they are re-mulching the blueberries.  And we have continued the battle against the weeds this week–just amazed at how nice they are growing with last week’s rains!    The grapes are blooming and the apples are forming and setting nicely on the trees.     The bakery project continues, more cement poured this week for setting up equipment, which has started to arrive.  All very exciting and sometimes even a bit overwhelming!

Michaela’s Bakery Update:  This week I wanted to tell you about our pie making.  The number one comment we hear from our customer’s is, “I love your wonderful pies, they melt in my mouth!”  We never get tired of hearing this!!  What makes our pies different from everyone else’s?  Each and every batch of pie dough is measured, mixed, and rolled by hand.  We do small batches of dough at a time to be sure the resulting dough is not tough.  I believe that anyone can make a good pie filling, but it is definitely the crust that makes or breaks the pie!  Our pie fillings are special, we make all of the fillings fresh from the fruit grown at the orchard!  You never have to worry about preservatives in our baked goods, we don’t use anything other than a freezer!

We bake our pies in two sizes–a traditional 9-inch pie and then the “mini-pies” which are 6 inches.    We have found the mini-size pies to be very popular, especially when the whole family can’t agree on what flavor pie to get.  Also, many of our health conscious customers buy the small pie so they can avoid the temptation that comes when there is a large pie sitting on their counter!

Here’s a sneak peak of what happens behind the scenes with our pie making process.    Warning: this may make your mouth water!

Hand patting the dough into the pans keeps it flaky, not tough.

A fresh batch of dough ready to become a tasty pie! (Yes this really is the same bowl we make 100+ pies at a time with!)

 

A rhubarb pie awaiting a top.

Hand rolling each pie top keeps it flaky so it will melt in your mouth (Also a great arm exercise!!)

 

 

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Hand fluting each pie gives it the special “home-made” touch, a fork just doesn’t compare!

 

 

Ready to be baked, are you hungry yet?

 

 

 

 

A cherry pie, just out of the oven, waiting for a lucky customer to enjoy and maybe even share!

When the bakery opens (still hopeful for July) you will be able to see for yourself how we make our pies.  Looking forward to serving you soon in the bakery, Michaela.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local…hope to see you soon,  Beth

 

**U-Pick Strawberry information:

  • 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 have doubled the size of our U-Pick berry field from previous years in order to have more berries available for those who want to pick their own.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.   We plan to open  each day weather permitting closing only for berries to ripen if the weather turns cold.   If we close the field for ripening, we will make that decision the day before, so please call us the day/night before you plan to come to make sure we are picking that day.   For safety, we will close the field during a lightening and thunder storm.