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

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.