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

It’s definitely blueberry season!

It is most definitely blueberry season….and not only are blueberries fun to pick, delicious to eat, but they are really good for you too!.  Blueberries rank among the highest in overall antioxidant power.

Picked Blueberries:  Available now in the market for $3.00 pint and $5.00 quart.  Larger quantities (5 and 10 pound boxes) are available most of the time.  But, call ahead to make sure we have them or call and order them in advance just to be sure.  (269-244-5690).

U-Pick Blueberries: Given the number of requests for people who want to pick their own blueberries, particularly for those wanting a family farm experience, we have opened a section of our field for U-Pick this year.

  • The hours for U-Pick will be 8 am until 11 am on weekdays and 8 until noon on weekends.
  • Pricing will be $2.00 a pound to pick
  • We expect them to last through most of the month of July
  • We will provide you buckets to pick in, but please bring your own containers to take them home in.
  • In order to have enough for everyone, we are going to set a 10- pound limit per group picking, unless we end up with extras on some days.
  • We hope to be open daily, but if the field gets picked out, we may have to close for ripening, so please call ahead to make sure we are open for picking before you come.  269-244-5690.

Most of the folks who came out this week had their very first experience picking blueberries and were expert pickers by the time they finished!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer vegetables are really coming in now with this week’s rain and hot temperatures.  We currently have:  peas, onions, zucchini, yellow summer squash, green beans, kale, swiss chard, cucumbers, cauliflower, and peppers.  We hope to have sweet corn by next weekend.

Please try some swiss chard.  This may be a new leafy green to many of you, I only tried it after we started growing it last year and now it is one of my favorites.  We ask you to give it a try because we pick it daily and find ourselves throwing most of it away the next day because people don’t seem to know what it is.

  • Swiss chard, sometimes called just chard, has a earthy and slightly taste, crisp leaves and crunchy stalks.
  • The leaves and the stalks are both edible, toss some into a salad.
  • It has a list of health benefits a mile long.
  • My favorite way to prepare it is to saute’ it in olive oil, along with some minced garlic and onion, seasoned with salt and pepper.   While I am sautéing it I toss in what ever other veggies I have:  zucchini, yellow squash, cherry tomatoes.  When it is done I toss a handful of parmesan cheese on top to melt.  While this can be a nice side dish, I use it as a main course for a healthy meal!

swiss chard for sale at the market

Beth’s swiss chard dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lodi apples:    Lodi apples is the first summer apple that we grow.   This is the modern replacement for what used to be known as a transparent apple.  It is a medium-sized green and extremely tart apple that can be used for your first applesauce of the year or to eat out-of-hand if you really like something sour!  We hope to have bushels of these sometime next week.  If you want some, please call us and we can add you to our list to call when they are available.  269-244-5690.

We have a new brandy!  Bruce’s strawberry brandy is complete and ready for you to sample and buy.  He will be in the brandy house on Saturday from 1 – 4 for tasting.  We got a taste today and those who tried it really liked it.  He is currently fermenting sour cherries in order to make a few runs of cherry brandy.

Baked Goods.  This weekend we have all of the usual baked goods, pies, cookies, breads, cinnamon rolls.    The blueberry pies are from fresh blueberries since they are in season, so this is the time to get blueberry pie.    This week’s cut-out cookies are pirates–sure to delight any young pirates in your family.

Pirate cookies this weekend

Bakery Update:  Things really got moving this week in the bakery so peek in if you haven’t lately.  All of the equipment is here now and being installed—so while we don’t have an opening date yet, we can see it is getting closer.

Michaela and Patti checking out the new mixer

Bakery equipment coming in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happenings on the farm this week:  With cherry picking complete we caught a bit of a break this week and had time to catch up on many maintenance items around the farm, repairing grape posts, putting spring equipment away for the year, taking out trees we lost in the storm a few weeks ago, getting equipment ready that we’ll need soon.  We worked on thinning some apples and pears on some of the trees whose branches are bent to the ground with fruit weight–a good and bad problem to have!  We got all of our strawberry fields renovated for next year.  And as the several days of heat brought on 2 plantings of green beans at the same time—the crew spent 1 full day picking green beans.

Strawberry field now ready for next year

Pear branch heavy with fruit

 

 

 

All for now from Beth and the entire crew at Corey Lake Orchards, thanks as always for buying local.