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

Happy Labor Day Weekend

We will be open on Labor Day from 8 – 6.  We hope you will be able to make it out over the weekend. 

Bartlett Pears:  Today we finished picking the largest crop of pears (750 bushel) in the history of the farm (52 years).  The trees were just loaded and branches buckled to the ground with weight.  A huge thank you to our crew of 3 who picked them all in 3 and a half days….picking pears is probably the most difficult harvest job we have here on the farm.  We are selling them quickly, so come out and get some soon or call us if you want us to reserve some for you.  269-244-5690.

Our heavily loaded pear trees–August 2013

Tomatoes:  This week’s heat  has really brought on the tomatoes.  So…..please come out and pick for $13 a bushel.  The picking is easy and the tomatoes are beautiful this year.   If you want them already picked, they are $18 a bushel, please call ahead to order them.

Fredonia grapes:  We are picking Fredonia grapes and have them available in small eating quantities.  This is a seeded, purple grape, similar to a Concord, but sweeter and earlier.

Peaches:  Peaches are winding down to the end.  We will have them off and on this weekend.  Our last variety, Coral Star, is ripening and we will bring them in as they are ready.  We will only have these in small eating quantities of a 2-qt box and a 1-qt box.

Summer Vegetables:  Many of the vegetables will be coming to an end soon.  However, we still have lots of green beans, cucumbers, peppers, onions, eggplant, kale and some other veggies this weekend.

Melons:  Our watermelon are ready now and our cantaloupe are almost done for the year.

Baked Goods:  This weekend the bakers will be offering cookies, breads, brownies, cupcakes and cinnamon rolls.  Pie flavors  for the weekend will be:  apple, blueberry, cherry, peach, sugar free peach, peanut butter and back by popular demand:  strawberry-rhubarb.  Coming soon will be on of their specialties:  pear pie–it is a must try.

The Brandy House will be open on Saturday from 1 to 4 as usual, please stop in and sample some brandy, talk with Bruce and see/smell the large batch of apples he is fermenting for apple brandy.

Apple Season:  Labor Day usually begins the transition on our farm from summer produce to our fall season with large harvests of apple, grapes, winter pears, winter squash, and other fall items.  Truly one of our busiest and most fun times of the year.  Nothing like a beautiful fall weekend with apple picking, cider, and this year with our new bakery:  donuts!!

Picked apples in the market:  This weekend we are starting to bring in Mollie’s Delicious, Gala and Jon-a-Mac  for sale in the market.  These will all be available in pecks, 1/2 pecks and 1/4 pecks.  We will be offering bushels within a week as more get ready.

  • Mollie’s Delicious is a large, sweet eating apple.  It is a late summer apple which we will only have a short time.
  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple.  It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Jon-A-Mac:  This is a good cooking or eating apple.  It has all of the best qualities of a Jonathan apple and a McIntosh.
  • Earli-blaze:  This is a good cooking or eating apple, and it particularly makes a wonderful apple pie.  We sell this apple to bakeries (including our own) for apple pie.  We have them available by the bushel.

Fall apples:  The remainder of the fall apples are not ready yet.   We have lots of apples this year, so there will be plenty for whether you want them already picked or to pick your own.   You do not need to call ahead to reserve any apples this year…when we start picking each variety by the bushel–we should have them on hand.   (except for the Mutsu–see note below.)  The fall apples that will be available this year are:

  1. Braeburn–mid October–(no -U-Pick)
  2. Cameo–late September
  3. Cortland–mid September
  4. Fuji–mid October
  5. Golden Delicious–late September
  6. Golden Supreme– early October (no U-Pick)
  7. Honeycrisp–mid September (no U-pick)
  8. Ida Red-early October
  9. Jonathan-late September
  10. Jonagold–late September
  11. McIntosh–mid September
  12. Mutsu–early October**(very few trees of these–call ahead to place order)
  13. Northern Spy–end of September
  14. Pink Lady–mid October–(No U-pick)
  15. Red Delicious–early October
  16. Red Rome-mid October

Grape Update:  If you are out this weekend, you can just begin to smell the White Niagara grapes beginning to ripen.    For your planning purposes, we think the white Niagara grapes could be ready around 9-13 and the Concords possibly the week of 9-23 or later.  Continue to check our website or watch for our emails on the opening date.  We will be taking sugar samples to help guide our decision on when to open.  We want the grapes to be ripe and sweet when you come to pick.   We have lots of grapes this year…..so once we open, we should have the purple Concord grapes up until the first frost.  There is a more limited supply of the white Niagara grapes.    U-Pick grapes will be the same price as last year:  25 cents/pound to pick, if you pick over 100 pounds, they will be 20 cents a pound.

This Labor Day will mark the 8th year since the loss of Allene Hubbard, my mother who started this beautiful farm market.  We all work hard to honor her legacy by maintaining the market in the spirit she imparted to all of us.  We think she would be pleased with the addition of the bakery and parking lot that we added this year.  Thank you to all of the customers who continue to think of her and share her memory with us.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend, thanks for buying local, Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards