The update for this week will not be much different than last week because we are still waiting for some summer days to ripen our fruits and vegetables. Due to another week of unseasonable cool weather, we need to move back our dates on when we think things will be ready….so again, we ask for your continued patience.
- Tomatoes by the bushel and U-Pick tomatoes: Hopefully the week of August 26th
- Pears: First week of September
- Watermelon: Week of August 26th
- Plums: First week of September
- Grapes: Middle to end of September (have a huge crop this year)
- Fall apples: Hopefully starting mid-September thru October (have a good crop this year and plan to have U-Pick again)
Peaches: Red Haven peaches are on their way out and we have now moved into picking Flamin’ Fury. We are only able to sell peaches in small eating quantities (2 lb quart and a 4 pound box), not by the bushel. We simply don’t have a large enough orchard of mature trees and our new peach orchards are not at peak production. We may be able to sell pecks or 1/4 bushels later.
Cantaloupe: We have finally been able to start picking cantaloupe, however we have a short supply due to the cool weather.
Sweet Corn: This will be our last weekend for our sweet corn.
Blueberries: We expect to have picked and U-Pick blueberries for about one more week. The type we have to pick right now are Elliots—they are small, but very sweet.
Apples: We have two good summer apples right now, for eating or cooking, Jersey Mac and Earli-blaze. We currently have a special on Jersey Mac apples that have been sorted into “seconds” if you would like to make applesauce. Earli-blaze is one of our favorite summer apples. We think it makes the best apple pie so we have been busy peeling, cutting and making them into pies all week. If you like apple pie, you will want to try one soon made with these fresh apples.
Other vegetables we have are: green beans, swiss chard, kale, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow summer squash, peppers, peas, broccoli, brussel sprouts, new potatoes, and eggplant. These are picked daily, for best selection and availability–shop early. We have limited supply of some of the vegetables right now due to the cool weather. We have fresh herbs available to pick, just bring your recipe and snip what you need from the U-Pick herb garden located by the pine tree.
Sunflowers and gladiolus are available now.
The Triathlon is Saturday, August 17th. We are once again pleased to help sponsor this event and look forward to seeing the racers. There will be fresh fruit waiting for you when you finish provided by us. As always, we welcome you to try our own farm Triathlon if you are up to the challenge:
- Event 1: Carry two 50-pound bags of flour from our loading dock into our bakery (a mere 100 feet–with a hill involved)
- Event 2: Pick up four of our onion bundles in each hand and hold them up high for about 5 minutes while the person hanging them takes them from you. (Each onion bundle averages 8 lbs)
- Event 3: Pick corn along side us….be careful ground is uneven, wet and muddy, corn is slippery and cold from heavy dew, pile up 40 ears in one arm, leaving your other arm free to keep picking, then run as fast as you can back to the tractor where the box is waiting for you to fill.
Good luck racers!!
Happenings on the farm this week: All of us spent most mornings looking for the sweatshirts that we left somewhere the previous day when we took them off when it finally warmed up. Picking sweet corn in the cool wet fields at 6:30 each morning can really wake one up! The field crew started the onion harvest this week and you will notice them starting to hang in one of our back buildings. The market crew tried to take a few minutes here and there to get organized for fall, ordering supplies we need for apple and grape season. Cathy started planning for the annual Fall Color tour which will be October 13th this year.
We made a lot of progress on our cold storage building construction, the cement floor went in today. We are moving quickly on this as we need it ready in time for the apple harvest.
The brandy house will be open on Saturday from 1 – 4, if you haven’t done this recently, please come out. We think you will enjoy the experience and talking to Bruce.
Bakery Update: If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new bakery, please do. We are making lots of different fruit pies, cookies, bread, brownies and cupcakes. This weekend we will have special cookies to help celebrate the Triathlon.
Once again we request your patience and understanding as we continue to grow the bakery and struggle thru some of the weather related produce issues. Please continue to give us feedback (both good and bad) so we can learn and continue to improve. If you ever have something you are not happy with, whether it be a baked good or fresh produce, please tell us and we will make it right. Our customers are the most important thing about our business!!
Thank for buying local,
Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards