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

Monthly Archive: September 2013

End of September Update

What picture perfect weather we have had all week–for those folks picking in the vineyard  or in the apple orchard, the sunny skies against the apple trees and delightful aroma of the grapes was an additional bonus.

Bakery update:  We are thrilled with the popularity of our bakery and could never have imagined how many donuts you all could eat!  Due to popular request…..we are now making donuts 7 days a week:  Pumpkin, apple and buttermilk which you can buy plain or cinnamon sugared.  $6 a dozen.

In our bakery, everything is made from scratch (including the crust plus preparing all of the fruit, etc.)  While this is time consuming, we feel it provides the quality product we want you to have.   While we will  continue to have the bakery open 7 days a week, please realize there may be limited baked goods available on Mondays as the bakers regroup from the weekend baking and sales volume.    If there is a particular pie/cookie or bread you want on a certain day, just call ahead by a day and order it to make sure we have it for you.  (269-244-5690).

Hand decorated apple sugar cookies—these are the only worms you will find in apples here!

The fall bakery items we are offering are:

  • Pies:  apple, pecan, pumpkin, blueberry, cherry and peach
  • Apple Dumplings
  • Pumpkin cupcakes
  • Cookies–several varieties
  • Cinnamon rolls and pecan sticky buns
  • Bread:  cinnamon, whole wheat and 12 grain
  • Slushies:  Cider and grape

Sweet Potatoes:  I have a different philosophy than my Dad had when deciding what crops to grow on the farm.  I plant things that I like and I love sweet potatoes, especially making sweet potato chips!  If you wondered why back in my Dad’s era there were not peas and broccoli, it is because he didn’t like them!!  Yesterday we harvested our first planting of sweet potatoes, several different varieties and they are available on the market now.  You might be surprised at how good a freshly dug sweet potato tastes!

Health and Nutrition fact sheets about the benefits of eating squash and apples are available in the market, please pick one up when you are here.   (Note:  We will not be providing a sheet about the benefits of eating donuts!)

Bosc Winter Pears are here.  They are a golden russet colored pear with an elegant shape.  They are sweet and firm.  They keep very well.   These are available in eating quantities or by the bushel.

Brandy:  Our brandy house will be open on Saturday from 1 – 4,  the pear brandy is finally done and bottled!  Come out and try some and get an informative tour of the brandy process from Bruce.

Picked apples in the market:  We have the following varieties available in the market now, in small quantities as well as bushels.

  • 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.
  • McIntosh:  This is a classic tart, round/flat apple which is ultra-juicy with a very white flesh.  It is wonderful for applesauce, pies and cider and of course just to eat.
  • Cortland:  This is an old fashioned apple which is excellent for baking.  It is a descendent of the McIntosh, but a bit sweeter,  it also juices well.
  • Honeycrisp:  This seems to be many people’s favorite, it is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it.  Great for eating fresh or using in salads.
  • JonaGold:  This is a large, lovely apple for fresh eating and cooking.   It combines the best qualities of a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious.  It is very crisp, with shades of tart and sweet in each apple.
  • Jonathan:  A very popular apple for fresh eating and cooking.  It has a spicy tangy flavor, a favorite for making apple butter or taffy apples.
  • Braeburn:  Sweet with a hint of tart and a firmness that stores well.  They are great bakers too.

We are just starting to pick a few of the following apples, available in small quantities for now, bushels later:

  • Cameo:  A firm-textured, crisp and sweet tart apple.  Great for snacking or baking and is an outstanding dessert apple.  Keeps well in coldest part of refrigerator.
  • Fuji:  This is an apple with sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content.  It is a very good keeper.
  • Golden Delicious:  A gingery-smooth, sweet taste lies under a thin skin.  Great for applesauce, cider, pies or other desserts.

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 after they start for several weeks.   (except for the Mutsu–see note below.)

The apples that are yet to come into the market are:

  • Golden Supreme– early October
  • Ida Red-early October
  • Mutsu–early October**(very few trees of these–call ahead to place order)
  • Northern Spy–end of September
  • Pink Lady–mid October
  • Red Delicious–early October
  • Red Rome-mid October

2013 Apple pricing:  All of our picked and U-Pick apples are the same price this year (except for Honeycrisp).  You can mix and match any variety of half-bushels for the bushel price.

  • Bushels:  $24
  • Half bushels:  $13
  • Pecks (1/4 bu): $7
  • 1/2 pecks: $4
  • By the pound:  $1

Honeycrisp pricing:  (No U-Pick) Honeycrisp apples are priced at $2 pound, $8 a half peck (around 5 pounds) and $16 a peck (around 10 pounds.)  Once we start picking more Honeycrisp, we may be able to offer them at bushel pricing and some other specials.   Check back with us.

For our customers who use a lot of apples,  we are offering a “buy or pick 3 bushel special” this year when you buy apples by the bushel.   We started the apple season with this special being for 5 bushels.  But…..reality hit this week when we started some serious harvesting of apples and realized how many there are.    So in order to share the bounty with our customers we are making it a 3 bushel special.

  • The 3 bushel special is good on all of the $24/bushel apples purchased by the bushel, (not by the peck) whether we pick them or you pick them.  (Not on Honeycrisp since they are priced differently.)
  • Please ask us for a punch card if you plan to get that many during the entire season.  You do not need to get them all at the same time if you continue to bring in your punch card.  The price will be adjusted when you get your 3rd bushel.  If you get more than 3,  any bushels purchased after that will be $20.

The reality of how many apples we have hit when we realized that it only took two Cortland trees to fill a 22-bushel bin!

Why are U-Pick apples the same price as picked apples this year?  We have had to move to this pricing model which has been in place at most Michigan apple farms for years.    We are pleased that so many customers and particularly families come out annually and truly enjoy the apple picking experience.   And we want to be able to continue to offer that experience, however, the costs of maintaining an apple orchard along with increased costs due to regulations and liability have necessitated this change.

For a description of these and all of the apples that we grow, please go to the apple listing on our website:  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/seasonal-offerings/apples/

Fall U-Pick apples:   While not all of the apples are ripe yet, we are going to go ahead and open up the balance of the orchard to pick most of the varieties now.  The ideal picking weekend when most varieties will be ripest will be October 5th and later.  But based on the reality of hectic schedules, some of you can’t come later.    The apples in italics are ready now, the other apples you may pick but we are advising you to wait if you can, but if you can’t, “spot pick” them carefully, going after the ripest ones on the tree.

  • Cameo
  • Cortland
  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Golden Delicious
  • Ida Red
  • JonaMac
  • Jonathan
  • Jonagold
  • Mollie’s Delicious
  • Mutsu
  • Northern Spy
  • Red Delicious

Information for apple picking:  We are open 8 – 6 daily, please be finished by 6 pm.  Bring baskets if you have them, if not, we will set you up with bags/baskets.  Please dress appropriately for an orchard, where natural hazards exist (bees, tall grass under the trees, the occasional sprig of poison ivy, etc.)   This year it has been particularly difficult to mow next to the  trees, because the trees are so full of apples that the branches touch the ground.  We do not supply any ladders, so if you would like to get that perfect apple that is beyond your reach, please bring your own.

Apple Gleaning:  Many of you are looking for a way to get apples inexpensively for feeding horses, deer, or even juicing and canning in large quantities.  This year due to the size of the apple crop we will probably be able to open our end of year gleaning, where you can pick what is left on the ground or on the tree, for $4 a bushel.  This will not be until sometime in late October when the harvest is complete.

U-Pick grapes:  The White Niagara grapes are now open for picking and the Purple Concords are open for picking, but still not as ripe as we would like.  We would advise you to wait until the 2nd week of October if you can to allow the Concord grapes to get riper, the foliage is very thick this year. 

  • Picking hours:  Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6.
  • Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start.  You will be directed to the vineyard in which we are picking that day and be given rows to pick on.
  • Pricing:  They are 25 cents/pound to pick or if you pick over 100 pounds, they are 20 cents/pound.    A 5 gallon bucket, filled to the top weighs approximately 20 pounds which is also equivalent to a half bushel.
  •  If you pick over 100 pounds of grapes, that is $4 a bucket, (20 cents lb)
  • If you pick less than 100 pounds, it is $5 a bucket (25 cents lb).

When you come to pick grapes, please bring the following if you have them:

  • Five gallon buckets to pick in, this is how we measure how much you pick instead of having to weigh them all.   If you don’t have these, you can borrow ours, but bring containers to take them home in.  You can also purchase pails from us for $4.00.
  • Scissors or clippers to cut them with.
  • Small wagons to help you get them out of the vineyard (our rows are very long!)

How is the crop and how long will the grapes last?   We have around 50 acres of grapes for U-Pick this year and think they will last about a month or so.  That depends of course on the weather and how many customers we have.     There is a good grape crop this year, but the vines and foliage are very heavy this year, which is one of the reasons why they are late and not ripening well.

Can I wait and pick both colors of grapes at the same time?  Yes, we have held a large vineyard of the white Niagara to pick when you come for the purple Concords.

Cider:  We will be pressing cider every Thursday evening, so a fresh batch will be available around 8:30 on Friday mornings.    Cider pricing this year is $6 a gallon, buy 3 or more gallons at the same time at $5 a gallon.

Fall ornamentals, mums and squash:  We have a good selection now of mums, gourds, indian corn and winter squash to choose from, in addition to Diane’s painted pumpkins.

Pumpkins:  Riley Pumpkin Farm, just down the road from us has brought over some of their amazing extra large pumpkins.  These are great to put on a deck or porch for the season.  They are priced at a special of $8 each, 2 for $15 or 3 for $20.  There are other pumpkins available, white, tan and orange at a variety of pricing from $2 on up.

Spookley Storybook:  Please check out our large storybook about Spookley the square pumpkin in the yard by the pumpkin wagon.  There are 12 storyboards to walk children through.  It is a wonderful story about a pumpkin that grows square instead of round, gets teased and bullied because he is different, than something happens on the farm where Spookley ends up saving all of the pumpkins—and I won’t give the rest of the story away.  This story has some great teachable moments about how all of us need to value the unique and different qualities that individuals have.

A page from our large storyboard Spookley story.

For planning purposes, the annual Fall Color tour is October 13th this year….there will be lots going on here at the farm that weekend, pick up a brochure when you are here.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and we hope to see you during our fall season!

 

 

U-Pick Concord Grape Update—they are not ripe yet….

Whew….what a busy weekend we had.  Thanks to everyone who came out…..we loved watching so many people have fun picking apples, grapes, going down the big slide, reading our Spookley story in the front yard and eating our pumpkin and apple donuts!

We opened the Concord purple grape picking today and given the cool weather we have had, we would like them to be riper.    So….if you can wait at least another week or 10 days, they will be much riper and you will be happier with them. ( Come in October.)  If you are trying to pick both Concord and the white Niagara, you can wait for both.  We are holding a vineyard of the white Niagara grapes for you to pick.

We opened U-Pick apples this weekend for 6 varieties.  Please check back with us as we hope that more of the varieties will be ready by next weekend (28th).

We had a lot of fun making our first donuts this weekend…..thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy some.  We will be making donuts on Saturdays and Sundays for the rest of the season.

We were very happy Mother Nature gave us an inch of rain this past week, now we would like some sun and warmth to finish ripening those grapes and the rest of the apples.  It is supposed to be a nice week.

Thanks as always for buying local, Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

Mid September Update

What beautiful fall days we have had this week….let’s hope it continues, but a little rain would certainly be nice.  Warning, this email has a lot of information as fall is our busy season and there is lots to know about….so skip down to the parts you are looking for and if we haven’t covered it, please feel free to call us or email us.  269-244-5690.

Picked apples in the market:  We have the following varieties available in the market now, in small quantities as well as bushels.

  • 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.
  • McIntosh:  This is a classic tart, round/flat apple which is ultra-juicy with a very white flesh.  It is wonderful for applesauce, pies and cider and of course just to eat.
  • Cortland:  This is an old fashioned apple which is excellent for baking.  It is a descendent of the McIntosh, but a bit sweeter,  it also juices well.
  • Honeycrisp:  This seems to be many people’s favorite, it is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it.  Great for eating fresh or using in salads.
  • JonaGold:  This is a large, lovely apple for fresh eating and cooking.   It combines the best qualities of a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious.  It is very crisp, with shades of tart and sweet in each apple.

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 after they start for several weeks.   (except for the Mutsu–see note below.)

The apples that are yet to come into the market are:

  • Braeburn–mid October
  • Cameo–late September
  • Fuji–mid October
  • Golden Delicious–late September
  • Golden Supreme– early October
  • Ida Red-early October
  • Jonathan-late September
  • Mutsu–early October**(very few trees of these–call ahead to place order)
  • Northern Spy–end of September
  • Pink Lady–mid October
  • Red Delicious–early October
  • Red Rome-mid October

2013 Apple pricing:  All of our picked and U-Pick apples will be the same price this year (except for Honeycrisp).  You can mix and match any variety of half-bushels for the bushel price.

  • Bushels:  $24
  • Half bushels:  $13
  • Pecks (1/4 bu): $7
  • 1/2 pecks: $4
  • By the pound:  $1

Honeycrisp pricing:  (No U-Pick) Honeycrisp apples are priced at $2 pound, $8 a half peck (around 5 pounds) and $16 a peck (around 10 pounds.)  Once we start picking more Honeycrisp, we may be able to offer them at bushel pricing and some other specials.   Check back with us.

For our customers who use a lot of apples,  we are offering a “buy or pick 5 bushel special” this year when you buy apples by the bushel.    Please ask us for a punch card if you plan to get that many during the entire season.  You do not need to get them all at the same time if you continue to bring in your punch card.  The price will be adjusted when you get your 5th bushel.  If you get more than 5,  any bushels purchased after that will be $20.

Why are U-Pick apples the same price as picked apples this year?  We have had to move to this pricing model which has been in place at most Michigan apple farms for years.    We are pleased that so many customers and particularly families come out annually and truly enjoy the apple picking experience.   And we want to be able to continue to offer that experience, however, the costs of maintaining an apple orchard along with increased costs due to regulations and liability have necessitated this change.

For a description of these and all of the apples that we grow, please go to the apple listing on our website:  http://www.coreylakeorchards.com/seasonal-offerings/apples/

Fall U-Pick apples:  We will open the fall apples on Saturday, 9-21 for U-Pick.   There are only a few varieties ready right now, apples are late this year due to the weather.   The fall apples that will be available to pick this year are the following.  The five varieties in italics and underlined below are the ones that are ready now to be picked.  For ideal apple picking when most varieties are ready, we would recommend you wait to come around 9-27 or later depending on the variety.  We will continue to update this list.

  • Cameo–late September
  • Cortland–now
  • Fuji–mid October
  • Gala–now
  • Golden Delicious–late September
  • Ida Red-early October
  • JonaMac–now
  • Jonathan-late September
  • Jonagold–now
  • McIntosh–mid September
  • Mollie’s Delicious–now
  • Mutsu–early October
  • Northern Spy–end of September
  • Red Delicious–early October
  • Red Rome-mid October

Information for apple picking:  We are open 8 – 6 daily, please be finished by 6 pm.  Bring baskets if you have them, if not, we will set you up with bags/baskets.  Please dress appropriately for an orchard, where natural hazards exist (bees, tall grass under the trees, the occasional sprig of poison ivy, etc.)   This year it has been particularly difficult to mow next to the  trees, because the trees are so full of apples that the branches touch the ground.  We do not supply any ladders, so if you would like to get that perfect apple that is beyond your reach, please bring your own.

Apple Gleaning:  Many of you are looking for a way to get apples inexpensively for feeding horses, deer, or even juicing and canning in large quantities.  This year due to the size of the apple crop we will probably be able to open our end of year gleaning, where you can pick what is left on the ground or on the tree, for $4 a bushel.  This will not be until sometime in late October when the harvest is complete.

U-Pick grapes:  The White Niagara grapes are now open for picking and the Blue Concords will open on Sunday, September 22nd. 

  • Picking hours:  Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6.
  • Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start.  You will be directed to the vineyard in which we are picking that day and be given rows to pick on.
  • Pricing:  They are 25 cents/pound to pick or if you pick over 100 pounds, they are 20 cents/pound.    A 5 gallon bucket, filled to the top weighs approximately 20 pounds which is also equivalent to a half bushel.
  •  If you pick over 100 pounds of grapes, that is $4 a bucket, (20 cents lb)
  • If you pick less than 100 pounds, it is $5 a bucket (25 cents lb).

When you come to pick grapes, please bring the following if you have them:

  • Five gallon buckets to pick in, this is how we measure how much you pick instead of having to weigh them all.   If you don’t have these, you can borrow ours, but bring containers to take them home in.  You can also purchase pails from us for $4.00.
  • Scissors or clippers to cut them with.
  • Small wagons to help you get them out of the vineyard (our rows are very long!)

How is the crop and how long will the grapes last?   We have around 50 acres of grapes for U-Pick this year and think they will last about a month or so.  That depends of course on the weather and how many customers we have.   We have many blocks of Concord available but fewer white Niagara.  There is a good grape crop this year, the vines and foliage are very heavy this year, which is one of the reasons why they are late….it has taken more days to get the sun and warmth through the foliage to ripen them.

Can I wait and pick both colors of grapes at the same time?  Yes, but you should plan on trying to come in the first several weeks we are open for the Concord grapes, as there are fewer white grapes to pick.

Cider:  We will be pressing cider every Thursday evening, so a fresh batch will be available around 8:30 on Friday mornings.    Cider pricing this year is $6 a gallon, buy 3 or more gallons at the same time at $5 a gallon.

Fall ornamentals, mums and squash:  We have a good selection now of mums, gourds, indian corn and winter squash to choose from.

Pumpkins:  Riley Pumpkin Farm, just down the road from us has brought over some of their amazing extra large pumpkins.  These are great to put on a deck or porch for the season.  They are priced at a special of $8 each, 2 for $15 or 3 for $20.  There are other pumpkins available, white, tan and orange at a variety of pricing from $2 on up.

Spookley Storybook:  Please check out our large storybook about Spookley the square pumpkin in the yard by the pumpkin wagon.  There are 12 storyboards to walk children through.  It is a wonderful story about a pumpkin that grows square instead of round, gets teased and bullied because he is different, than something happens on the farm where Spookley ends up saving all of the pumpkins—and I won’t give the rest of the story away.  This story has some great teachable moments about how all of us need to value the unique and different qualities that individuals have.

Tomatoes:  We are reopening the U-Pick field, as with a few days rest there are now some orange and red tomatoes again.  However, the tomato picking is never going to be like it was in August, as tomatoes need summer-like weather not fall to be plentiful.  If it gets picked out we will have to close it again for ripening, so check with us before you come.  269-244-5690.

Bakery update:  If you were in our bakery last weekend, you got to watch us attempt to make our first donuts and help us taste test them.  Saturday we are going to try again.  If we are successful, we will have pumpkin, apple and plain donuts this weekend!

The fall bakery items we are offering are:

  • Pies:  pecan, pumpkin, blueberry, cherry, pear and peach
  • Apple Dumplings
  • Pumpkin cupcakes
  • Cookies–several varieties
  • Cinnamon rolls and pecan sticky buns
  • Bread:  whole wheat and 12 grain
  • Slushies:  Cider and grape

Brandy:  Our brandy house will be open on Saturday from 1 – 4, Bruce has been busy distilling pear brandy all week.

We hope to see you this fall, Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards.  Thanks as always for buying local. 

U-Pick grape opening dates, cider is here, more apples are in, fresh pumpkin pies are in the bakery!

U-Pick grapes:  We will officially open for picking the White Niagara grapes on Sunday, September 15th and the Blue Concords on Sunday, September 22nd

Picking hours:  Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6.

Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start.  You will be directed to the vineyard in which we are picking that day and be given rows to pick on.

Pricing:  They are 25 cents/pound to pick or if you pick over 100 pounds, they are 20 cents/pound.    A 5 gallon bucket, filled to the top weighs approximately 20 pounds which is also equivalent to a half bushel.

  •  If you pick over 100 pounds of grapes, that is $4 a bucket, (20 cents lb)
  • If you pick less than 100 pounds, it is $5 a bucket (25 cents lb).

When you come to pick grapes, please bring the following if you have them:

  • Five gallon buckets to pick in, this is how we measure how much you pick instead of having to weigh them all.   If you don’t have these, you can borrow ours, but bring containers to take them home in.  You can also purchase pails from us for $4.00.
  • Scissors or clippers to cut them with.
  • Small wagons to help you get them out of the vineyard (our rows are very long!)

How is the crop and how long will the grapes last?   We have around 50 acres of grapes for U-Pick this year and think they will last about a month or so.  That depends of course on the weather and how many customers we have.   We have many blocks of Concord available but fewer white Niagara.  There is a good grape crop this year, the vines and foliage are very heavy this year, which is one of the reasons why they are late….it has taken more days to get the sun and warmth through the foliage to ripen them.

Can I wait and pick both colors of grapes at the same time?  Yes, but you should plan on trying to come in the first several weeks we are open for the Concord grapes, as there are fewer white grapes to pick.

Picked apples in the market:  We have the following varieties available in the market now, in small quantities as well as bushels.

  • 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.
  • McIntosh:  This is a classic tart, round/flat apple which is ultra-juicy with a very white flesh.  It is wonderful for applesauce, pies and cider and of course just to eat.
  • Cortland:  This is an old fashioned apple which is excellent for baking.  It is a descendent of the McIntosh, but a bit sweeter,  it also juices well.
  • Honeycrisp:  This seems to be many people’s favorite, it is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it.  Great for eating fresh or using in salads.

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.)   We expect to open U-Pick apples on Sunday, September 22nd.  Not all varieties will be ready at that time, we will publish a list next week of what will be ready for picking.

The apples that are yet to come are:

  • Braeburn–mid October–(no -U-Pick)
  • Cameo–late September
  • Fuji–mid October
  • Golden Delicious–late September
  • Golden Supreme– early October (no U-Pick)
  • Ida Red-early October
  • Jonathan-late September
  • Jonagold–late September
  • Mutsu–early October**(very few trees of these–call ahead to place order)
  • Northern Spy–end of September
  • Pink Lady–mid October–(No U-pick)
  • Red Delicious–early October
  • Red Rome-mid October

2013 Apple pricing:  All of our picked and U-Pick apples will be the same price this year (except for Honeycrisp).  You can mix and match any variety of half-bushels for the bushel price.

  • Bushels:  $24
  • Half bushels:  $13
  • Pecks (1/4 bu): $7
  • 1/2 pecks: $4
  • By the pound:  $1

For our customers who use a lot of apples,  we are offering a “buy or pick 5 bushel special” this year when you buy apples by the bushel.    Please ask us for a punch card if you plan to get that many during the entire season.  You do not need to get them all at the same time if you continue to bring in your punch card.  The price will be adjusted when you get your 5th bushel.  If you get more than 5,  any bushels purchased after that will be $20.

Honeycrisp pricing:  Honeycrisp apples are priced at $2 pound, $8 a half peck (around 5 pounds) and $16 a peck (around 10 pounds.)  Once we start picking more Honeycrisp, we may be able to offer them at bushel pricing.  Check back with us.

Why are U-Pick apples the same price as picked apples this year?  We have had to move to this pricing model which has been in place at most Michigan apple farms for years.    We are pleased that so many customers and particularly families come out annually and truly enjoy the apple picking experience.   And we want to be able to continue to offer that experience, however, the costs of maintaining an apple orchard along with increased costs due to regulations and liability have necessitated this change.

Cider:  We pressed our first cider on Thursday afternoon.  It is a mix of Earli-blaze, McIntosh, Gala, Jon-a-Mac’s, Mollie’s Delicious and some Nu-reds.     For the first cider of the year we think it came out well.   Ask us for a sample if you would like to try it before you buy some.  Cider pricing this year is $6 a gallon, buy 3 or more gallons at the same time at $5 a gallon.

Fall ornamentals, mums and squash:  We have a good selection now of mums, gourds, pumpkins, indian corn and winter squash to choose from.

Pears:  We only have a few bushel of Bartlett left and then they will be gone for the year.  We do have our famous Sugar pears on the market for sale now.

Stanley Prune Plums:  We still have plenty of plums for sale at $20 a bushel.  This is a great plum to eat, make jam or to can because they are freestone.  This year they are very sweet.  We have samples available to try.

Tomatoes:  Our tomatoes have really been picked out and with the cool weather need to ripen again.  Please do NOT come out for U-Pick until they ripen up (please call us for an update on 269-244-5690).  We are no longer offering our picked tomato special. If you are looking for bushels of picked tomatoes, please call us to order them.

Onions:  Our hanging and bagged onions are now available in the market.  We had a very difficult growing season with our onions getting off to a bad start in the cool, damp spring.  Therefore, they never reached their full size and are considerably smaller than we have ever had.   We only were able to harvest about 50% of the crop so we will not have as many as we usually have.  Sorry….we’ll hope for a better season next year.

Watermelon Special:  Now that are watermelon are finally ready, we are offering a special of $3 your choice until they are gone.  We have some huge ones, we grow these right here.

Bakery update:  All it took was the cooler fall air coming in this week, along with our harvesting of pie pumpkins to get our bakery staff in a fall mood.    This weekend we will have:

  • Pies:  pecan, pumpkin, blueberry, cherry, pear and peach
  • Apple Dumplings are back!!
  • Pumpkin cupcakes
  • Cinnamon rolls and pecan sticky buns
  • Bread:  whole wheat and 12 grain

We now have a frozen slushy machine in the bakery where we are offering cider slushies, made with our own cider.  You will want to try these.  In a few weeks we will also have grape juice slushies.

While I have made pumpkin pies before, (by going to the grocery store and buying canned pumpkin and using the recipe on the can) I for one was pretty surprised when I saw the bakers actually using real pie pumpkins that we grew.  And….when I tasted the pumpkin muffins this morning, the real pumpkin flavor was delightful.

Above:  Michaela picking out pie pumpkins to use in the bakery, then with help from Patti and Jan, preparing them to go into pies and cupcakes. 

Brandy: The brandy house will be open on Saturday as usual from 1 – 4.  Bruce has been very busy this week fermenting our largest run of pear brandy in history!  (Pear brandy is my favorite….can’t wait for it to be distilled!!)

Lots happening as fall arrives at Corey Lake Orchards–we thank you for buying local and hope to see you soon.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

 

 

MacIntosh and Honeycrisp apples are here!!

As each apple comes to the market we will put out a new post/email to let you know.  Today we have brought in two more apples:

MacIntosh–available by the bushel and in smaller quantities.

Honeycrisp–available by the pound only.  We are just starting to get a few Honeycrisp in to the market, so we may not always have them.  Feel free to call ahead to see if they are on the market.  We should have them all weekend.

Lately there have been 3 questions so frequently asked that wanted to get them answered for you:

When are we going to have cider?   We are hoping to press our first apple cider of the year this coming week and have it available next weekend (9-13).   Keep your fingers crossed that the 50+ year old press starts up with no issues…..

When are we going to have  U-Pick apples:  We have not set an opening date yet for U-Pick apples…..we will try to open when most of the varieties are ready, so it could possibly be later in the week of 9-15 or even the following week.   We will post the opening date as soon as we know.

What is the name of the purple flower growing on the east side of the market?  While the number of people asking this question sort of surprises us, here’s the info.  It is called amaranthus.   As you can see—it is quite easy to grow and nice looking, It even self-seeded itself to grow more when we dug the ground up for the parking lot this summer.  If you need more info, talk to Cathy when you are here…..she brought it from her garden and it just took off here.

Parking:  We realize our parking lot’s distance from the market makes it a little more “challenging” when you are carrying out bushels of tomatoes or apples.  You are welcome to park close to the market if there is room when you arrive or you can park in the lot, do your shopping, then when finished, drive up by the market and we will help you get all of your things to your vehicle.

Here’s hoping we see you soon, thanks for buying local.  Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards