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

Monthly Archive: September 2013

It’s starting to look like fall on the market….

Thanks to everyone who came out on Labor Day weekend….whew….what a busy weekend for us,  we loved having you but we are still tired!!  If you have been to the market in the last few days then you’ll know firsthand that it is starting to look like our fall market.  Bins of apples are replacing spots where summer vegetables used to be, fall red raspberries are coming in, winter squash has replaced summer squash and there are beautiful mums to pick up.  Our cold storage behind the market and the loading zone is finally complete, just in time for our harvest.  It has been a busy week getting boxes out to the orchard, bringing them in full, and loading them into the cold storage.

A load of boxes in front of the new cold storage on their way to the orchard

 

Jay hauling in apples from the orchard

A box of Jon-a-Mac’s–this is a great apple for eating or cooking

 

Bartlett Pears:  We still have these available and may have them for one more week.  If you want them by the bushel ($28 bu.) please call ahead to reserve them.  269-244-5690.

Tomatoes:  We still have plenty of tomatoes.  You can pick for $13 a bushel.  The picking is easy and the tomatoes are beautiful this year.   If you want them already picked, we have extended our Labor Day sale (while they are still plentiful) for $16 a bushel, if you buy 4 bushels or more, they are $15 a bushel.  We usually have these on hand but it helps if you could call ahead to order them so we can have them picked.  269-244-5690.

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:  We picked the last of the peaches yesterday and there are just a few left in the market for sale in small quantities.  Peach season seemed too short this year, didn’t it?

Stanley Prune Plums are available in the market in small eating quantities, these are a purple, sweet, freestone plum which is good for canning or just enjoying fresh.  We will have bushels of these available in about a week.  Please call us if you want to order them by the bushel.  269-244-5690.

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, berry-peachy, sugar free peach, and chocolate.    This weekend we have a very special pear pie available–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.  We are gearing up to make a large run of pears for pear brandy.

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.
  • 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.

Fall apples:  The remainder of the fall apples are not ready yet, so repeating the same info that we gave you last week.  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:  You can definitely smell the grapes ripening now and they are coloring up.  We have not changed our prediction from last week which is: 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.

We’re excited about the upcoming fall season here at the farm—we love the fall feel in the air.  Thanks as always for buying local and hope to see you soon.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards