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

Monthly Archive: October 2013

Happy Halloween week, BOGO continues and Apple Gleaning has started

Our “Buy one;   Get one or Give one” special proved to be very popular this weekend.  We also thank Mother Nature for providing some lovely fall weather and coloring up the leaves on the trees which made it enjoyable to be out at the farm over the weekend.   So, due to the popularity of this sale, we are extending it through Monday, November 4th. 

Here’s the deal: You can buy any quantity of apples, and we will give you the same size quantity for free.** So, buy a bushel, get a free bushel….buy a 1/2 peck, get a free 1/2 peck, etc.    Can’t use the extra bag of apples?  Then we will be happy to donate it on your behalf to one of the many food banks in the area that we are supplying.

Another reason we are extending the sale is that we are very gratified to hear how our customers have been using their extra bags of apples to give to the community and others.  Here are just a few of the examples people have told us about that may give others ideas on how to share the bounty of this year’s apple crop in your community or neighborhood:

  • Give the extra bag to a senior center
  • Give to a teacher for healthy classroom snacks
  • Take a big bowl to work to share with co-workers (instead of Halloween candy!)
  • Buy extra bags to use in Thanksgiving baskets that their church does annually
  • Drop a bag at a neighbor’s house anonymously

This special will apply to the following varieties of apples which we currently have:

  • Fuji
  • Golden Delicious
  • Honeycrisp
  • Northern Spy
  • Pink Lady
  • Rome
  • (**The BOGO offer is not a 50% off special, you must get the 2nd bag of apples).

The BOGO special will not apply to the following varieties of apples which are already specially priced:

  • Red Delicious (Bag your own 1/2 bushel for $5)
  • Cortland & Jonathan (1/2 price or $12 a bushel)

Needless to say, this is a great time to stock up for the winter on apples. The apples that keep the best are:   Northern Spy, Red Delicious, Rome, and Fuji.   Pick up one of our information sheets when you are here on the best way to store apples.

Note:  The following apples are now gone for the year:  Macintosh, Golden Supreme, Mutsu, Ida Red, Cameo,  JonaGold, Braeburn, and Gala.

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/

Apple Gleaning “Plus”:  We opened apple gleaning effective today, October 27th.  We are calling it Apple Gleaning “Plus” this year because it is not a typical end of harvest gleaning.  Because we did not finish harvesting the apples this year….there are many trees that have not been touched with beautiful apples on them.    So this is a great way for folks trying to get a lot of apples to do it very economically.  You may pick apples left on the tree or off the ground for $5/bushel.    So for those people who want to press their own cider, make a huge amount of apple sauce, get “animal” apples, etc, this is the time.  For best availability of the types of apples and quality—you will want to come out within the next several weeks.

U-Pick grapes:  The White Niagara grapes and Purple Concord are still open for picking.  We have plenty of both types left to pick.  We expect to have grapes available up until the first hard–killing frost.  We have had enough frost to kill off part of the foliage, so the grapes are very easy to pick now because the leaves are out of the way!

We have decided to include onions in our buy one–get one special as well.  So pick up a bag of our sweet onions and take a second one for free.  Our white onions are $7.50/bag.   Our onions keep very well in a cool place where they can’t freeze.

Apple Cider:  We pressed extra cider this week for those who may want it for Halloween parties.   Just to be sure we have it for you, feel free to call us and place an order and we will put it back for you.  269-244-5690.

The bakery is now taking orders for Thanksgiving and Holiday pies and other goodies.  Stop in and fill out an order form and let our wonderful bakers do the work for you!  Michaela makes the most amazing dinner rolls (ask any of us who were allowed to sample them last weekend) so they will also have these available for your Thanksgiving orders.

2013 closing date projection: We will be open our regular hours (8 to 6 daily),  7 days a week through Monday, November 4th.     After that, we will be open in November at a reduced schedule of 4-day weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sundays and Mondays) while we still have apples to sell. The last day for full bakery products will be Sunday, November 3rd.

Due to popular demand, we are going to try to continue making donuts on Saturdays and Sundays  only in November as long as the market remains openWe will also try to continue to press cider into November as well.  We seem to have some customers who claim they are addicted to our donuts and cider and want us to keep them coming as long as we can! So, we are willing to give it a try.

 If you are here on Thursday, Halloween, you may get to see Denim and I in our matching grape costumes!!  Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and we hope to see you out this week.     Beth

It’s a four day “Buy one, pick one; get one or give one” special!!

The snow that came down all day only compounded our harvest problems.  We still have yet to pick two more varieties.   So….we have an “ap-peal” out to everyone which is:  Help!    Not only has the weather slowed us from finishing the harvest….we have so many apples this year we are even out of bins to put them in.  The only way to free up some bins is to move some apples off the market.  Thus, we are offering this special starting Friday, October 25th through Monday, October 28th.

Here’s the deal:  You can buy or pick any quantity of apples, and we will give you the same size quantity for free.** So, buy or pick a bushel, get a free bushel….buy or pick a 1/2 peck, get a free 1/2 peck, etc.    Can’t use the extra bag of apples?  Then we will be happy to donate it on your behalf to one of the many food banks in the area that we are supplying.  (**The BOGO offer is not a 50% off special, you must get the 2nd bag of apples).

This special will apply to the following varieties of apples:

  • Braeburn
  • Fuji
  • Golden Delicious
  • Golden Supreme
  • Honeycrisp
  • Ida Red
  • Northern Spy
  • Mutsu
  • Rome

The BOGO special will not apply to the following varieties of apples which are already specially priced:

  • Red Delicious (Bag your own 1/2 bushel for $5)
  • Cortland & Jonathan (1/2 price or $12 a bushel)

Needless to say, this is a great time to stock up for the winter on apples.  The apples that keep the best are:  Mutsu, Northern Spy, Red Delicious, Rome, Golden Supreme and Fuji.

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.   But remember, for 4 days you can buy one–get one free.

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

U-Pick apples:  We still have lots of apples to pick yet….so if you haven’t made the trek out for your annual family experience–please come on out.  (Our own pickers have proven that you can wear snow pants and pick apples at the same time!)

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/

Apple Gleaning:  We will open apple gleaning when we can finish the harvest—but we have lost some time this week.  We hope to have it open by November 1st, please check our website for our opening of this or call us.

U-Pick grapes:  The White Niagara grapes and Purple Concord are still open for picking .  We have plenty of both types left to pick.  We expect to have grapes available up until the first hard–killing frost.

We have decided to include onions in our buy one–get one special as well.  So pick up a bag of our sweet onions and take a second one for free.  Our white and yellow onions are $7.50/bag and red onions are $9/bag.   Our onions keep very well in a cool place where they can’t freeze.

Apple Cider:  Our dedicated cider-making crew is currently making cider as I write this,  working in some pretty cold conditions.  We will have a fresh pressing available Friday morning about 8:30.  It should be a very nice blend as the apple flavors are so good right now.  If you didn’t know, you can freeze cider to use in the winter by simply taking out enough for the jug to expand as it freezes.  Just make sure to shake it up when you unthaw it.

Brandy:  Bruce will have the brandy house open on Saturday from 1 – 4, don’t be surprised if there are barrels of fruit fermenting when you walk in as we are trying to use our excess fruit up.

The fall bakery items we are offering this weekend will be:

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

The bakery is now taking orders for Thanksgiving and Holiday pies and other goodies.  Stop in and fill out an order form and let our wonderful bakers do the work for you!

2013 closing date projection:   Many of you have been asking about how much longer we will be open this year.  With everything running late this year and the fact that we still have so many apples yet to pick, closing seems a long ways off.

Our projection right now is that we will be open our regular hours (8 to 6 daily),  7 days a week through November 3rd.  After that, we will remain open in November while we still have apples to sell, but at a reduced schedule.  We will provide you an update when we know more.  For the best selection of apples, don’t wait too long.

Due to popular demand, we are going to try to continue making donuts on weekends only in November.    We will also try to continue to press cider into November as well.  We seem to have some customers who claim they are addicted to our donuts and cider and want us to keep them coming as long as we can! So, we are willing to give it a try.

 Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and we hope to see you this weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apples, apples, apples and grapes, grapes, grapes—we still have lots!

2013 closing date projection:   Many of you have been asking about how much longer we will be open this yea.  With everything running late this year and the fact that we still have so many apples yet to pick, closing seems a long ways off.  In the information below, we list what apples we have in the market and what is available for U-Pick.  We have LOTS of apples and grapes whether you want them picked or to pick your own and expect to have for several more weeks.

Our projection right now is that we will be open our regular hours (8 to 6 daily),  7 days a week through November 3rd.  After that, we will remain open in November while we still have apples to sell, but at a reduced schedule.  We will provide you an update when we know more.  For the best selection of apples, don’t wait too long.  Also, make sure to ask any of our market clerks to help you select apples that will keep well for you, like Fuji.

One of our favorite things about having a great apple crop is being able to help get them to as many people as possible—even if they can’t come to us.  We are doing our best to keep  the local food banks supplied with fresh apples during the season.  Weekly we are loading the Loaves and Fishes truck for their Kalamazoo location which supplies food banks in Southwest Michigan.

Brandy tours and tasting will be open on Saturday from 1 – 4, if Bruce looks tired it is because he has been busy making so much apple brandy.  With the huge apple crop this year…..we are getting a lot made.

The fall bakery items we are offering this weekend will be:

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

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.  This week we have our famous Honeycrisp cider that we try to make at least once per year.   We have samples available of both types to try, so you can be the judge of which you like best!!  Honey crisp cider is priced at $7.50 per gallon or 3 gallons for $20.

Picked apples in the market:  We have the following varieties available in the market now, in small quantities as well as bushels.  As more apples come into the market, in order to make room, we are offering many specials each week with apples at half-price.    Call or come out to see what is available.  269-244-5690.

Current Apple specials are the following at half-price or $12 a bushel:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Bag your own for $5 for a half-bushel bag:

  • Red Delicious:  A sweet eating apple which are favorites of many

Buy 2, get one free:

  • 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.

Regular price:

  • Braeburn:  Sweet with a hint of tart and a firmness that stores well.  They are great bakers too.
  • 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.
  • Northern Spy:  This  is an antique apple that cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes…..very popular for apple pie.
  • Golden Delicious:  A gingery-smooth, sweet taste lies under a thin skin.  Great for applesauce, cider, pies or other desserts.
  • Mutsu:  A large green very tart apple for eating or cooking, the closest thing we have to a Granny Smith
  • Ida Red:  Tangy, tart, flesh is white, crisp and juicy.  Use for fresh eating or cooking.

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

  • Golden Supreme–late October
  • Pink Lady–late October
  • Red Rome-late 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.  Again, weekly we are putting different varieties of apples on special at half-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.)     We have picked a lot of Honeycrisp so they are now on special, buy 2 bags, get one free.

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.

  • 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.

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:   The following apples are available for U-Pick.  We still have plenty of apples to pick and expect to have good picking through October 27th.

  • Cameo
  • Cortland
  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Golden Delicious
  • Ida Red
  • Jonathan
  • Jonagold
  • Northern Spy
  • Red Delicious
  • Pink Lady

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 open our end of year gleaning, where you can pick what is left on the ground or on the tree, for $4 a bushel.  There will be lots of apples to get off the tree or from the ground.  We expect to be able to open some of the orchards for gleaning  the last week of October.  Please check the website for an opening “gleaning”date or call us.

U-Pick grapes:  The White Niagara grapes and Purple Concord are open for picking .  We have plenty of both types left to pick.  We expect to have grapes available up until the first hard frost.

  • 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!)

Reminder about a free ECycling opportunity available on Saturday, October 19th, from 9 till 3 at the school house yard, right down the street from the market.  For more information on what you can bring go to:  www.emerald-ecycling.com.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and we hope to see you this weekend!

Another beautiful day overlooking the lake across from the market

 

 

 

 

 

“Bag your own Red Delicious” are back and eCycling opportunity available here on October 19th

Another beautiful fall weekend has past and we really appreciate all of the people who came out this past weekend for apple and grape picking, donuts and for our Fall Color Tour events yesterday.  Thanks to all of the art vendors, musicians, the Birds of Prey group and our many employees and volunteers who helped make it a great day.   
This year we are able to offer “Bag your own Red Delicious” like we offered in previous years.  We supply you with a 1/2 bushel plastic bag and you can fill as many bags as you would like for $5 each.   Needless to say our Red Delicious crop is quite bountiful this year so we want to make sure everyone gets plenty.  At this price, this is the perfect time to pick up apples to take to work, for a classroom, donate to a foodbank or stock up for the winter. 
As part of our desire to continue to preserve and protect the precious land resources, Corey Lake Orchards will host a FREE electronics recycling day on Saturday October 19th from 9am – 3pm.
Emerald eCycling’s trailer will be parked just down the road from the farm market at the old schoolhouse at the corner of Corey Lake and Arthur L. Jones Roads.   
Bring those old computers, cell phones, printers, monitors, cables & cords, keyboards, mice, stereo equipment, game consoles, and other unwanted electronic equipment for FREE recycling.   
Emerald does not accept televisions, smoke detectors or hazardous materials.   A complete list of items accepted is available on their website at www.emerald-ecycling.com.
All items collected will be responsibly recycled in the United States.  For more information contact Emerald eCycling at 269-978-1914.  
We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to do a little fall clean up!!

It’s our annual Fall Color Tour weekend!

Fall Color Tour:  The Three Rivers Fall Color Tour is this Sunday, October 13th and we are one of the local stops on the tour.  While we will be open our usual 8 till 6 that day,  see the times listed below for some of our special events.

  • The Birds of Prey Exhibit–1 to 3
  • Live music–afternoon
  • Art vendors–11 to 5
  • Tours and tasting in the Brandy Room–12 to 5
  • Free cider and grape juice samples–11 to 5
  • Fresh baked goods in our bakery–especially donuts!!
  • Fall apples and other produce in the market (check out our apple specials)
  • U pick apples and U-pick grapes
  • Free apple samples
  • The Spookley Story book in our pumpkin yard

To get a printable version of a map featuring all of the locations on the Fall Color tour, click here:  http://rivercountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/2013-Three-Rivers-Color-Tour.pdf     A big thank you to Cathy who organizes all of our Fall Color Tour events each year to ensure that everyone has a good time visiting our farm that day.

Picked apples in the market:  We have the following varieties available in the market now, in small quantities as well as bushels.  As more apples come into the market, in order to make room, we are offering many specials each week with apples at half-price.    Call or come out to see what is available.  269-244-5690.

  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple.  It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Northern Spy:  This  is an antique apple that cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes…..very popular for apple pie.
  • Golden Delicious:  A gingery-smooth, sweet taste lies under a thin skin.  Great for applesauce, cider, pies or other desserts.
  • Red Delicious:  A sweet eating apple which are favorites
  • Mutsu:  A large green very tart apple for eating or cooking, the closest thing we have to a Granny Smith

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

  • Golden Supreme– mid October
  • Ida Red-mid October
  • Pink Lady–late October
  • Red Rome-late 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.  Again, weekly we are putting different varieties of apples on special at half-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.)     We have picked a lot of Honeycrisp so they are now on special, buy 2 bags, get one free.

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.

  • 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.

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:   The following apples are available for U-Pick.

  • Cameo
  • Cortland
  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Golden Delicious
  • Ida Red
  • Jonathan
  • Jonagold
  • 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 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 and Purple Concord are open for picking .  The purple concords are probably about as ripe as we are going to get them this year, about 80% of the clusters are ripe now in most of the vineyards.    Call for additional information if you need it.  If you are coming a long distance to get over 500 pounds of Concord grapes, this may not be the best year to do that given the issues we have had with the grapes ripening.

  • 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!)

Brandy tours and tasting will be open on Saturday from 1 – 4, if Bruce looks tired it is because he has made so much brandy this week.  Thanks Bruce.

The fall bakery items we are offering this weekend will be:

  • Pies:  apple,  pecan, pumpkin, blueberry and strawberry-rhubarb
  • Apple Dumplings
  • Pumpkin cupcakes
  • Cookies–several varieties
  • Cinnamon rolls and pecan sticky buns
  • Bread:  cinnamon, whole wheat and 12 grain
  • Slushies:  Cider and grape
  • Donuts:  apple cider, pumpkin and buttermilk
  • Carmel apples

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

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.

Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and we hope to see you this weekend!