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.
- 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.
- Golden Delicious
- Ida Red
- 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!