While we had hoped stay open a bit longer to sell apples, Mother Nature is forcing us to change those plans. For those of you out over the weekend watching us brush the snow off your purchases and trying to keep the credit card machine from freezing….you will agree with us that it is time to move off our open air market to another plan.
So our last official day the market will be open with normal hours will be this Wednesday, November 27th from 8 until 6. After that, we will be open the month of December by appointment only (call us on 269-244-5690) or….if you happen to catch us here at the farm when you come by. We have lots of apples left and they will remain at their Buy one, Get one pricing.
Cyber Monday Sale: To promote our new on-line store–any apples or pears which you purchase on Monday, December 2nd will be half price—(offer is for fruit only–half price does not include shipping and handling.) Orders must be placed on Cyber Monday. To find our store, you can click the “online store” button on the right hand side of our website, or click here.
The Brandy House will be open on Saturdays only from 1 – 4, through the month of December. So….you will be able to purchase your holiday/New Year’s gifts of our brandies or Pole Cat wines then.
The Bakery is closed for the year except for doing Thanksgiving and holiday orders. Don’t forget to pick your Thanksgiving order up on Wednesday from 8 until 4. Also, you can still place an order for the December holiday season by calling us on 269-244-5690. Please place your order by December 18th, those orders can be picked up on December 23rd.
In this week of giving thanks, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. This year brought many changes. Thank you for enduring our months of construction on our parking lot, bakery addition and new cold storage building. We owe a huge thank you to the many great local suppliers who helped make this possible, this list includes: Roberts Brothers Excavation, Byler Electric, Manchester Mechanical, Portage Mechanical, Howard Overbeek Architectural Services, Rick Leland Construction, Ora Hostetler Construction, J and K Paint, Huddlestun Lumber Company, Roderick Plumbing, Flametamer Fire Protection, Tomas Mosier Well & Drilling Company, Walking Tall Drywall and Construction, Jeff Todd Construction, Sherwin Williams, Sanderson Insulation, Harvey Harshberger Cement Work, Elliott Food Equipment and Dustin White. They were all great to work with, did excellent work and went out of their way to keep our project on schedule and within budget. We would recommend any of these suppliers to you for your needs. We also would like to thank the many organizations that supported us. This list includes: Fabius Township Inspectors, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and our local St. Joseph County Health Department.
Please join me in thanking our wonderful employees at Corey Lake Orchards. We thank those who toil in the fields, vineyards and orchards year round–sometimes in relentless weather conditions; that maintain and repair our equipment; to those who got our bakery up and running smoothly, even learning how to make donuts on the fly; to those who make cider and brandy–both messy and long processes; to those who serve each customer with a smile and do their best to make sure our customers have a great experience while they are here.
Closing for the year always brings mixed emotions for us. While we are grateful for a few months at a slower pace, we really miss our customers. One of the best parts about our job is being able to interact directly with our customers… when you sample something on the market that was just picked or just made in the bakery—your “Wow…that was delicious,” is what keeps all of us going and makes our hard work worth it. So thanks to all of our customers—from those who have been coming here for over 50 years to the many new ones that came this year….we truly appreciate your business and buying local.
We will keep you updated during our winter season. Just remember…..only 5 months to go for fresh asparagus, 6 months for our first greenhouse tomatoes and 7 months until strawberries are in season!!!