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

Monthly Archive: March 2014

Still looking for spring….Rivers of Justice Film Festival

Well, the last few days have given us some hints of spring, so we remain hopeful that a good spring (slow thaws and no freezing temperatures) is still coming.    Saturday we finished trimming all of the white Niagara grapes–which took us almost 3 full months.  Now we start back through the rows to tie the grape vines onto the trellis system for optimum growth.

We completed one spring project this past week of getting the straw spread on our strawberry fields, it felt good to check off one thing on the long project list.  It was actually nice just to see the strawberry plants again with the snow gone!

 

3-29-14 Getting the straw spread on the strawberry rows

Corey Lake Orchards is one of the sponsors for this year’s Rivers of Justice Film Festival.  If you have never been to the Riviera Theatre, this would be a great time to go and see this magnificent theatre.  Also, our bakery is supplying apple pie for the reception and the potluck dinner–so if you have been craving our pie–this is another good reason to go.

We have put information about this local event below.  So on behalf of all of us at Corey Lake Orchards, we thank you for buying local and look forward to seeing you when we open.

Rivers of Justice Film Festival–Riviera Theatre, Downtown Three Rivers

Time: Friday, April 4: 8pm Saturday, April 5: 6pm Price: $5 per film or $10 festival pass
Join us for the 6th Annual Rivers of Justice Film Festival, two nights of great documentary films exploring the international banana trade, mass incarceration and transformative shop class. Tickets are $5 per feature film or $10 for a festival pass, which includes all three films plus a $5 gift certificate to World Fare.
Friday, April 4: Potluck dinner at World Fare (37 N. Main St., Three Rivers, MI) – 6:30pm Banana Land – 8pm
Saturday, April 5: The House I Live In – 6pm If You Build It – 8:30pm Reception at Theatre Bar – 10pm
Click here to visit their website for more information.

Happy First Day of Spring!

Happy first day of spring to everyone!   There are still so many large piles of snow, we’re having trouble believing it’s spring.  Instead of spending time on March Madness brackets, we’ve got our own thing going here trying to guess the date that the snow pile in front of the market will be gone.    Feel free to make your own prediction!

First day of spring, 2014

The first day of spring finds us still about a month behind on our winter work.  So expect to see a flurry of activity as we finish up the grape pruning, get all of the brush picked up from the apple orchards and then start into the normal spring pruning of peaches, cherries, pears and blueberries.  As soon as we can get into the fields (just starting to see them again where the snow is melting) that will launch another set of spring work.

The only place that feels like spring today is inside our balmy greenhouse.  The tomato plants are thriving and beginning to bloom.  That means only about 64 more days until the first BLT of the year!

First day of spring, 2014 in the greenhouse

Tomatoes in bloom, first day of spring, 2014

The Hubbard Family would like to thank everyone for their condolences, support and encouragement given to us in the past several weeks   We especially appreciated hearing your stories and memories of Dad and adding those to our own.

Think spring!  Thanks as always for buying local.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

Gone, but never forgotten

Our father, Dayton Hubbard, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, March 3rd, at his beloved farm of 53 years.  He and Mom built an amazing enterprise, and we’re blessed and grateful for the values they instilled, including a love of what Dad often called his own ‘Garden of Eden.’

His life is so interwoven at Corey Lake Orchards it will be challenging to accept that he is gone as the next generations continue to work the land we all loved.  We know his spirit will be watching over us, and wondering why we’re letting the weeds and worms get out of hand or not working harder and faster.   One comfort to all of us is knowing he is with The One who controls the weather!

More about his life can be found at:.http://www.hohnerfh.com/Obituaries/tabid/115/agentType/View/PropertyID/590/Default.aspx

One of Dad’s greatest joys was pleasing his customers with the fruits of his labors.  Whether it was the perfect ear of sweet corn, the first tomato of the season, or handing you half of a juicy peach he cut for you to try, we thank all of you as you completed his circle.

The Hubbard Family