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

Asparagus sighting…..It must be spring!

Update from Beth:

  • We are convinced it is really spring. The farm is in our beginning-of-the-year flurry of long work days, preparing ground, planting, preparing more ground, more planting…This week we got in all of the onions, potatoes, peas and our first plantings of sweet corn and green beans.   Right now, everything is about two weeks later than last year.

Jay plowing the fields for planting 4-23-14

Planting onion sets on 4-24-14

Planting seed potatoes on 4-24-14, we planted 3 new kinds this year

 

Feeding the potato planter

  • The surest sign spring is here was finding asparagus spears pushing through the ground!! So….we should have asparagus (if the weather cooperates) the first part of May. If you want to place an order for asparagus, please call (269-244-5690) or email us, let us know how many pounds you are looking for and a phone number. We will call you when we can fill your order.
  • We will open the market for the year when asparagus is fully ready, we will know more next week, but anticipate opening possibly the weekend of May 3rd.
  • We will be open in time for Mother’s Day and in our next update we will provide a detailed list of items you may want to consider for Mother’s Day gifts. We will have our usual assortment of planted pot arrangements (with both flowers and herbs) and hanging baskets. We also have “lettuce bowls” growing in the greenhouse, basil plants in colorful pots and both cherry and large tomato plants for setting on a patio or deck. Of course, we will offer a variety of baked goods and yes, pies!! (See Michaela’s section for more updates.)

Cathy planting cherry tomatoes for Mother’s Day

 

  • Garden plants: We will soon be stocking our spring supply of plants for your garden. This will include most vegetables, tomatoes, herbs and flowers. We’ll publish a list of what is going to be available and pricing next week for those of you anxious to get started.
  • Tomatoes: We’ve got big green tomatoes in the greenhouse. We’re still thinking some will be ripening about May 15th date, just after Mother’s Day. So a BLT is hopefully less than one month away!

Just waiting for them to turn red

The tomato plants are now as tall as I am! 4-25-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update from Michaela & the bakery staff:

  • Happy spring everyone!! Our short vacation will soon be over and we are readying the bakery for full production! We have missed all of our loyal customers over the past few months, but we stayed busy. This winter we made a lot of apple pies and froze them so you can have our mouthwatering apple pies all summer long. We also have been planning and testing several new additional bakery items to offer.
  • We are looking forward to baking for your Mother’s Day celebrations. Next week we will publish our full list of baked good offerings and start taking orders. At the very least, we’ll a variety of cookies, pies, cinnamon rolls and bread.

Update from Becca:

  • In the last update, we mentioned putting in a large terrace garden on the east side of the market, and another large garden in the yard by the house. A family member with a very nice rototiller came over on Saturday to help us prepare the soil – thank you Greg! – and Tuesday we got a delivery of beautiful leaf and mushroom compost to integrate. Hooray!
  • These gardens have several purposes. First, they’re part of our market operation, so expect to see fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers going from the these gardens to the market shelves for you to purchase. They will both have u-pick herbs, flowers, and vegetables. We’re also planning to have some educational components to these gardens.
  • I’m happy to answer any questions about how we’re managing these gardens.

Becca getting the compost worked into the soil

 

  • My Earth Day celebration was planting two of the new beds in the garden by the house – I have seeded radish, peas, carrots, spinach, lettuces, arugula, beets, scallions, and orach (sort of like spinach, and purple!). We also have the first plantings of kale, chard, kohlrabi, spinach, lettuce, and chives in the ground.

Becca planting a section of the raised garden area

  • This is the most hopeful part of the garden year, seriously! The soil is still fluffy and weed-free, there are no pests or molds or blights, and I can plant whatever I want. It is very difficult to suppress the urge to plant all those empty beds right now – I’m just so excited. I hope to see you all at the market this year so you can give me feedback on how it looks/tastes.
  • On a semi-related note, I’m very excited to have built a couple of compost bins here at the farm, and I’m looking to add more compost bins as the year goes on. If you have kitchen scraps that you’re currently throwing in your trash can (egg shells, orange peels, wilted greens, vegetable peels, coffee grounds, tea, etc.), get in touch with me, because we might just have space for that in our compost. I’d hate to see good material go to a landfill, especially when it could be future fertilizer for my fields.

So, from everyone at Corey Lake Orchards, we thank you for buying local and look forward to seeing you soon!