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

Happy August!

On the market this weekend:

  • Blueberries:  This week’s variety is Liberty.  It is a large, sweet berry.  We have them in both small and large picked quantities (from pints to 1o pound boxes.)  Due to the cool summer, blueberries will be around for most of the month of August for all of us to continue to enjoy.  U-Pick Blueberries:  We have had our own small field closed this week for ripening, it will re-open on Friday morning, August 1.  Reminder, this is for small quantity picking, if you are trying to pick larger amounts, call us and we can recommend several other local farms. Also, we will close the field when it gets picked out so always call ahead to make sure we are open.
  • Lots of green beans:  $2/lb. or $5/3 lb, or $28 a bushel. We have them available for u-pick at $18/bushel. If you want to can or freeze beans for the winter—do not wait too much longer to get them. We only have one more planting to come in for the year. Becca, who is constantly pursuing ways to use lesser known herbs (also known as: lovage), stumbled upon this GREAT tarragon green beans recipe. It really does bring out the flavor of the green beans in a nice way, though if you like your beans very soft and not at all crunchy she recommends you ignore their directions to cook the beans only for 5-6 minutes and instead boil them for 12-15 minutes.
  • Sweet corn is in its prime and is $2.50/half dozen, $5/dozen, or $20/bushel (which is 5 dozen).  (8-2-14:  We are currently out of bushels waiting for the next planting to come in….you may call and leave your name and we can call you when it is available again-269-244-5690).   We are currently picking a nice sized bi-color corn called Reflection. As always, we pick this every day to keep it as fresh as possible. We know there’s nothing like summer sweet corn.  We all have fond memories of Dad during this time of year; he taught us to make sure we always had corn on the market and that it was picked often so it was fresh. Today we did something Dad did frequently – we went out picking at 5 p.m, just to make sure the last customers got their dozen ears when they swung by to pick up some for dinner that night.
  • We also have zucchini, summer squash, cabbage, peppers (a big variety now between regular bell peppers, mini bell peppers, hot peppers, banana peppers, and others), cucumbers, and plenty of onions and potatoes. We should also have some eggplant and peas available.
  • Fresh cut flowers: As you come into the market, look above the terrace garden at all of the sunflowers that are ready. Also, the gladiolas are starting to flower. This weekend we will have bouquets already made up in addition to the ones you can make yourself.
  • Fresh herbs: Bring your recipes for the herbs you will need for the week and cut them fresh from our U-Pick herb garden located on the corner of the parking lot. Ask Becca if you’re looking for an herb and can’t find it.

From the Bakers: This weekend in the bakery we will have:

  • Pies: apple, blueberry, cherry, coconut cream, peach, peanut butter, strawberry rhubarb, and fresh blueberry glaze
  • Cookies: lady bug and frog cut outs, monster (oatmeal, choc chips, m&m’s and peanut butter), zucchini chocolate chip, and lemon
  • Bread: whole wheat, cinnamon, vegetable, blueberry zucchini
  • Chocolate coca cola cupcakes, blueberry zucchini muffins, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, and cinna-monkeys  (mini cinnamon rolls)
  • Donuts: blueberry, buttermilk, and cherry
  • Slushies: apple cider and white grape cherry

If you would like to reserve any baked goods please call us at (269) 244-5690.

A final note from the bakers: This is the time of year when we would normally be looking forward to the first fresh peach of the season, but unfortunately due to the harsh winter, we will not be able to enjoy fresh peaches. Luckily for everyone, last year was an abundant peach season and we were able to put up several bushels of peaches. We will be making a limited quantity of peach pies to sell on weekends throughout the month of August. We will have a limited quantity available, so if you would like one, please call and have us reserve one for you! While it won’t be the same as eating a fresh peach, it will be at least something to give you a taste of our peaches. See you this weekend!– The Bakers

From Becca: Kale and chard continue, with some peas, some cherry and saladette tomatoes, some turnips, and some spring onions. It’s best to call ahead and ask for things from the garden (which is right alongside the house and maintained without any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides).

My goal this year was to help out at the market, have a nice garden, and learn some things. One thing I have learned is that I need to plant a lot of lettuce next year! I harvest it a few times a week (though I’m harvesting far less than I did in the spring) and it always sells out within an hour. Note taken: I’ll plant more. I’m very grateful for all the support from our customers this year and looking forward to working really hard next year to make you all happy.

Corey Lake Orchards Honey: As many of you know, Dayton and Allene’s daughter Charlotte manages over 30 beehives scattered around the farm. She’s delivered her first honey harvest of the year sourced right from our orchards, meadows, and vegetable fields. A specialty of Charlotte’s are her beautiful honeycomb jars, each made with a simple strip of honeycomb and filled with honey. These come in limited quantities, so please call ahead if you want some. She’s also bringing just regular ol’ honey in jars. And of course, we’ll ontinue to carry honey from Babcock’s Apiary, only a few miles away on Coon Hollow Road, as we have for many years.

From Beth: On my Farmer’s Almanac daily calendar, one of the quotes is: “The weather bureau is a non-prophet agency.” Ah, this year that seems true on many levels. We know you are about as tired of hearing it as we are of saying it—-this unseasonably cool weather is affecting our summer crops and it is the reason why we don’t have things you normally get at this time. So as the calendar turns over to August, a month where we are all used to enjoying summer produce, let me try to give you some updates.

  • Peppers and cucumbers. We are now starting to bring a few bushels in each day, but don’t have enough yet to sell by the bushel. Please check back around the middle of August for an update on larger quantities. You are also welcome to call and get your name added to our list for bushels and we can call you when they are ready.
  • Tomatoes: By now everyone wants to be getting larger quantities of tomatoes for making salsa, juice and canning. This week, we picked our first field tomatoes, one half bushel so far…..it is going to take some heat to get these back on track so that we can have enough for the market by the pound and in bushels and be able to open the U-Pick. Check back mid August on these if you want large quantities or to u-pick.
  • Cantaloupe and watermelon: Still several weeks away.
  • Peaches: A reminder that we will not have any this year due to the harsh winter. Many of you have asked if we will be bringing some in from other areas of the state. If we are able to find any with the right quality and at an affordable price, we might. But so far, this seems very doubtful from the pricing we are hearing from various parts of the state.
  • Plums and Pears. We will have very few of these this year due to the harsh winter, but you can check back about the 3rd week of August for an update. We have also started a list of folks wanting these in case we do have some that we can sell in larger quantities.
  • Fall apples: We will have apples this fall, picked and U-Pick. In a few weeks, we will provide an update by variety of which ones we will have as not every variety made it through the spring frost. We will be making cider this year.
  • Grapes: We will have plenty of Concord grapes and Niagara grapes this year, picked and for you to pick. Check back around the end of August to see if we know when they might be ready.

Happenings on the farm this week: This week we probably all spent too much time talking and lamenting about the weather. Even the rain that was forecasted didn’t come, so we spent our share of time moving irrigation around as it is very dry. We watered the greenhouse for the last time this year, we will pick the tomatoes there one more time this week and then be done. This is the longest we have ever kept the greenhouse going–and frankly wondered if we would have to turn the heat on this week to get the last few tomatoes ripe!! Shutting up the greenhouse for the year is always a sign of tomatoes being ripe in the field, but not this year. Most of you know, my father’s legacy was to have the first tomatoes ready in the state….whatever it took–which was usually planting them in April–covering them up with bushel baskets from frost–replanting several times when they didn’t survive the frost and so on. We have certainly fallen short this year of his annual tomato goals so something we would really like this year from whoever controls the weather–please no early fall frost before we can harvest tomatoes!!

Sunflowers for sale at the market. We will have these and many others for cut flower bouquets this weekend.

 

From everyone at Corey Lake Orchards, thanks for buying local.