So the calendar says it is July, but the weather feels like spring again. No question that there have been some beautiful days in this past week—but in July—we do expect (and need) some hot days in order to bring on the summer bounty of vegetables. Our summer crops – corn, peppers, and tomatoes – are craving more heat and days with sun. So as anxious as we all are for the market shelves to be overflowing with vegetables, patience is required as things are just not ripening.
Vegetables in season: Peas: sugar snap, snow peas, and shell outs. Cucumbers, zucchini, yellow summer squash, tomatoes, fresh-dug new potatoes, onions, cauliflower, green beans, kale, lettuce and cabbage. And the question of the week: will we have sweet corn this weekend? And our answer is: we are going to try to pick some, but each day that we have checked it this week—it has not changed much (again due to the cool nights and no heat). Please give us a call before you drive over to see if we were able to pick any.
This year we will have u-pick green beans at various times during the summer. If you would like to pick some, please call us for an appointment. 269-244-5690.
Fruit: We finished the sour cherry crop over the weekend, and with not having any sweet cherries or peaches this year due to the harsh winter—July is going to be all about blueberries. Thankfully they are now in season, delicious this year and really good for you too! Blueberries rank among the highest in overall antioxidant power.
We only have about 50% of our crop of blueberries this year (yes—that harsh winter again) so we are supplementing our own with blueberries from Brookside farms located in Paw Paw, Michigan.
Picked berries on the market are available now: 10-pound boxes: $26, 5-pound boxes: $13, Quarts: $5 or pints for $3.00
U-Pick Blueberries: We opened our small blueberry field for a few days this week but it has already been picked out and we now need to wait for more to ripen. We may be able to open it again next week for a few days to finish off our first variety, then we will need to wait until our next variety comes in about July 20th or so. When we do have our field open, it is for small-quantity picking (less than 10 pounds) and more about being able to bring the family out to pick a few blueberries for fun.
For anyone trying to pick blueberries now or who wants large quantities, we would recommend Brookside farms as a great place to go. They are located in Paw Paw, their phone number is 269-657-3500 or find them online at: http://brooksidefarmsmi.com/
- Pies: apple, banana cream, blueberry, cherry, choco-butter (chocolate/peanut butter), coconut cream, rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb, and fresh blueberry glaze.
- Cookies: flower and frog cut outs, monster (oatmeal, choc chips, m&m’s and peanut butter), zucchini chocolate chip, and lemon.
- Bread: 12 grain, whole wheat, cinnamon, vegetable harvest.
- Chocolate coca cola cupcakes.
- Cinnamon rolls and sticky buns.
- 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: blueberry season is one of our favorites. We will be bringing back fresh blueberry glaze pies, which we can only make when blueberries are in season. This pie is not baked allowing you to enjoy the taste of fresh blueberries. Also new this weekend we will have vegetable bread. You may remember our vegetable bread from last year, but we have changed our recipe, adding garlic and some chives instead of the ranch dressing, Please try it and give us your feedback! See you this weekend!– The Bakers
From Becca: Well, I thought the lettuce in the yarden was coming to an end, but since the cold hasn’t come to an end, I still have lettuce! Aside from that, more carrots, beets, herbs, kale, chard, and a few peppers this week at unpredictable times. (I am also waiting on sunshine and heat before things really pick up.)
Local Meat: Now you can buy all of your BLT ingredients at the market! We just got a delivery of 15 pounds of frozen bacon from our friends at Rolling Meadows Farms in Jones, Michigan. In case you missed it, they’re a 5th-generation family farm who supplies us with USDA-certified pork products. Aside from bacon, we have boneless pork chops, bacon sausage patties, breakfast patties, breakfast links, and hot links available while they last. You can find these items in the bakery freezer.
Happenings on the farm this week: We completed the renovation of the strawberry fields to prepare them for next year. This requires mowing them, cutting the rows back to about 8 to 10 inches, cultivating, weed removal and then watering as they go through this stressful process and the balance of the summer. So, for those wondering why we are irrigating when there has been so much rain lately, that’s why. We try to keep our strawberry fields about 3 years.
We spent a lot of time hovering over our onions which blew over in the bad storm on 6-30, while we had hoped their stalks would stand back up so they could continue to grow, we have finally concluded the high winds have done what they are going to do, and we must gracefully accept the outcome.
We also started picking green beans daily. I have been pretty surprised by the level of excitement about our having fresh green beans. Thanks to all of you who came as soon as the word got out and reminded us how good a just-picked green bean tastes after not having them all winter. One of our family’s favorite way to fix green beans is to make a huge pot full and top them as they finish boiling with new potatoes. A meal in itself. While my mother and father would have slabs of bacon and grease on the bottom, I prefer simply cutting up a few fresh onions instead!!
We were delighted to see everyone back over the 4th of July weekend and those who were vacationing in the area. It was a joy to see so many children running from the parking lot right to the slide and swing that they had missed all year (and sharing it and taking turns when they were several families trying to use it)!
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local!