Vegetables in season: Peas: sugar snap, snow peas, and shell outs. Cucumbers, zucchini, yellow summer squash, tomatoes, fresh-dug new potatoes, onions, green beans, kale, some lettuce and cabbage. And……sweet corn!! We are bringing in sweet corn each day now, it is young and very tender right now….if you like it very developed and mature, better wait until next week. So far, everyone who has gotten some has loved it and come back for more. A special note about green beans….we have 3 plantings, each planted a week apart ready at the same time. (Are we the only farmer who does this??) So…..if you need large quantities of green beans, this is the time to get them. You can pick them or buy them by the bushel right now. Please call ahead to let us know how many you want already picked or to pick. 269-244-5690. Picked blueberries 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 have a small blueberry field where we offer “small quantity –less than 10 pounds” picking, for those wanting to bring the family out to pick a few blueberries for fun. We open the field if there are berries to pick, but when we get picked out, we close it again for ripening. As such, please call to see if we are open before you come. 269-244-5690. They are $2.00 a pound to pick.
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/
Raspberries: Both red and black raspberries are coming in daily from local farms who grow them for us. These tend to fly off the shelves fast, so you may want to call and have them saved for you. 269-244-5690.
This weekend in the bakery we will have:
- Pies: apple, peanut butter, blueberry, cherry, choco-butter (chocolate/peanut butter), coconut cream, rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb, and fresh blueberry glaze.
- Cookies: flower, lady bug 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 and blueberry zucchini.
- 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: When we were told that there was excess of zucchini this week, we did our best to help use it up, so please try our new blueberry-zucchini bread and let us know if you like it…..The Bakers
Happenings on the farm this week: This week we picked green beans with jackets on. We also began to cut down the dead cherry trees which got killed in the harsh winter. These jobs were quite comfortable with this week’s “human” weather—-but it is not pepper, corn or tomato weather!! So far, the tomato plants look great—chock full of green tomatoes. Also saw baseball size cantaloupe this week. So we need your continued patience while we all await our heat-loving crops to come in.
Becca’s update: This weekend I’ll harvest the last of the lettuce for a little while (until autumn lettuce comes in), but I’ve finally got enough cherry tomatoes to sell some. Kale, chard, carrots, scallions, herbs, jalapenos, and perhaps a squash or two should be available. I’ve been trying to have a lot of pre-made bags of basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, thyme, mint, etc. available on the porch, but if you don’t see what you’re looking for please ask me!
This week, we worked on getting the Terrace Garden area by the market ready for customers to experience it. You are most welcome to step across the parking lot barrier and walk on the wood chip pathways (but please stick to the pathways.) We would love it if you took a walk to look at all the fun flowers, herbs and vegetables growing. We have a few more signs to finish up but we have been labeling a lot of our plants to make it more “user friendly.” We like being able to grow such a variety of things close to where you can see them since our fields have always been far away from the market. If you see one of us working in the garden, we will be happy to answer your questions. If you would like to learn more about this garden or how things grow, sign up with one of our clerks. If there is enough interest, we’ll put together some educational sessions.
So from everyone at Corey Lake Orchards, thank you for buying local.