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

Early August update

This weekend on the market we will have:

  • Blueberries: This week’s variety is Blue Crop, a very 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:  Our own small field will remain open for about one more week, and there are still a few there to pick for those just wanting to take the family out for the experience. If you are trying to pick larger amounts, call us and we can recommend several other local farms.
  • Jersey Mac apples: Very much like a Macintosh apple, good for eating fresh or for sauce, in small quantities only.
  • Cantaloupe—we got tired of waiting for ours to be ready (maybe 10 more days??) so we got some from Indiana. We just cut one and shared it here on the market and it was delicious!
  • Tomatoes:  Finally we are bringing in some field tomatoes, the normal red, some yellow and mini tomatoes.  Since they are still coming on slowly, we are still supplementing with tomatoes from Indiana.
  • Vegetables: zucchini, summer squash, cabbage, peppers, cucumbers, kale, eggplant, peas, green beans and brussell sprouts.   
  • Sweet corn is in its prime and is $2.50/half dozen, $5/dozen, or $20/bushel (which is 5 dozen). We are now picking our last planting of sweet corn for the year and will have ours through this weekend hopefully.  Because we know everyone will want sweet corn through August, we will be bringing it in locally after ours is gone.
  • 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, or buy them in pre-made bags harvested from Becca’s yard garden. If you don’t find what you are looking for, just ask. There is much more basil and dill in the terrace garden (two of our more popular herbs that get cut quickly).

Gladiolas on the porch, 8/6/14.

This weekend in the bakery we will have:

  • Pies: apple, blueberry, cherry, choco-butter, coconut cream, peach, strawberry rhubarb, and fresh blueberry glaze.
  • Cookies: apple and frog cut outs, monster (oatmeal, choc chips, m&m’s and peanut butter), zucchini chocolate chip, and lemon.
  • Bread: 12 grain, cinnamon, vegetable.
  • Double chocolate zucchini muffins and blueberry zucchini muffins.
  • Cinnamon rolls, cinna-monkeys, 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: with plenty of zucchini on hand and a craving for chocolate, we have perfected a recipe for double chocolate zucchini muffins! They are a chocolatey (and slightly healthy) way for you to start your day!!  Beth can personally attest that they are amazing and her new favorite bakery item.

We will also have peach pies again this weekend until they are all sold out (which happens rather quickly). If you would like to reserve a peach pie, please call us and we would be more than happy to set one back for you. See you this weekend!!-The Bakers

Local meat: We get pork products from Rolling Meadows Farm just down the road in Jones, Michigan. Good news: bacon is back! Bad news (or good, depending): their meat processor put all the bacon into 5 lb. packages and didn’t give them any of the usual 1 lb. packages. So we’ll only have 5 lb. packs for a few weeks. We put a discounted price on them, however. We also have bacon sausage patties, breakfast patties, spare rib, pork chops, mild links, and hot links available.

From Becca: I’ll have carrots, lacinato (dinosaur) kale, red Russian kale, green onions, jalapenos, and some tomatoes on the market this weekend from the yard garden (yarden), which is managed without synthetic fertilizer, pesticides, fungicides, or any other ‘cides. As always, you’re welcome to call ahead and reserve items, which are labeled in the market with bright green tape.

In both the yarden and the terrace garden I’ve planted some specialty tomato varieties, two of which I’ve pictured here. We might not have true peaches this year, but the yellow tomato on the left is called a “garden peach” tomato: it is very mild, quite sweet, and even has a slight fuzz on its skin. The one on the right is black trifele (pronounced “trifle”), which looks very odd on the outside and even stranger inside: its seeds and flesh are almost black when you cut it open, hence the name. That said, I think it has the tastiest tomato flavor, smoky and sweet and not too acidic. Don’t judge a book by its cover!

As with all of our other tomatoes, these are coming in slowly, they sell out fast, and we can’t guarantee we’ll have them on any given day. Hope for hot nights and call ahead if you desperately want some of these.

Happenings on the Farm this week.

One of our most favorite things happened this week, it rained!!!  We so needed the half inch that fell on Monday evening into Tuesday morning. We took advantage of the rainy day to take out the tomato plants in the greenhouse–so a final farewell to greenhouse tomatoes, we are pleased with how they produced right up through August!

The tomato plants got so big this year, taking them out felt like cutting our way through a jungle!

We also continued harvesting our onions…beginning the annual process of pulling them out of the ground, tying them in bunches, then hanging them to dry so they can “cure” in order for to cut and bag them later for winter use. We have some hanging in the market and lots of them hanging in what we call the “onion” barn, which is the pavilion on top of our hill.  Not only will you see them, you will smell them too!!

Pulling and tying into bunches

Truckload after truckload coming in filled with onions

You’ll also see onion bunches curing on the market.

 

From all of us at Corey Lake Orchards, we thank you for buying local and hope to see you soon!