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

October = Grapes, Apples, Cider, Pumpkins, Donuts, Dumplings and Fun!

We have loved seeing everyone out at the farm the past few picture perfect weekends….between the U-Pick grapes and U-Pick apples and the bakery–we needed a traffic director!  Thanks to everyone who came out!!

Here’s what we will have this weekend:

Fall squash: acorn, butternut, buttercup, spaghetti squash, and heart of gold. Sage bundles are ready for those who want them. $1 for small bundles and $2 for large bundles.

Fall Ornamentals: Mums, pumpkins, gourds, specialty pumpkins, rainbow corn and popcorn, and small hay bales are ready for your fall decorating. Diane’s famous painted pumpkins are on the market too.  Great picture taking spots amongst all of these ornamentals.

Apple cider:  Our cider is made in our own cider mill weekly, not pasteurized or treated in any way–just pure squeezed apples!

Bagged onions: Our sweet candy onions (red and yellow) and our white superstar onions have now been cleaned and bagged. They have been dried and cured and will keep for you through the winter–so stock up.  Special cipollini cooking onions are also available.

This weekend in the bakery we will have:

  • Pies: apple, blueberry, cherry, pecan, and fresh pumpkin.
  • Apple dumplings
  • Cookies: pumpkin shaped cut outs, monster (oatmeal, choc chips, m&m’s and peanut butter), chocolate chip, lemon, and caramel apple.
  • Bread: Whole wheat, cinnamon, vegetable.
  • Cinnamon rolls and sticky buns. 
  • Caramel apples
  • Pumpkin cupcakes
  • Donuts: Apple, buttermilk, pumpkin.
  • Slushies: Apple cider and grape blend.

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

Reminder that we have our Northern Spy frozen apple pies on special since it is apple season….you can buy three large pies for $25. Stock up for the winter. See you this weekend! -The Bakers

Did you know we roast our pie pumpkins so that we can make fresh pumpkin pie and cupcakes??

Did you know we roast our pie pumpkins so that we can make fresh pumpkin pie and cupcakes??

Local Meat: The freezer is loaded with boneless pork chops, bone-in pork chops, bacon (in 1# and 5# packages) and sausage, including bacon breakfast sausage patties! Thanks to local friends at Rolling Meadows Farms in Jones for helping us stock.

Picked grapes: We are taking orders for bushels of picked grapes (white Niagara and the purple Concord)- $20 a bushel. Please call the market at 269-244-5690 to order them.  We also sell pre-picked grapes in smaller quantities as well.  Often folks ask us what to do with these grape varieties—they are primarily used for making juice, wine or jelly.  However, if you don’t mind the seeds, they are great to eat just fresh.  We have recipes at the market for how to use them.

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U-Pick grapes: We are open now for both the white Niagara and the purple Concord.  We have plenty of both right now….let’s hope that the rain forecast is wrong…and that we only get a short, gentle rain…..too much rain could cause them to split, so we would encourage you to come sooner than later….just in case.

  • Picking hours:  Our picking hours are 8 am to 6 pm, we ask that you be finished and checked out by 6, except for Tuesday and Thursdays, where we will stay open until 8 pm (please check into the market by 6pm).
  • Please check in at the main market on Corey Lake Road before you start.  You will be directed to the vineyard in which we are picking that day and be given rows to pick on.
  • Pricing:  They are 25 cents/pound to pick or if you pick over 100 pounds, they are 20 cents/pound. A 5-gallon bucket filled to the top weighs approximately 20 pounds which is also equivalent to a half bushel.
  •  If you pick over 100 pounds of grapes, that is $4 a bucket (20 cents/lb)
  • If you pick less than 100 pounds, it is $5 a bucket (25 cents/lb).

When you come to pick grapes, please bring the following if you have them:

  • Five gallon buckets to pick in, this is how we measure how much you pick instead of having to weigh them all. If you don’t have these, you can borrow ours, but bring containers to take them home in.  You can also purchase pails from us for $4.00.
  • Scissors or clippers to cut them with.
  • Small wagons to help you get them out of the vineyard (our rows are very long!)

U-Pick apples:

Due to the demand for more U-Pick apples, we will be opening up additional orchards this weekend for you to pick in as we want you to have a good picking experience. The varieties you can pick are: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Northern Spies, Fuji, Red Rome and some Cameo. By making more available, we hope to have U-Pick apples through October 12th. Note: Please realize that when you go out to the U-Pick orchards and see some trees that have died, plus some with few apples, that this is due to the severe winter followed by a May 15th frost. It impacted some varieties severely. However, picking is still good right now and…..more importantly fun.

Once the apples have been picked, we will try to open for apple gleaning–allowing you to come in and pick what is left on the ground or the tree at a reduced price.  Check back with us.

Picked Apples on the market.

  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness.
  • Honeycrisp:  This seems to be many people’s favorite, it is crisp with an excellent sweet flavor and a “bite” to it. Great for eating fresh or using in salads.
  • JonaGold:  This is a large, lovely apple for fresh eating and cooking. It combines the best qualities of a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious.  It is very crisp, with shades of tart and sweet in each apple.
  • Cameo:  A firm-textured, crisp and sweet tart apple.  Great for snacking or baking and is an outstanding dessert apple. Keeps well in coldest part of refrigerator.
  • Fuji: This is an apple with sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content. It is a very good keeper.
  • Northern Spy: This is an antique apple that cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes…..very popular for apple pie.
  • Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste lies under a thin skin. Great for applesauce, cider, pies or other desserts.
  • Red Delicious:  A sweet eating apple which is an old favorite
  • Apples yet to come:  Red Rome, Ida Red, Mutsu, and Pink Lady–maybe one more week away.
  • Gone for the year: Ginger Gold, Macintosh, Mollies Delicious, Earliblaze, Jonathan, Cortland, JonaMac.

Apple pricing for the year: Our apple pricing will be the same as last year, and is the same for picked apples or u-pick apples. With the exception of Honeycrisp, apples will be: $24 a bushel**, $13 a half-bushel, $7 a peck (1/4 of a bushel), $4 a half-peck, $2 a 1/4 peck and $1.00 a pound.  **When we have bushels available. Please see apple update at  our official page here.

How long will we be open this season: Based on the short apple crop—we will probably close earlier this year than our traditional October 31st closing. Once we run out of apples and grapes—we will close for the year. If we had to  guess, we think as of now, we will be open at least through October 19th. This is hard to predict. It will depend on the weather and the number of customers. Stay tuned to updates on our website and Facebook page, or feel free to call us at 269-244-5690.

We would encourage you to get your fall produce and baked goods within the next few weeks if you can, including those pumpkins for Halloween carving.

Pumpkins: We have lots of pumpkins for sale, ranging from huge to small, but this year we have moved them to the parking lot area to make it easier for you to take to your car.  You can’t miss them, right beside the vineyard and in front of the old white truck.

The Spookley Storybook:  Please check out our large storybook about Spookley the square pumpkin in the yard by the farmhouse.  There are 12 storyboards to walk children through. It is a wonderful story about a pumpkin that grows square instead of round, gets teased and bullied because he is different, than something happens on the farm where Spookley ends up saving all of the pumpkins—and we won’t give the rest of the story away. This story has some great teachable moments about how all of us need to value the unique and different qualities that individuals have.

Happenings on the farm this week:  With grapes ready this past week and needing to harvest apples….this is one of those weeks that occurs every year where we simply get through each day, one at a time—and remember that this craziness only goes on for a few weeks a year!   If we seem a bit frazzled at times–we are–and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding when we sometimes forget how to make change or don’t complete our sentence!

Becca presenting at Kalamazoo Bee Club: Becca (our yardener, late afternoon u-pick guide, and market clerk) will be doing a presentation on her experience as Peace Corps Volunteer and a beekeeper in Paraguay at 6:30 on October 8th. The event is open to the public! For more information visit the KBC website.

Fall Color Tour: The St. Joseph County Fall Color Tour is Sunday, October 12th and as always we’re one of the stops. We’ll be open from 8-6 as usual with special events throughout the day, including:

  • Birds of Prey exhibit–1 to 3 (weather permitting). See eagles, owls, falcons, merlins, and other rescue birds and meet the falconers who work with them.
  • Live music throughout the afternoon.
  • Local art fair from 11am-5pm
  • Emerald eCycling doing free used/broken electronics collection from 12pm-4pm (see detailed note below)**
  • Free cider and produce samples all day
  • Fresh baked goods in our bakery–especially donuts!!
  • U-pick opportunities
  • The Spookley Story book in our pumpkin yard and wonderful autumn decorations to enjoy

For information on other stops on the tour, click here to see this year’s flier

Thanks as always for buying local, Beth & everyone at Corey Lake Orchards

 

**Free Electronics Recycling: On October 12th from 12-4 Emerald eCycling will be doing a free collection of used/broken electronics to recycle, including old computers, cell phones, monitors, modems, cords, cables, VCR players, microwaves, and more. The collection truck will be located at the old schoolhouse at the corner of A.L. Jones and Corey Lake Road just up the street from the market. Please click here for a full list of items they recycle (note that most televisions, large appliances, and smoke detectors are excluded from the list).