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

Sunday at the Farm: Fall Color Tour! Special Events & U-pick Apples and Grapes

The weekend weather forecast looks great for anyone hoping to visit the farm! Sunday is the annual Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour and the fall colors are popping just at the right time. Our farm is one of many venues on the route, and we’ll be open from 8-6 as usual with the following special events:

  • 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 apples and grapes
  • Picked apples and grapes and lots of other produce available in the market
  • 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

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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.

And of course, kale, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and the rest of the last summer produce.

This weekend in the bakery we will have:

  • Pies: apple, blueberry, cherry, fresh pumpkin, pecan, and strawberry rhubarb.
  • Apple dumplings
  • Cookies: pumpkin shaped cut outs, monster (oatmeal, choc chips, m&m’s and peanut butter), and lemon.
  • 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.

A note from the bakers: With this season coming to a close, we have been asked by several of you when is the last day for the bakery? Our last day for the bakery this year is Sunday, October 19th. But…we will also be baking pies for Thanksgiving again by order only. You can pick up and fill out an order form for Thanksgiving in the bakery now through October 19th, or call us to fill one out for you (269-244-5690). The pick up date for Thanksgiving pies will be on Wednesday November 26th. See you this weekend!-The Bakers

Note from Beth: Michaela’s last working day in the bakery for this season will be this Sunday, October 12th. For those who may not know, she and Jay are expecting their first child in December, and we think she deserves a little rest before experiencing the joys of motherhood. Make sure to offer your thanks for the great job she has done managing the bakery this year. Thankfully, the very competent bakery staff will carry on with the remainder of the baking season.

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.

U-Pick grapes: We are open for both the white Niagara and the purple Concord. We have plenty of Concord, though we think this could be the last weekend for Niagara. While we were worried about last week’s rain, the cool weather and extra wind dried things back out so it did not hurt the grapes, thankfully.

Everyone is asking how much longer we will have grapes…..it is always hard to predict how many customers will come out and what the weather will do, but it seems like we will have the purple Concord grapes until the first hard frost.

  • 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:

There are still plenty of the following varieties left: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Northern Spies, and Red Rome. There are a few Fuji and some Cameo left, but not as many. The last day for U-Pick apples will be Tuesday, October 14th.

On Wednesday, October 15th, we will open for apple gleaning–this is a great way for folks trying to get a lot of apples to do it very economically. You may pick apples left on the tree or off the ground for $5/bushel. So for those people who want to press their own cider, make a huge amount of apple sauce, get “animal” apples, etc., this is the time. For best availability of the types of apples and quality—you will want to come out within the next several weeks, and you do need to check in with the market first.

Picked Apples on the market.

  • Gala is a great eating and cooking apple. It has a crisp snappy bite over a mellow sweetness (few left)
  • 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 (good amount left)
  • 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 (few left)
  • 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 (very few left)
  • Fuji: This is an apple with sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content. It is a very good keeper, the best keeping apple we grow (good amount left)
  • Northern Spy: This is an antique apple that cooks up well in applesauce, pie and other dishes…..very popular for apple pie (good amount left)
  • Golden Delicious: A gingery-smooth, sweet taste lies under a thin skin. Great for applesauce, cider, pies or other desserts (good amount left)
  • Red Delicious: A sweet eating apple which is an old favorite. Excellent keeper (good amount left)
  • Red Rome: Bright red, tart apple for eating or cooking with a pink tinge when you bite into it…makes a nice looking applesauce (good amount left)
  • Mutsu: A large green very tart apple for eating or cooking, the closest thing we have to a Granny Smith (some left)
  • Ida Red: Tangy, tart, flesh is white, crisp and juicy. Use for fresh eating or cooking (some left)
  • Apples yet to come: 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 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 weekGrapes, grapes and more grapes. Truly the biggest happening on the farm this week was all of the customers who came out to pick grapes…….thanks for everyone’s patience as we tried to take care of many customers at the same time. So far, everyone picking has been happy with the picking and the grapes themselves. A big thanks to our field clerk George, for getting you all into and out of the vineyards. With the number of folks that have been out in the last 10 days, there are lots of batches of grape juice and grape jelly being put up around the area!

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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).