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

Happy November

Since we closed on October 24th we have seen it all: a few beautiful summer days last weekend followed by Friday’s snow! With this year’s strange weather (and Michigan’s climate in general) pretty much nothing surprises us.

It's hard to get used to the closed sign being up every day....we miss our customers

It’s hard to get used to the closed sign being up every day….we miss our customers

Just a reminder that even though the market is closed, you are welcome to call us at (269) 244-5690 if you’d like to place Thanksgiving pie orders or purchase brandy and wine.

How did we spend our first few days off? Taking advantage of the weather to work outdoors of course! With un-harvested mums still in the field, my “can’t waste” mindset overcame me and before I knew it, I has transplanted mums in front of the parking lot! They look pretty! Too bad none of you are here to see them…

Bringing in a load of freshly dug mums from the field

Bringing in a load of freshly dug mums from the field

Raking, sweeping, cleaning, stacking, and organizing overtook everyone as we attacked the market, barns, back buildings, and the cold storage, putting baskets, boxes, signs and pretty much a little of everything away that had gotten tossed aside during our busy season.

Becca raked leaves into a pile at the surface of the slide....but with no little customers around there was no one to jump into them!!

Becca raked leaves into a pile at the bottom of the slide….but with no little customers around there was no one to jump into them!!

As the weather was predicting the first real freeze for the year on Halloween —it took a small crew to scramble and get everything winterized: the irrigation system, shut off wells not being used during the winter, and blow out all of the water lines we have at the market, gardens, cider mill, etc. A big thanks to Jay for walking us one more time through the maze of waterlines we have to get through to get the job done.

Apple orchard pruning continued–making great progress and the Northern Spy orchard is now complete.

Brush piled neatly between the trimmed rows ready to be moved.

Brush piled neatly between the trimmed rows ready to be moved.

The grapes are so easy to see now that the frost has hit the leaves and they have fallen….plus another job almost complete–picking up all of the cones we use to mark the grapes for U-Pick….thanks, George.

Uh--now we can see where someone missed picking a bunch of grapes!

Uh–now we can see where someone missed picking a bunch of grapes!

On Tuesday, nine of us went to visit farms and markets in the Grand Rapids area. Our early closing this year allowed us a rare opportunity to get out and visit other farm operations while they were still open. Our mission was to stop at as many places as possible, shamelessly steal good ideas, and of course, indulge in the edible delights of their farm (cider, fudge, bread, cookies, donuts and wine tasting, oh my!). We thank all of our gracious hosts who stepped away from their busy farms for a bit to show us around and share their experiences. We came back enthusiastic about some things we saw that we may want to try out at Corey Lake Orchards and felt good knowing we had further stimulated the Michigan farm economy as our two cars laden with fresh produce, baked goods and gifts arrived back in Three Rivers.

Cathy buying produce at Brechting Farms

Cathy buying produce at Brechting Farms

 

Jan with the big pumpkin

Jan with the big pumpkin

 

Sandy found some nice sized carrots

Sandy found some nice sized carrots

Teri practically brought them out of these beautiful brussel sprouts

Teri practically bought them out of these beautiful brussel sprouts

We had a delightful lunch following our tour of Robinette's

We had a delightful lunch following our tour of Robinette’s