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

Happy Memorial Day! Purple Asparagus, Fresh Yogurt, the Return of Donuts, and More…

Happy Memorial Day weekend to everyone. Here is what we will have at the market:

Asparagus! Available at $2.25/lb. for up to 10 lb. and $2.00/lb. for orders of 10lb. or more. We think we’ll have a constant supply, but as always you’re welcome to call before you come to have us set some aside for you. (269) 244-5690.

Special pricing on purple asparagus: This weekend (Friday through Monday) while quantities last, we will offer our special “Sweet Purple” asparagus at the same price as the regular green asparagus. We encourage you to try it. The spears are large and very tender. It’s great to eat raw or with a dip. When you cook it, it does turn green. Let us know what you think! (It has become my favorite.)

Rhubarb: $2.50 pound

Greenhouse produce: We are slowing bringing in a few red tomatoes and cucumbers. They sell out quickly but within a few weeks we should have a plentiful supply.

Produce from Becca: romaine lettuce, crispy lettuce (great for topping hamburgers and hot dogs. It also doesn’t wilt as easily as romaine so makes great salad for an outdoor barbecue), and salad mix made with baby kale and baby spinach. As always, lettuce/salad will be $3/half lb. bag. There will also be radish bunches ($2/large bunch) and basil ($1/bag). The basil is a greenhouse-tolerant variety with great flavor though it does have smaller leaves than you might be used to. As always, you’re welcome to call ahead to reserve produce from Becca’s schoolhouse garden or hoophouse, which is raised naturally without synthetic chemicals, pesticides, or fertilizers.

Vegetable Plants: broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, chard, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, peppers, cucumbers, tomato, squash, melons, eggplant. If you’re planting tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, or other ‘hot’ crops you might want to wait out this cold spell before putting them in the ground. We also have seed potatoes.

Perennial Flower Plants: yarrow, sweet William, coneflowers, delphinium, baby’s breath, daisies, statice, bee balm, rudbeckia, black-eyed Susans and salvia. We have them in many color choices!

Annual Flowers: asters, cosmos, gomphrena, impatients, lobelia, marigolds, morning glories, nasturtium, ornamental cabbage and kale, pansies, petunias, salvia, snapdragons, verbena, vinca, and zinnias. There are different colors and heights to choose from.

Herbs (sold individually): basil, dill, lemon balm, many mints, oregano, thyme, sweet marjoram, parsley and many more.

And of course, we’ll have lots of potted plants including hanging flowers, lettuce bowls, herb arrangements, and large tomato pots for your patio, both regular and mini tomatoes.

Some of the many perennials we have

Some of the many perennials we have

Locally made yogurt: We are carrying thick Greek-style yogurt from Mattawan creamery. All of their yogurt is made from the grass fed/pastured Jersey cows at Moonique dairy in Vandalia. They use this milk plus a 5-strain probiotic culture to make this creamy yogurt, so it is just plain good and simple stuff! Can’t wait for strawberries and blueberries to be ready to add to it. It is available in quarts and pints. Find this in the cooler on the market with the Michigan-made cheese and eggs. 

From the Bakery:  

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Donuts will be here this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday! The flavors available this time of year are Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry. When heading out for your BBQ’s don’t forget to pick up buns, brats, potato chips, and of course dessert, all of which are available in the bakery now! We also will be featuring our Blueberry Rhubarb Pie now that we have an abundance of fresh rhubarb! Also new this weekend are double chocolate chip cookies, they are a must try for any chocoholic! Please feel free to call and order in advance at 269-244-5690.

This weekend in the bakery we will also have:

  • Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Blueberry Rhubarb, Cherry, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Cookies: Cut out, Monster, Lemon, Triple Berry, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses (and Double Chocolate)
  • Bread: Cinnamon, Whole Wheat, Italian, Multi-Grain, Tuscan, and Hamburger Buns/Hot Dog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns
  • Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Strawberry, Pistachio, Wildberry, Raisin Bran
  • Dessert Bars: Cream Cheese Cookie, Caramel Brownie, Mississippi Mud, Tiramisu, Lemon, Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter Mousse Brownie, Chocolate Caramel Mousse Brownie
  • Welch’s juice as well as jelly is now available in the bakery. We are Welch’s Growers and are pleased to offer products made from our grapes!
Mmmm.  fresh rhubarb pie being assembled

Mmmm. fresh rhubarb pie being assembled

Meat: This year we are getting meat from Drake’s Country Cuts in Cassopolis. They are a 3rd generation butcher shop currently owned by Thom and Carrie Colley, who are the hands-on owners. They have created an extensive selection of USDA-certified meat cuts and choices, which are hormone and antibiotic free. During asparagus season, one of their offerings will be asparagus brats made with our asparagus! (Yes I have tried and they were very tasty). We’ll keep you posted!

Happenings on the Farm:

From Becca: Farming is really a 24/7 job, and despite being surrounded by fresh food it can be hard to find time to make myself good, healthy meals – yes, Beth and I both have this problem! And though I love being in the woods in May hunting morels, I’ve barely found time this year. Luckily, my mom brought me some (thanks Mom!). When you have some of the most delicious mushrooms that Michigan has to offer, it is time to commit to taking some time off and cooking an outstanding meal. Luckily, I live at a grocery store. I put together:

-Caramelized shallots that I saved from autumn (another reason to buy shallots: they don’t sprout by March like the onions do)
-Sliced smoked gouda (we just started carrying this and I hadn’t tried it yet, it’s great!)
-Crispy lettuce from my hoophouse
-Greenhouse tomato
-Morels, sauteed in beer and butter and magic

I put all that on a toasted hamburger bun from the bakery, grabbed a Michigan beer from my fridge, and took a half hour to relax, eat, and watch the lake. It was peaceful and re-energizing and a good reminder to take care of myself. Hope you’re all doing the same.

Morel Burger!

Morel Burger!

Happenings on the farm: This week seemed to be the week to check, worry, cover, move, protect then repeat. We are grateful that the cold weather did not seem to cause any significant damage to our fruit or what has been planted. These swings in the weather are really hard though: bees don’t want to come out and do their required work in the cold, the heat followed by cool moisture makes the fruit susceptible to diseases we have to watch carefully for, and we can’t get stuff in the ground. What we wouldn’t do for a worry-free good night’s rest!

Look at the little strawberries coming on, can't wait!

Look at the little strawberries!

 

These pepper plants have many miles on them already from being moved in and out of the cold weather, can't wait to finally plant!

These pepper plants have many miles on them already from being moved in and out of the cold weather. We can’t wait to finally plant them!

This winter we made a list of play items we are adding to the farm, and we are slowly getting those in place. Keep checking. This week’s addition is a teeter-totter with original tractor seats!

Becca testing out the teeter-totter she made.

Becca testing out the teeter-totter she made.

One last note on produce. Many of you have wondered why on some days you buy asparagus and the stalks are very thin and the next time they are large and thick. We grow three kinds of asparagus. The thin stalk variety is what we have been growing for the past 20 years, but our newer green variety is Jersey Knight–which is traditional green asparagus but the spears are longer and fatter. Do not worry—even with the larger size–it is tender! You may find this size easier to grill.

On behalf of everyone here at Corey Lake Orchards, we thank you for buying local and hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.