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

Goodbye strawberries, Hello cherries!

As we wind up our strawberry season, we are going right into cherries!

Picked cherries:

Sweet cherries we picked today

Sweet cherries we picked today

We now have picked sweet cherries available on the market for sale, they are $5.50 a quart.   We  have picked sour cherries for $4.00 a quart.

U-Pick Sweet cherry picking information, now open for picking. 

We have a good crop of sweet cherries this year.   We grow about 8 different varieties.  However the rains are causing them to start splitting, so we would advise you to come sooner rather than later as they won’t last long.  The bottoms of the trees have been picked so please bring ladders for better picking.

  • Pricing: 2.25 per pound to pick, over 50 pounds is $2 a pound
  • The sweet cherry trees are very tall (15 – 25 feet).

U-Pick Sour cherry picking information, now open for picking.

We have a good crop of tart cherries this year.   The type of tart cherry we grow is Montmorency.  They are typically used for pies, tarts, or making jelly, but some people like to eat them and enjoy their tartness.

  • Pricing: $1.75 per pound to pick, $1.50 cents per pound for 50 pounds or over.
  • The sour cherry trees are about 10 – 20 feet tall.
  • Length of the sour cherry season:  It will depend on the weather and how many people come out each day as well as how much more rain we get, but we would expect them to last about one more week.

Other information for U-Pick cherries:

  • U-Pick Hours:  8 – 6 daily, please be finished picking by 5:45 pm to be back to the market by 6pm.
  • Be sure to dress appropriately (closed shoes, long pants and sleeves) as you may run into poison ivy or prickly plants in the orchard area, among other hazards.
  • Please bring your own containers. We have buckets you may borrow to pick in, then you can transfer to your own containers (bowls, tubs, buckets, etc.)
  • Check in at the market first for directions and to weigh the containers you are picking in.
  • Please bring your own ladder as we do not supply ladders.  Some of the best cherries are out of reach and a small step ladder would be helpful.

Picked and U-Pick strawberries are coming to an end, the season was shortened by the amount of rain received. Please call before coming out to see whether we have any picked or to pick as we will only have them for a few more days. 269-244-5690.  If the rain coming tonight does not hurt them, we will try to have berries through this weekend, as they are still very nice and plenty to pick.

Other produce available at the market: 

  • Rhubarb, $2.50/lb. (this is probably the last week we will have it)
  • Broccoli, $2.50/lb.
  • Sugar snap peas  and snow peas (just starting to come in)
  • Kohlrabi
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow summer squash

Greenhouse Produce: 

  • Greenhouse cucumbers, $0.75 (small salad-size cucumbers) or $1.50 (extra-long cucumbers)
  • Greenhouse peppers, $1 each
  • Greenhouse tomatoes. For many of you, not having our tomatoes is a disappointment!  We are sorry, our greenhouse tomato production has slowed way down and we are only picking a few times a week.  So for the next several weeks we are supplementing tomatoes from greenhouses in Indiana.

Produce from Becca: As always, my produce is grown with organic standards in mind without synthetic chemicals.  If you want, call ahead and we’ll set some aside for you as often there are limited quantities– 269 244 5690.

  • “Personal size” cabbages
  • Green Beans from the hoophouse, $3/lb.
  • Cherry Tomatoes from the hoophouse.
  • Sale on kale! This weekend, Siberian kale will be $2/half pound. This variety is growing in really strong and I’ve got tons of it right now. It has a nice sweet flavor for people who juice.
  • Red Russian, Curly, and Tuscan Kale are also available, as are Chard and Collard Greens, $3/half pound.
  • Lettuce, $3/half pound.
  • Basil from the hoophouse and from the field, $1/bag.

The u-pick herb garden is open for u-pick at $1/bag, look for the bags and scissors hanging on the large bird overlooking the garden. Bring your recipes and pick them fresh!

Other Local Products:

  • Thick Greek-style yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Meat
  • Cards
  • Pecan and Cashew Brittle
  • Honey and Maple Syrup
  • Michigan-made Sanders Dark Chocolate Fruit Dip for your strawberries or cherries
  • Mary’s jams will be back this weekend. Mary will be here at 11 am on Saturday and Sundays with a selection
  • Gift items

From the Bakery:   
We are excited that cherry season is here! Cherry pie is one of our most popular pies.  New this weekend will be cherry-almond muffins.  We are also bringing back the popular Coca-Cola cupcakes for the weekend.  Please feel free to call and order any of our items in advance at 269-244-5690.

This weekend in the bakery we will also have:

  • Donuts: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Cherry, Buttermilk and Blueberry.  
  • 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, Vegetable, Honey Oatmeal, Italian, Multi-Grain, Tuscan, and Hamburger Buns/Hot Dog Buns
  • Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns
  • Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Cherry-almond, Pistachio, Wildberry, Raisin Bran
  • Coca-Cola cupcakes
  • Dessert Bars: Cream Cheese Cookie, Caramel Brownie, Mississippi Mud, Tiramisu, Lemon, Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter Mousse Brownie, Chocolate Caramel Mousse Brownie
  • Frozen Slushies/Welch’s grape juice or cider

Happenings on the farm this week:  We picked a lot of sweet cherries.  Since the ones at the top of the tree are always the ripest, we used our special “squirrels” (3 wheeled machines which lift our pickers up and down)   to get to the tops of the trees where you can’t reach safely with even the tallest ladder.

cherriessquirrelres

We were able to get back to some maintenance this week, especially those days when we couldn’t get into the fields due to the rains.   Why is it that when something breaks it is usually in some place that is difficult to get to?

Yes, this is our very own David up under there someplace....

Yes, this is our very own David up under there someplace….

We participated in the Three Rivers Water Festival parade with a miniature version of our market and gave away really cool strawberry candies!  Thanks to David for pulling the float and making this happen.  It was fun to have everyone waving and supporting us.

floatres

We started staking and tying up our field tomatoes this week, the U-Pick tomato field is coming along really nicely.  And surely we are all anxiously awaiting field tomatoes.

tomato stakingres

And we have continued to enjoy the many families that have come out to pick berries, we really appreciate your coming out and hope you had a great experience.

Hauling in a whole wagon load from the field

Hauling in a whole wagon load from the field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These cute little guys stopped to pose for a picture before they continued picking.

These cute little guys stopped to pose for a picture before they continued picking.

From Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards, we hope to see you soon and thanks for buying local.