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

Rain, Strawberries, Happy Father’s Day!

Strawberry update: It seems like strawberry season is coming and going at the same time this year.  Sadly, the never-ending rains are shortening the length of the season, so if you don’t want to miss them, you need to get your berries soon. We hope to have them about one more week, but this will depend on how much it rains!

Picked strawberries are available for $3.50 a quart.  Due to this being the end of the season, we are no longer selling berries by the flat price.

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U-pick strawberries are $1.75 quart. Please bring quart containers if you have them. If not, you may borrow ours for picking and use your own containers (bowls, tubs, etc.) to get the strawberries home.

Schedule for the 2015 season U-Pick Strawberry season. 

  • We will open the field at 8:00 am and it will remain open until we are picked out or until 12:00 pm daily (that’s EST for our Chicago customers!)
  • We are offering two afternoon picking options this year: Mondays and Thursdays from 4 pm to 6 pm.
  • We plan to open each day weather permitting, closing only for berries to ripen if the weather turns cold. If we close the field for ripening, we will make that decision the day before, so please call us the day/night before you plan to come to make sure we are picking that day. For safety, we will close the field during lightning or a thunderstorm.

Other produce available at the market: 

  • Rhubarb, $2.50/lb. (this is probably the last week we will have it)
  • Broccoli, $2/lb.
  • Snap peas (just starting to come in)
  • Kohlrabi
We have an abundance of Kohlrabi, so this is the weekend to try it!

We have an abundance of kohlrabi, so this is the weekend to try it!

Greenhouse Produce: 

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

Produce from Becca: As always, my produce is grown with organic standards in mind without synthetic chemicals. I’m constantly impressed by how quickly some things sell out on the weekends! If you want, call ahead and we’ll set some aside for you – 269 244 5690.

  • “Personal size” cabbages! Several customers last year told me they were a little hesitant to buy big five or six pound cabbages, so I planted a small variety that has a reputation for great flavor. Each cabbage is about a pound.
  • Green Beans from the hoophouse, $3/lb.
  • Cherry Tomatoes from the hoophouse (first weekend we’ll have them!), $2.75/pint.
  • 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.
  • Turnips and Radishes, $2/bunch.

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The u-pick herb garden is looking good. Parsley, sage, dill, rosemary, catnip, lemon balm, thyme, oregano, mint, chives, cilantro, and more are ready to harvest. U-pick herbs are $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
  • Mary’s jams will be back this weekend. Mary will be here at 11 am on Saturday and Sundays with a selection
  • Gift items. Here’s a couple that might work well for a Father’s Day gift (especially for a dad that loses keys often!)
garden tool hooks

Garden tool hooks.

From the Bakery:  
Happy Fathers Day Weekend! This weekend we will have pecan pie and our special baseball decorated cut out cookies! This is also the last weekend for Blueberry Rhubarb pie and may be the last weekend for Fresh Strawberry Glazed Pie. 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, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Pecan.
  • Strawberry Glazed Pie–fresh strawberries in a glaze sauce topped with whipped cream
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • 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, 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
  • Frozen Slushies/Welch’s grape juice
  • Michaela finishing off a strawberry glaze pie

Cherry Crop update: As of right now we have good sweet and sour (tart) cherry crops. However, too much rain could damage them so we are all keeping a close eye and our fingers crossed.  Sweet cherries could be ready by June 26th and the tart cherries are about one week later. Check back with us about June 24th for more information or check the website. We expect to have picked and U-Pick available.

The tart cherries are turning red but need to get more size

The tart cherries are turning red but need to get more size

Find us at local Farmer’s markets: 

Hubbard’s Brandy and hard cider are available and we’ll be doing a tasting session this Saturday from 1-3.

Happenings on the farm this week: Our focus this week was on strawberries, trying to get as many picked as we could and into the hands of our customers before the rains spoiled them. We seemed to spend agonizing amounts of time looking at the weather radar, emptying the rain gage and shaking our heads  I added  a new weather app to my phone hoping the new app might somehow show me less rain, but it didn’t. When we couldn’t park cars in the strawberry field, we improvised and drove everyone out to their picking spot and back! Some folks have told us they think that should always be part of the experience!

None of us ever remember a rainier berry season. So a huge thanks to everyone who endured the mud, the rain, the wet berries and came out and picked…and for those of you who haven’t come out yet, you’re still welcome. The weather for the next few days looks good! Thanks to our great U-Pick field crew this week, Nancy who got everyone into a row, George who got everyone in and out of the field, and Emily and Abby (Nancy’s daughters) who checked everyone in and out.

This little boy insisted he had not eaten a strawberry!

This little boy insisted he had not eaten a strawberry!

Abby, George and Emily ready to help--mud or not.

Abby, George and Emily ready to help–mud or not.

Several families out today enjoying the berries.

Several families out today enjoying the berries.

We may rename ourselves "Berry-world" since we offer rides

We may rename ourselves “Berry-world” since we offer rides

From Becca: The rain is both a blessing and a curse. The weeds get easier to pull but there are more of them. At first the crops like it – at some point, it slows them down. I prefer it to hot sun, but we need those rays to get things growing…and of course, it’s bad to work wet soil and prevents me from getting old crops out and new crops planted. Hard to believe I’m already turning over the first beds of lettuce and radishes that I planted but it’s also hard to believe it’s already the middle of June…someone make time slow down please.

The turtles are absolutely loving this weather. I spotted a huge snapper this week across from the market, ancient and scarred with algae growing on her back. Around the hoophouse I’ve found painted turtles, red-eared sliders,  and box turtles laying their eggs. I also find them often on the farm roadsides – please drive carefully.

That’s it for this week. See you at the market! Thank you for buying local.

Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards